McPherson College was having a tremendous baseball season when COVID 19 struck this past spring.
The Bulldogs were among the best teams in the country offensively and were well on their way to smashing numerous school records when the season was halting.
Now they’re hoping for a 2021 season and in anticipation, Mac coach Bryan Moses has added 14 impact players to join the returnees from last year’s team.
Here are thumbnail sketches, as provided by the McPherson College Sports Information staff:
Blake Asadoor – OF/LHP – Clovis North High School – Clovis, Calif. A left-hand hitting outfielder who batted in the middle of the lineup for one of the best high school programs in the country. Very athletic kid with pop. He has proven himself against some of the best HS pitchers in Fresno, CA. Lots of upside on the mound with a low arm slot.
Coach Moses Quote: “Blake will be one of the bright young players in our program. He has serious potential as an outfielder and a pitcher. He comes to us from an area of the country where great baseball players are made.”
Luke Boline - RHP - Pittsburg State University - Wichita, Kan. Local product. Attended Independent High School in Wichita. Attended Dodge City CC where he logged 57 2/3 innings only yielding 47 hits. The rotation arm then transferred to Pitt State
Coach Moses Quote: “We like the fact that Luke is battled-tested, having pitched at the D-2 level and at a very completive Juco. This guy can mix it up on the mound and keep hitters guessing.”
Trystan Butterfield - RHP - Frank Phillips College - Arlington, Texas. Big body right-hand pitcher. Sophomore year led his team in strikeouts per 9 innings (13.50). Butterfield attended Angleton High School, throwing 108 innings, striking out 98 hitters. Senior year he posted an ERA of 2.94 and won 6 games.
Coach Moses Quote: “This guy has a big arm. Lots of strikeout stuff and more in the tank. We think he can pitch in a variety of roles and we’re looking forward to his presence.”
Tyler Wood - Cameron University - Winnipeg, Man. Wood is a polished left-hand hitting infielder with capability of playing 3B, SS and 2B at a high level. At Cameron, Wood totaled 63 at bats and a .302 batting average. His sophomore year at his junior college (Northern Oklahoma College, Enid) was even more impressive. At Enid, Wood posted a .313 batting average, with 4 home runs, 10 doubles and 43 RBIs. Wood also led his team in walks (40)
Coach Moses Quote: “We believe Tyler will do wonders for us on the infield and at the plate. He is a proven veteran infielder with tons of feel for the game. He is a smart player who can do anything you ask of him. Tyler has some pop, can play the small game and he’s a solid baserunner. Looking forward to his versatility.”
Darby Gilbert - RHP - Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College - Pascagoula, Miss. Hard thrower with swing-and-miss stuff. Freshman year at MGCCC, Gilbert struck out 41 hitters in 26 (14.19 per 9) innings. He also only yielded 19 hits. Gilbert attended Pascagoula High School where he struck out 57 hitters in 32 innings posting a 2.87 ERA
Coach Moses Quote: “The kid has a special arm and may have chances to play at the next level. He can run it up about 90 mph and gets punch-outs on a regular basis. We will look to find him the right role here.” Jacob Gilcrese - Bossier Parrish Community College - Shreveport, La. In two years at Bossier Parrish, Gilcrease was among the team leaders in apperances. The submarine RHP specialized in getting ground balls and strike outs. In 19 innings, Gilcrease walked 3 hitters and struck out 17.
Coach Moses Quote: “He will be imperative to our success. Considering the venue where we play our games, we knew we wanted to go out and find a guy who can give teams a different look. He is really hard to get in the air and that’s important here.
DJ Lewis - OF - Southwest Mississippi Community College - Vicksburg, Miss. Left-hand hitting outfield who can cover a ton of ground. As a freshman, was third on the team with a .331 batting average, second with 12 stolen bases and led the team in walks (17). Had 2 doubles and 2 triples while scoring 27 runs and driving in 9. Was named MACJC Academic All-State. Graduate of Warren Central High School, named All-County 10th-12th grades. As a senior, led his team is batting average, stolen bases and On-Base Percentage. Former University of Akron commit.
