Air Force Announces Incoming Baseball Class of 2017

    Air Force baseball head coach Mike Kazlausky.
    Air Force baseball head coach Mike Kazlausky.

    July 9, 2013

    USAF ACADEMY, Colo.- Air Force baseball head coach Mike Kazlausky announced today the 13 members that will make up the Falcons' class of 2017. The 13 cadets arrived for Basic Cadet Training on Thursday, June 27, marking the beginning of the four-year journey to become officers in the United States Air Force. The new cadets will start academic classes on Thursday, Aug. 8 and later join the returning members of the baseball team for fall practices.

    "I am proud of each and every one of these young men that have accepted the challenge and have dared to be different by attending the greatest school in the country, our United States Air Force Academy!" Kazlausky said. "Our job at the Academy is to produce leaders of character and I will ensure that this happens for these men in all pillars. They have not chose just to wear our Air Force baseball uniform, but more importantly our nation's uniform. That deserves the ultimate respect."

    The Falcon rookie class features players representing seven states, including four from California and Texas. The Falcons also welcome in-state product Griffin Jax (Greenwood Village - Cherry Creek HS), the 2013 Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year for the state of Colorado. Jax was also a 12th round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2013 MLB Draft.

    Name Position Bats/Throws Height Weight Home Town High School
    Sam Ashey LHP R/L 6-2 190 Katy, TX Cinco Ranch
    Andrew Butler IF R/R 6-4 195 Lewiston, ME Waynflete School
    Anthony Denkinger IF/OF R/R 6-2 185 Windsor Heights, IA Dowling Catholic
    Jacob DeVries LHP L/L 6-3 210 Castroville, TX Medina Valley
    John Gamble RHP/OF R/R 5-11 180 San Diego, CA Santa Fe Christian
    Adam Groesbeck IF R/R 5-9 165 Turlock, CA Turlock
    Jordan Hanlin C R/R 5-11 175 Rocklin, CA Jesuit
    Bradley Haslam IF R/R 6-2 205 San Marino, CA San Marino
    Griffin Jax RHP/IF R/R 6-2 210 Greenwood Village, CO Cherry Creek
    Tyler Jones IF R/R 6-0 195 Coppell, TX Coppell
    Travis Neubeck C/RHP S/R 6-2 185 Hugo, MN Hill-Murray
    Nathan Stanford RHP R/R 6-5 170 Memphis, TN Harding Academy
    Russell Williams IF R/R 6-3 185 McKinney, TX McKinney Boyd

     

    Sam Ashey
    Height/Weight: 6-2/190
    Position: LHP
    Hometown: Katy, TX
    High School: Cinco Ranch

    HIGH SCHOOL (Cinco Ranch):Lettered four years in baseball...rated as #154 left-hand pitching prospect in the nation by Perfect Game...First-Team All-District TX 19-5A...runner-up for all-district MVP...Houston 5A All-Star game selection...school record with 2.20 career ERA and most strikeouts in a game (14)...team MVP and team captain as a senior...all-district and team co-captain as a junior, posting a 10-1 record on the mound...also on the Marching Band/Drumline for four years...National Honor Society member...on the honor roll all four years and graduated with honors...high school baseball coach was Paul Plattsmier...played summer ball for Kyle Chapman baseball, coached by Mike Rutledge.

    Andrew Butler
    Height/Weight: 6-4/195
    Position: IF
    Hometown: Lewiston, ME
    High School: Waynflete

    HIGH SCHOOL (Wayneflete):Lettered four years in baseball and one year in golf...first-team all-conference as a junior and senior and second-team as a sophomore...Class C Player of the Year as a junior and senior...team captain as a junior and senior...batted .400 as a senior and .425 as a junior...played in Maine underclassmen All-Star game...played in Maine vs. New Hampshire All-Star game and Maine All-Star game...high school baseball coach was Steve Kautz...was a honor student all four years.

