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Baseball

The Jesuit baseball program has a tradition of excellence that includes four state titles (1994, 1997, 2000, 2014), dozens of District and Region titles, and several nationally ranked teams, including the 1997 National Champions. Hundreds of alumni have played baseball collegiately (four Tigers currently play for Florida State), and professionally, including Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Al Lopez Sr. '27, legendary New York Yankee Lou Piniella '60, and current major leaguers Sam Dyson '06, Joe Hudson '09, Lance McCullers '12, Kevin Quackenbush '07, and Shane Robinson '03. (See below for a full listing of Tigers in MLB).

In 2011, Jesuit began playing at gorgeous Paul Straub Field at Hyer Family Park. The facility features the Joseph Capitano Sr. '56 Trophy Hall and was named Field of the Year by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association. Prior to the 2015 season, former University of Tampa star Miguel Menendez was named head coach, and in 2017 the Tigers advanced to the State Championship game before falling to No. 2 nationally ranked Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy. Entering the 2019 season, Jesuit baseball has earned seven consecutive District titles, including 4-for-4 under Menendez.

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Schedules and Rosters

*For the most updated schedules check the website Athletic Calendar at left*


Jesuit baseball 2019 Varsity roster

#NAME YEAR POSITION 
15Andrew Kynes20191B
5Armando Flores2019OF
8Brandon Incardona2019INF
18Cristian Troncoso2019P
27Ethan Valdez2019INF
14Jack Moroney 2019OF
9Jimmy Clifford2019C
7AJ Karabenick2020P
19Alex Bryant 2020P
2Bennett Lee2020C | INF
11Cam Alvarez2020OF
10Camden Minacci2020P
17Henry Politz2020C | 1B
1Jalen Niles2020INF
3Joe Casale2020INF | OF
33Jonathan Shoop2020OF
24Josh Mallitz2020P
25Justin Clark2020
13Malachi Woodside2020INF
31Tripp Russo2020P
20Turner Thompson2020P | CINF
6BJ Graham2021OF
22Cole Russo2021INF


Jesuit baseball 2019 JV roster

#NAME YEAR POSITION 
1Aiden Clark2021OF/P
2Bradke Lohry2021INF
3Dominic Castellano2021LHP/OF
4Dylan Callaghan2021INF/P
5Carlos Baldor2021OF
6Josh Gargula2021C
7Nick Rodriguez2021INF/OF
9Connor Nash2021OF
11Miguel Menendez2021INF
12Kris Sosnowski2021INF/P
13Trey Martinez2021OF
14Tyler Corish2021OF/1B/LHP
16Alden Segui2021P
19Ryan Skelly2021P/OF
20Michael Spack2021INF/OF
21Vincente Flores2021OF/C
22AJ Nessler2022INF/OF
24Dominic DeCarlo2021OF/INF
25Ryan Denison2022P/1B
27Christian Hamilton2021P
30Joey Volini2021LHP
31Aidan Morales2021C/1B
33Jackson Shembekar2021P
34Gavin Sissel2021P/OF


 

 

Coaching Staff

Varsity Head Coach
Miguel Menendez, mmenendez@jesuittampa.org

Varsity Assistant Coaches
Lou Martinez, Tim Nalls '97, Eric Sims '95, Ryan Stanley '02, Mike Swenson, Brian Tollberg

JV Head Coach
Carmelo LoSauro '10

JV Assistant Coaches
Ryan Caporice '10, Willi Martin '10

News and Announcements


2018-19

Tigers get 3-game sweep to open regular season
March 3, 2019 - Jesuit traveled to south Florida for its first three games of 2019 and returned with a 3-0 record and incredible comeback victory over nationally ranked Pace. Click here for a story.

Incardona, Clifford sign to play in college
Nov. 14, 2018 - Eight Jesuit athletes, including baseball players Brandon Incardona '19 and Jimmy Clifford '19, sign with colleges. Click here for a story and photo slideshow

2017-18

Jesuit claims 7th straight District title
May 3, 2018 - The Tigers defeat the host Dragons 5-1 to continue their District Championship streak. Click here for a Tampa Bay Times story.

Tigers serve up hope at Thanksmas
Nov. 16, 2017 - The Tigers served the community at Trinity Cafe in support of former Rays manager Joe Maddon's Thanksmas initiative. Click here for the story and photos.

Five Tigers sign to play in college
Nov. 8, 2017 - Eight Jesuit athletes, including five baseball players from the Class of 2018, sign with colleges on the first day of the Fall Signing Period. Click here for the story and a photo slideshow.

2016-17

Tigers miss out on 5th straight State crown
June 3, 2017 - The nation's No. 2 team, Archbishop McCarthy, breaks open a tie game in the final inning to deny Jesuit a State title, 5-1. Click here for the story and photo slideshow. 

Jesuit romps in State Semifinal
June 1, 2017 - Jack Anderson '18 pitches a shutout as the Tigers beat Dunedin 7-0 to advance to the State Championship game. Click here for the story and photo slideshow.

Tigers crack Top 25 in state
January 2017 - Jesuit is ranked No. 15 in Florida, all classifications, in preseason ranking, click here.

5 Tigers baseball players sign with colleges
Nov. 9, 2016 - Seven Jesuit athletes, including five baseball players from the Class of 2017, sign with colleges on the first day of the Fall Signing Period. Click here for the story and a photo slideshow. 

2015-16

Tigers advance to Region Final
May 3, 2016 - Jack Anderson '18 fires a 1-hitter as Jesuit defeats Robinson 5-0. Click here for the Tampa Bay Times story.

