New Dons, Who Dis? Baseball Part 1

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From left to right: Brandon Greim, Ryan Hecker, Ryan Cowdrey and Kasey Koppelmaa.

In another installment of our series of profiles on the freshmen of Dons Athletics, we will be looking at four of the fresh faces joining the Dons on the diamond this season.

#2 Brandon Greim

Greim is a 5-foot-11-inch middle infielder from Dublin, California. His position means he can play at second base or shortstop. Already playing as a starter for the Dons, he will likely spend most of his time at second base, with occasional stints at shortstop. Greim is far from a power hitter, but he can get on base. In his four years on the varsity team at Dublin High School, he posted a .337 batting average (AVG) with a .451 on-base percentage (OBP) and a .463 slugging percentage (SLG). The numbers tell us that Greim is also a very patient hitter, boasting a 1.818 walk-to-strikeout ratio (BB/K) in his high school career.

#11 Ryan Hecker

Hecker is an ambitious left-handed pitcher who has been playing baseball since the age of six. He can work his four pitch arsenal to deadly effect: in his junior season at North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo, Washington, he posted an impressive average of 13.6 strikeouts per nine innings pitched (K/9). That same year, Hecker went 6-2 with a 1.86 earned runs average (ERA). In his first two appearances with the Dons, he has struggled to find the same dominance that earned him the 2017 League MVP award and Washington All-State recognition. So far this year Hecker has allowed two hits, three walks and three earned runs in two innings pitched.

#12 Ryan Cowdrey

Cowdrey is another left-handed pitcher hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, where he played for the Saguaro High School Sabercats. He also played football at Saguaro, as a defensive end. The Dons list Cowdrey at 6 feet tall and 195 pounds, down from 205 pounds during his senior year. That year, Cowdrey struck out 44 batters in 43.2 innings pitched. He uses his stature efficiently, using a very contained pitching motion to throw his fastball at velocities surpassing 90 miles per hour. Perfect Game USA, a source for high-level amateur baseball rankings and coverage, ranked him as the fifth-best left-handed pitcher in Arizona last year. He has yet to pitch for the Dons.

#14 Kasey Koppelmaa

Coming to the hilltop from Littleton, Colorado, Koppelmaa is yet another left-handed pitcher joining the Dons this year. Perfect Game USA ranks him as the fourth-best left-handed pitcher in Colorado and the twenty-fourth best class of 2018 player overall from Colorado. His fastball reaches the 90 miles per hour range, and he boasts strong control over the pitch. He has yet to see substantial time for the Dons, amassing only 1.2 innings pitched in the first six games of the season.

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