2020 Hardball Opens For College & Pro Locals

By Joseph Chapman

US Bank Stadium hosts hundreds of baseball games annually to assist teams in the region kick off their seasons.

Nick Hanson has advised that he is “getting ready for a healthy season this year” pitching in Minor Leagues. Hanson, the 2016 Minnesota Gatorade HS Player of the Year, has battled injuries as well had arm surgery since being drafted by the Cincinnati Reds. He has signed for 2020 with the Reds having played through his initial contract.

Nick Hanson PL’16-MLB Draft Cincinnati Reds 2016 3rd Round

Former PL Post 447 American Legion Coach and Burnsville HS standout Josh Threlkeld has guided Century College to its 1st win in his tenure as Head Coach in 2020 season opening action. Threlkeld is assisted by former PLHS Laker Head Coach Greg Nesbitt and PL Jay (& former PL Mudcat) Bret Mitchell. Good Luck to Century CC this Spring! (Click RED/Name to link)

Below includes links for players with local connections participating on college teams for Spring 2020. Click on name to link to college/player website:

Lawson Zenner-PL ’16, PL Jays-Wayne State

Jimmy LarsonPL ’16, PL Jays-MSU Mankato

Ben Koopman-PL’16, PL Jays-Robert Morris Chicago

John McCaustlin – PL ’17, Dundas Dukes, DCTC

Ryan McDonald – PL ’18, PL Jays, South Dakota

Corbin Cross– PL ’18, PL Mudcats, Iowa Central, Concordia U – Texas

Derek Kay-PL ’18, PL Mudcats, Iowa Central CC

Mitch Goodwin – PL ’18, PL Jays, SE Nebraska CC, DCTC

Zach Matthews – Burnsville ’18, PL Jays, UM Duluth

AJ Lattery – PL ’19, PL Jays, Oregon State

Alex Wattermann – PL ’19, PL Mudcats, UM Duluth

Russ Tanner – PL ’19, PL Jays, UM Duluth

Sam Tanner – PL ’19, PL Jays, UM Duluth

The Prior Lake Lakers (PLHS-MSHSL/South Suburban Conference) commence their 2020 season April 6, 2020 with Varsity on the road vs Shakopee in SSC action and JV hosting the Sabres JV at Veterans Field PL.

PL Lakers Baseball (2 links): SSC PL Schedule Link , Laker Baseball Homepage

Check back for updates on PLABA teams and items of local interest!