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SEASON PREVIEW: Parkway West Longhorns

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The Parkway West Longhorns are coming off a dominant 2021 season in which they went 23-4, eventually being upset by Rockwood Summit in the district final. Despite having a ton of success in 2021, it is conceivable that they could be as good or even better in 2022. They are led by second year head coach Andrew Jett. 

“Despite having a ton of success in 2021, it is conceivable that they could be as good or even better in 2022.”

What they have going for them: 

2023 Infielder Gannon Snyder is one of the most dynamic players in the area. He is an elite bat that has the ability to both get on base at a high rate while also getting on base a ton due to a generally disciplined approach. Snyder is an aggressive base runner with a high baseball IQ, and also has an above average arm. He may be able to help the Longhorns on the mound as well. 

2023 Catcher Tyler Lang (uncommitted) is coming off a 2021 season in which he led the team in batting average as a sophomore, hitting a robust .431 to compliment a whopping .576 OBP and 1.187 OPS. We see Lang as one of the most underrated players in the St. Louis area. The hit tool is extremely advanced, and defensively he is a high level receiver that grades out overall as above average.

2024 Infielder Mason Beno (uncommitted) has a shot to emerge as one of the best prospects in St. Louis’ 2024 class. Beno made varsity as a freshmen on a loaded Parkway West team last spring, and contributed on both the mound and in the field for the Longhorns. This year, he takes on an even bigger role, as they’ll likely lean on him as both a top end rotation piece and a top half of the order bat.

2022 LHP/1B Luke Wright is a front of the rotation talent that will be headed to JuCo powerhouse Heartland CC in the fall. At 6 foot 4 with a muscular build, Wright is an imposing figure on the mound. He features a mid to upper 80’s fastball with a plus changeup and a functional breaking ball. Wright hit .360 for the Longhorns last spring and figures to play an even bigger role offensively this year for Parkway West. 


The reality is the Longhorns are losing some significant pieces that will undoubtedly be tough to replace. They lost their entire starting outfield from 2021 (Nicholas Harms, Isaac Kittrell & Griffin Snyder), along with Dartmouth commit Elliott Krewson. 

Despite the loss of some significant pieces, they will benefit from the fact that talented players such as Snyder, Lang, 2023 INF Cooper Walkoff and Beno are each a year older and more experienced. This was one of the best underclass groups in the area last spring, and they have a chance to be a dominant group against competition that’s closer to their age in 2022.  

Another factor in the 2022 Longhorn’s success will be the availability of aforementioned senior LHP/1B Luke Wright. He is currently working his way back from an injury that has sidelined him the past several months. His availability could be another pivotal factor in determining Parkway West’s success.

Unmentioned players to watch:

Alex Gitt (Lindenwood)

Denver Eaves (East Central CC)

Ben Seavey

Zack Boland 

Bryce Drake

Brayden Gilmore 

COMING UP NEXT: MLK Florida Winter Series

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The MLK Florida Winter Series was held January 15-17 in Bradenton, Florida. Overall, there were a total of 8 games played in the 3 day event, with an additional 6 hours dedicated to a pro-style showcase.

“Several players surprised me over the course of the weekend.”

Shortstop Devin Wheaton (IL) projects likely as a D1 shortstop down the road. Wheaton showed a mature approach at the plate and barreled several baseballs during the games. Has some athleticism at the plate and will continue to develop as a hitter. In the infield, he has excellent actions with the glove and does a great job of attacking the baseball. Footwork was excellent both in game and the showcase.

Brayden Hodges (MO) was the most impressive athlete physically speaking in attendance at the event. At 6 foot 6 and 270 pounds Hodges is physically imposing. Hit several balls out in BP, and displayed a mostly pull-side approach with a top exit velo of 97. He moves incredibly well for his size, already possessing skillset and athleticism that would presently be above average at any collegiate level. The swing is still developing and he will need to develop the ability to drive the ball the other way, but the juice is real and it will ultimately be well worth the squeeze.

Another player who showcased an impressive skillset was Jake Miller (MO). Miller ran a 6.8 in the 60 yard dash. In BP he showed a pullside approach and caught several barrels for extra base hits in game. Topped at 80mph on the mound from a very low arm slot. Showed excellent tilt and shape on his breaking ball. Did a great job in centerfield tracking down several balls on the run. Miller’s swing lacks fluidity and several aspects of his game are extremely raw, but his tools are undeniable and he is certainly a prospect worth monitoring in 2022 and beyond.

SS Jacob Mruk (FL) was another player in attendance who projects as a future collegiate athlete. Mruk showed great actions with the glove, attacking the baseball aggressively. His footwork is developing but overall he shows feel for the shortstop position. Showed some promise offensively, taking several quality at bats during the game, often getting on base. Mruk displayed upside on the mound as well, utilizing a 2 seam fastball with plenty of ASR as well as a functional breaking ball. Worth keeping an eye on.


1B: Brayden Hodges (2023, MO)
2B: Jackson Carroll (2023, MO)
SS: Devin Wheaton, (2025, IL)
3B: Brock Jones (2024, MO)
OF: Jake Miller (2024, MO)
OF: Holden Strain (2024, MO)
OF: Baker Merris (2023, MO)
DH: Ethan Weber, (2023, MO)
C: Ethan Flores, (2025, IL)
UTL: Dylan King, (2025, IL)
UTL: Jacob Mruk (2023, FL)

P: Blake Larson(2023)
P: Lucio Sanchez (FL, 2022)
P: Tyler Kolb (FL, 2024)
P: Eli Grant (2023, MO)