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2/17/2011 12:36:03 PM
Topic:
Welcome to the HS Baseball forum

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In the coming days and weeks we will be discussing a wide range of HS baseball topics with players, coaches and fans from all around the country.

Thanks for stopping by, can't wait to hear from all of you.

Be sure to check out our 2011 Season Preview and check back tomorrow as we will begin unveiling our National Top 10 teams leading up to the release of our first National Top 50 poll next Friday. Tomorrow we will unveil teams 6-10 and then announce the top 5 next week, starting with number 5 on Monday.


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edited by tgold on 2/17/2011
2/17/2011 1:04:44 PM
Topic:
National Game of the Week!

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For those of you in the central Florida area, be sure to make your way over to Montverde tonight for our first National Game of the Week. Arlington Country Day and Javier Baez take on Montverde Academy and Francisco Lindor. Baez and Lindor have played as teammates several times, including the 2010 Aflac All-American Game and with the Cardinals Scout Team at the 2010 WWBA World Championship. Today they will face off in our first game of the week.

For a game preview click here. Check back for a recap tomorrow.
2/20/2011 7:52:19 PM
Topic:
High School Images

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Good stuff Lancer. Great park for a LHP.

Not sure if 375 is the deepest LF foul line in the country but it has to be up there. If any of our readers know of one that is deeper tell us about it here.

Rancho Buena Vista (CA) has a massive CF with a fence that measures 485 feet from home. Instead of a distance sign, it reads "Your Dreaming." The large pasture was patrolled by future big leaguer Dave Roberts during the early 90s. Supposedly, three players have hit home runs out of CF, including future gold glove winner Eric Chavez (Mt. Carmel) and the 6th overall pick of the 1995 draft, Jaime Jones (Rancho Bernardo).
2/22/2011 4:34:36 PM
Topic:
National Game of the Week!

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A lot of great matchups this week to choose from, it was a difficult decision to pick just one but our National Game of the Week for Week 2 is: Brenham (TX) vs Round Rock (TX).

Does your school have a big matchup this week? Tell fellow fans and players about it here...
2/24/2011 12:50:13 PM
Topic:
National Game of the Week!

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Great stuff baseballsun, should be an interesting pitching matchup.

We will be keeping a close eye on that entire tournament in Scottsdale as Horizon-Desert Ridge is just one of several good matchups this weekend and next.
2/24/2011 12:51:46 PM
Topic:
Welcome to the HS Baseball forum

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I don't know the exact date but I do know that we are in the process of compiling those right now. Should be announced in the coming weeks, stay tuned.
2/25/2011 4:19:02 PM
Topic:
Top 50 Rankings

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For our thoughts on who we had a tough time leaving off check back here tomorrow for our first installment of 3 Up 3 Down as Ben Collman & I each discuss our most difficult decision.
2/26/2011 1:45:28 PM
Topic:
Top 50 Rankings

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And thus is born the PG jinx!

I'm surprised but not shocked, as American Heritage has a very good squad. We'll discuss this game a bit in depth in our 3 Up 3 Down coming out this afternoon.
2/27/2011 11:58:08 PM
Topic:
Top Pitching Combos in the Country

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Great question. What sets #3 Broken Arrow apart is that they don't just have an elite 1-2 punch in Bradley and Hope but they also have several more quality arms. Nick Pettus and Tyler Kruse are also very talented pitchers and Delso can also chip in on the mound as well. It doesn't matter when you face the Tigers, you are going to see some very tough pitching.

I think that the combo of Christian Montgomery and Jared Ruxer of Lawrence Central (IN) often gets overlooked because of where they are from. As is the case with Dexter (MA) with John Maggliozzi and Barrett O'Neill. Newport (WA) has arguably the top combo in the often ignored northwest region with Cole Wiper and Jared Fisher.

Then of course there are the more obvious ones that get a lot of ink, such as: 7th ranked Spanish Fork with Kayden Porter and James Langel (if he comes back healthy),31st ranked Rockwall Heath (Jake Thompson, Jovan Hernandez) and Parkview Baptist (LA) who Ben Collman discussed yesterday in 3 Up/3 Down as a team that just missed the top 50.

A very underrated staff is Mariner (FL) with Alex Santana who many see as a 3B prospect (though I was very impressed with his ability on the mound at the 2011 World Showcase in January) combining with junior Jason Carmichael.

An up and coming 1-2 punch to watch for 2012 is Tampa Jesuit (FL) with Lance McCullers (#1 prospect in class of 2012) and Max Beerman. Another is El Dorado (CA), who I discussed in 3 Up/3 Down, although I see Chris Rivera's future as an elite position player.

I know I'm leaving out several big ones here but these are the ones who immediately come to mind. Let me know who I'm missing so I can have that same feeling I get while watching Jeopardy (the "oh yeah, duh, I knew that" feeling).
2/28/2011 9:01:23 AM
Topic:
Top 50 Rankings

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Heritage is a hard team to figure out thus far. Aside from their huge win over Gulliver they are 1-3. They have a lot of talent, and were ranked 49th in the nation in Baseball America's preseason poll. You can say that this is how it goes in Florida where there is so much talent that good teams beat up on each other, but 2-3 is a disappointing start for a team with so much promise.

