GCC baseball makes end-of-season cuts

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Gaucho baseball announced cuts to its roster Nov. 5, preparing for the 2022 season.Over the course of the fall season, players have had the opportunity to showcase their skills to Head Coach Ed Trujillo and his coaching staff.

“I have seen a lot of good and a lot to learn from. However, moving forward I am happy that we have our guys and we can start moving forward as a team,” said Coach Trujillo.

The team started the fall with over 50 players on the roster. After cuts the team now sits at 24 players; 12 pitchers and 12 position players.

The fall has proven to be successful for the Gauchos. They have drawn interest from 4-year NCAA Division 1 universities including; University of Hawaii, University of Santa Barbara, Grand Canyon University and others.

Pitchers Mitch Downing and Mitchell Dyer have received interest from these universities. Other teammates have  received strong interest from Division 2 and 3 schools across the country.

“We have been working hard in the fall and this last week of practice we’ve stepped it up with conditioning and arm care. I definitely see a change in the attitude around here. What we do now is business,” said Jacob Hapner, pitcher at GCC.

According to College Baseball Hub, across the country, 33 percent of those who attend two-year colleges, similar to GCC, go on to play Division 1 baseball.

The players recognize their skills have to reach a much higher caliber to secure offers from Division 1 universities.

Fall games have concluded for the Gauchos leading into the end of the semester, but players must stay on top of their game with the coming break.

“We have to stay in shape and most importantly stay hungry,” said Bradey Bejarano, utility player at GCC.

Coach Trujillo warns his players before they depart for the break that he sees one of two players coming back.

“I see guys who stay on top of their stuff and they carry themselves like a leader here. I also see guys see the break as an actual break. I like to think we don’t have a break here. It’s soft and you’re not doing your teammate a favor slacking off while they are working their butts off,” said Coach Trujillo.

The season starts in January and will run into May or June, depending on how the playoffs go.

The main goals for the team right now are to stay healthy, to stay in shape, and to keep their grades up so they are eligible for the coming season.

For more information about GCC Baseball, contact Coach Trujillo at [email protected]