The Dawgs Academy have a long-standing tradition of providing their athletes with opportunities to play baseball at the college level. Currently, the Dawgs Academy has 67 athletes on active rosters across all levels of college baseball including 16 NCAA Division 1 athletes.
With the 2023 college baseball season starting this weekend at the junior college level, we wanted to highlight a few Dawgs who look to make a major impact at their respective schools.
Cesar Valero (OF) – Sacramento State University (NCAA D1)
After transferring from Oregon State University, Valero had a breakout season with the Hornets. In 39 games played, Valero hit .297 with 36 runs scored, 7 doubles, 13 home runs, and 38 RBI prior to a season ending injury. Despite Valero’s injury, his outstanding season was more than enough for him to be named Sacramento State’s “Male Athlete of the Year”. With a clean bill of health, look for Valero to try and match last year’s performance as he has his sights set on the MLB draft for 2023!
Max Hartman (OF) – Washington State University (NCAA D1)
Entering his freshman year at WSU, Hartman was a standout for both the Dawgs and Team Canada JNT in 2022 which helped him transition seamlessly to WSU. Look for Max to make an impact coming off the bench for the Cougars with the potential to earn significant playing time if he capitalizes on his opportunities.
Tyrelle Chadwick (RHP)- Illinois State University (NCAA D1)
Entering his freshman year at Illinois State, Chadwick had an impressive Fall for the Redbirds. Featuring a sinker that lives in the 90-95 mph range and a plus slider, look for Chadwick to play a significant role on the pitching staff for the Redbirds in 2023.
Matt Grabmann (RHP) – University of Oregon (NCAA D1)
One of last year’s top MLB Draft prospects, Grabmann enters his freshman season at Oregon ranked in the top 100 for NCAA D1 freshmen. Featuring a fastball in the low to mid 90’s and topping as high as 97 mph with quality secondary offerings, Grabmann has a legitimate opportunity to earn significant innings for the Ducks, especially with the recent injuries of two of their projected weekend starters.
Boston Warkentin (RHP) – University of Washington (NCAA D1)
Warkentin was a workhorse for the Dawgs Academy for the past several years including a couple of stints with Team Canada’s junior national team. Warkentin’s fastball lives in the 88-93 mph range coupled with a true plus breaking ball will give him an opportunity to work out of the back end of the bullpen for the Huskies with potential for some spots starts in 2023.
Ricardo Sanchez (INF) – Barton Community College (NJCAA); Committed to Lamar University (NCAA D1)
Sanchez had an absolutely stellar season in 2022 for the Barton CC Cougars putting up video game type numbers. In 59 games played, Sanchez hit .442 with 35 doubles, 5 triples, 9 home runs and 90 RBI. Look for Sanchez to try and top those numbers in 2023!
Matt Wilkinson (LHP) – Central Arizona Community College (NJCAA); Committed to Arizona State University (NCAA D1)
Affectionately known as Tugboat, Wilkinson was as dominant as they come for the defending JUCO World Series Champions – Central Arizona Vaqueros. Working primarily out of the backend of the bullpen in 2022, Wilkinson appeared in 19 games including 3 starts for the Vaqs. In those 19 appearances, Tugboat finished with a 5-2 record while pitching 53 innings with a stingy 1.87 ERA while collecting 85 strikeouts. Look for the Arizona State commit to play an even bigger role for the Vaqueros in 2023 as he transitions to the starting rotation for the defending World Series champions.
Andrew Yusypchuk (RHP) – Chandler-Gilbert Community College (NJCAA); Committed to Southern Illinois University (NCAA D1)
Yusypchuk was a staple for the Coyotes in 2022 during his freshman year, earning a spot in the starting rotation. In 15 appearances including 9 starts, Yusypchuk logged 76.1 innings pitched with a 6-4 record while racking up 67 strikeouts with a 4.60 ERA. Look for Yusypchuk to improve upon a solid freshman season in 2023 as he heads the starting rotation for the Coyotes.
Tucker Zdunich (OF) – Reinhardt University (NAIA)
Recently named a 2023 NAIA Pre-season All-American, Zdunich had an outstanding season for the Eagles in 2022. In 59 games played, Zdunich hit .379 with 14 doubles, 3 triples and 17 home runs while tallying 67 RBI. Look for Zdunich to match those numbers as he tries to help lead the Eagles to the NAIA World Series in 2023!
See the complete list of Dawgs on active college rosters for the 2023 season ahead!
Bennett Freiter – North Dakota State University
Boston Warkentin – University of Washington
Cesar Valero – Sacramento State University
Cody Henriks – Cal State University Bakersfield
Cole Tucker – Niagara University
Ethan Francis – Northwestern State University
Jackson Fraser – Northern Kentucky University
Jayden Wakeham – Northern Kentucky University
Jordan Lussier – Illinois State University
Logan Rumberg – George Mason University
Martin Ding – Northern Kentucky University
Matt Grabmann – University of Oregon
Max Hartman – Washington State University
Micah McDowell – Oregon State University
Simon Lusignan – Stetson University
Tyrelle Chadwick – Illinois State University
Chase Tucker – College of St. Rose
Graham Brunner – Emporia State University
Justin Breen – Arkansas Tech University
Kendall Keller – University of Mary
Matt Dobberthien – Colorado School of Mines
Noah Geekie – Emporia State University
Quinn Tocheniuk – Rogers State University
Tyler McWillie – Shorter University
Aidan Rose – University of British Columbia
Ben Swennumson – University of Jamestown
Brandon Woods – University of British Columbia
Brendan Logan – University of British Columbia
Connor Makarus – University of Jamestown
Derek Palmer – Mayville State University
Jack Marlin – Campbellsville University
Kale Seitz – Campbellsville University
Kobe Fredland – Campbellsville University
Logan Grant – Bellevue University
Nash Crowell – Reinhardt University
Roch LaFerriere – Dakota State University
Russell Mattson – Campbellsville University
Ryan McFarland – Campbellsville University
Ryan Olchoway – Ottawa University
Shaun Atamanchuk – Park University at Gilbert
Thomas Bakoway – Siena Heights University
Tucker Zdunich – Reinhardt University
Tyson Kemp – Siena Heights University
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Brandon Green – University of Victoria
Davis Jack – University of Victoria
Devon Moore – Okanagan College
Ryan Dousett – Okanagan College
Alejandro Cazorla – Bossier Parish Community College
Andrew Franson – Williston State College
Andrew Yusypchuk – Chandler Gilbert Community College; Committed to Southern Illinois University
Ben Hoshizaki – Chandler Gilbert Community College
Brody Forno – Williston State College; Committed to Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Bryce Libke – Bismarck State College
Connor Crowson – Bossier Parish Community College
Connor Wong – South Suburban Community College
Dryden Howse – Barton Community College
Hank Griffin – Bossier Parish Community College
Jacob Gillis – Bossier Parish Community College
Kaden Zarowny – Crowder College
Kobe Laevens – Bossier Parish Community College
Matt Wilkinson – Central Arizona College; Committed to Arizona State University
Nick Hagen – Antelope Valley Community College
Olivier Vallée – Colby Community College
Ricardo Sanchez – Barton Community College; Committed to Lamar University
Ryder Hancock – Chandler Gilbert Community College
Seth Thompson – Chandler Gilbert Community College
Tyrese Johnson – Central Arizona Community College