Titans 2019 Summer Ball Round-up

Summer is coming to a close and the Cal State Fullerton campus will soon be buzzing with activity again as fall semester begins later this month. Although many Cal State Fullerton students may have spent the summer at the beach or working summer jobs to help pay for tuition, Titan Baseball players were playing Collegiate Summer Baseball all over the country.

Landon Anderson
Landon Anderson pitching for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League

Some Titan Baseball players were relatively close to home (Max Miller, Trevor Cadd, Demitri Colacchio and Cole Urman played in the Southern California Collegiate Baseball League) while others traveled across the country to play in the prestigious Cape Cod League (Tanner Bibee, Kameron Guangorena and Michael Weisberg).

No matter where they played, the Titan players expected to return and incoming transfers and freshmen received instruction and valuable at-bats and innings pitched to better hone and refine their respective game.

We watched the Titan Baseball players closely throughout the summer and if you follow Cal State Omaha on Twitter, you probably caught a few updates on a number of the players in summer ball. We have compiled the stats of the Titan players that participated in summer ball in 2019 and those stats are below.

Understand that some summer leagues have longer schedules than others. Also, some players will not play the full summer season due to injury, innings limits or the coaches request they return to work out on campus after a limited summer ball experience. Some players joined their summer ball teams late after completing summer school courses. There are a number of factors that contribute to a player participating in a lot or a few games during the summer.

A few players that were on the Titan Baseball roster in 2019 played summer ball (AJ Curtis and Korrey Siracusa) but those players have transferred and will not play on the 2020 Titan Baseball squad. Their stats are not included in this round-up since they will not be a part of the Titan Baseball team moving forward.

Cameron_Repetti
Cameron Repetti rounding third and about to score a run for the Ridegfield Raptors of the West Coast League

Key for statistic abbreviations:

Batters
AVG: Batting average
G: Games played
AB: At-Bats
R: Runs scored
H: Hits
1B: Singles
2B: Doubles
3B: Triples
HR: Home runs
RBI: Runs batted in
BB: Walks
HBP: Hit-by-pitch
Ks: Strike outs

Pitchers
ERA: Earned run average
G: Games played
GS: Games started
CG: Completed games
IP: Innings pitched
H: Hits allowed
R: Runs allowed
ER: Earned runs
BB: Walks
Ks: Strike outs
W: Wins
L: Losses
SV: Saves

Position Players

Kameron Guangorena
Kameron Guangorena

Cape Cod League – Warham Gatemen
Kameron Guangorena: C – .250 AVG – 12 G – 44 AB – 6 R – 11 H – 7 1B – 3 2B – 0 3B – 1 HR – 7 RBI – 3 BB – 1 HBP – 9 Ks
Guango started the Cape Cod League season on the opening day roster. Anytime a player that just finished his freshman season plays in the Cape Cod League, that bodes well for his future draft stock. Despite leaving early and not completing the season for the Wareham Gateman, Kam put up some respectable numbers in the league most everyone agrees is the top level for collegiate summer baseball. Expect to see Guangorena open the season as the main catcher for the majority of Titan Baseball games in 2020.

Brett Borgogno
Brett Borgogno

California Collegiate League – Santa Barbara Foresters
Brett Borgogno: INF – .125 AVG – 3 G – 8 AB – 2 R – – 1 H – 1 1B – 0 2B – 0 3B – 0 HR – 0 RBI – 3 BB – 0 HBP – 5 Ks
Borgogno was limited this summer after experiencing an injury that is not expected to affect his ability to participate in fall and spring workouts. The common opinion regarding Borgogno’s role in 2020 is to compete for the second base position vacated by graduating senior Hank LoForte.

West Coast League – Kelowna Falcons
Brian Landon**: OF – .111 AVG – 3 G – 9 AB – 1 R – 1 H – 1 1B – 0 2B – 0 3B – 0 HR – 0 RBI – 1 BB – 0 HBP – 7 Ks
Landon redshirted in 2019 and despite a small sample size while playing summer ball, look for Landon to compete for playing time in what appears to be a crowded outfield.

