Baseball Season Capsule Previews

As the baseball season begins, we take a look at the schools playing in the Public League this spring.

*Note: All coaches were contacted multiple times, the schools below are the ones who responded. If your school isn’t listed, have your coach reach out to Michael Wojtychiw at This post will be updated if more schools respond.


School: Amundsen

Record Last Year: 19-8

Starters Returning: 

  • Padraig (Paddy) O’Shea, RHP/3B, Senior
  • James Stewart, OF, Senior
  • Danny Ahern, RHP/SS, Junior
  • Henry Holper, RHP/2B, Junior
  • Kael O’Conor, C, Junior
  • Pierce Bakker, OF, Sophomore

Season Outlook: Our goal is to try and stick in the Jackie Robinson North conference this year after our promotion in the offseason. It would be huge for our program to be able to stay up at this level and build from there.

Disney II

School: Disney II

Last year’s record: 13-7 overall (13-1 in conference) 

Starters returning:

Junior Pitcher/SS Ryan RJ Correa – last year’s North Conference Pitcher of the Year and the best baseball I have ever coached in 15 years. Also an All-Cinference player last year. He will be playing College Baseball after he graduates and is on the Cubs RBI team.

Junior C Brian Johnson – All Conference Player last year

Senior LF Miguel Luna – All Conference Player last year

Senior P/SS Nick Zuluaga – All Conference Player last year

Senior CF Alan Sanchez

Senior RF/1B Owen Burns Mack

Senior 2B Marcos Gonzalez

Junior 3B Derrek Gomez

Returning non-starters:

OF John Simmons


Senior Utility Carlos Ortega

Senior Utility Adam Tichout

Many JV players could be called up when needed, we have a large JV team. There are 2 rising stars for the JV team as freshmen, Marcus Grier and Anthony Santos that could be future CPS All-Stars.

Coach’s Season Outlook:

We look to be very competitive in our new conference and win several games, hoping to place somewhere in the middle of the conference, but could finish very high if we play well. If we do not make the regular CPS playoffs, our goal this season is to win the CPS Consolation Playoff Championship – something we lost to Juarez High School 4 years ago.


School: Farragut

Last year’s record: 14-9

Social media handles: FarragutBaseba1 (Twitter)

Big/Key games: Senn, Juarez, Little Village

Coach’s Season Outlook:

   The Admiral baseball team is looking to build on last year’s 14-9 record. With nine seniors graduating, Eric Moreno and Christian Salgado will step up as captains of a young team. The freshman class is the most promising that we’ve seen in years. Ben DeMateo, Amir Smith, and Robert Trejo bring years of experience and a high level of talent to our varsity team. Damian Dominguez leads by example and dedication. Luis Campos is returning, after being named to the All-Conference team last season. Lane Tech transfer Bella DeMateo and Juarez transfer Jovany Bahena Perez bring experience and a strong work ethic to the program. Sophomores Julian Andrade, Joshua Jimenez, Luis Mendoza, and senior Emanuel Galvan, will all be battling for spots in the starting lineup.


School: Intrinsic
Last year’s record:  10-3 overall (8-0 conference)
Starters returning (name, position, year, stats and honors):

Christian Roman, P/SS, Sr, All Conference North Central

Edgar Lozano, P/3B, Sr, All Conference North Central, Player of the year North Central Conference

Isaiah Deoyos, 1B, Sr, All Conference North Central

Rafael Montoya, P/CF, Jr, All Conference North Central

Joel Diaz, 2B/CF, Soph

Key newcomers (name, position, year):

Damian Agudo, 3B, Fresh

Adrian Benitez, 2B, Soph

Anthony Gonzalez, 2B, Sr

Coach’s Season Outlook:

The Intrinsic Mustangs continue to rise in the CPL baseball league as they are coming off a perfect 8-0 North Central conference record in the 2022 season. An experienced team with seven returning starters, the Mustangs look to compete in the North Conference for 2023. 


