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The Southland's top high school baseball players

The Southland's top high school baseball players
Aliso Niguel's Kyle Molnar is one of the top high school pitchers in the Southland. (Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

Pitchers

Solomon Bates; Oak Hills; Jr.; Gardena Serra transfer was 7-0 with 0.94 ERA.

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Quinn Brodey; Loyola; Sr.; Stanford signee is left-hander who likes pressure.

Griffin Canning; Santa Margarita; Sr.; UCLA signee comes through in big games.

Jack Flaherty; Harvard-Westlake; Sr.; Reigning Division 1 player of the year.

Nathan Hadley; Loyola; Sr.; Let's see who can hit his slider.

Grant Hockin; Damien; Sr.; UCLA signee with good velocity.

Garett King; Orange Lutheran; Sr.; Nebraska signee making big-time improvement.

Kyle Molnar; Aliso Niguel; Jr.; UCLA commit with fastball in the 90s.

Jacob Nix; Los Alamitos; Sr.; He could be best in SoCal by season's end.

Patrick Sandoval; Mission Viejo; Jr.; Left-hander is ready for big season.

Charlie Vorsheck; Mater Dei; Sr.; Notre Dame signee is latest Monarch ace.

Others

Kolby Allard; San Clemente; Sr.; Cal State Fullerton signee

Ryan Alsworth; Servite; Sr.; Didn't backdown from Trinity League foes as a junior.

Daniel Alvarez; California; Jr.; Was 5-1 with 1.53 ERA

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Kyle Beadles; Loyola; Sr.; Arizona signee is much improved.

Jake Bird; West Ranch; Sr.; A Foothill League standout.

Marco Briones; Alhambra; Sr.; All he does is win games.

Gino Brockway; Wilmington Banning; Sr.; Will try to lead team to City title.

Charlie Brooks; Buena; Sr.; 1.43 ERA as a junior

Reid Budrovich; St. John Bosco; Sr.; Left-hander thrives under pressure.

Matt Campbell; Simi Valley; Sr.; Top returning pitcher from Marmonte League.

Erik Cha; Ayala; Jr.; Left-hander is committed to Cal State Fullerton.

Ray Delgado; Riverside North; Sr.; Much improved.

Aaron Dominguez; Chino Hills; Sr.; Headed to Mississippi State.

Bryan Duenas; Warren; Jr; San Diego State commit.

Andrew Eppenbach; Bishop Amat; Sr.; San Diego State signee.

Jon Escot; Cleveland; So.; Showed lots of summer potential.

Bailey Falter; Chino Hills; Jr.; 1.90 ERA as a sophomore.

Eric Flores; Glendora; Sr.; Arizona signee.

Brian Gadsby; Crescenta Valley; Jr.; Had 1.96 ERA.

Michael Galindo; Arleta; Jr.; Went 8-2 with 2.15 ERA.

Alonzo Garcia; San Fernando; Sr.; Best in the City Section.

Alex Garcia; Bishop Amat; Sr.; Had 2.40 ERA as a junior.

Josh Garcia; Chatsworth; So.; Headed for big-time status.

Michael Gomez; Upland; Sr.; Signed with Cal Poly SLO.

Gabe Grandcolas; Santa Barbara; Sr.; Went 7-3 with 1.78 ERA.

Trevor Hall; Cypress; Sr.; Went 12-4 with 1.46 ERA for D2 champs.

Chad Haslock; Hart; Sr.; Can lead Indians to a league title.

Brandon Koch; Temecula Valley; Sr.; UC Riverside signee.

Angel Lerma; L.A. Marshall; Sr.; Had 2.12 ERA as a junior.

Eric Little; Saugus; Jr.; Throws strikes and gets outs.

Quentin Longrie; JSerra; Jr.; Left-hander knows how to pitch.

Andrew Marmor; North Hollywood; Sr.; Four-year starter.

Erik Martinez; South Hills; Sr.; California recruit.

Darren McCaughan; Los Alamitos; Sr.; Signed with Long Beach State.

Kyle Merkel; Alemany; Jr.; Ready to be a Mission League ace.

