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High School  | General  | 11/24/2023

Regional Superlatives: West Coast

Steve Doherty      Steve Fiorindo      Scott Rankin     
Most Likely to Make a Jump in the Rankings in 2024

Trevor Goldenetz (2025) OF | Huntington Beach HS

The TCU commit currently sits in the #100 position in California and feel he’s going to be a rankings riser his junior year. Not only is he part of one of the most talented and recognized public high school rosters in the country, Goldenetz is a key cog at the top of the lineup with some speed, contact ability, and a table setter for the big boys that follow. He’s a natural outfielder with terrific instincts and makes great routes. He’s got a couple carry tools that will serve him well going forward and feel he will make a significant impact for the Oilers in 2024. -Steve Doherty

Nate Castellon (2024) SS | Calabasas High School 

Not an imposing figure standing at just 5’10”/165 lbs, it’s that stature that probably has prevented Castellon from jumping up in the rankings sooner.  Castellon shows advanced up the middle actions on the dirt that could see him jump significantly in 2024, much like fellow Calabassas alum Phoenix Call last year.  If he were a few inches taller, it feels like Castellon would be a household name already, but the height may put him in the bucket where he has to go to school  (Cal Poly commit), perform, and see what happens draft wise. -Steve Fiorindo

Jett Kenady (2025) SS | Carlsbad HS (San Diego)

At 6’2, 180 pounds, he has the frame and athleticism to stay at shortstop long term.  Looks to follow up on an impressive sophomore season in which he hit .327 and showed some pop with seven home runs.  Also had seven doubles and added a triple. Quick twitch athlete with a big arm across the diamond.   Jett has all the physical tools to be one of the best players in the state of California in 2024. Kenady is a Cal Berkeley Commit. -Scott Rankin

Most Likely to Hit .500 at PG Events in 2024

Brady Ebel (2025) INF | Corona High School 

Hitting 500 is obviously not an easy feat, in order to do so at any level you need to have an excellent approach, a skill that Brady Ebel has consistently displayed the past few years.  He employs an all field approach, willing to collect his knocks while looking to impact in hitters counts.  In 2023, Ebel walked three times as many times than he struck out, numbers that help exemplify his approach in the box. -SF/SD

Phoenix Brant (2025) OF/1B | San Diego International Studies HS

The 6’4, 205-pounder is looking to follow up a successful sophomore season that saw him get 26 hits in 44 at-bats for a .591 average on the season.  Stays on a level plane with a compact swing and effortless power.  Has an all-fields approach and does not get easily fooled.  Phoenix has been tough at all PG events this year.  He is currently uncommitted. -SR

Most Likely to Make a Velo jump in to the Mid-90s in 2024

Grayson Boles (2025) RHP | Saint Augustine HS (San Diego)

At 6’5, 210-pounds the physical frame suggests that an up-tick in velocity will come at some point. We have seen his fastball topping 89 in the summer months with spin into the 2600’s and feel with his current trajectory and athleticism he will take that next jump into the mid 90’s. He has recently committed to the University of Texas. Really looking forward to following him into the spring. -SD

Levi Sterling (2024) RHP | Notre Dame HS

A long, lean frame with an easy, loose, and buttery delivery are some of the key traits that I look for expecting velocity gains and Sterling epitomizes those traits, probably more than anyone in So Cal for the 2024 class.  Sterling regularly works in the low 90’s and ran the heater up to 94 at PG National, numbers that could easily make a jump with some good added weight and strength over the holidays. - SF 

Max Collins (2024) RHP | La Costa Canyon HS (San Diego)

At 6’4, 205-pounds, Collins has a physical presence on the mound and still has room to add.  Recently was up to 91 at a PG event and I believe he still has more in the tank.  Long arm action with a deceptive delivery had him dominating hitters on a regular basis.  With added strength in the lower half, I can see Collins making that velocity jump in the spring.  Max is committed to UC Santa Barbara. -SR

