High school baseball players to watch this season

Tony Bullard will be the ace for J.W. North this season.
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A position-by-position look at the top high school baseball players in the Southland:


Diego Barrera, Damien, Sr.: Washington signee sat out last season

Chandler Champlain, Santa Margarita, Sr.: USC signee is 6-5 and dominant

Brandon Dieter, South Hills, Sr.: Stanford signee is two-way standout

Lucas Gordon, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, So.: The next great Knights player

Sam Hliboki, Harvard-Westlake, Jr.: Has 90 mph fastball with precision control

Kyle Luckham, El Dorado, Sr.: Cal State Fullerton signee had 1.35 ERA

Carson Lambert, Newbury Park, Sr.: USC signee was 7-1 with 0.86 ERA

Owen Sharts, Simi Valley, Sr.: Nevada commit is primed for a huge season

Erik Tolman, El Toro, Sr.: Left-hander takes over as ace for defending D1 champions

Cole Winn, Orange Lutheran, Sr.: Transfer from Colorado is best pro pitching prospect


Benny Olguin, Alhambra, Sr.: Returning Almont League MVP

Trevor Beer, Crescenta Valley, Sr.: Was 10-2 and top pitcher in Pacific League

Christian Bodlovich, Mira Costa, Jr.: Was 10-1 with 1.09 ERA

Tony Bullard, J.W. North, Sr.: An Arizona signee

Alex Burge, West Ranch, Sr.: No. 1 pitcher for top Foothill team

Blake Burzell, Laguna Beach, Sr.: He’s 6-6 and a multi-sport athlete

Christian Ciuffetelli, Servite, Sr.: Oregon signee with lots of experience

Adam Christopher, El Camino Real, So.: Will be best pitcher in City Section

Patrick Collins, Chaminade, Sr.: Mission League pitcher of the year

Hunter Cope, Mater Dei, Jr,: He’s 6 feet 11 and coming on strong

Ryan Daugherty, Capistrano Valley, Sr.: Had 1.43 ERA

Joey Estes, Paraclete, Jr.: Had 0.31 ERA in 90 innings

Michael Flores, Corona, So.: A future standout

Jack Hodgins, Simi Valley, Sr.: Came through with big games last season

Tyler Kennedy, Newbury Park, Sr.: Relief ace for pitching-rich team

Jared Jones, La Mirada, So.: Showed potential with 4-2 record as freshman

Marcus Johnson, Etiwanda, Jr.: Tall, athletic and tough to beat

Josh Landry, Cypress, Sr.: Left-hander likes to throw shutouts

Chazz Martinez, Corona del Mar, Sr.: Pacific Coast League’s top pitcher

Connor Martin; Capistrano Valley; Sr.; UC Riverside signee one of best in South Coast League


Andrew Miller, JSerra, Jr.: Capable of becoming a standout

Eric Oseguera; Village Christian; Was 10-1 with 0.65 ERA

Ethan Reed, Aliso Niguel, Sr.: USC commit ready for best season yet

Blaine Traxel, Alemany, Sr.: CSUN signee has been Mission League standout

Bryce Wooldridge, Glendora, Sr.: Returning All-CIF player


Gabe Briones, King, Jr.: USC commit keeps improving

Noah Cardenas, Alemany, Sr.: UCLA signee has been top hitter

Kameron Ojeda, St. John Bosco, Sr.: Best power hitter in SoCal

Garret Guillemette, Servite, So.: Oregon commit with terrific skills

Roc Riggio, Chaminade, Fr.: His hitting skills are legit


Cole Andavolgyi, North Torrance, Jr.: Home run machine in South Bay

Nick Bacura, Mira Costa, Fr.: Highly regarded first-year player

Christos Stefanos, West Ranch, Sr.: Returning Foothill League MVP

Johnny Tincher, Birmingham, Jr.: Terrific arm and standout defensively

First base

Justin Campbell, Simi Valley, Jr.: He’s 6-7 and growing into his body

Will Chambers, West Ranch, Sr.: UCSB signee can hit

Blake Klassen, JSerra, Jr.: Ready to be clutch hitter

Joe Naranja, Ayala, Jr.: Cal State Fullerton commit is also left-handed pitcher

David Hays, St. John Bosco, Jr.: Batted .380 as a sophomore

Second basemen

Maxwell Foxcroft, Mater Dei, Sr.: Dependable defensive player

Daylen Reyes, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, So.: UCLA commit is good leadoff man