Coach Moses Quote: “This guy is dynamic. He is going to give us the speed and grit that we need. DJ can play any outfield position at a very high level. The man is a sparkplug for sure. He will be fun to work with.”
Justin Lockey - RHP - Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College - Long Beach, Miss. Pitching alongside Darby Gilbert, Lockey was a rock at MGCCC. With a three-quarter release point, Lockey has plenty of velocity and command of secondary pitches. In 38 innings, he struck out 40 hitters, gave up well below a hit per inning and posted an ERA under 3.00. At Long Beach High School, Lockey went 6-5 with a 2.32 ERA in 63.1 IP with 76 strikeouts and 15 walks.
Coach Moses Quote: “We are fortunate to get the 2-headed monster of Lockey and Gilbert. With Lockey, we know we have obtained a guy that can throw multiple innings at a time and pitch in any role. This guy has really good stuff.”
Blake Maddock - RHP - Merced College - Oakdale, Calif. Arguably the ace at Merced for the past two seasons. In two years at Merced, Maddock went 9-2 on the mound while logging 79 innings, striking out 86 hitters and only walking 27. His ERA hovered around 3.00. Didn’t pitch much in high school, but he got to Merced, their coaches put him on the right path.
Coach Moses Quote: “He’s not large in stature but don’t let it fool you. This kid is nasty and he wants to be great. He carries himself with the right attitude on an off the field. We expect Blake to be a big part of our identity this season.”
Brett Maddock - Oakdale High School - Oakdale, Calif. Brother of Blake, Maddock was really impressive at Oakdale HS. Brett notched 82 strikeouts in 82 innings of work and has not had an ERA over 2.00 throughout his high school career. Really talented player who can also swing the bat. He is ready for the four-year experience
Coach Moses Quote: “We are lucky to have these brothers in our program. Brett is so intriguing because we have lots of time with him. He comes to us with an impressive skill set. I only expect him to improve as we move forward.
Zach Perkins - RHP - Feather River College - Durham, Calif. Perkins pitched for two year at one of the most respected junior colleges in California. Freshmen year, Perkins threw 5 hitless innings. In the Covid-19 shortened season he hurled 16 innings on his way to a 2.25 ERA. In his career at FRC Perkins allowed only 6 total hits. He has a great arm and has yet to reach his ceiling.
Coach Moses Quote: “He’s a big, strong pitcher who goes right after guys with hard stuff. At an ordinary juco he would have probably thrown a lot more than he did. FRC is loaded with talent and Zach was one of their strongest arms”
Broc Selstrom - RHP - Lower Columbia College - Centralia, Wash. 6”4’ 210-pound right hander has been above 90 mph. Selstrom has a live arm and devastating stuff. He had some trouble finding time on the mound at LCC which is a JUCO powerhouse. Once Broc gets reps and feels comfortable he could prove to be a major difference maker.
Coach Moses Quote: “Coach Engle and I saw him throw live at the NWAC showcase in Washington. We knew right away that we wanted him. He showed a live fastball with command. He looked great that day and would have contributed at LCC if it weren’t for COVID.
Drake Miller - RHP - Lamar Community College - Rupert, Idaho. Miller was reliable in so many different ways for LCC. He started and closed games. In two years at LCC Miller worked in 71 innings, walking only 25 and striking out 81. He also embraced some of the recent pitching technology at Lamar. At Minico HS, Miller dominated the high school circuit going 11-2 while striking out over 100 batters.
Coach Moses Quote: “Drake is exciting. We both have roots in Idaho, which is interesting. He has experience with much of the technology that we use here including Rapsodo and Motus Sleeves. He has great stuff and will help us during our journey.”
Alex Escobar - RHP - Reedley College - Modesto, Calif. Alex Was the true ace at Reedley College for two years. Freshmen year he was the only pitcher on his team to throw a complete game (2). Only walked 22 hitters in 79 innings. Sophomore year Escobar threw 44 innings and posted a 1.62 ERA while only walking 11 hitters.
Coach Moses Quote: “Alex is a proven No. 1 on the mound. He commands three different pitches nearly every time out. He’s durable and showcases the ability to collect strikeouts. He has touched 90 mph. and there is more in there.”