Jesuit wins 10-inning Region Quarterfinal thriller
April 27, 2016 - The Tigers outlast River Ridge 1-0 as Anderson, Hakanson combine for 10 scoreless innings. Click here for the Tampa Bay Times story. 


Tigers win District Championship
April 21, 2016 - Jesuit earned another District title with a 3-2 win over Robinson. Click here for the Tampa Bay Times story.


Eight athletes, including two baseball players, sign to play in college
April 13, 2016 - Jesuit baseball added a 6th and 7th college signee from the Class of 2016 on the first day of the Spring Signing Period. Click here for the story and photo slideshow.


Five Tiger baseball players sign to play in college
Nov. 11, 2015 - Five Jesuit baseball players signed with the colleges of their choice on the first day of the Fall Signing Period, click here for the story and a photo slideshow.

 


2014-15

Tigers challenge for Saladino Tournament title
March 2015 - Playing in the Saladino Tournament for the first time in 12 years, Jesuit advances to title game. Click here for a Tampa Bay Times story.


Menendez takes Ice Bucket Challenge
August 2014 - Jesuit baseball head coach Miguel Menendez took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in August, receiving a double dousing from his players.


Baseball Championship Celebration
Aug. 12, 2014 - At the end of Schola Brevis on Aug. 12, the day before the first full day of the 2014-15 school year, the Jesuit High School student body gathered in the Tiger Palace to celebrate the baseball team's 2014 state championship.

Photo Slideshows

Tigers in The Show

In 2018, Joe Hudson ’09 became the 13th Jesuit High School alumnus to play major league baseball, as a catcher with the Los Angeles Angels. Hudson became the 5th Jesuit Tiger active in MLB during the 2018 season. The other four current Jesuit major leaguers:


Sam Dyson ’06 made 71 appearances out of the bullpen in 2018 for the San Francisco Giants with a 4-3 record and 2.81 ERA. In seven big league seasons with four teams, Dyson has 312 appearances with 57 saves and a 3.45 ERA, the best ERA of any Jesuit alumnus in MLB.

Lance McCullers ’12 had a 10-6 record in 22 starts with a 3.93 ERA in 2018 for the 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros. McCullers, who was instrumental in helping pitch the Astros to the championship in 2017, has a 29-22 record (his .570 winning percentage is tops among Jesuit alums in MLB) in 80 career starts with a 3.69 ERA, all with the Astros.

Kevin Quackenbush ’07 played the previous four seasons (2014-17) with the San Diego Padres, and in 2018 made 10 appearances as a relief pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds. Quackenbush has 203 career MLB pitching appearances (all out of the bullpen) and a 4.38 ERA.

Shane Robinson ’03 played 25 games in the outfield in 2018 for the New York Yankees. In his 9th big league season on his 4th team, Robinson played in the postseason in 2012 and 2013 with the St. Louis Cardinals, hitting a home run in the 2013 National League Championship Series. 

The other 8 Jesuit alumni to play major league baseball

Al Lopez ’27 is the only Jesuit alumnus in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, inducted in 1977 as the first Tampa native in the Hall. Lopez played 19 big league seasons with four teams from 1928-47 and held the MLB record for most games as a catcher, 1,918. He managed the Indians and White Sox for 17 seasons, winning the pennant in both Cleveland and Chicago and finishing second 10 times.

Dave Magadan ’80 played 16 major league seasons with seven teams, including the first seven with the New York Mets, from 1986-2001, playing in the playoffs in 1988 with the Mets. Magadan, who played 3rd and 1st base, has the highest on-base percentage (.390) and OPS (.767) of all Jesuit alums to play MLB.

Sam Marsonek ’96 played in one major league game, with the New York Yankees in 2004, allowing two hits and no runs in 1 1/3 innings vs. the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on July 11, the day after his 26th birthday, finishing off a 10-3 New York victory in Yankee Stadium.

Jason Michaels ’94 played 11 major league seasons with four teams – the first five with the Philadelphia Phillies – from 2001-11. Primarily a leftfielder, Michaels appeared in the 2007 postseason with the Cleveland Indians. He ranks second among Jesuit alumni in MLB on-base percentage (.335), slugging percentage (.407), and OPS (.742).

Lou Piniella ’61 played 18 MLB seasons, including 11 with the New York Yankees. He ranks first among Jesuit alums in MLB home runs (102), doubles (305), RBI (766), and average (.291), with a .305 postseason average. Piniella had a stellar 23-year managerial career that includes a World Series title with Cincinnati in 1990 and a historic 116-win season with Seattle in 2001.

Brad Radke ’91 pitched for 12 big league seasons, all with the Minnesota Twins, and is a member of the Twins’ Hall of Fame. A model of consistency, Radke won 11 or more games 10 times, pitched 200+ innings 9 times, and was a 20-game winner in 1997. He holds most of the pitching records for Jesuit alumni in MLB.

Ken Suarez ’61 played seven seasons in the big leagues, primarily as a catcher, with the Kansas City Athletics (2), Cleveland Indians (3), and Texas Rangers (2) from 1966-73. His best season was his last, when he played in 93 games and had 11 doubles among his 69 hits in 278 at bats. For his career he played in 295 games.

Marc Valdes ’90 pitched from 1995-2001 with the Florida Marlins, Montreal Expos, Houston Astros, and Atlanta Braves. He joined the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1999-2000 but did not make an MLB appearance. Made 144 career MLB appearances, including 22 starts, and his best season was 1997 with Montreal, 4-4 with a 3.13 ERA.

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