Cody Schrier, JSerra, Fr.: Highly regarded young player

Cole Reibenspies, Chaminade, Sr.: Solid defensively and gets on base

Third basemen

Carter Graham, Chaminade, So.: Stanford commit showed power as a freshman

Jake Miller, Newbury Park, Sr.: Marmonte League MVP also top pitcher

Bryce Willits, Capistrano Valley, Sr.: Had 34 hits as a junior



Jonny Cuevas, Palm Desert, Sr.: USC signee is consistent hitter

Loren Franck, Harvard-Westlake, Sr.: Clutch hitter


Jacob Gonzalez, Glendora, So.: Was best hitting freshman in 2017

Cody Freeman, Etiwanda, Jr.: Terrific young player getting better and better

Matt McLain, Beckman, Sr.: UCLA signee has been standout since freshman year

Jake Moberg, Vista Murrieta, Sr.: UCLA signee is ready for big hitting season

Zach Lew, Orange Lutheran, Sr.: Cal State Fullerton signee is four-year starter

Brice Turang, Corona Santiago, Sr.: Future first-round draft pick is hitting machine


Drew Bowser, Harvard-Westlake, So.: Hits, fields and leads

Chase Meidroth, Mira Costa, Jr.: Batted .385

Michael Perez, Gahr, Sr.: Four-year starter is clutch hitter

Alberto Rios, St. John Bosco, So.: Mayfair transfer is future star

Charlie Rocca, Verdugo Hills, Sr.: Batted .511 with 41 RBIs

Emilio Rosas, Mater Dei, Sr.: USC signee is stellar in the field

JT Schwartz, Corona del Mar, Sr.: UCLA signee batted .459 with 39 hits


Jovan Camacho, West Ranch, Jr.: Batted .452 with 38 hits as a sophomore

Pete Crow-Armstrong, Harvard-Westlake, So.: Future MLB batting champion

Cole Roederer, Hart, Sr.: UCLA signee can run and hit for power

Tanner Smith, Servite, Sr.: Oregon signee is four-year starter

Vinny Tosti, Mater Dei, Sr.: Oregon signee has speed, power


Kyle Ashworth; Foothill; Jr.; Batted .453 with 39 hits

Brandyn Cruz, Saugus, Jr.: Had 38 hits as a sophomore

Andrew Devine, Simi Valley, Jr.: Batted .421

Preston Hartsell, Corona del Mar, Sr.: Batted .427 with six home runs

Cole Kitchen, El Camino Real, Jr.: Can be top hitter in City Section

Jaden Fein; Royal; Sr.: Will be four-year starter

Andrew Hacker, Trabuco Hills, Sr.: Hit .338 as a junior

Andrew Lucas, Camarillo, Sr.: CSUN signee is outstanding hitter

Jackson Lyon, Woodbridge, Sr.: Had 37 hits in 2017

Nick Pena, King, Jr.: After sitting out last season, beware

Andrew Olivas, Granada Hills Kennedy, Sr.: Valley Mission League MVP

RJ Schreck, Harvard-Westlake, Sr.: Was team’s most consistent hitter

Stone Shiffman, El Toro, Sr.: Two-way standout

Luke Spillane, Mission Viejo, Jr.: UC Irvine commit is top hitter

Steven Villagran, San Fernando, Sr.: Two-way standout

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