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Monday, February 06, 2017

National High School Top 50

Vincent Cervino        
Photo: Orange Lutheran Baseball

2017 Perfect Game High School Preview Index

Welcome back to another season of the Perfect Game and Rawlings National High School Team Rankings. Our initial rankings for the 2017 season are listed below.

Orange Lutheran (Calif.) enters the 2017 season ranked No. 1 in the country, and they boast a very talented and deep roster. Led by senior outfielder Garrett Mitchell, a PG All-American and UCLA signee, the lineup is loaded with high-end talent. Senior infielder Tristan Hanoian, a TCU recruit, and underclassmen Sawyer Chesley (Arizona) and Jasiah Dixon (USC) round out the middle of the lineup and should provide a lot of value on both offense and defense. The pitching staff is a bit young but they are led by senior lefthander Jason Farese, a San Diego signee, to anchor the rotation. With some younger contributions on the pitching staff, Orange Lutheran slots in as our No. 1 team for the season.

Familiar top programs round out the rest of the top 5 with Dallas Jesuit (Texas), Archbishop McCarthy (Fla.), Chaparral (Ariz.) and Huntington Beach (Calif.) all boasting elite talent and depth. All five of these teams have claims to be the top team in the country, and Dallas Jesuit and Archbishop McCarthy both came home with state championships last season. These five teams look to be competing for state championships this season and includes a big early season California matchup between No. 1 Orange Lutheran and No. 5 Huntington Beach in early March.

To access detailed features on each of the top 5 programs please visit the 2017 Perfect Game High School Preview Index, as linked above.

The states that are the usual suspects in terms of baseball hotbeds are well represented. California has the most schools with 11, Florida has nine while Texas and Georgia each have five schools. Although these four states make up a large portion of the rankings, 20 states are represented throughout the Top 50 preseason rankings.

Among the Top 50, 18 of the programs are reigning state champions. Dallas Jesuit, Archbishop McCarthy, Barbe (La.), Walton (Ga.), and Marjory Stoneman Douglas (Fla.) all come in the top 10 and are defending their state titles.

The 16 other states represented are from all reaches of the country. The Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest are all well-represented and should be very competitive regions.

Five Perfect Game All-Americans go to schools listed on among the top 10 teams. Garrett Mitchell (Orange Lutheran), Alejandro Toral (Archbishop McCarthy), Jacob Gonzalez (Chaparral), Mark Vientos (American Heritage) and Brady McConnell (Merritt Island) all participated in the PG All-American Game at Petco Park in San Diego last August and will look to carry their top-tier talent into the high school baseball season.

The rankings will fluctuate as the season begins and especially once the Northern teams start later in the spring. Many teams will rise and some will fall, but altogether the rankings will change once the teams start playing. The season is right around the corner and we hope you are as excited for the season to begin as we are.

113Orange LutheranOrangeCA
211Jesuit College PrepDallasTX
34Archbishop McCarthySouthwest RanchesFL
4 ChaparralScottsdaleAZ
5 Huntington BeachHuntington BeachCA
6 American HeritagePlantationFL
75Alfred M. BarbeLake CharlesLA
8 Merritt IslandMerritt IslandFL
10 Marjory Stoneman DouglasParklandFL
12 Flower MoundFlower MoundTX
13 Rancho BernardoSan DiegoCA
1522South HillsWest CovinaCA
17 CullmanCullmanAL
19 Westminster ChristianMiamiFL
20 ParkviewLilburnGA
2141Bishop GormanLas VegasNV
22 El ToroLake ForestCA
2325Calvary Christian AcademyFort LauderdaleFL
24 Trinity Christian AcademyJacksonvilleFL
25 Seton Hall PreparatoryWest OrangeNJ
26 Mater DeiSanta AnaCA
2716North DavidsonLexingtonNC
28 HattiesburgHattiesburgMS
29 Bishop AmatLa PuenteCA
30 BryantBryantAR
31 IMG AcademyBradentonFL
32 Brother RiceChicagoIL
33 RussellvilleRussellvilleAL
34 MartinArlingtonTX
35 Winder-BarrowWinderGA
3740Malvern PreparatoryMalvernPA
38 PopeMariettaGA
39 Poly Prep Country DayBrooklynNY
40 EastlakeChula VistaCA
4137J L MannGreenvilleSC
42 AlonsoTampaFL
437JSerra CatholicSan Juan CapistranoCA
44 Colleyville HeritageColleyvilleTX
45 Sandra Day O`ConnorPhoenixAZ
46 BufordBufordGA
47 Cathedral CatholicSan DiegoCA
48 Lone PeakHighlandUT
49 Deer CreekEdmondOK
50 BallardLouisvilleKY
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