Zach Lew
Zach Lew

West Coast League – Yakima Valley Pippins
Zach Lew: INF – .357 AVG – 7 G – 28 AB – 5 R – 10 H – 7 1B – 3 2B – 0 3B – 0 HR – 7 RBI – 3 BB – 1 HBP – 4 Ks
Lew returned to Fullerton after a limited stint up in Yakima, Washigton. Expect Lew to compete with Borgogno for the second base spot on the 2020 roster.

Southern California Collegiate Baseball League – Inland Valley Pirates
Demitri Colacchio†: INF – .324 AVG – 20 G – 71 AB – 8 R – 23 H – 20 1B – 2 2B – 0 3B – 1 HR – 8 RBI – 8 BB 1 HBP – 16 Ks
Colacchio tranfers into the Fullerton program via Saddleback College and prior to his stint at JC, played for the University of Utah. A strong summer showing in the SCCBL places Colacchio in a good position to compete for the starting short stop spot in the spring.

Isaiah Garcia
Isaiah Garcia

California Collegiate League – Lincoln Potters
Isaiah Garcia: OF/INF – .453 AVG – 16 G – 64 AB – 18 R – 29 H – 22 1B – 5 2B – 0 3B – 2 HR – 18 RBI – 2 HBP – 8 Ks
Garcia, who is from Lincoln, Calif., played for the hometown summer ball team within the California Collegiate League. Garcia joined the Potters mid-season after completing a summer school course and had an impressive second half of the season batting .453. Look for Garcia to move from the outfield, a position he played in 2019 to First Base in 2020, his natural position.

Southern California Collegiate Baseball League – Inland Valley Pirates
Cole Urman*: C – .114 AVG – 14 G – 35 AB – 4 R – 4 H – 4 1B – 0 2B – 0 3B – 1 HR – 1 RBI – 3 BB – 1 HBP – 5 Ks
Incoming freshman Urman looks to compete for the back-up catcher spot behind Guangorena but could possibly redshirt if Junior College transfer Austin Schell beats him out. Batting .114 in 35 at-bats over the summer, Urman may need some seasoning before competing at the college level.

Cameron Repetti
Cameron Repetti

West Coast League – Ridgefield Raptors
Cameron Repetti*: INF/RHP – .248 AVG – 50 G – 202 AB – 31 R – 50 H – 32 1B – 12 2B – 1 3B – 5 HR – 33 RBI – 28 BB – 1 HBP – 46 Ks
Repetti did not miss a beat making the transition from high school to college competition. Facing college pitchers, Repetti held his own in the West Coast League playing for the first year Ridgefield Raptors. A dual threat, Repetti also pitched over the summer racking up a 3-3 W/L record to accompany six saves. Repetti struck out 24 while only issuing eight walks and finished with a 3.81 ERA. Despite pitching over the summer, Repetti expects to play in the field and pick up a bat once on the Fullerton campus. Over 200 at-bats over the summer will help prepare Repetti to compete for the starting third base job for the Titans in 2020.

Southern California Collegiate Baseball League – Inland Valley Bucs
Max Miller: INF – .213 AVG – 20 G – 47 AB – 2 R – 10 H – 9 1B – 1 2B – 0 3B – 0 HR – 5 RBI – 4 BB – 3 HBP – 18 Ks
Miller redshirted in 2018 and played sparingly in 2019. A decent summer in the SCCBL could have prepared Miller to compete for a middle infield spot in 2020.

Caden Connor
(Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Independant – Puf Caps
Caden Connor*: OF – .290 AVG – 20 G – 62 AB – 14 R – 18 H – 17 1B – 1 2B – 0 3B – 0 HR – 11 RBI – 1 HBP – 8 Ks
Playing the second half of the summer ball season for the Puf Caps, a team compiled of the top incoming D1 freshmen, Connor impressed despite not playing the full season. Connor could come in and fill one of the outfield spots for the Titans in 2020 depending on his fall workouts.