On the other hand give credit to North Broward Prep, who moved to 4-1 with the win. Their only loss so far was a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the 14th ranked team in the nation, Archbishop McCarthy. Strong start for the Eagles. It'll be interesting to see if they can keep it up and if American Heritage can bounce back.
edited by tgold on 2/28/2011
2/28/2011 11:02:29 AM
Topic:
3 Up/3 Down

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GW looks great on paper, junior Fernelys Sanchez is a monster. Losing their coach to a suspension for the year will hurt and may leave the door open for someone else to sneak in. Xaverian, Tottenville, Lindenhurst, Monroe and Ketcham are all candidates to steal that top spot. Though I still think Washington looks to be the top team in the state heading into the season.
3/3/2011 11:16:40 AM
Topic:
3 Up/3 Down

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I think English vs Carson comes down to what your looking for: a high upside player who is a bit raw at present (Carson) or a highly polished safer bet with a little less upside (English).

I love watching English play and think the Gamecocks have got a heck of a ballplayer coming in next year if he isn't lured away with a pro contract. But as a long term prospect I think a majority of scouts prefer Carson.
3/4/2011 10:26:42 AM
Topic:
Welcome to the HS Baseball forum

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The subscription levels required for the Premium forum are still being worked out. It will either be included in the College Baseball Ticket or the PG Crosschecker Insider subscription, rather than requiring a separate subscription.

We are working on several features that will be announced in the coming weeks once the season gets started in more parts of the country.
3/5/2011 5:23:02 PM
Topic:
3 Up 3 Down (3/5)

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PG's High School baseball coverage coordinators share their thoughts on 3 new topics each Saturday to discuss them with our readers.


Leading off:
With the season still young lets highlight notable performances by young players getting their first taste of high school baseball. Who is the freshman that has really made a strong impression on you right off the bat?

Todd Gold: While Creekside (FL) SS/RHP Blake Hennessey would be a good candidate here, this is actually his THIRD season of high school ball so he doesn’t really count. And though there are a few other names that come to mind, that one that really jumps out to me is Harvard Westlake (CA) CF/SS/RHP Jack Flaherty. Flaherty has some big shoes to fill as he takes over CF for Austin Wilson (currently starting for Stanford as a Freshman).
That’s a lot of pressure for a kid his age but Jack has hit the ground running, with an impressive performance on the road against Valencia last week he went 2-for-3 with a double and Home Run against one of the top teams in California. Flaherty has impressive tools, not only can he hit, he has an impressive arm and runs very well. I’m told he is also a good defender at SS, and at 6’ 3” 180 lbs he certainly looks the part. This kid should be a valuable player for Harvard Westlake for the next 4 years so long as he continues to work hard.

Ben Collman: A freshman that caught my eye during the fall season and has continued to perform well is OF Alex Abbott from Tift County, GA. Abbott played for White Sox Scout Team/Florida Legends during the October WWBA World Championship in Jupiter and stood out on a huge stage against the best high school competition in the country.
Abbott has carried that impressive performance over to his high school season. In Tift’s season opener he hit a grand slam to tie the game and jumpstart the offense, leading to a 11-5 victory. Last night he went 3-3, crushing a home run that flew an estimated 400 feet in a 10-8 win over Lee County (alma mater of 2010 NL ROY Buster Posey). Abbott, at 6’0 180, has the lean projectable build of many high school freshman. Where he does stand out is at the plate where he has a very advanced, simple approach with very good pitch recognition and bat speed. Abbott is a top prospect to watch for the next four years.

2-hole:
Which team will receive the biggest boost from a player coming back from injury?

TG: The team that looks to gain the most from a player coming back from injury is Petal (MS). Star OF Anthony Alford suffered an injury during the football season but looks to be back playing by the end of the month. When he does Petal will return one of the best athletes in the nation. Alford batted .390 last year with 7 homers and 41 RBI. He is currently the state’s top-ranked player in the 2012 class and is #45 nationally.
He also excels as a quarterback and was named Gatorade Mississippi player of the year as he threw for 1,399 yards and 16 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,253 yards and 19 touchdowns this fall. Alford may try to play both sports at the collegiate level and has reportedly received scholarship offers from SEC schools. When he does return to the diamond they will get a tremendous athlete and all around player who will bolster a team that went 30-4 a year ago, winning the 6A title.

BC: LHP/OF Stephen Tarpley of Gilbert (AZ) is arguably the most important player on his team. The Tigers have fared well without him thus far, earning a berth in the Scottsdale Invitational Championship Game (very strong field for this tournament). This speaks to the depth and overall talent on this team, as well as the job that Coach Matt Gutierrez has done.
But make no mistake, this team will be significantly better if Tarpley can come back healthy and perform at the level he did in 2010 when he made huge strides on the mound and worked his way into the conversation of best LHP in the southwest. Tarpley suffered a freak knee injury during pre-season workouts and has not appeared in a game yet, but is expected to be able to play again later this month. The fact that Gilbert has played as well as they have without him suggests they have a chance to become the best team in a very good state when he comes back.

