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The Southland's top high school baseball players

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Pitchers

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

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

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.

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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