While most high school baseball teams are lucky to have one Division I recruit, Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) has so many this season that one rarely sees the field.
The depth of the Tigers’ squad—the most talented collection of players that Richie Warren has coached in his six years at the helm—is a blessing and a curse for the Jesuit coaches, who struggle to find playing time for everyone.
The Tigers’ incredible depth, especially on the mound, is one of the main reasons Jesuit is a favorite to win its fourth state championship.
Jesuit’s ace, Lance McCullers Jr., has committed to Florida and was a first-round draft pick of the Houston Astros.
Fellow senior Conor O’Brien will play at N.C. State, where he may eventually face junior teammate Spencer Trayner, who has committed to UNC.
Junior John Kilichowski, the Tigers’ lights-out closer, has committed to Vanderbilt.
Senior first baseman and Villanova commit Max Beermann is a pretty good pitcher himself, but there’s no room in the rotation. The 6-foot-5 lefty slugger makes his presence felt at the plate. Beermann’s ability to change the game with one swing of the bat relegates fellow senior first baseman Anthony Hamlin to the bench. Hamlin, who takes his reserve role in stride, has committed to Marist.
Watch Other Episodes:
Watch Episode 1: Winning Tradition
Watch Episode 2: Stronger Longer
Watch Episode 3: Mental Mindset
Watch Episode 4: Lance McCullers Jr.
Watch Episode 5: Extraordinary Depth
Watch Episode 6: Staying Loose
Watch Episode 7: Been There, Done That
Watch Episode 8: Recover, Then Prepare
Watch Episode 9: McCullers Jr. Delivers
Watch Episode 10: Extra Innings