Minnesota State – 2010 Preview

Minnesota State

Today I continue with my series looking at the top teams in the Northern Sun Conference by previewing Minnesota State.  I look back at their results in 2009, key roster transitions and make a prediction about where I expect the 2010 team will finish.

Minnesota State – 2009 Results

The Mavericks were picked to finish 2nd in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in 2009 and that’s exactly where they finished.  They ended up 1 1/2 games behind the eventual champion, Wayne State.  The team then advanced to the Northern Sun Postseason Tournament where they lost their first game before reeling off 5 straight wins to claim the automatic bid to the NCAA Central Regional (Minnesota State Wins NSIC Tourney).  The flamed out in 2 straight NCAA Tourney games but it was still a very productive year and they finished with a 38-17 record in coach Matt Magers first year as the manager.

The team ranked in the top half of most statistical categories within D2 baseball and among Northern Sun teams.  They were 4th in the league in batting, 3rd in ERA and 3rd in fielding.  One glaring weakness was their stolen bases where they ranked 2nd to last in the league.


Minnesota State Outlook For 2010

The Mavericks lose 4 of their everyday starters including 1st Team All-Conference 2nd Baseman, Jay Bresnahan, who led the team in hitting and the team’s MVP & 3rd Baseman, Geno Glynn, who led the team in hits and RBI’s.  In addition, Travis Taran, Corey LaPlante & Mark Moriarty are not returning.  The players who won’t be back accounted for 48% of the teams at-bats in 2009.  The team does return 1st Team player, Danny Miller (OF) who led the team in HR’s, Kosuke Hattori (SS) who led the team in runs scored and Ben Kincaid (DH/1B) who was 2nd in batting as a freshman.  Other returnees include Aaron Berner, Steven Helget & Matt Kuchenberger.

On the mound the team loses their Pitching MVP, Nathan Kafka, who was a 1st Team All-Conference relief pitcher.  They also lose 2 of their top 4 starters with the graduation of James Dale and MLB draftee, Chris Odegaard (Odegaard Drafted By Tampa Bay Rays).  Their loss, along with reliever, Josh Castanza, add up to 50% of their innings which need to be replaced.  They do bring back 1st Team All-Conference starter, Patrick Lenton (9-2 in 2009) and Brett Fratzke who was 4-3 with a 3.88 ERA.  For as many accolades as Lenton received, his stat line from 2009 really wasn’t that impressive (other than win-loss) as he had the 7th highest ERA of the 8 regular pitchers and gave up 16 homers – more than the other 3 main starters combined.  While the loss of the 2 key starters would seem concerning for most teams, the Mavericks have replacements in Sophomore Blake Schwarz (4-1 & lead team with .221 BA against) and incoming transferee, Sophomore Bret Mitchell who had a dominate year at Iowa Central Community College.  Schwarz had at least 1 opposing head coach raving to me about what the big right-hander from Rosemount, MN might do in coming years.

On the recruiting front, Minnesota State continues to get a large number of high quality players from the high school ranks in Minnesota.  Four of their Freshman were in the Lion’s All-Star game last year (Jared Wasik, Tyler Lang, Ben Keller & Brock Lloyd).

The team opens 2010 with 4 games in Lakewood, CO against Colorado Christian before coming back to the Metrodome for 6 games and then flying to Winter Haven for the RussMatt Tourney.  Minnesota State – 2010 Baseball Schedule  They do get Wayne State to come to Mankato which should help.

The team has basically lost half their contributors from last year but that said, I’ve been extremely impressed with their recruiting the past few years and don’t see much of a drop-off.  I don’t think they will finish in 1st place but I do expect a Top 3 finish in 2010.

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8 Responses to “Minnesota State – 2010 Preview”

  1. 1 Wow January 4, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Chris Odegaard was lost to the draft as he had 1 more year left that he could play I do believe.

  2. 3 John Plasha January 5, 2010 at 6:00 am

    In case your keeping score Geno Glynn was slected by The Tampa Bay Rays also in the 43rd Rd.

  3. 4 John Plasha Sr. February 3, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    MSU’s Tom Kordiak ranked # 57th in Perfect Games top 60 D-2 players in the country. Only NSIC player named. Emporia #5 Team, Mesa Sst. #8, and Cent. Mo. #9. (Top 10 Teams Listed)

  4. 5 Stat Rat February 10, 2010 at 10:38 am

    how old is lenton? like 35? im thinking dockendorf will be the top player in the whole conference that little shortstop running like a rabbit

  5. 6 Anonymous February 28, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Dockendorf has never played short while at MSU, he’s a thirdbasemen and Kosuke will move back and forth between 3b and 2b. Chris Odegaard was drafted by the Diamondbacks not the Tampa Bay Rays.

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  1. 1 Wayne State – 2010 Preview « Northern Sun Baseball Trackback on January 23, 2010 at 7:27 am

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