U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons

04/16/2014, 6:30pm EDT
By U.S. Air Force Stats Information Department; Photos By Ray McCoy

“The vision and mission is much different than a normal university. Our mission at the United States Air Force Academy is to produce leaders of character. My job is not only to be a baseball coach, but more importantly to be a role model, mentor, guidance counselor, facilitator, and a father to these young men to ensure their success in the profession of arms. Upon graduation our men will wear our nation’s uniform and provide the security blanket that will allow us to sleep well each night. My job is to make boys into men, and men into warriors. Our Air Force mission is to Fly, Fight, Win” – Mike Kazlausky, Head Coach

air-force-slideshow_largeAir Force baseball features a young squad in 2014.  With the loss of six starters in the field, the Falcons will be looking for several new faces to produce. 15 newcomers enter the fray, joining 15 returners. The slate is not entirely clean however, as Air Force returns two-time all-conference first baseman Seth Kline and senior right-hander Cameron White (3-11, 5.21) to lead the way.

Kline, a smooth swinging lefty is a returning first-team all-Mountain West first baseman and has led the Falcons in hitting each of the last two seasons. White, a rubber-armed right hander, is coming off a junior season that saw him toss 107 innings, the second-best total in school history. White possesses some of the best control in all of collegiate baseball, ranking amongst the NCAA Top 10 in walks-per-nine innings (5th-0.76) and strikeouts-to-walk ratio (6th-7.78).Air Force will look to replace several key losses in the field, including four-year starting catcher Garrett Custons, a 10th round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2013 MLB draft.  The Falcons will have new faces at shortstop, second base and two outfield spots.

The Falcon’s two other returning starters are infielders sophomore Spencer Draws and junior Tyler Saleck. Draws saw action at second and third and Saleck played several spots including third, short, and outfield.

Air Force returns two starting pitchers.  Joining White in the rotation is soph. RHP Steven Trojan (4-7, 5.99). The Falcons also return closer soph. RHP Bo Wilson (1-0, 5.40).

The Falcon’s 15 newcomers are led by freshman IF/RHP Griffin Jax. Jax is the 2013 Colorado Gatorade High School Baseball Player of the Year and was a 12th round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2013 out of Cherry Creek HS in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Player Spotlight

Bo Wilson is the fifth member of his family to attend USAFA. His father is a grad and played baseball at Air Force. Wilson is a Civil Engineering major that was a member of the conference all-academic team as a freshman. He led all Falcon relievers with two saves and a 5.40 ERA.
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