Joe Mercado; Cypress; Sr.; Lefty was 3-0 with 0.52 ERA.

Jack Moberg; Vista Murrieta; So.; Made impact as a freshman.

Brandon Moore; St. John Bosco; So.; Beware of his skills.

Kyle Mora; Los Alamitos; Jr. Committed to UCLA.

David Odle; Peninsula; Sr.; Pitcher of the year in Bay League.

Sean O'Toole; Huntington Beach; Sr.; Signed with St. Mary's.

Jonathan Olsen; Damien; Jr.; Committed to UCLA.

Addison Pelupessy; Buena; Sr.; Threw shutouts against Ventura, Clovis East.

Jeremy Polon; El Camino Real; So.; Left-hander was a summer standout.

Nick Pratto; Mater Dei; Fr.; Left-hander is ready for varsity competition.

Marco Quintanar; Verdugo Hills; Jr.; Had 1.75 ERA in 40 innings as a sophomore.

Tyler Radcliffe; LB Wilson; Sr.; Returning all-Moore League pick.

Jackson Ramey; Sierra Canyon; Sr.; Was 10-1 with just 7 walks.

Daniel Rocha; Narbonne; Jr; Co-league MVP.

Adrian Rodriguez; Birmingham; Jr. Has pitched well in winter ball.

Austin Rubick; Buena; Jr.; Showed promise as a sophomore.

Nick Sprengel; El Dorado; Jr.; Left-hander headed to San Diego.

Spencer Steer; LB Millikan; So.; Will be a standout in Moore League.

Dylan Suppan; Chaminade; Sr.; Consistency will be the key to success.

Jonathan Teaney; Quartz Hill; Sr. Power pitcher.

Joshua Tedeschi; Dos Pueblos; Sr.; Left-hander went 10-1.

Alan Trejo; Warren; Sr.; San Diego State signee.

Gavin Velasquez; South Hills; Jr.; Cal State Fullerton commit.

Spencer Vogelbach; Oaks Christian; Sr.; Was 11-1 with 1.25 ERA.

Brad Wegman, Great Oak, Sr. Signed with USC.

Tommy Wilson; Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; Sr.; Had 1.68 ERA.

Jarred Zill; Capistrano Valley; Sr.; Was 4-1 with 1.41 ERA¿.

First basemen

Brandon Alamo; Cypress; Jr.; Committed to Cal State Fullerton.

Chansen Gensurowsky; Crespi; Sr.; Batted .403 in tough Mission League.

Brock Lundquist; Fountain Valley; Sr.; Hit eight home runs.

Austin Pritchard; Riverside North; Jr.; UNLV commit.

Parker Joe Robinson; JSerra; Sr.; Texas signee has lots of power.

Others

Zander Clarke; Newbury Park; Sr.; He's 6-5 and ready for breakout season.

Devon Davis; Valencia; Jr.; Can hit with power.

Marquis Jackson; San Fernando; Sr.; Possesses lots of ability.

Anthony Mayorga; Chatsworth; Jr.; Showed hitting potential as a sophomore.

Daniel Rosas; Cathedral; Sr.; All-league last season.

Austin Russ; Hart; Jr.; Was terrific hitter in summer ball.

Dustin Shirley; Loyola; Sr.; Has been star in winter ball.

Tyler Urbach; Harvard-Westlake; Sr.; Ready to make impact.

Jason Wallace; Etiwanda; Jr.; Lots power potential.

Jack Webber; Mira Costa; Sr.; All-CIF honoree.

Erik Whittlesey; El Camino Real; Sr.; Dangerous City Section bat.

Michael Wilson; SO Notre Dame; Jr.; Had 33 hits as a sophomore.

Second basemen

Turner Buis; Fullerton; Sr.; Cal State Fullerton signee.

Morgan Lomax; Gardena Serra; Jr.; Lots of athletic ability.

Carlos Telles; Sylmar; Sr.; Solid defensively.

Shane Timmons; Capistrano Valley; Sr.; San Diego signee.

Ezra Steinberg; Harvard-Westlake; Jr.; Leadoff hitter who gets on base.

