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College  | Story  | 1/31/2023

Conference Preview: MAC

Tyler Kotila     
Photo: Ryan Brown (Ball State Athletics)

School W L W L
Akron 15 41 11 29
Ball State 39 17 32 7
Bowling Green 18 34 14 24
Central Michigan 39 16 30 7
Eastern Michigan 22 34 16 24
Kent State 24 29 19 19
Miami  23 33 18 22
Northern Illinois 14 40 13 25
Ohio 29 22 21 15
Toledo 32 24 23 16
Western Michigan 18 36 15 24

Preseason All Conference Team

Pos. Name School Stats/Notes
C Hunter Dobbins Ball State Hit .339 with 14 XBH, 8 HR, and 26 RBI over 112 AB's. Expected to handle majority of the catching duties.
1B Aidan Longwell Kent State Two-way guy, expected to swing it. 20 XBHs with 8 HR while managing .364 OBP, Also 11K's over 14 appearances on the mound.
MIF Jeron Williams Toledo Uber athletic player who's toolsy and has gamer qualities. Hit .329 with 13 XBH while swiping 23 of 24 bags in 2022.
MIF Justin Simpson Central Michigan Produced .457 OBP with 12 XBH and 15 stolen bases in 2022. Expected to handle SS and produce near the top of the lineup.
3B Ryan Peltier Ball State MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2022, .302 AVG, 20 2Bs, 8 HRs, and 44 RBI. Also stole 16 of 19 bags attempted in 2022. Toolsy player who excels in all facets of the game.
INF Ryland Zaborowski Miami Emerging star, first season with RedHawks. Expected to be a fixture in the middle of the lineup and post a breakout season
OF Matt Kirk Eastern Michigan MAC Player of the Year in 2022,  .356 AVG, 25 2BS, 17 HRs, and 49RBI. OF with impressive tools in the batters' box and juice to all fields.
OF Zach Macdonald Miami Poised for huge jump in AVG/OBP in 2023 as he continues to develop tools. Hit .283 with .408 OBP, led team with 10 HR in 2022. Advanced presence in the box.
OF Dylan Nevar Western Michigan MAC Freshman Player of the Year in 2022, hit .325 with .406 OBP, 20 2B, 11HR. Also had 6 appearances on the mound with 7K over 7.2 IP.
DH Garret Pike Toledo Looking to back up his breakout season in 2022 where he hit .344 with 18 XBHs with 13 stolen bases. Improving hit tools with some speed on the bases, expected to help pack a punch in the Rockets lineup
UT Colin Kasperbauer Ohio Led team with .380 AVG, .465 OBP and managed 19 2Bs and 4 HR's. Expected to be a fixture in the middle of the Bobcats lineup
SP Ryan Brown Ball State MAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year in 2022, 2.14 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 65K over 46.1 IP. Up to 97 mph with the FB and expected to lead the Ball State weekend rotation.
SP Tyler Chadwick Miami  Expected to be team's ace and could find himself in Pitcher of the Year conversation if he pitches to the RedHawks expectations. Big, physical RHP with frontline starter stuff.
SP Adam Falinski Eastern Michigan 2022 MAC Pitcher of the Year finalist expected to get it done again in '23. 61K over 58IP through 12 starts.
SP Garrett Navarra Central Michigan Two-way guy who gets it done; .383 OBP with 13 XBHs over 134 ABs. Also had 5.15 ERA, over 11 starts and seven relief appearances. Punched out 85 over 80.1 IP for the Chippewas in 2022
RP Sam Klein Ball State Will handle closing duties once again. 11 saves in 2022. 3.18 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 47 K's over 34 IP.




Player of the Year: Matt Kirk, OF, Eastern Michigan
Pitcher of the Year: Ryan Brown, RHP, Ball State
Freshman of the Year: Christian Mitchelle, INF/RHP, Central Michigan

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2023 MLB Draft Prospects

1. Ryan Brown, RHP, Ball State


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