The Walnut Creek Crawdads are a summer collegiate baseball team founded in 2010 who compete in the prestigious California Collegiate League. The team is focused on providing an opportunity for the team to play against high-level competition and to improve their skills as they continue their quest to become professional baseball players. The team consists of current student-athletes competing at the division 1, 2, and junior colleges from around the country.
More Than A Game, the parent organization of the Crawdads, is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
CATCHERS B/T HT WT School YR Hometown
15 Jake Allen R/R 5'11" 195 Harvard JR Charlottesville, VA
28 Spencer Lininger S/R 6'3" 200 American River 2FR Fair Oaks, CA
25 Alex Baeza L/L 6'4" 200 Hawaii 2FR South Jordan, UT
3 Daylen Calicdan R/R 5'10" 170 Hawaii 2FR Hilo, Hawaii
16 David Langer R/R 6' 190 Undecided 3SO Berkeley, CA
14 Brennen Mauchline R/R 6'1" 185 Academy of Art 5SR Oakland, CA
23 Nick Simmons R/R 6' 195 Diablo Valley 2FR Concord, CA
2 John Ballard L/R 5'6" 155 Colorado Mesa 5SR Clayton, CA
26 Grant Chapman R/R 5'11" 195 Cabrillo 2FR Danville, CA
30 Josh Nelson R/R 6'4" 200 Holy Names SO Pleasant Hill, CA
8 Ben Skinner R/R 5'10" 180 Harvard JR Moraga, CA
11 Sean Watkins R/R 5'10" 190 Cal St. LA SR San Bruno, CA
4 Chris Apecechea R/R 5'8" 165 Hawaii 2FR San Mateo, CA
20 Sam Behrens R/R 6' 185 Chico State SO Pleasant Hill, CA
6 Thomas Caulfield L/L 5'8" 170 USF 5SR Burlingame, CA
34 Jordan Chapel R/R 6'1" 185 St. Ambrose SR Quincey, Il
0 Ben Glegg L/L 6'3" 215 Academy of Art 4JR Richmond, CA
41 Kevin Flemer R/R 6'4" 214 Cal Berkeley SR El Cerrito, CA
21 Edwin Garcia R/R 6' 185 Undecided JR Walnut Creek, CA
19 Lorenzo Gomez L/L 5'10" 165 Undecided SO Brentwood, CA
22 Max Gray R/R 5'11" 190 Tenn Wesleyan JR Indianapolis, IN
36 Spencer Johnson R/R 6'5" 220 Utah 2SO Walnut Creek, CA
39 Grant Jones L/L 6'2" 215 USC 2FR Danville, CA
35 McGrane Pledger R/R 6' 175 Laney J1 Walnut Creek, CA
38 David Rajeski R/R 6'4" 205 Undecided FR Danville, CA
5 Josh Ballard R/R 5'10" 170 Colorado Mesa 5SR Clayton, CA
1 Connor Casperson S/R 5'10" 175 Undecided JR Pleasanton, CA
10 Kevin Whitaker R/R 5'10" 165 Laney SO Richmond, CA
Coaches & Staff
General Manager/Head Coach
Jordan Bautista is in his fourth year as manager of the Crawdads.
A graduate of Encinal High School ('00), Bautista played infield at Laney College then transferred on to play at San Francisco State University. At SFSU, he received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Human Movement. In 2007, he received his Master's of Arts degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from St. Mary's College of California.
Coach Bautista has been coaching baseball at elite levels for over a decade. In his first year as head coach of the Crawdads, he led the team to a CCL North Division Championship. He has spent many years as an assistant at the junior college level. His passion and dedication to the game has helped several players move on to higher levels.
Assistant Coach/Camp Instructor
Jonny Tucker will be entering his 2nd year as Crawdads coach to share his 12 years of professional baseball experience and educate college athletes on the “right way” to play the game.
He’s a former standout for the De La Salle Spartans, Florida Gators, Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals.Over his 12 year professional career, he has logged over 1,187 games played and accumulated 1,089 hits while also swiping 203 bases along the way. Defensively, Jonny was a major asset to his teams, due to his versatility playing and excelling at virtually every position on the diamond.
He will prepare our players, who have the hopes and dreams of one day playing in the Big Leagues, using his comprehensive baseball program which is a rich blend of new school technology and traditional fundamentals. Our team is able to gain an edge over the competition with one-on-one instruction, position specific training and learning from a respected veteran of the game. Coach Tucker's goal is to produce the most 2017 CCL All Stars and to bring home the CCL League Championship.
Bart Braun enters his first year as the Crawdads pitching coach.
Director of Baseball Operations
Ian Tongol will be entering his second season as Director of Baseball Ops for the Crawdads.
He was as All-American wrestler for the De La Salle Spartans. After earning his degree in Business Administration from Saint Mary's College of California, he ran his own marketing business while also being the athletic director for Queen of All Saints School.
He brings to the team over 15 years of coaching experience and decade of business management knowledge in the sporting arena. Ian is highly driven to bringing home the CCL Championship in 2017!
Crawdads Gone Pro
Miles Mastruoboni ('14) 14th Round-Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2016)