Coming off a 35-4 season and a Chicago Catholic League title, Brother Rice High enters the spring with high expectations.
They have a two-headed beast at the front of the rotation, with seniors Ryan Kutt and Jack Guzek both prominent Division I prospects who will be evaluated by professional teams this spring. The Crusaders are well-rounded defensively, with senior Andy Lopez behind the plate and senior shortstop Ryan King and junior second baseman Sam Jones forming a promising double-play duo. Brother Rice is poised to make a statement about the quality of Midwestern baseball this season.
But Brother Rice prefers to look at itself as an underdog. After their 2016 season ended with a sectional final loss, the Crusaders will face an extremely challenging schedule this spring. They’ll match up against Kentucky powerhouse St. Xavier, out of Louisville, en route to the National High School Invitational later in March. Furthermore, many midwesterners see the Chicago Catholic League as one of the most underrated conferences in the nation.