    Anthony Denkinger
    Height/Weight: 6-2/185
    Position: IF/OF
    Hometown: Windsor Heights, IA
    High School: Dowling Catholic

    HIGH SCHOOL (Dowling Catholic):Lettered two years in baseball and football and four years in track...Perfect Game Second Team All-MidWest...Perfect Game Top 500...rated the #1 shortstop and #5 overall prospect from the state of Iowa by Perfect Game... Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason Central Region All-High School Senior second Team...all-conference and American Legion All-State...played summer ball for the Dowling Catholic Maroons...high school baseball and summer ball coach was Tim O'Neil.

    Jacob DeVries
    Height/Weight: 6-3/210
    Position: LHP
    Hometown: Castroville, TX
    High School: Medina Valley

    HIGH SCHOOL (Medina Valley):Lettered three years in baseball...Perfect Game Top 500 and 61st rated LHP...2013 Rawlings/Perfect Game All-Texas Second Team, first-team all-district pitcher, all-area outfielder and defensive MVP as a senior...San Antonio Express-News All-Area Class 4A Outfielder...7-2 record with 1.20 ERA, 95 strikeouts in 52 innings pitched, to go with .438 batting average and three homers as a senior...second-team all-district outfielder as a junior...4-2 record as a sophomore...high school baseball coach was Carl Keller...played summer ball for Marucci Elite, coached by Walter Jones...National Honor Society member...Future Farmers of America member and Mu Alpha Theta member.

    John Gamble
    Height/Weight: 5-11/180
    Position: RHP/OF
    Hometown: San Diego, CA
    High School: Santa Fe Christian

    HIGH SCHOOL (Santa Fe Christian):Lettered four years in baseball...Perfect Game Top 500 and 31st rated RHP from California...2013 Rawlings/Perfect Game High School Senior Preseason All-America Honorable Mention...2012 Perfect Game Underclass All-America High Honorable Mention...four-time all-league, earning first-team honors twice...team captain as a senior...North County Times Athlete Awards honoree...The National Honor & Merit Scholar Society member...high school baseball coach was Don Mitchell...played summer ball for the San Diego Show, coached by Brian Cain.

    Adam Groesbeck
    Height/Weight: 5-9/165
    Position: IF
    Hometown: Turlock, CA
    High School: Turlock

    HIGH SCHOOL (Turlock):Lettered two years in baseball...2013 Under Armour Preseason All-American...2012 Perfect Game Preseason All-American Honorable Mention...First-Team All-Central California Conference third baseman as a senior...helped lead Turlock to CCC Championship with 28-3 record, including school-record 26 wins in a row...runner-up in CIF Sac-Joaquin South Division...led team in batting (.392), hits (38), RBIs (30), runs (29), home runs (4) and triples (3) as a senior...homered twice, tripled and drove in eight runs in a game...Stanislaus County All-Star games participant...two-time all-academic...California Scholarship Federation life member...high school baseball coach was Mark Delamotte...played summer ball for Rawlings, coached by Tim Thiessen...also ran cross country as a freshman and sophomore, qualifying for CIF Sac-Joaquin Sub-Sections...played competitive soccer until 2008, getting selected to NorCal Premier ODP program.

    Jordan Hanlin
    Height/Weight: 5-11/175
    Position: C
    Hometown: Rocklin, CA
    High School: Jesuit

    HIGH SCHOOL (Jesuit):Second-team all-league and All-Metro, most outstanding team player as a junior...Optimist Team (senior all-star game) as a senior...most inspirational on the team as a senior...batted .362 with a .477 on-base percentage as a senior...high school baseball coach was Joe Potulny...played summer ball for the EDH Vipers, coached by Dan Sozzi...maintained a 4.0 GPA every semester...earned scholar-athlete award at graduation.

    Bradley Haslam
    Height/Weight: 6-2/205
    Position: IF
    Hometown: San Marino, CA
    High School: San Marino

    HIGH SCHOOL (San Marino):Lettered three years in baseball and two in football...team offensive MVP all four years...All-Rio Hondo League as a junior and senior...led league in average, slugging and home runs as a senior...high school baseball coach was Mack Paciorek...played summer ball for the East L.A. Dodgers and Oakland Athletics scout team.

