Just a week after landing Evergreen RHP Dane Kapande, TC Schmunk lands Colorado’s Perfect Game top prospect (2018) Justin Olson. The Pine Creek slugger officially announced Thursday morning that he would be returning to the Schmunk Team. Olson had been heavily pursued by several of the nation’s top club programs. “Knowing that programs such as the EvoShield Canes, Florida Travel Ball (FTB) and Team Elite Prime were all in the mix. Trying to land him was like reeling in a shark with a stick and dental floss,” says TC director Byron Embry. Olson is also expected to bulk the middle of the order along with Jordan Stubbings and top Minnesota prospect Noah Winkelman. He will join Regis Jesuit’s Brodie Marino and Tyler Gayle as the 3rd 2018 graduate on Team Colorado’s top team.
Olson is a part of a 2018 class that is shaping up to be one of Colorado’s top best in recent history. The Bard Team remains in hot purist of PG #2 prospect and Arizona State commit Luke Leisenring along with PG #3 prospect and Hunter Owens. “Mike and I both believe that Leisenring and Owens have a chance to be very special,” says Embry.
Jay Onken (TC Bard) also from the ‘18 class has the attention of scouts from across the nation. The hard-throwing RHP out of Pine Creek is being heavily recruited by Wichita State, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska and West Virginia. Onken is expected to lead the Team Colorado Bard pitching staff this summer. Dalton Chandler (TC Boyd) and Darrian Escobar-Winter (TC Stegman) are also expected to be impact players in the 2018 class. Evergreen’s Ben Muscatello (TC Arnold) posted a 1.08 era in 36IP’s as a freshman on the varsity in 2015.
One could argue that it is no coincidence that the 2018 class and the 2019 are as talented as they are. Many of these prospects were Bardo’s kids growing up and were developed with a philosophy that winning baseball games means more than their skillset. Though skills are important, they only help make winning games easier.