McPherson College Head Baseball Coach Bryan Moses has announced his first group of junior college recruits for the 2018-2019 academic year.
The group of 10 players includes seven pitchers, two outfielders and an infielder who hail from nine different states and Australia.
This is just the first phase for Moses and his staff, who are continuing to recruit both incoming freshmen and additional junior college transfers to complement the returners from 2018's 30-win squad.
Garret Ham, RHP, 6-0, 200, Albuquerque, N.M. / El Dorado HS / Yuba College (Calif.)
A candidate to be a weekend starter for the Bulldogs, Ham was the ace of his staff and can command a trio of solid pitches. Started 15 games while posting a 4-6 record, a 3.94 ERA. He was a workhorse at Yuba, tossing 89 innings.
Coach Moses on Ham:  "His fastball has natural cut every time and he knows how to command it,"
 Bryce Hestand, RHP, 5-11, 180, Altamont, Kan. / Owasso (Okla.) HS / Labette Community College
Hestand was mainly a bullpen arm for Labette. Throws a fastball in the mid-80s and has a solid curveball. He has appeared in six games this season, posting a 2-0 record with a complete game, eight strikeouts and nine walks in 13 innings.
Coach Moses on Hestand:  "He's a veteran arm and he's battle-tested coming from a great junior college conference."
Kyle Lux, OF, Lewes, Del. / Sussex Technical HS / Delaware Technical CC
One of the most consistent players in his conference, he has 112 hits and 55 RBIs in 80 games at Delaware Tech. This season, Lux earned First Team All-Region honors after hitting .384 with 39 RBIs and nine stolen bases with a .486 on-base percentage and a .576 slugging percentage. As a freshman, he hit .439 and had a .984 fielding percentage to earn Second Team All-Region honors. Lux also earned NJCAA All-Academic honors. He can steal bases and spray the ball to all fields.
Coach Moses on Lux:  "Kyle is a complete player. Very intelligent with a great work ethic. He can play a three outfield positions at an above-average level and hit anywhere in the lineup."
Dylan Marble, RHP, 6-1, 165, Danville, Ill. / Danville HS / Danville Area (Ill.)
Was a staple in the starting rotation for two years at Danville. One of the top pitchers for the Jaguars, his fastball can sit at 86-89 miles per hour and can occasionally hit 90. Marble has a solid command of three pitches. He has struck out 48 batters in 55 innings this season after posting a 6-2 mark with 49 strikeouts as a freshman. Marble threw a no-hitter in the third week of this season and is carrying nearly a 2-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio for his career.
Coach Moses on Marble:  "We love his ability to compete.  Dylan has the ability to pitch for a strikeout if he needs it. He has advanced stuff and will be a welcomed addition to our pitching staff."
Zac Moran, LHP, 6-1, 170, Sydney, Australia / Western Nebraska CC
Control pitcher who usually sits in the low-80s and commands a great change-up and curveball. At WNCC, Moran appeared in 21 games with three starts, going 3-2 with one complete game and 38 strikeouts. Went 3-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 30.0 innings as sophomore in 2017.
Coach Moses on Moran:  "Zac is a crafty lefty. He can throw any pitch at any time. In two years of college baseball he has proven to have the ability to keep hitters off balance and get outs in a variety of roles."
Kristopher Perez, CF, 6-0, 160, Miramar, Fla. / American Senior HS / Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa
Perez is a natural center fielder with advanced athleticism. He runs a solid 6.6 60-yard dash and has 87 hits, 42 RBIs and 33 stolen bases over two seasons. Perez hit .339 a year ago, leading his team in walks and stolen bases while posting an on-base percentage consistently at .450 or above. He also has some pop in his bat with a pair of home runs to his credit.
Coach Moses on Perez:  "Kris is instant energy for us. We project him to be one of the fastest players in the KCAC. He will be able to put pressure on everybody's defense and he possesses the ability to be on base consistently."
Kobe Portillo, RHP, 5-9, 170, Tulare, Calif. / Tulare Western HS / Fresno City College
A versatile arm who could either start or close games (or both) for the Bulldogs. Went 7-2 with three saves, 62 strikeouts and one complete game in 76 innings in 2017 while posting a 1.42 ERA and a 2.3 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Has a 3-1 record with four saves and 33 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings this season with a 1.98 ERA and a 5.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Throws in the mid-80s with pinpoint control. Portillo also possesses one of the best sliders in his conference and relies on it heavily.
Coach Moses on:  "Kobe has posted some of the most impressive pitching numbers of anybody who has ever played at Fresno City. He plays in a power conference and has been a part of many big postseason moments. He has an incredible feel for his slider to both right- and left-handed hitters."
Brock Richardson, INF, 5-8, Tolleson, Ariz. / Tolleson Union HS / Vernon (Texas) CC
Richardson is a great defender with a smooth glove who can quickly turn a double play.  Very intelligent player with real baseball instincts. Has the ability to move around the infield with ease. Has seen time a second base and shortstop at Vernon CC.
Coach Moses on Richardson: "This guy has baseball in his blood. He comes from a baseball family and has a great feel for the game. He will help us in a variety of roles."
Will Shaw, RHP, 6-2, Yoncalla, Ore. / Yoncalla HS / Southwestern Oregon CC
Shaw was the ace of his staff the past two seasons. He currently carries a 4-4 record with a 3.83 ERA and 41 strikeouts against just 15 walks in 54 innings. Last season, he walked just 11 batters in 60 innings pitched.
Coach Moses on Shaw: "[Will] hits 84-87 with a solid 3-pitch mix. This guy just doesn't walk anybody. He will just keep coming after you. We are wanting to add pitchers to our staff with more of an 'attack' mentality and he fits the bill."
Blake Slaymaker, RHP, 6-0, 150, Johnstown, Colo. / Roosevelt HS / Western Nebraska CC
A hard thrower with a wipe-out slider, he consistently throws 86-88 miles per hour. In 17 career appearances at WNCC, Slaymaker has 37 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings. He has pitched in a variety of roles for WNCC including starting and closing games
Coach Moses on Slaymaker:  "Blake can do so many things with the ball. He can sink it, pitch up in the zone effectively or pitch off his slider. We know Blake will fit into an important role for us."