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This coming March, the Coyotes will open their seventh season in the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC) and will turn to the bump for success.
The Coyotes pitching rotation should be the backbone of this club in the spring with four veteran arms leading the way including Zach Burlon, Marcus Drewry, Joel Lamont and Austin Orsted.
Last spring Drewry (pictured) was the ace of this staff with a 5-0 record and 2.60 ERA in his junior season. Now a senior the 6’2, 195 pound Courtney native will once again be asked to lead this club and build on his 19 strikeouts in 38 innings.
In his first three years with the Yotes, Drewry is 9-7 in the regular season and is averaging 21.3 strikeouts per season and logging 34.4 innings.
Left hander Burlon will enter his junior year in the spring and has averaged 27.5 strikeouts in his first two campaigns. As a freshman in 2012 Burlon threw 45.1 innings and finished 3-3 with a 4.36 ERA. After sitting out 2013 with an injury, the 6’2, 235 pounder threw 38 innings and struck out 29 hitters in 2014. He won his only post season start, throwing seven innings and fanned six.
Burlon has been a workhorse in his first two seasons compiling an average of 41.5 innings.
Lamont is also entering his junior season and has shown the coaching staff he is a two way player, hitting .280 and finishing 3-2 on the mound last spring.
The Coyotes will need Lamont to be a leader on the bump in the spring. He threw 35.2 innings last year and struck out 35 on route to his three victories and a 4.29 ERA. The Surrey native appeared twice in the playoffs and fanned 13 in 6.2 innings of work.
The youngest starter on the staff is Orsted, but he commands a game like a veteran. In just his freshman season had a team best 2.42 ERA in 26 innings pitched. He struck out 19 and finished 1-1, recording his lone win over VIBI on April 19th.
If the Coyotes want to see success in 2015 Orsted will need to be a key contributor and be asked to lead by example in his sophomore season.
The Coyotes will open the 2015 CCBC spring season on March 20th when they host the University of Calgary. Prior to the season opener, the Coyotes will play in California, Arizona and Las Vegas beginning February 7 as part of their annual winter tour. Follow the Coyotes on Twitter during the trip and over the course of the off season; @YotesBaseball
Courtesy of Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)