Most Likely to Back Up a Breakout in 2024

Braylon Doughty (2024) RHP | Chaparral HS

Doughty wasn’t a well known quantity early in 2023; his junior year, however, he was no stranger to success as he had more than a solid year to boast about on the mound. We saw him excel on the football field as a kicker and on the diamond where he was committed to Long Beach St. at the time. Since then he de-committed and re-committed to Oklahoma St. after a stellar performance at the Area Code Games in August for the Brewers. Doughty features some loud stuff that will play and certainly puts him in MLB draft discussions. The fastball is 93-95, topping 96 and the slider is MLB-ready pitch 83-87 with spin into the 3100’s. We are looking forward to following his progression into the spring, and exceeding expectations. -SD

Anthony Pack Jr. (2025) OF  | Millikan HS 

Jumping up to #5 in California for the class of 2025, I’d say it’s safe to say that Pack really broke out in 2023.  With added strength to the frame, I expect Pack to continue to evolve his skill set in to a more dynamic profile where he can impact the baseball more regularly.  He’s always had a strong feel to hit, with the ability to impact the game in multiple ways, more power can take him to an even higher level. - SF

Angel Laya (2025) OF | Eastlake HS (San Diego)

At 6’3, 190-pounds, Laya has an athletic look with excellent projection remaining in the frame. A left-handed hitter, easy and loose left-handed swing with good direction and lots of whip through contact. He shows easy lift to the gaps and solid ability to back spin the ball. The swing is geared for both hit and power and he is an extremely easy mover. The body will fill out and the power will come organically.  The Oregon commit made a huge jump in the rankings in 2023 and I expect he will back up his 2023 breakout season with a big Spring. -SR

Most Likely to Lead the Region in Home Runs in 2024

Tanner Chun (2024) SS | St. Louis HS (Hawaii) 

We have seen Chun quite a bit this summer and have witnessed the power tool develop. He produces great swings with intent and generates easy bat speed and extension through the zone with natural loft. Coupled with having a knack to find the barrel, we feel that he got a shot to hit double digit home runs this season. Chun is a Tulane commit. -SD

Win Gurney (2025) OF  | Mira Costa HS

To be completely honest, I originally had Josiah Hartshorn of Orange Lutheran HS (2025) slated here, but playing half your games at Hart Park, O Lu’s home field (where I think I’ve seen one home run hit) and facing Trinity League pitching led me pivot to Win Gurney, who offers a similar package as Hartshorn.  Committed to Oregon State, Gurney is a physical specimen who doesn’t get cheated in the box. And he can launch, he doesn’t hit wall scrapers, he can loft 'em with big carry and can even mis hit balls that will get out of most high school yards.  - SF
Elijah Stephens (2025) 1B/LHP | Sage Creek HS (San Diego)

Features a huge frame at 6’7, 205-pounds with plenty of room to add.  Stephens is looking to add on to a sophomore season in which he hit seven home runs.  Right-handed hitter, wide base with a high hand-set and lift into contact.  The two-way athlete has all the power potential in the world and will only continue to produce as he continues to add strength.  Stephens is currently uncommitted. -SR

2024 MLB Draft | Gut Feel

Dylan Fien (2024) C | Great Oak HS 

At 6’3, 205-pounds and athletic, Fien certainly passes the eye test; and put it all on display in Jupiter in October. He’s a strong framed switch-hitting catcher, impacts the baseball, can mirror the swing from both sides and has a couple carry tools to admire. These types of prospects don’t grow on trees and the MLB scouting community is paying close attention to Fien’s progress in the fall leading up to the spring. Fien is a UCLA commit. -SD

Boston Bateman (2024) LHP | Camarillo High School

There hasn’t been any Sasquatch sightings on So Cal mounds since August as the  6’8 lefty has focused on training in advance of the 2024 high school season.  Already the #3 ranked LHP in California Bateman feels primed to make a jump as he continues to maximize his frame.  An LSU commit, Bateman regularly worked the fastball to 94 in 2023, and I expect a tick up in velocity in ‘24 to go along with the swing and miss breaking ball and an occasional changeup. -SF

Stunner Gonzales (2024) RHP | La Costa Canyon HS (San Diego)

At 6’7, 200-pounds, Gonzales has the physical features that Scouts drool over.  Currently, his fastball sits in the low 90’s with an inevitable jump in velocity in the near future.  Gonzales has a ton of growth ahead of him and will only be 17 years old on draft day.  Has the upside of a starting pitcher with durability. Currently committed to LSU -SR