School: Jones College Prep 

Last Year’s Record: 18-10, 7-6 in the Jackie Robinson South 

Social media handle: @JonesPrepBsbl (Twitter)

College commit: Ray Sansonetti, SS/Pitcher (committed to Illinois Wesleyan University)

Starters returning:
Ray Sansonetti, SS /RHP, sr, .350 avg, 29 RBI

Brennen Jones, OF/RHP, jr, .359 average 

Henry Im, LHP, sr, 3-1, 2.33 ERA 

Jason Bernstein, RHP, sr, 3-1 2.80 ERA 

Keenan Houlihan, OF/RHP, sr, 0.87 ERA

Non-starters returning:
Jacob Schneider, 1B/RHP, sr

Reid Peterson, OF, sr

Dean Goldman, RHP, sr

Ellis Alexander, C, sophomore

Renzo Sansonetti, INF/ RHP, freshman 

Logan Fernandez, OF, freshman 

Cal Van Cleaf, Util/RHP, sr

Big/Key Games: All games are big in JR South

Coach’s Season Outlook: We have excellent pitching depth, a decent defense and very talented younger players. If we can hit a bit we will be a very good team. 

Kelvyn Park

School: Kelvyn Park

Last year’s record: 5-11

Starters returning (name, position, year and honors):

Austin Torres, C, JR

Elijah Lopez, 3B, JR, All Conference

Terrell Gardner, C/RF, SR

Matthew Celis, CF, SR

McKaylee Melendez, 2B, SR

Key non-starters returning (name, position, year):

Hector Manuel, RF Soph

Joseph Torres, SS, JR

Key newcomers (name, position, year):

Ghazi Barker, P, SR

Tyshawn Johnson, P, FR

Jasiel Arroyo, OF, Soph

Big/Key games: MLA and North Grand

Season outlook: The Panthers are a young team who are coming off a 5-win season which is the highest since the 2016 season. The combination of some key starters returning and newcomers will make the Panthers a team to watch. If the young players are able to step in and contribute right away, the Panthers have the chance to eclipse last year’s win total.

Lane Tech

School: Lane Tech

Last year’s record: 24-12 (City Champions)

Social media handles: @LTBaseball (Twitter); lanetechbaseball_ (Instagram)

College commits: Josh Katz- Penn University (2023), Jacob Maza- Webster University (2023), Henry Murray- Boston College (2025)

Starters returning (name, position, year and honors):

Josh Katz- P/Utl, 2023, All-Conference, All-City, Pitcher of the Year

Zach Shashoua- C, 2023, Summer State Tournament MVP, 3 year starter

Jacob Maza- P, 2023, Webster Commit

Louie Derechin- 3B, 2023, All-Conference

Jack Tzur- 1B, 2023, All-Conference

Lucino Sotelo- P, 2023

Key newcomers (name, position, year):

Ethan Borrgren- Utl, 2024, JV Team MVP

Henry Murray- OF, 2025, Boston College Commit

Tyler Trapp- MIF, 2025

Amaan Khan- P, 2024, JV Cy Young, World Baseball Classic Team Pakistan Player

Big/Key games: New Trier, Nazareth, Mt. Carmel, St. Rita, Mundelein, Homewood Flossmoor, Von Stueben, WY, Taft

Coach’s Season Outlook:
We are ranked #19 in the pre-season PBR rankings. Coming off winning the City Championship and the IHSBCA Summer State Tournament (1st CPL school ever), we have a lot of key players returning along with some impact newcomers. We have high expectations and expect to compete for City and State this spring.


School: Mather

Last year’s record: 5-11

Social media handles: (IG)

Starters returning (name, position, year, stats and honors):

Xavier Loper: P/C/Util, SR, All-Conference

Alexis Cartagena: P/INF, SR, All-Conference

Tristen Molina: P/1B, SR

Matthew Boyle: UTIL, SR

Jaylen Orr: OF/C, JR

J’Anthony Skerrett: P/INF, JR

David Goytia: P/UTIL, SO

Jeriel Mejias: P/C/INF, SO

Key non-starters returning (name, position, year):

Jacob Scott: OF, JR

Elijah Gracia: P/UTIL, SO

Jake McDonough: P/Util, SO

Key newcomers (name, position, year):

Josh Harper: P/INF, SR

Cristian Lopez: UTIL, JR

Lucas Lambert: UTIL, FR

Roy Beard: UTIL, FR

Enyerson Serrano: UTIL, FR

Big/Key games:

March 15 (opening day) vs Francis Parker

All conference games

Season outlook:

Coach Alan Jankowski is beginning his second year as the head coach of the Mather Rangers. Last season, the biggest challenge Mather faced was the weather. Insane rainfall during the spring cancelled many games. The Rangers struggled but had a young rebuilding squad. There were no seniors on last year’s team so the entire roster is returning for the 2023 season. Couple this with some talented young freshman, improved underclassmen, and great senior leadership and the Rangers are looking poised for a winning season. This season, Mather is also co-oping with Roosevelt High School, which does not have a baseball team. A few of Roosevelt’s students make a welcome addition to the squad. 


School: Ogden International

Last year’s record: 20-7

Social media handle: @OgdenOwlBiesbol (Twitter)

College commits (if any): Efrian Ribot (Rust College), Roberto Maldonado (Olive-Harvey College)

Starters returning:


Manny Castillo P, Util

Efrian Ribot P, Util

Roberto Maldonado C

Sebi Munoz C

Joaquin Garza P


Vincenzo Mazzone C, P

Payton Hall 1B, P

Carlos Garcia 2B, P

Nathan Espada SS, P

Sammy Castillo P, OF

Malachi Gonzalez OF, P

Big/Key games:

Whitney Young

Von Steuben 

Lane Tech

Mt. Carmel


Morgan Park


Coach’s Season Outlook:

This is Ogden’s first season in one of the two top conferences, Jackie Robinson North. Ogden is also the smallest school in either of the top conferences by almost 1,000 students. The Owls are looking to avenge a 2-1 regional championship loss that ended the 2022 campaign.


School: Payton

Returning Starters:

Olin Hemingway, Sr., P/CF

Maxwell McNamara, Sr. P/OF

Anthony Dorn, Jr., C

Derek Patton, Soph., P/INF

Key Non- Starters Returning:

Lekh Murth, Sr., P/1B

Jaiden Lulla, Sr.,  P/OF

Finn Buda, Sr., C/INF

Grant Gugino, Soph., OF/2B

Key Newcomers:

Ian Sheridan, Sr., P/INF

Brendan Hariland, Jr., INF

Finn Ryan, Soph., C/OF

Nathan Volkens, P/INF

Augie Ruf, Soph., INF

Anthony Arena, Soph., P/C

Nicholas Linares, Fr., P/INF

Caleb Salgado, Fr., SS

Coach’s Season Outlook:
Payton returns four solid pitchers from the 2022 team. The team is very well balanced with young and experienced players that should grow and improve throughout the season. Payton is coming off a very strong 2022 season and hopes to continue the success into the upcoming 2023 season.


School: Senn

Last year’s record: 14-8 (13-1 in Conference)

Social media handle: @sennbaseball (Twitter)

Starters returning (name, position, year):

Elijah Libretti – SS/P – Junior 

Mateo Milan – 2B/P – Senior

John Shanley – CF/P – Sophomore

Key non-starters returning (name, position, year):

Yahseph Delacruz – DH – Senior

Key newcomers (name, position, year):

Jones Sweetman – UT – Freshman

Max Nevinger – 3B/P – Junior

Coach’s Season Outlook:

We hope to be competitive in our conference, we lost conference last year by a coin flip, looking for some redemption. 


Team: Simeon

Key Returners:

Trey Butler (2024, Louisville Commit); 3A 1st Team All State, 1st team All Public League CF/P, led the state in stolen bases for the second consecutive year. Batted .430

Tyler Patterson (2023) Shortstop; 1st Team All Public League, batted .330. 5 HR

Kenny Jackson P/OF/ INF (2023); 6 W as pitcher

Tori Chaney (2024, Mississippi Valley Commit), MIF 

Chris Boykin (2024) Catcher, .315 BA, 6 HR

Key non-starter returning:

Derrick Owens (2024)

Key Newcomers

Roger Miner (2023) 

Xavier Miner (2024)

Other Key Players: 

P/INF Corwin Laurence (2023) 

Ben Johnson (2025)

Coach’s Season Outlook

This season we have alot of young experience and expect to compete with anyone in the area. These guys feel like they have something to prove after coming up short in the CPS semi final. It should be an exciting year!