Others

Bryan Call; Mater Dei; Jr. Started as a sophomore on No. 1 team.

Duncan McKinnon; Redondo; Jr.; Had 35 hits as a sophomore at Serra.

Third basemen

Blake Chiaramonte; Moorpark; Sr.; Cal State Northridge signee.

Tyler Flores; Westlake; So.; Batted .394 with 37 hits as freshman.

Kevin Padlo; Murrieta Valley; Sr.; San Diego signee hit five home runs.

Logan Pouelsen; Huntington Beach; So. The standard for excellence.

Others

Parker Brahms; Calabasas; So.; He's 6-3 and can hit.

Daniel Cervacio; Sylmar; Sr.; Lots of pop in his bat.

Jake Hirabayashi; SO Notre Dame; Jr.; Can be one of best in Mission League.

Zakkary Morgan; La Quinta; So.; Hit .377 as a freshman.

Andy Morales; Camarillo; Sr.; Had three home runs as a junior.

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Justin Rorick; Birmingham; Fr.; Showed good power in summer ball.

Cole Young; Norco; Sr.; Headed to USC.

Shortstop

Luke Dykstra; Westlake; Sr.; A big-time hitter with pro aspirations.

Bryce Fehmel; Agoura; Jr.; Had 10 doubles for Marmonte champions.

Tristan Hildebrandt; Esperanza; Sr.; Clutch hitter headed to Cal State Fullerton.

Ethan Lopez, La Mirada. Jr. Committed to USC.

Josh Morgan; Orange Lutheran; Sr.; UCLA signee has best arm.

Lars Nootbaar; El Segundo; Jr.; Terrific athlete who thrives under pressure.

Kyle Plantier; Temecula Valley; Sr.; League MVP headed to UCSB.

Daniel Platzlaff; Fountain Valley; Sr.; Oregon signee showed home-run power last season.

Jagger Rusconi; West Ranch; Jr.; USC commit can hit with best.

Dallas Tessar; Chaminade; Jr.; Washington commit with good skills.

Chase Strumpf; JSerra; So.; All the hype about his ability is true.

Others

Jordan Abushahla; Taft; Sr.; He'll be a top hitter.

Angelo Armenta; Loyola; Sr.; USC commit is strong defensively.

Brock Bell; Sierra Canyon; Jr.; Batted .495.

Ryan Day; Los Osos; Sr.; Had 30 hits as a junior.

Jaime Estrada; Gahr; San Gabriel Valley League MVP.

Brian Ginsberg; Harvard-Westlake; Sr.; Sure-handed fielder.

Kai Gomez; San Fernando; Jr.; Ready to step in as defensive star.

Cooper Griffith; Mira Costa; Sr.; Attracting Division I interest.

Isaak Gutierrez; St. John Bosco; So.; Hit .583 for USA gold medal team.

Justin Fowler; Aliso Niguel; Sr.; Clutch hitter and clutch fielder.

Mitch Hayes, Great Oak, Jr.; Committed to Nevada.

Keston Hiura; Valencia; Sr.; Had 34 hits as a junior.

Zach Kirtley; Redlands East Valley; Sr.; Batted .387 with 36 hits.

Jesse Kuet; Huntington Beach; Sr.; Headed to Stanford.

Chase Lambert; Malibu; Sr. Fabulous all-around contributor.

Shane Martinez; North; So; Arizona commit is highly regarded.

Myles Nygaard; West Torrance; Sr.; Washington recruit.

Brandon Perez; Mater Dei; Jr.; Oregon commit can be key contributor.

Nick Rodriguez; Kennedy; Sr.; Terrific arm and terrific fielder.

Blake Schales; Edison; Sr.; Headed to Long Beach State.

Sam Shaikin; Chatsworth; Jr.; Should lead Chancellors to City prominence.

Catchers

Chris Betts; Long Beach Wilson; Jr.; Ready to have big hitting year

Lucas Herbert; San Clemente; Jr.; UCLA commit

Daniel Millwee; San Dimas; Sr.; Arizona signee hit .357 with 11 doubles

Bryan Menendez; Bishop Amat; Sr.; UNLV signee

Chandler Wagoner, Great Oak, Sr. Signed with Oklahoma

Others

Dalton Blumenfeld; Hamilton; Jr.; All-City honoree had five home runs.

