2016 Baseball Roster

2016 Men's Varsity Baseball

# Name Position(s) Year Hometown
2 Sebastian Meza Infield FR Laredo, Texas

Before Dordt…graduated United High School (Texas)…batted .294 last season and had a .388 on base percentage…was a part of a Border Olympics 2014 Champion and played for Laredo at the 2012 Pony League World Series.  

3 Andrew Randall Infield FR Elkhorn, Nebraska
No details available.
4 Taylor Neuroth Outfield SO Sioux City, Iowa

2015…pitched in two games…had five hits in 18 at-bats for a .278 batting average…scored 12 runs.

5 Josh VanEps Catcher SO Denver, Colorado

2015…had a .212 batting average in 34 games played…threw out 15 would be basestealers.

Pre-Dordt…Graduated Denver Christian High School (Colorado)…had a career .355 batting average with 42 runs batted in and a .440 on base percentage with 52 hits…helped Denver Christian to a state title in 2013 and was a first-team all-Mile High League pick in helping Denver Christian to a league title…claimed second team all-conference honors in 2012. 

8 Jason Holwerda Outfield FR Newton, Iowa

Before Dordt…graduated from Pella Christian High School (Iowa)…batted .345 last season with 15 stolen bases and 24 runs scored…in 2013 Holwerda batted .314 with eight doubles and 13 stolen bases and scored 20 runs…earned Little Hawkeye All-Conference honors during his high school career.

9 Connor Leppink Outfield JR Holland, Michigan

2015…played in nine games…had six hits and a batting average of .286…dealt with injury much of the season…earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors…played baseball during the summer of 2015 with the Niagara Power…

2014…played in two games before being sidelined by injury.

2013…played in one game.

10 Dillon Branderhorst Pitcher FR Oskaloosa, Iowa

Before Dordt… played baseball for Pella Christian High School…had a career .327 batting average and earned second-team all-conference honors as a sophomore when he batted .352….stole 15 bases in 2013….batted .400 in 2015 with 40 hits, nine doubles and 16 runs batted in with 30 runs scored…led his team with a .540 slugging percentage….had a 2.88 earned run average in 48 2/3 innings of work…struck out 29 batters and posted a 3-5 record.

11 Jake Thayer Outfield JR Littleton, Colorado

2015…batted .384 for the season…banged out team high 53 hits which was three shy of the school record…scored a school record 49 runs and had a team high 13 doubles…stole eight bases…earned all-GPAC 2nd team honors.

2014…batted a team high .357 and scored 22 runs with two doubles, a triple and a homerun and knocked in 16 runs…led the team in hits with 46…earned all-GPAC honorable mention and played in 36 games.

Pre-Dordt...named first team all-conference...batted .426 with 23 hits and nine runs batted in...was 2-1 on the mound and had 14 strikeouts in 12 innings of work.

12 Brady Hanson Pitcher FR West Des Moines, Iowa
No details available.
13 Jordan Van Maanen Catcher JR Doon, Iowa

2015…played in seven games…had two hits and scored four runs.

14 Michael Grady Pitcher JR Granville, Iowa

2015…earned all-GPAC honorable mention honors…was 4-2 on the mound and pitched 46 2/3 innings…had a 4.08 earned run average…struck out 26 batters.

2014…made 15 pitching appearances—13 of them in relief…pitched 30 innings and struck out 16 batters…had a 4.15 earned run average.

Pre-Dordt….earned first-team all-conference and all-district honors in 2013 while playing for Spalding Catholic (Iowa)…had a 3-5 record with a 1.92 earned run average…struck out 50 batters in 51 innings and issued 11 bases on balls. 

15 Jacob Monsma Outfield JR Denver, Colorado

2015…appeared in 26 games…scored 16 runs and batted .226…was used as a pinch runner much of the season.

2014…played 13 games for the Defenders.

16 Cameron Gingerich Infield JR Riverside, Iowa

2015…had 51 hits and batted .357…earned all-GPAC honorable mention honors…started all 40 games for the Defenders…51 hits in a season ranks 6th all-time.

2014…played in 39 games and had 42 hits…scored 24 runs and had five doubles while knocking in 18 runs…earned all-GPAC honorable mention after batting .292.

Pre-Dordt….batted .506 for Iowa Mennonite high school with 13 doubles…had 26 runs batted in and scored 38 runs and stole 14 bases…had a 4-5 pitching record in 61 2/3 innings of work and struck out 71 batters…earned first-team all-conference and all-district honors at shortstop.

17 Bryan Wallman Infield SR Wellington, Colorado

2015…had a breakout season with a .341 batting average…compiled 45 hits and had eight doubles with two homeruns and knocked in 35 runs…was hit by a pitch a team high 11 times…earned all-GPAC honorable mention at the conclusion of the season…was named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete

2014…played in 28 games…scored nine runs and had a .235 batting average…had 16 hits with 14 runs batted in.

2013…batted .264 with 14 hits and 11 runs batted in…played in 21 games and had four doubles.

18 Tyler Wiedner Pitcher JR Granger, Iowa

2015…pitched in three games and had nine innings pitched.

2014…made seven pitching appearances and had 22 innings pitched.

