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.


2017 Roster

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

INFIELDERS

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

OUTFIELDERS

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

PITCHERS

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

UTILITY

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

 
 
 
 

Jordan Bautista

General Manager/Head Coach
E-mail: coachjb10@yahoo.com
 

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.  

 
 

Jonathan Tucker

Assistant Coach/Camp Instructor
E-mail:jonny@tuckacademy.com

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

Assistant Coach-Pitching

E-mail:

Bart Braun enters his first year as the Crawdads pitching coach.


Office Staff

Ian Tongol

Director of Baseball Operations
E-mail:  ian@morethanagame.us

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!

Photo by LDProd/iStock / Getty Images

Crawdads Gone Pro

 

Miles Mastruoboni ('14) 14th Round-Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2016)

Ben Krauth ('13) 16th Round-Cleveland Indians (2016) 

 
 

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