Craig Sherwood has been involved with Burbank prep baseball for decades.
As Burroughs High’s Head Coach, Sherwood preaches defense and pitching, two staples to winning.
This season is no different as Sherwood is gunning for a fifth consecutive CIF Southern Section playoff appearance.
Burroughs will participate in three preseason tourneys including the Easton Tournament, which brings together some of the best high school teams.
Pitching will decide how Burroughs does and its two top hurlers are seniors Nicco Chuidian, a three-year starter and Xavier Dubon, a submariner, who was named Pacific League Pitcher of the Year.
Seniors Julian Jaramillo and Andres Salazar will be set-up men and closers.
“This is one of our strengths because we have 12 players able to toss the ball. While no one is dominant, there is a staff of very capable pitchers as well as situational pitchers that will be called upon constantly to get outs in big situations,’’ said Sherwood.
Sophomore James Turner will handle the catching duties and is backed up by junior Albert Prado.
Senior Collin Johnson, a power hitter, will play first base and bat third, while senior Chris Magoon will be the reserve.
Second base will come down to junior Devon Esquivel and senior Preston Lemus, a transfer from Arizona.
Jaramillo will be the primary third baseman when not on the pitching mound.
Junior Hyatt Entz, who played soccer, will be the second string.
Junior Brian Garcia, an all-league pick, will play shortstop and be the leadoff hitter, while junior Jorge Gutierrez is the reserve.
When Chuidian isn’t on the hill, he will patrol center field, while Salazar and senior Michael Le will be the backup.
The rest of the outfield includes seniors Dylan Rolando and Rio Lopez, along with juniors Kevin Gutierrez, Tobey Ho and Johnny Angel, who can also play in the outfield.