    Griffin Jax
    Height/Weight: 6-2/210
    Position: RHP/IF
    Hometown: Greenwood Village, CO
    High School: Cherry Creek

    HIGH SCHOOL (Cherry Creek):2013 Gatorade Player for the Year for the state of Colorado...12th round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2013 MLB draft...Louisville Slugger High School First-Team All-American...All-State and All-Colorado in 2012 and 2013... 5A State Player of the Year...Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason Third-Team underclassman All-American in 2012 and Third-Team Preseason All-American in 2013...Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason All-West Region Second Team...Perfect Game Top 500 and third-ranked RHP from Colorado...Colorado Rockies futures player in 2012 and 2013...CHSAA all-academic first-team in 2012...posted 7-1 record and 1.74 ERA to go with 57 strikeouts and just two walks in 40.1 innings pitched as a senior...batted .400 with six homers and 27 RBIs at the plate...team captain as a senior...graduated with high honors...National Honor Society member...played summer ball for the Connie Mack 18's...high school and summer ball coach was Marc Johnson.

    Tyler Jones
    Height/Weight: 6-0/195
    Position: IF
    Hometown: Coppell, TX
    High School: Coppell

    HIGH SCHOOL (Coppell):Lettered three years in baseball...two-time Under Armour Preseason All-American...first-team all-district...second-team Louisville Slugger All-American...North Texas All-Star...Under Armour Top 10, 2013 Honorable Mention...#13 ranked third baseman from Texas according to Perfect Game...batted .406 with four homers and 18 doubles as a senior...high school baseball coach was Kendall Clark...played summer ball for the Texas Blackhawks, coached by Eddie Aguilar...National Society of High School Scholars member.

    Travis Neubeck
    Height/Weight: 6-2/185
    Position: C/RHP
    Hometown: Hugo, MN
    High School: Hill-Murray

    HIGH SCHOOL (Hill-Murray):Lettered four years in baseball and one in hockey...Perfect Game Top 500 and #3 ranked RHP from Minnesota...2013 All-USA Minnesota Baseball Team Honorable Mention...Rawlings/Perfect Game 2013 Central Region Second-Team...2012 Perfect Game Underclass Preseason All-American Honorable Mention...two-time all-conference...Minnesota LIONS senior all-star series participant...9-2 career record on the mound...posted 1.29 ERA as a senior and batted .347 at the plate...high school baseball coach was Bill Lechner...played summer ball for the Minnesota Blizzard, coached by Adam Barta...on the academic honor roll.

    Nathan Stanford
    Height/Weight: 6-5/170
    Position: RHP
    Hometown: Memphis, TN
    High School: Harding Academy

    HIGH SCHOOL (Harding Academy):Lettered four years in baseball and two in basketball...Rawlings/Perfect Game 2013 Southeast Region Preseason All-American Honorable Mention...17th ranked RHP from Tennessee according to Perfect Game...all-state, all-district, all-region, all-region tournament, MVP, All-Shelby Metro and Harding Academy Pitcher of the Year as a junior and senior...7-1 record with 0.93 ERA to go with 72 strikeouts and just three walks in 52.2 innings pitched as a senior...1.29 ERA and 78 strikeouts as a junior...high school baseball coach was Al Stevens...played summer ball for the Memphis Tigers, coached by Ricky Echols...National Honor Society member and honor graduate.

    Russell Williams
    Height/Weight: 6-3/185
    Position: IF
    Hometown: McKinney, TX
    High School: McKinney Boyd

    HIGH SCHOOL (McKinney Boyd): Lettered three years in baseball and one in football...Rawlings/Perfect Game 2013 Texas Region Preseason All-American Honorable Mention...13th ranked shortstop from Texas according to Perfect Game...team captain as a senior...District 10-5A Defensive MVP as a junior...District 10-5A Newcomer of the Year in 2011...high school baseball coach was Brooke Court...played summer ball for the Rawlings Mavericks, coached by Ben Montgomery...National Honor Society member...National Merit Commended Scholar...MISD Academic Excellence Award winner.


     

     

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