Three early storylines to watch as the Philadelphia college baseball season opens

Another college baseball season is upon us, and as often is the case, there are several dozen fascinating storylines to keep an eye on as the season progresses. Here are three we'll be watching early as the season unfolds:

1. The infusion of young talent at La Salle
Head coach David Miller is becoming somewhat of an icon in the Philadelphia amateur baseball landscape. He runs a successful travel baseball club in M24 and has managed to bring an outstanding crop of young talent to the La Salle baseball program, including an intriguing trio of Aidan Frye, Nick O'Day, and Father Judge product Chuck Kelley - all of whom have the potential to be impact players immediately. It'll be interesting to see how the young talent matures and how the Explorers fair in conference play.

2. Philly pride at the D-III level
Several of the top D-III baseball programs in the country are located within the Philadelphia area, including Swarthmore, Gwynedd Mercy, and Arcadia. All three programs have the potential for a deep run into the NCAA postseason and each roster is littered with impressive talent. You also have some mashers in the region, including Penn State Abington's Ryan McCarty who is a dual threat at the plate and on the mound.

3. Penn making a run in the Ivy League
The Quakers are stacked with strong talent on both sides of the ball. The offense has several difference makers and Christian Scafidi looks to lead the starting rotation. Sophomore outfielder Eduardo Malinowski looks to be special and the Quakers lost eight games last year by a single run. Yale is a solid club in the Ivy, but the Quakers have the potential to earn the conference's regional bid.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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