2013 Baseball Preview: Top pitchers to watch

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Amherst’s Griffin Weir delivers a pitch in the fourth inning against Firelands on Saturday. Weir, who is ranked No. 6 in Ohio by PrepBaseballReport.com, returns to the mound after throwing just four innings in 2012 due to injury.

• Eric Lauer (Midview), sr. — He is PrepBaseballReport.com’s No. 2 player in the state of Ohio coming into his senior season and was an All-Ohio Honorable Mention in 2012. Lauer went 5-2 with 2 saves, 1.13 ERA, 103 strikeouts in 49-plus innings in 2012 for Midview. He is currently committed to Kent State but could be a MLB draft pick following the season.

• Griffin Weir (Amherst), sr. — He is PrepBaseballReport.com’s No. 6 player in Ohio and returns to the mound after throwing just four innings in 2012 due to injury. The Stanford University signee hit .422 with 8 doubles and 22 RBI in 2012 to help lead Amherst to an SWC championship.

• Matt Wentz (Avon), sr. — Avon coach Frank DeSmit called Wentz his team’s best pitcher last season after the Eagles’ second-straight West Shore Conference championship. Wentz, who is also the team’s top catcher, went a perfect 8-0 with a 1.37 ERA and was a first-team All-WSC selection.

• Adam Wroblewski (Edison), jr. — He went 8-4 with a strong 1.30 ERA for the district champion Chargers in 2012. His performance earned him first-team All-Sandusky Bay Conference, second-team All-District and All-Ohio Honorable Mention honors.

• Danny Strodtbeck (Westlake), sr. — He was the starting pitcher in Westlake’s state championship game against Archbishop Moeller back in June. Strodtbeck went 6-2 with a 4.79 ERA and will be the ace of the Demons’ staff as a senior.

• Brandon Chesmar (Amherst), sr. — He is the No. 2 starter behind Weir in the Comets’ rotation, but the southpaw is very good in his own right. Chesmar went 4-0 in 2012 with a 4.11 ERA, and also hit .293 with five doubles and 16 RBI.

• Cody Callaway (Midview), jr. — He was a second-team All-Morning Journal selection in 2012 after he went 5-1 with a 2.37 ERA, striking out 53 batters in 38 1/3 innings pitched. Callaway also hit .395 with eight doubles and 25 runs scored.

• Dane Held (New London), sr. — He put up a spectacular statline for the Wildcats as a junior, going 6-1 with a 2.92 ERA, striking out 42 hitters. Held is also a very good hitter, putting up a .418 average with 20 RBIs and 25 runs scored in 2012 for New London.

• Cameron Waldock (Perkins), sr. — He was a first-team All-Sandusky Bay Conference selection after recording five wins, three saves, a 2.60 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 2012. Waldock threw a complete game in the Pirates 9-1 district semifinal win over then-state-ranked Bryan back on May 18, striking out nine.

• Ryan Myers (St. Mary), sr. — He put together a strong 2012 to help the Panthers reach the district semifinal, going 5-2 with a miniscule 1.67 ERA and striking out 44 hitters. Myers was an All-SBC Honorable Mention last season.

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Last Updated: 3/30/2013 9:36:28 PM EST

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