Clutch time: Which team has made the biggest statement thus far in the season?

BC: While it is no surprise that Flanagan (FL) is one of the top baseball teams in Florida, it is a surprise how quickly they have began the season. The Falcons won the Florida 6A championship and finished #9 in the Perfect Game National Rankings a year ago, but lost seven seniors including all Broward County selections Justin Machado and Pichi Torresalong with Corey Janson and Geoffrey Jimenez, now playing at Miami and FAU respectively.
Flanagan has ripped through the early season competition, winning their first six games by a combined score of 87-13. Included were victories over St. Thomas Aquinas, Monsignor Pace and Calvary Christian, all strong squads. Flanagan dropped a 3-2 decision to Douglas on Friday, suffering their first loss, but has showed with their early season play that they are among the top teams in Florida, and the road to the 6A title will again go through Flanagan.

TG: So many choices but the run that Clements (TX) has been on at the Ewell Jackson tournament this weekend has been very impressive. The Rangers moved to 9-0 on the season and will be playing in the Ewell Jackson Championship game tonight at 7:00. The Rangers were 2 outs away from playing in the state championship game last year and are off to a great start for 2011. A few of the players from the Rangers that have caught the eye of scouts at PG events last year include: Cline Andrews, Blake Johnson, Austin Bass, Alec Horvath, and GR Hinsley.
While their most dramatic win thus far was the 5-3 defeat of Dulles in the semi-finals this afternoon (walk-off 3-run HR by Blake Johnson) the biggest win thus far was yesterday’s defeat of St. Pius X, who came in undefeated and has looked very strong to this point.
edited by tgold on 3/7/2011
3/8/2011 8:51:50 AM
Topic:
NJ Pitcher Catcher Indoor Showcase

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Showcase reports are posted within a month of the event so next week at the latest. But if our scouts finish early they will be posted before then so there is a chance that they could be up as soon as the end of this week.
3/8/2011 11:54:49 AM
Topic:
3 Up/3 Down

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makoniky, I saw him play in several events last year against pitching that ranged from decent to exceptional. I stand by my statement; he is a monster. I am basing that more off of tools than numbers.

The only event I have his totals available for without digging through boxes of scoresheets is the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter(absolute highest level of HS baseball competition).

In 4 games at Jupiter, Sanchez hit .300/.416/.500 and went 3-for-3 on Stolen Base attempts with very positive notes about his defense. He did not see a Fastball below 85, and saw 3 pitchers who were over 90. Very respectable for a 2012 player.


Perhaps you caught him on the wrong days, it is baseball, even Pujols goes into slumps.
3/8/2011 4:55:07 PM
Topic:
3 Up/3 Down

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I don't know why you keep saying "down here" when talking about a tournament that took place "down here" in Florida. I am WELL aware of how good the pitching (and hitting for that matter) is in Florida.

You say "[font=Arial, Tahoma]I saw him this fall play 14/15 games dopwn here in Fl" b[/font]ut in the two PG tournaments held in Florida last fall (Underclass, Jupiter) he only played in 8 games. Don't know where you saw the other 6/7 games, but that must have been where he supposedly struck out 11 times in 14 ABs...was he facing the Marlins?

You are contradicting yourself far too often for me to bother continuing with this conversation. You are clearly making gross exaggerations and presenting hyperbole as fact.

His numbers in 4 games may not impress you, but as I said previously;

[font=Arial, Tahoma]I stand by my statement; he is a monster. I am basing that more off of tools than numbers. [/font]
3/9/2011 12:12:01 PM
Topic:
snow ,snow go away

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Ouch, lucky you guys...at least the competition will be practicing indoors as well.
3/9/2011 12:35:33 PM
Topic:
Tennessee Draft Prospects

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I got to see Connell in person in 2009. Kevin has a chance to be really good. Command was a bit behind at the time but I really liked the arm. Has a high ceiling, likely as an overpowering late inning reliever, although if he has improved his command and stamina he has a chance to be a starter. One of many TN players who has a chance to make a big move up draft boards this spring. Hope he's coming along well.

A few other guys from TN that I've seen in the past who I expect will get looks from MLB organizations this spring:

Dylan Bosheers - Lawrence County
Parker Wormsley - Webb
Zander Wiel - Blackman

I know there are more draft prospects in TN out there but these are the ones that I've seen who come to mind.
3/11/2011 9:37:43 AM
Topic:
3 Up/3 Down

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Yeah that was a crazy game. I watched the webcast, I love how Mountain Pointe does that! It looked like the Pride was going to run away with it, but you have to get all 21 outs. Good win for Horizon, they showed a lot of heart battling back like that against a good team, especially after having lost the day before. That bomb Kron hit must have been cool to see in person, it was absolutely crushed.

Dunatov is a heck of a player with a bright future...I'll refrain from saying anything too positive so I don't offend anyone who thinks there are no good players outside of Florida. If I'm an Oregon State fan I'd be nervous about how high he goes on draft day. I knew he had an arm, but 94? Wow.

Thanks for the report baseballsun, good stuff as always.
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