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2017 Flyers Team Preview

Date:  Source: Hopkins Flyers American Legion

Team Name:  Hopkins Flyers
2016 Record:  19-14 

2017 Coaching Staff
Head Coach:
  Todd Jahnke (12th season), Record: 281-155-2 (.644)
Associate Head Coach:  Neil Lerner (10th season)
Pitching Coach:  Pat Berger (12th season)
Assistant Coach:  Peter “Pedro” Hames (12th season)

The Hopkins Flyers, Post 320 SR. American Legion Baseball Team represents the highest level of amateur baseball that the Hopkins Summer Baseball Program has to offer. It consists of the top-tier players (age 19 and under) residing in the Hopkins School District domicile. Over the course of the last decade, more than 40 Hopkins Flyers have gone on to further their baseball playing careers at the NCAA (Div I, II or III), NAIA or Junior College ranks. We are proud of our history, and incredibly proud of our alumni, for they continue to represent the Post 320 Baseball Baseball Program with class and dignity across the nation.  

The mission of the Hopkins Flyers Program is to develop its players for competition at the next level. Equally important, it is our goal to provide our players an environment that gives them the opportunity to further develop their individual skills, and experience personal achievement within a team atmosphere. We strive to promote the characteristics of good sportsmanship, honesty, respect, loyalty, and sense of teamwork through a positive competitive environment, so that our fine athletes may become strong, healthy, well-adjusted members of the community.   

The Flyers return seven players from a 2016 season, in which they finished tied for second place in League play, and second place in Sub-State Playoffs, falling one game shy of a State Tournament bid. In addition to the seven returning players, the 2017 Flyers will mix in many key pieces from the 2016 Millers State Championship team, as well as a few impact sophomores. “Our current seniors witnessed first hand the level of effort and dedication required to be successful last summer, and our juniors have excellent chemistry and know how to win as they proved with their State Title. I’m looking forward to a great summer of baseball,” said Head Coach, Todd Jahnke. 

6 Flyers to Watch in 2017:

Morgan Holmes, Sr, Committed to Des Moines Area Community College
Athletic, physical and versatile. A catcher by trade who can also play the corner infield positions. Bat possesses some serious pop. 

Matt Shaw, Sr, Committed to St. John’s University
Tremendous talent defensively. Possesses the ability to play both middle infield positions and make highlight-reel plays. Two-way player who will also be a mainstay in the rotation with ability to locate multiple pitches. 

Bobby Wilson, Jr, Uncommitted 
Physical, multiple sport athlete who is highly versatile. Can play all infield positions and projects to be an impact RHP for the Flyers on the mound. Drives the baseball offensively. Coming off of a strong 2017 spring campaign. 

Kyle Chiriboga, Jr, Uncommitted
Highly competitive, versatile two-way player (IF/C/RHP) who projects to compete for multiple starting positions. Strong infield fundamentals defensively, and will log innings on the mound. Outstanding work ethic and leadership qualities.

Wyatt Nelson, Soph, Uncommitted
Legitimate two-way player (IF/OF/RHP) who projects to contend for several starting spots defensively, and will be a mainstay in the rotation. Offensively, bat carries some thump. Knows how to compete and win. 

Luke Polyak, Soph, Uncommitted 
Exceptional LHP who commands the strike zone with plus secondary pitches. High compete level, especially in big games. Projects to be a two-way player and contribute in the outfield as well. Tremendous work ethic and passion for the game.