Last week, we looked at four of the freshmen baseball Dons — three of whom are left-handed pitchers. There are no such players in this piece. This batch of ballplayers are much more diverse, featuring a right-handed pitcher, a catcher, an infielder and an outfielder.
#4 Kyle Knell
Knell is a redshirt freshman, meaning he was a USF student last year but did not play for the Dons. A “rightie” from Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon, Knell is a shortstop by nature but is comfortable playing all around the diamond. Perfect Game USA, a baseball statistics group, ranked him as the third-best shortstop from the Beaver State in the class of 2017. In high school, he also played volleyball, basketball and football. He captained the Crusaders in 2016 and 2017, leading them to their Oregon State Championship victory in 2016. With the Dons this year, Knell has appeared at second base six times, as well as coming in once each as a pinch runner and a pinch hitter.
#15 Harris Williams
Joining the Dons from Denver, Williams is a 5-foot-9-inch outfielder. This past summer, he played alongside fellow Don Kasey Koppelmaa on the Slammers Martin club baseball team. In his four years at Denver North High School, he put up absolutely ridiculous numbers, posting a .513 career batting average and a .598 on-base percentage, meaning he reached base safely more often than he did not. In his senior year, he put up a monster .661 batting average and a .743 OBP. He reached base safely nearly three times more often than he got out. Perfect Game USA ranked him as the seventh best outfielder in Colorado last year, but he has yet to appear for the Dons this year.
#38 Dillon McNeil
Based on the Foghorn’s extensive and completely objective research process, McNeil has the best Twitter feed of the freshmen on the baseball team. When the catcher from Portland isn’t at baseball practice, he’s tweeting about rap and his day-to-day observations on college life (“every night around 11:30 someone on my floor runs down the hall at a dead sprint. I have never caught them and have no clues as to who it is. i also have absolutely zero idea why someone would do this. every night.” – @McNeilDill) The rightie is also experienced in the outfield but primarily goes to work behind the plate. This season, the Dons have five extremely talented catchers on the roster. Because of that, McNeil will spend this season as the Dons’ bullpen catcher, meaning he will be responsible for helping relief pitchers warm up before coming into the game, but will probably not see any game time himself.
#40 Josh Mollerus
Mollerus is 6-foot-2-inch right-handed pitcher from Campbell, California, just outside of San Jose. Mollerus also played first base and left field at Bellarmine College Prep, posting a batting average of only .219 over four years. While the offensive numbers were lackluster, Mollerus put up impressive pitching numbers in his time playing for the Bells. In his senior year, Mollerus made fifteen appearances, racking up seven saves and a 1.10 ERA. In three relief appearances for the Dons this year, he has given up three hits and allowed two walks, but struck out two batters in three innings pitched, to the tune of a perfect 0.00 ERA.