Titans Must Answer Questions

Cal State Fullerton baseball Head Coach George Horton practically admitted that it was going to be a rebuilding year for the program in 2007.

In a media day broadcast of California baseball coaches, Horton said that his team has a long way to go as far as getting chemistry as well as finding out the talent of his team.

While the Titans will be looking to contend for a Big West title, it remains to be seen how they will step up. There are 21 new players, a departed coach and a coaching staff with new roles. In addition, the Titans are battling injuries that may hinder the team's attempt to get off to a fast start.

Horton said at the media day press conference that it might not be until the 2007 Titans get into Big West play will they able to find out how good this team will be.

Leaders on the roster will be veteran catcher John Curtis, third baseman Evan McArthur and ace pitcher Wes Roemer.

Curtis was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels last year, but didn't sign. Horton said that Curtis had made strides at the plate. Horton raved about McArthur, saying that he was probably the best defender at third base he has ever seen. According to a Baseball America report, McArthur is still battling a sprained wrist injury.

Horton said in the media day broadcast that Roemer is still looking to round into shape, but is confident his Friday night starter will turn it on once the season starts. Unfortunately, according to a Baseball America report, Roemer broke his pinky finger on his throwing hand. Roemer is expected to pitch through it and get treatment along the way.

In the media day broadcast, Horton talked about the likely Titan starters for the 2007 season.

Jake Vazquez, a transfer from Texas A&M, will be at first base. The senior hit .276 with five home runs in 123 at-bats last season.

Joel Weeks, a JuCo transfer replaces Justin Turner at second base. He hit .330 at Cypress JC last year.

McArthur will be an anchor at third base as long as he stays healthy.

Horton said that shortstop Joe Scott is a "tough young man" and he looks for him to take advantage of his opportunity.

The Titans will look to be stable with Curtis behind the plate.

In leftfield, Nick Mahin, a transfer from Santa Ana College looks to take over for Danny Dorn.

Centerfielder Clark Hardmanlooks to bounce back from injuries and another transfer from Texas A&M, Chris Jones is looking to take over in right field.

After Roemer the Titans are counting on Ryan Jorgenson, who appeared in 20 games [one start] for the Titans in 2006 and posted a 1.48 ERA.

Michael Morrison, a freshman from Cypress High School and Jeff Kaplan, a transfer from Irvine Valley College is looking to fill out the rotation.

Horton said that unlike in past years, there will not be a shutdown closer at the end of games and this year, they will look to freshman Ryan Ackland Esperanza High School and senior Bryan Harris to be cogs in the Titan bullpen.