Southern California Collegiate Baseball League – Inland Valley Bucs
Trevor Cadd**: OF – .188 AVG – 16 G – 48 AB – 4 R – 9 H – 6 1B – 3 2B – 0 3B – 0 HR – 4 RBI – 3 BB – 0 HBP – 17 Ks
A redshirt last season, Cadd will look to compete for one of the three outfield spots that is already a crowded position field.

JJ Cruz

Independant – Utah Marshalls
J.J. Cruz*: SS – Stats unavailable
Unfortunately, the Utah Marshalls do not make stats available without a registered and paid account through iScore. Despite not seeing how Cruz performed over the summer, his high school performance puts him as the odds on favorite to win the short stop position vacated by Sahid Valenzuela who left via the MLB draft.

Independant – Utah Marshalls
Miguel Ortiz*: OF – Stats unavailable
No stats on Ortiz but expect him to get every opportunity to win an outfield spot once fall work outs start.

Pitchers

Tanner Bibee

Cape Cod League – Warham Gatemen
Tanner Bibee: RHP – 3.63 ERA – 9 G – 0 GS – 0 CG – 17.1 IP – 19 H – 8 R – 7 ER – 3 BB – 19 Ks – 3 W – 1 L – 1 SV
Despite a lot of innings pitched during the Titan Baseball 2019 season, Bibee went out to the Cape and continued to pitch the entire Cape Cod League season. Bibee played the role of reliever out in the Cape, showcasing his talent and versatility to scouts while still keeping his innings and pitch count manageable in advance of the 2020 season. Look for Bibee to hold down the Friday night starter role and he is expected to get drafted in 2020.

Michael Weisberg
Michael Weisberg

Cape Cod League – Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox
Michael Weisberg: RHP – 10.63 ERA – 11 G 0 GS – 0 CG – 11.0 IP – 16 H – 14 R – 13 ER – 6 BB – 11 Ks – 0 W – 0 L – 0 SV
Weisburg, much like Guangorena, played in the Cape Cod League after his freshman season. Maintaining the reliever role while out in the Cape, his ERA was a bit higher than one would want. We are unaware that while out in the Cape, Weisburg may have been trying to learn new pitches or gain more control. (Summer ball is the exact time for a player to experiment with a different aspect of their game because the games are purely exhibitions.) Look for Weisberg to hold down the closer role in 2020 but could be challenged for that spot if his control and ability to throw strikes remains suspect.

Joe Magrisi
Joe Magrisi

West Coast League – Yakima Valley Pippins
Joe Magrisi: RHP – 2.59 ERA – 8 G – 6 GS – 0 CG – 34.2 IP – 21 H – 10 R – 10 ER – 12 BB – 66 Ks – 2 W – 1 L – 1 SV
Magrisi had a freshman season to forget while at Fullerton but figured it out while playing for the Yakima Pippins this summer. Magrisi struck out 5.5 batters for every walk issued while playing the in the WCL. Magrisi even picked up a bat during the summer to the point he participated in the WCL home run derby. Expect Magrisi to return to campus looking to compete for a weekend starting role on the mound after his excellent summer up in Yakima.

Timothy Josten

West Coast League – Corvallis Knights
Timmy Josten: LHP – 3.26 ERA – 8 G – 5 GS – 0 CG – 30.1 IP – 26 H – 15 R – 11 ER – 8 BB – 27 Ks – 4 W – 2 L – 0 SV
Josten was a strong starter for the Corvalis Knights who led the WCL in wins, going 42-12 this summer. Josten was solid for the Knights and expect Josten to compete for a starting role on the weekends.

