By Ray Hamill — A loaded Humboldt Eagles 19U roster will feature plenty of talent this summer, but a trio of players in particular have been impressing early.
The team began tryouts last week, under strict COVID-19 restrictions, and will make any necessary cuts later this week, with a number of players looking sharp after the long layoff.
“You’re starting to see the rust getting off them,” head coach Tomlin said of his players. “They’re really starting to look sharp and the amount of talent we have on the field is really starting to show.”
None more so than Ethan Fischel, Parker Rodgers and Branson Gans, according to the head coach.
Fischel, who played last summer with the Humboldt B52s and had been recruited this year by the Humboldt Crabs, found himself free to play for the Eagles after both of those teams were forced to suspend their seasons.
And the Willamette University sophomore, who was enjoying an outstanding season with the team before the spring shutdown, has had an immediate impact with the Eagles.
“He’s kind of taken a leadership role for us,” Tomlin said of the 2018 Eureka High graduate, who is still young enough to play at the 19U level. “Everything he does is really professional.”
Rodgers and Gans, meanwhile, have each come into camp looking sharp despite not playing in months.
“I’m thoroughly impressed with how Parker Rodgers has improved as a player,” Tomlin said of the Eureka junior. “He’s gotten stronger and faster.”
So much so Rodgers is expected to start behind the plate on a deep and talented roster.
Gans, a Fortuna junior, also has been a pleasant surprise through the opening few practice sessions and another one of the team’s most improved players.
“He’s really stood out as a player that has been impressive,” Tomlin said of the outfielder.
With so much talent on hand, Tomlin says he expects to keep a roster of 19 players, including three full-time pitchers and 16 position players, many of whom will also pitch.
Merek Sears, Nick Dugan and CJ Van Meter will all be full-time pitchers.