Pre-Dordt…posted a 9-1 pitching record for Woodward-Granger (Iowa) and helped them to a berth in the district final game…pitched 61 innings and posted a 1.26 earned run average…struck out 60 batters…earned second-team all-state honors in Class 1A and was a first-team all-district pick.

20 Trent Roose Infield, Pitcher SO Pella, Iowa

Before Dordt… played at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC)…played his high school baseball at North Mahaska (Iowa)…led the state in 2014 with a .588 batting average and posted an 11-2 record with a 0.78 earned run average with 125 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings of work…had a team high 17 doubles and three homeruns with 29 runs batted in and scored a team high 44 runs…was a two-time first-team all-state selection and a three-time first-team all-conference pitcher…earned second-team all-state honors once and was a three-time all-district pick…at NIACC  Roose pitched in ten games and had a 3-0 record with 15 strikeouts…helped NIACC advanced to the Junior College World Series in Enid, Oklahoma in 2015 season.

22 Schyler Kane Pitcher SR Pella, Iowa

2015…started six games and pitched in 10 total contests…recorded 26 strikeouts.

23 Alex Schoonhoven Infield JR Ireton, Iowa

2015…played in 16 games and had seven hits…missed part of the season with injury…had a .292 batting average.

2014…played in 26 games…used regularly as a pinch runner…scored 19 runs…had five hits and four runs batted in.

Pre-Dordt…batted .330 in 2013 for Unity Christian (Iowa) with 29 hits and 27 runs scored…stole 21 bases and had 14 bases on balls…pitched 35 1/3 innings with 43 strikeouts and a 3.96 earned run average…earned all-conference and all-district honors.

24 Brandon Fokkema Outfield, Pitcher SO Maple Valley, Washington

2015…had  pair of wins in 11 appearances and six starts…struck out 28 batters in 34 1/3 innings.

Pre-Dordt…Graduated Tahoma High School (Washington)…pitched three seasons of varsity baseball and has thrown 107 innings and has a 3.59 earned run average with ten career wins and 90 career strikeouts…batted .358 with 21 runs batted in and batted .454 with runners in scoring position…earned second-team SPSL North honors as a junior and honorable mention accolades as a senior. 

25 Parker Schutt Catcher FR Granger, Iowa

Before Dordt…played for Dallas Center-Grimes (Iowa)…batted .286 with 21 runs batted in in 2015…posted a .258 batting average in 2014 and a .257 batting average in 2013…was a part of a state tournament runner-up team in 2014 and also helped Dallas Center-Grimes to a Little Hawkeye Conference championship that summer…earned three letters in baseball and two in football and was a National Honor Society member.

28 Colton Van Otterloo Outfield SO Rock Rapids, Iowa

2015…played in 34 games…had 13 hits and scored 13 runs and was used as a pinch runner and second baseman.

Pre-Dordt…Played for Western Christian High School (Iowa)…earned second-team honors both in the district and in the Lakes Conference…batted .312 last season with an on base percentage of .448…had seven doubles; knocked in 14 runs and was issued 18 bases on balls…was a regular on back to back district champions in 2012 and 2013.

30 Zach Zylstra Pitcher JR Thornton, Illinois

2015…pitched in 11 games and 20 innings…had 11 strikeouts.

32 Cole Samuelson Pitcher JR Gretna, Nebraska

2015…was 1-1 in five games pitched…pitched 14 innings and started three games.

2014…made eight pitching appearances…threw 12 innings.

33 Glen Thompson Infield JR Colorado Springs, Colorado
No details available.
34 Connor Hopkins Pitcher JR Menifee, California

2015…pitched in 16 games…was 2-2 with three saves in 24 1/3 innings…made one start and had an earned run average of 3.33…had a team high 32 strikeouts…earned honorable mention honors from the GPAC.

Pre-Dordt…Prepped at Paloma Valley High School (California)…earned four wins on the mound and secured three saves last season with a 2.54 earned run average and struck out 31 batters.

35 Austin Fokkema Pitcher FR Maple Valley, Washington

Before Dordt…attended Tahoma High School (Washington)….was 5-1 on the mound with a 2.91 earned run average in the 18U Seattle Elite League.

36 Andrew Vander Hart Pitcher FR Pella, Iowa
No details available.
40 Teddy Steffel Utility SR Costa Mesa, California

2015…batted .279 in 40 games played…had 34 hits and 12 doubles…accounted for 26 runs batted in.

41 Alex Terpstra Pitcher JR Highlands Ranch, Colorado

2015…made seven relief pitching appearances…had a 5.65 earned run average in 14 1/3 innigns of work.

2014…made three pitching appearances.

42 Chris Schrieber Catcher, Pitcher FR Dundee, Oregon

Before Dordt...prepped at  Newberg High School (Oregon)...career .406 batting average...threw out 34 out of 64 base runners attempting to steal on him at catcher...pitched 121 innings and had a 2.23 earned run average with 126 strikeouts...served as his team’s captain and was named his team’s defensive player of the year. 

45 Matt Dykstra Infield FR Dyer, Indiana

Before Dordt… played for Illiana Christian High School (Indiana) … batted .347 last season and helped Illiana Christian to a Metro Suburban Conference Championship.