Northwoods League – Rochester Honkers
Evan Larsen: RHP – 6.00 ERA – 2 G – 2 GS – 0 CG – 6.0 IP – 6 H – 5 R – 4 ER – 5 BB – 1 K – 0 W – 1 L – 0 SV
Larsen, who pitched for the Titans in 2019 in relief after rehabilitating Tommy John Surgery the year before, pitched sparingly in the Northwoods League. Larsen factors into the bullpen as a solid middle reliever for the Titans in 2020.

Titus Groeneweg
Titus Groeneweg

West Coast League – Portland Pickles
Titus Groeneweg: RHP – 3.15 ERA – 7 G – 4 GS – 0 CG – 25.2 IP – 29 H – 13 R – 9 ER – 2 BB – 22 Ks – 1 W – 0 L – 0 SV
Titus had a fantastic summer in Portland finishing with a stellar 11:1 strike out to walk ratio. Look for Groeneweg’s role to increase in 2020 and he could be in position to start if his performance in the summer transitions to fall workouts.

Matthew Sanchez
Mathew Sanchez

Alaska Baseball League – Anchorage Glacier Pilots
Matthew Sanchez: RHP – 1.57 ERA – 10 G – 10 GS – 0 CG – 51.2 IP – 38 H – 13 R – 9 ER – 12 BB – 57 Ks – 4 W – 1 L – 0 SV
Sanchez led the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in numerous categories including innings pitched, lowest ERA of pitchers to throw 30+ innings, strike outs, games started and tied for first in wins. Fair to say Sanchez was the ace of the staff up in Alaska and it may be hard to keep him off the mound in a starting role after putting up those summer numbers.

Landon Anderson

Northwoods League – Rochester Honkers
Landon Anderson: RHP – 2.92 ERA – 9 G – 6 GS – 0 CG – 40.0 IP – 34 H – 16 R – 13 R – 13 BB – 34 Ks – 4 W – 2 L – 0 SV
Anderson saw more time in the Northwoods League as a starter than he did last season at Fullerton. While with the Honkers, Anderson finished with a sub-3 ERA and finished second in ERA among pitchers that threw 40 or more innings for Rochester. Anderson projects to be a solid reliever from the left side to bolster the Titan bullpen in 2020.

Dillon Brown
Dillon Brown interviewed following a Newport Gulls game

New England Collegiate Baseball League – Newport Gulls
Dillon Brown: RHP – 2.97 ERA – 10 G – 5 GS – 0 CG – 33.1 IP – 30 H – 17 R – 11 ER – 8 BB – 15 Ks – 3 W – 0 L – 2 SV
Brown returns to Fullerton for his senior year and finished the summer ball season with a sub-3 ERA. Over the years at Fullerton, Brown has primarily played the middle reliever role admirably but did get some starts while playing for the Newport Gulls in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Combining starts with relief appearances, Brown had a perfect 3-0 W/L record while recording two saves. Brown projects to return to his same role as the veteran leader of the bullpen and to put out fires in the middle innings.

Gavin Kennedy
Gavin Kennedy

Independant – Puf Caps
Gavin Kennedy*: RHP – 1.82 ERA – 7 G – 3 GS – 0 CG – 24.2 IP – 21 H – 7 R – 5 ER – 7 BB – 25 Ks – 0 W – 0 L – 0 SV
Right handed pitcher Gavin Kennedy is already drawing comparisons to Connor Seabold who also pitched for the Puf Caps in the summer of 2014 coming out of high school. High praise for an incoming freshman seeing how Seabold was drafted in the third round and has advanced to Double-A in his second full season of professional baseball. Kennedy arrives on the Fullerton campus putting up fantastic numbers this summer. Anytime a pitcher records a sub-2 ERA in summer ball, he will be given every opportunity to earn a spot on the roster and gain valuable playing time.

Independant – Utah Marshalls
Peyton Jones*: LHP – Stats unavailable
You can never have enough left handed pitching depth and Jones looks to provide that in his freshman year.

(*Incoming freshman)

(**Redshirted in 2019)

(†Junior College transfer)

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