Young Golden Eagles look to break through in 2021
D1 Section titles: 1 (2004)
Twitter handle: @cw_hardball
2020 record: 7-2
Head Coach: Kevin Patrick
Record at School: 264-121-2 (13th year)
Career Record: 345-191-2
Noah Galvan, RHP
- (Fresno State)
Ixan Henderson, LHP/1B
- (Fresno State)
Hayden Driggs, C
- (Saint Mary’s)
Brad Senneway, SS
- (Fresno City)
Art Navarette, RHP/1B
- (Fresno City)
Tanner Ewell, OF
Jr. Jacob Haros, SS
- Haros was the everyday starter at 2B a season ago and will slide over as he turns into an upperclassman. His defensive ability solidified his spot last year and his offensive ability has started to come along in the offseason. He’s smooth and fluid up the middle and could be relied upon to pitch if the team requires it.
Jr. Nathan Baeza, 3B
- Like Haros, Baeza was the everyday starter at 3B as a sophomore in 2020. He flashed with his glove plenty of times and will be counted on to up his offensive game as a veteran. Haros and Baeza provide a quality left side. He also has the athleticism to play in the outfield if need be.
Soph. Cayden Munster, Utility/RHP
- Munster can do it all and is on a trajectory to potentially be an all-time great at the school. He hit .292 with a homerun in 27 at-bats as a freshman last season. He is challenging to pitch in the closer role, can play either of the corner infield spots, or play the OF. Depending on the matchup, Munster will be on the field and be a mainstay in the middle of the batting order.
Newcomers to watch:
Sr. Jacob Floth, RHP
- Signed with Fresno Pacific. Floth had to sit behind a plethora of good pitchers that went through Clovis West that last couple of seasons, but now he’ll get the chance to be the ace for his senior year. Varsity experience is the only thing Floth lacks.
Sr. Wyatt Gibson, 1B/RHP
- Gibson made two varsity appearances on the mound last year, but he’s a newcomer by all accounts. He’ll challenge for a spot at first base along with innings on the bump.
Sr. Chase Barsotti, 1B/RHP
- Barsotti’s bat has impressed in the preseason thus far. He’s in the same category as senior teammate Gibson as both are challenging for the same spots.
Sr. Aaron Rey, C
- In the mix for innings behind the dish.
Jr. Nick Almanza, OF
- Though Almanza has found himself on the varsity roster for a couple years now, he hasn’t played much because he’s played varsity basketball as well. He recently decided that his focus would be solely on baseball and it’s expected to pay huge dividends with his development. He absolutely flies around the bases and his wheels make him a leading candidate to grab the CF job.
Jr. Chris Flores, OF
- A first-year varsity player who has impressed coaches in the early going of preseason practice. Flores can create opportunities with his speed and that should help in compete for one of the corner outfield spots.
Jr. Kaleb Latimer, Utility
- A transfer from Calabasas High School, Latimer has turned heads thus far. Though he’s a natural infielder, his athleticism could also slide him to the outfield if there are open spots. However, that’s not to say he is out of the mix when it comes to an infield spot. Gaining a player like Latimer only helps raise the overall ceiling of a team. If you venture out to Stan Bledsoe this season, there’s a good chance Latimer will be somewhere in the lineup.
Jr. Colby Robertson, LHP
- A south paw who is starting to come into his own as a baseball player. He’s shown flashes of being able to throw in TRAC games and consistency could vault him into the rotation.
Soph. Dylan Senneway, OF/RHP
- Brother of Bradley Senneway, who ended last year as the hottest hitter in the section. Dylan will try to navigate for an outfield spot and could see some innings as a reliever. Not the biggest guy on the bump, but he can bring it.
Soph. Christian Badger, RHP
- Will look to gain experience coming out of the bullpen during his sophomore campaign.
Frosh. Marc Anthony Carroll, Infielder
- Transfer from the Central area who is impressive defensively. Natural shortstop who will compete for time at second base. Quick release with good body control. Don’t be surprised to see him get regular playing time as a freshman.
Frosh. Tyler Patrick, C/RHP
- One of the most heralded athletes coming out of Kastner Intermediate, Patrick will compete for the starting catcher position as well as innings on the mound. He already has a varsity body to go along with a deep understanding of the game. High level athlete. He projects to be a star as he continues to get older.
Soph. Logan Pontecorvo, C
- Another play who’s part of a great freshman class at C-Dub. Has impressed with his offensive ability in preseason camp.
The bottom line: It’s always tough replacing a core group of talented seniors. That’s the challenge the Golden Eagles are faced with in 2021. Of 60 innings played last year, 68.9 of them were thrown by players who graduated. This version of Clovis West will be young, but very talented. Expect the Eagles to be playing their best baseball at the end of May after the young pups get acclimated to the varsity game. The good news is that Coach Patrick has managed over 500 games in his career and he’ll figure out how to push the right buttons to have Clovis West competing at the right time.