Two high school standouts were added to Larks roster for this addition of Surveying the Field presented by Frontier Precision.
The Bismarck Larks announced that Jacob Rogers and Brian Leonhardt will join them for the 2019 season. Both players were standouts in high school.
Rogers was chosen by the Los Angeles Angels in the 38th round in the 2017 draft. The 6’4” 180-pound infielder played high school baseball in Henderson, Nev. He spent his college freshman year playing for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before transferring to Brigham Young University. He is currently a sophomore at BYU where he has to sit this season due to NCAA D1 transfer rules.
Rogers has family in South Dakota and is excited to play baseball in Bismarck. “Looking at an environment like Bismarck, I seriously don’t think anything could beat it. Playing in front of these fans,” Rogers said.
Leonhardt was a Perfect Game top 500 prospect and the 80th ranked pitcher in the country in his class. At 6’2” 190 pounds, he plays first base, outfield, and pitches. He played high school baseball in Chula Vista, Calif. He is currently a freshman at San Diego State University.
Leonhardt is looking forward to playing in front of sold out crowds in Bismarck. “I heard the Bismarck Larks were one of the best teams out there,” Leonhardt said. “Sounded like North Dakota would be fun.”
“I am excited to have these two big time bats in the Larks lineup for the 2019 season,” said Larks head coach Sean Repay. “Both of these young men play for two of the better baseball programs in the country and can flat out swing it. Rogers had a great high school career which led to him being drafted by the Angels. Leonhardt is a true freshmen who can do so many different things. He has started every day for San Diego State and has posted a great start to the season. He is a tough out at the plate and can also help us on the mound too. Both of these guys will provide us some juice in the middle of our lineup.”
In his freshman year at UNLV, Rogers played in 15 games with 21 at bats. He averaged .143 with an on base percentage of .333, 3 hits, 3 walks and 3 runs.
Leonhardt’s freshman season at SDSU is just beginning, but he is already making an impact. Through 8 games and 28 at bats, Leonhardt is batting .357 with 10 hits, 6 Runs, 9 RBI and 1 stolen base.
Both players are excited for their summer playing baseball with the Larks.
“Baseball means the world to me,” Rogers said. “