David Clawson; Mater Dei; So.; Ready to replace Jeremy Martinez.

Hagen Danner; Huntington Beach; Fr.; A terrific young player.

Juan Gallardo; Wilmington Bannng; Sr.; Had 31 RBIs.

Nick Kahle; Chaminade; So.; Can be best in Mission League.

Mitch Kerner; Viewpoint; Sr.; Hit .362.

Ryan Mendoza; Birmingham; So.; Will be best in City Section defensively.

Julian Perez; Warren; Sr.; Veteran who handles pitchers well.

Andrew Piraino; Sonora; Sr.; Had 48 hits and batted .495.

Nathan Rodriguez; El Dorado; Sr.; Headed to Arkansas.

Blake Sabol; Aliso Niguel; So.; Ready to be impact player.

Vic Salazar; Gahr; So.; Highly regarded young player.

Johnny Selsor; La Canada; Sr.; Will be four-year starter.

Albee Weiss; Agoura; Sr.; Hits with power.

Outfielders

Denz'l Chapman; Gardena Serra; Sr.; Fast, fast and fast.

Coltin Gerhart; Vista Murrieta; Sr.; Has speed, power, passion.

Scott Hurst; Bishop Amat; Sr.; Cal State Fullerton signee won a gold medal.

DJ Peters; Glendora; Sr. Hit .403 with six home runs.

Dayton Provost; Hart; Jr.; Has speed and knack for getting on base.

Blake Rutherford; Chaminade; So.; A star in the making.

Brady Shockey; JSerra; So.; Boasts impressive individual skills.

Elijah Skipps; Cypress; Sr.; Arizona signee is a catalyst at the plate.

Marcus Wilson; Gardena Serra; Sr.; Might be best pro prospect in SoCal.

Others

Willie Aguilar; Fountain Valley; Jr.; Cathedral transfer will make impact.

Chad Bible; Valencia; Sr.; Cal State Fullerton signee

Ruben Cardenas; Alemany; Jr.; Nevada commit had 39 hits.

Tyler Clark; Mission Viejo; Sr.; Had 46 hits.

Riley Conlan; Chatsworth; Sr.; Hitting leader for the Chancellors.

Kyle Cuellar; La Salle; So.; Made strong fall improvement.

Jesse Guzman; Arleta; Jr.; Had 22 hits as a sophomore.

Dominic Fletcher; Cypress; So.; Started as a freshman on D2 championship team.

Patrick Flynn; Servite; Sr.; Headed to Utah.

Riley Helland; Oaks Christian; Jr.; Has power.

Armett Johnson; Crespi; Sr.; An athlete with hitting skills.

Nick Kaye; Glendora; Jr.; Cal State Fullerton commit.

Cole Mears; CC Canyon; Sr.; Four-year starter and three years all-league.

Joey Mendez; Saugus; So.; Best freshman last season in Foothill League.

Alex Mckenna; Alemany; Jr. Runs a 6.6 60 and throws upper 80s on mound.

Christian Moya; Bishop Amat; So; USC commit has lots of ability.

Jordan Myrow; SO Notre Dame; Jr.; Knows how to drive in runs.

Austin Obregon; Verdugo Hills; Sr.; Batted .367 with 36 hits.

Jake Pries; JSerra; Jr.; All signs point toward a big season.

Hayden Rappoport; El Camino Real; Sr.; Should be All-City player.

Anthony Robles; San Fernando; Sr.; Will be a key bat in Tiges' lineup.

Michael Russo; Crescenta Valley; Sr.; Should be one of best in Pacific League.

A.J. Sawyer; Temecula Valley; Sr.; UC Riverside signee

Sumner Smith; Pasadena; Jr.; Hit .407 with 35 hits.

Josh Stephen; Mater Dei; So.; It's time for him to be a key hitter.

Austin White; Cleveland; Jr.; Can be a top player in City Section.

Compiled by Eric Sondheimer from coaches' recommendations.

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