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College  | Story  | 2/6/2023

Conference Preview: Horizon

Tyler Kotila     
Photo: Sebastian Gongora (Wright State Athletics)
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For all of Perfect Game's conference previews as part of the 2023 college baseball preview content, the 2022 records and all-conference teams are available for free. The conference top prospects and individual team breakdowns can be viewed with a subscription.

2022 Records

Teams are listed in alphabetical order

School W L W L
Milwaukee 20 29 9 17
Northern Kentucky 19 35 11 17
Oakland 30 25 18 11
Purdue Fort Wayne 18 36 13 15
Youngstown State 12 16 20 36
Wright State 30 25 20 9

Preseason All Conference Team

Pos. Name School Stats/Notes
C Brandon Heidal Oakland Top-tier defensive catcher. Plus throwing & blocking. Game manager. Hit .278 with .369 OBP in '22. Expected to be a true benefit to OU in '23 behind the dish and bring a quality bat to the OU lineup.
1B Gehrig Anglin Wright State First-Team All-HL in '22, expected to be fixture in Wright State lineup. Tied school single-season HR record with 16 HRs in '22.
MIF Jarrett Bickel Purdue-Fort Wayne Sure-handed SS expected to hold things down for PFW in '23. Hit .262 with 20 extra-base hits in '22 for PFW.
MIF Justin Riemer Wright State Will handle SS and be one of the more advanced bats in the lineup. Hit .329 with a .454 on-base percentage, churning out quality at-bats in '22 for Wright State.
3B Brandon Nigh Oakland Two-way threat. True sophomore named to HL All-Freshman team in '22. Expected to handle 3B and bat clean-up while also getting on the mound to close games. Hit .327 w/ .459 OBP in '22 with 7 HRs
OF Jay Luikart Wright State Two-way threat. CF who had .409 OBP with 27 XBH including 10 HRs. Also closer w/7 saves, 2.53 ERA, and 1.27 WHIP over 18 appearances. Expected to play a similar role in '23.
OF Treyvin Moss Northern Kentucky Expected to be one of NKU's best hitters; batting out of leadoff spot. Manged a .344 OBP w/ 16 2Bs and 35 RBI while swiping 10 bags in '22.
OF Ty Olejnik Milwaukee Shortened stint in '22, hit .305 with 13 XBH over 95 ABs. Expecting a big jump in performance as UWM's leadoff hitter in '23.
DH Manny Vorhees Northern Kentucky Two-way threat. Named 1st team All-HL in '22. Going to play third and bat third in '23 after hitting .309 with 18 2Bs and 10HRs with 58 RBI in '22. Also expected to close games for NKU as needed.
UTL Braden O'Shaughnessy  Youngstown State Named 1st team All-HL in '22. Hit .357 with a .434 OBP with 16 2Bs, 2 3Bs, and 7 HRs. Expected to be a threat in the middle of the order in '23 for YSU.
SP Sebastian Gongora Wright State Named to HL All-Freshman team in '22. 15 starts with 81 K's over 82.2 IP in '22. Up to 96 mph this fall and expected to have a huge year as the teams Friday starter.
SP Riley Frey Milwaukee Friday starter who works 88-92 T93 on FB from the left-side. Made 13 starts in '22 with a 4.10 ERA and 85 K's over 79.0 IP for UWM.
SP Owen Rice Milwaukee Transfer from McHenry CC where he had 43 punchouts over 34.0 IP. Working into low/mid-90s as LHP expected be an impactful part of the the UWM staff.
SP Alex Theis Wright State Named 2nd team All-HL in '22. 18 APP w/9 starts. Pitched to a 3.36 ERA and 1.59 WHIP with 87 K's over 59.0 IP. Will be team's Sunday arm in '23.
RP Patrick Gumto Youngstown State Grad transfer, expected to lock down YSU closer role. 98K over 81.1 IP through last 4 seasons w/Cal U (Pa.). Named 2nd team All-PSAC in each of the last two seasons.

Player of the Year: Gehrig Anglin, INF, Wright State
Pitcher of the Year: Sebastián Gongora, RHP, Wright State
Freshman of the Year: Reggie Bussey, OF, Oakland

Top Prospects

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2023 MLB Draft Prospects

1. Sebastian Gongora, RHP, Wright State

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