School: Solorio

Last year’s record: 18-6

Social media handle: @SolorioBaseball (twitter)

College commits: 

Christian Martinez: Judson University

Jaylon Harvey: Olive-Harvey College

Andrew Alarcon: Roosevelt University

Starters returning (name, position, year, stats and honors):

Angelo Amador: P/SS,SR (2022 American South Player of the Year, 2022 All-City Pitcher)

Alejandro Amador: OF/P, SO

David Bischoff: INF, SR

Jaylon Harvey: CF, SR

Antonio Licea: P/3B/1B, SO

Christian Martinez: C/1B/OF, SR

Angel Tapia: C/INF, SR

Key newcomers (name, position, year):

Andrew Alarcon: P/INF, SR

Juan Barrientos: P/INF, FR

Coach’s Season Outlook:

We are making our return to the Jackie Robinson South Conference and are led by a group of 6 senior starters. In total, we have 7 returning starters from last year’s team. We look forward to being very competitive this season.

School: Urban Prep

Starters Returning: Entire team

Key Players Returning: Londel Overton, Conference Pitcher of the Year

Big/Key games: All games are big games this season as I believe last year was a good year to get the feeling of baseball back. Since the pandemic, some kids lost the love for the game because it was not being played much. That hunger to compete, learn, and position themselves for the next level; I believe is everyone’s goal. I believe this season will bring a lot more competition and athletic players to the diamond. 

Coach’s Season Outlook

We expect to be amongst the top competitive teams in the conference this year and years to come. We still only have 3 seniors in the program and our youth will be the backbone of rebuilding our program.

Von Steuben

School: Von Steuben  

Last year’s record: 21-12 (11-3 Jackie Robinson North Champs)

Social media handles: @vspanthers (Twitter); @vspanthersbaseball (Instagram); Von Steuben Panthers Baseball (Facebook)

College commits: Eduardo Letamendi (Illinois State), Ethan Serrano (Triton)

Starters returning (name, position, year and honors):

Eddie Letamendi, Sr SS (All Conf, All CIty),

Ethan Serrano, Sr P/OF (All Conf, All City),

Owen Rivera, SR P/INF (All Conf),

Alex Karson, Jr P/OF

Key non-starters returning (name, year):

Lazo Samaras – Sr

Alex Konstantopoulos – Sr

Key newcomers (name, year):

Axel Rivera – So

Luke Johnston – So

George Allen – So

Christian Kobabyashi – So

Coach’s Season Outlook:

Our Conference Championship team underwent a lot of change this offseason. We graduated a lot of talented players. Our challenge will be mixing experienced veterans with inexperienced youth at key positions. We look to remain competitive in the highly competitive Jackie Robinson North and peak come playoff time.  


School: Wells

Last year’s record: 0-14

Starters returning:

Ben Bajner

Jaylin Robison

Edwin Avalos

Mateo Grimaldi

Key newcomers:

Deon Levy

Kelmin Mims

Roberto Rodriguez

Coach’s Season Outlook:

Last year was rough, but this year baseball is a sport that has garnered some more interest from the student body.  The coaching staff at Wells is excited to develop the young talent and add fuel to the flames of their growing passion for the game of baseball.  After going winless last year, there’s nowhere to go but up for the Raiders who are optimistic about their chances of playing quality baseball this spring.

Whitney Young

School: Whitney Young

Last year’s record: 18-15

College commits: Joshua Schmidt, Sr., P – Macalester College

Ahsaan Henson, Sr. P – Morehouse College

Starters returning (name, year, position, stats and honors if available):

Joshua Schmidt Sr. P, 47 IP, 61K, 2.79 ERA

Christian Alvarez, Sr,. OF

Jimmy Anastasi, Jr., OF 

Cole Hockman, Jr, 1B

Luke Yolich, So., SS, .407 BA, All Conference

Key non-starters returning (name, position, year, stats if available):

Taki Chronopolous, Soph., C

Tristan Merrill, Soph., Outfield

Will Carter, Soph., P/1B

Key newcomers (name, position, year):

Kingsley Evans, Fr., 2B

Ryan Pinkert, Fr., C

Marcus Garton, Fr., P/1B

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