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The Jesuit baseball program has a tradition of excellence that includes six state titles (1994, 1997, 2000, 2014, 2019, 2022), dozens of District and Region titles, and several nationally ranked teams, including the 1997 National Champions. Hundreds of alumni have played baseball collegiately and professionally, including Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Al Lopez Sr. '27, legendary New York Yankee Lou Piniella '60, and current/recent 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 he enters his 9th season in 2023. 

In 2022, the Tigers captured their sixth State Championship, and their second under Menendez (2019), with a 6-0 victory over Eau Gallie at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers. The Tigers had defeated Hollins (16-1) in the Region Final and Naples (5-2) in the State Semifinal. Pitcher Wes Mendes '23 (10-1, 1.16 ERA, team-leading batting average .422) was named Class 5A Player of the Year, as Menendez was named Class 5A Coach of the Year. Mendes also was named a 1st Team All American by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association, the only junior named to the 1st Team.

Jesuit completed 2022 ranked No. 17 nationally by Perfect Game, finishing 24-8 overall after a scorching final stretch to the season. The Tigers won their last nine games while outscoring their opponents by 8.5 runs per game, a +76 run differential in that span.

 

FOLLOW THE TIGERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
* Twitter: @JesuitBaseball, with home games livestreamed on @JesuitStreaming
* Instagram: @jesuit_tigers_baseball
* Also, download the GameChanger app for pitch-by-pitch action of each game

Schedules and Rosters

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


Jesuit Baseball 2022 Varsity roster

#NAMEYEARPOSITIONTHROWSBATSHEIGHTWEIGHT
1Clay Thompson2023OFRR6' 1"160
2Jack Martinez2022INFRR5' 10"170
3AJ Nessler2022INFRL5' 9"185
4McCall Biemiller2024LHPLR6' 2"165
5Josh Hines2023CRR5' 10"175
7John Abraham2023RHPRR6' 2"195
8Jackson Hartland2022INFRR5' 10"190
9Carter French2022OF/LHPLL6' 3"180
10Mikey Clifford2023INFRR6' 0"160
11Wes Mendes2023OF/LHPLR6' 1"185
12Bryce Fraga2023CRR5' 10"150
13Jamie Arnold2022LHPLL6' 2"180
14Deuce Guggino2022INFRL5' 7"155
16Aden Knowles2024RHPRR6' 2"190
19Brooks Chamberlin2023RHPRR6' 4"185
21Jalen Smith20221BRR6' 3"230
22Drew Hunt2022RHPRR6' 4"190
24Jake Kulikowski2023OFLL6' 0"185
25Ryan Denison2022RHPRR6' 4"220
27Jacob Lozano2024INFRR5' 10"155
31Grant Jordan2023INFRR5' 10"175
32Preston Shembekar2022RHPRR5' 10"180
33Zane Pestalozzi2024OFRR6' 2"180
34D.J. Pirela2024OFRR5' 9"150
35 Jake Rupp20221BLL6' 4"220
 

Jesuit Baseball 2022 JV roster

#NAMEYEARPOSITIONTHROWSBATSHEIGHTWEIGHT
1Will Burke2024INF/PRR5' 9"150
2Jack Clark2024OF/INFRR5' 11"150
3Jack Earnest2024OF/INFRR6' 2"170
4Creighton Koontz2024OF/INFRR6' 2"185
5Chris Hemmings2025P/OFRR6' 0"170
7Max Hunt2025P/OFRR6' 4"185
8Jackson Thomas2024OFRR5' 11"170
9Omar Morris2024OFLR6' 0"170
10Dean Spoto2024INFRR5' 8"150
11Justin Marshall2024C/1BRR6' 1"185
12Mason Miller2024PRR6' 1"170
14Dalton Townsend2024PRR6' 2"185
16Ryan Thompson2025PLL6' 0"160
17Jonny Sosnowski2024PRR6' 1"200
19Yvan Douglas2023C/1BRR5' 11"185
20Davis Stine2024PRR6' 2"195
27Vincent DeCarlo2025C/INFRR5' 11"170
31Ryan Kulikowski2024PLL5' 9"170
33Nick Deakin2025P/1BRR6' 4"190

Coaching Staff

Varsity Head Coach
Miguel Menendez, mmenendez@jesuittampa.org

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

Team Manager

Michael Sosnowski

JV Head Coach
Carmelo LoSauro '10

JV Assistant Coaches
Kevin Bacon, Carm LoSauro, Jack Nicholson, Michael Swenson '17

News and Announcements

2019-20

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



2019-20

8-9-19 - State Championship pep rally

2018-19

6-1-19 - State Final victory - celebration photos
6-1-19 - State Final victory - Game Photos
5-18-19 - Tigers win Region Semifinal on last swing
5-10-19 - Jesuit defeats Jefferson to win District



2017-18

5-20-18 - Tigers 2018 baseball season photo gallery

4-25-18 - Jesuit baseball Senior Night


2016-17

6-3-17 - Jesuit falls to Archbishop McCarthy in State title game

6-1-17 - Tigers blast Dunedin 7-0 to win State Semifinal

5-16-17 - Jesuit tops Jefferson 1-0 in Region Semifinal

3-17-17 - Tigers capture Saladino Tournament title

11-9-16 - College signing ceremony

2015-16

5-3-16 - Region Semifinal win - 5-0 v Robinson

4-11-16 - Senior Night v Sarasota

11-11-15 - (video) Michael Sandborn '16

11-11-15 - College signing ceremony


2014-15

4-15-15 - College signing ceremony

3-31-15  - v. T.C. - 9-5 win

11-12-14 - College signing ceremony

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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