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Dutchmen Complete Outfield with Talented Freshman

Filling out a roster with the most talent possible means sometimes rolling the dice on untested players with vast potential. Although the Dutchmen went heavy on veterans when assembling their infield, the outfield grass will be patrolled by a collection of highly touted freshmen from top division one and JUCO programs.

Joining Mike Triller (Clemson) will be three former high school stars who have acclimated to the college game at varying speeds. UNC Greensboro freshman Nick Chapman earned a starting spot for the Spartans after starting the season as the fourth outfielder. The 6'1" 180-pound North Carolina native has played all three outfield spots after a high school career spent primarily in centerfield. After leading his team to a state championship in 2009, the left-handed hitting Chapman went on to set single season records in both stolen bases and batting average before his graduation. Having already earned twenty-three starts for a solid Greensboro club, Chapman is currently hitting .257 with ten RBIs and a .366 on-base percentage.

Another former high school centerfielder, Brandon Haarer joins the Dutchmen after red-shirting his freshman year at Samford University. Haarer was a multi-year starter for Sarasota High School, one of the most respected teams in the nation and perennial state championship contender. The 6'1" 205-pound righty  hit .384 with three home runs and twenty-eight RBIs during his senior campaign and will look to start next year for a Bulldog team that is working towards yet another regional appearance.

Rounding out the outfield will be Parkland CC corner outfielder, Jack Wietlispach. The 6'2" 200 pound Illinois native has impressive power from the right side and was ranked as one of the top 50 prospects in Illinois after his high school career. Starting regularly for the Cobras, Wietlispach is hitting .258 with two triples and three home runs, to go along with a .352 on-base percentage. A ferocious competitor and tireless worker, he hopes to bring intensity to the Dutchmen outfield.

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