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Regional HS Preview: Pacific

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2019 Perfect Game High School Preview Index

Pacific Region: California, Hawai'i

Top 15 Pacific Region High Schools

Rk. Nat'l School '18 Rec. '18 Finish
1 4 Orange Lutheran (Calif.) 25-8 CIF SS Division 1 Semifinals
2 6 Valley Christian (Calif.) 29-3-1 CIF CCS Open Division State Champs
3 14 Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) 26-4 CIF SS Division 1 1st Round
4 23 Notre Dame (Calif.) 19-11 CIF SS Division 1 Play-in Game
5 25 Jserra Catholic (Calif.) 18-14 CIF SS Division 1 1st round
6 28 Junipero Serra (Calif.) 13-14-1 No Playoffs
7 41 Maranatha (Calif.) 27-4 CIF SS Division 3 State Champs
8 50 Yucaipa (Calif.) 28-5 CIF SS Division 2 State Champs
9 NR La Mirada (Calif.) 26-4-1 CIF SS Division 1 2nd Round
10 NR De La Salle (Calif.) 26-4 CIF NCS Division 1 State Champs
11 NR St. John Bosco (Calif.) 15-12 No Playoffs
12 NR Bellarmine Prep (Calif.) 25-8 CIF CCS Division 1 State Finalists
13 NR 'Iolani (Hawaii) 17-6-1 HHSAA Division 1 3rd Place
14 NR Etiwanda (Calif.) 22-8 CIF SS Division 1 Quarterfinals
15 NR Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) 20-10 CIF SFS Open Division Semifinals

Nat'l denotes rank on the Preseason National High School Top 50

Pacific Region High School Dream Team

C - Darius Perry, Sr., La Mirada HS (Calif.)
Perry's game, while well-rounded to be sure, is perhaps most impressive when he's putting his raw power on display from the right side of the plate. He's got excellent strength and bat speed and that combination gives him plus righthanded raw pop. Defensively, he's got solid athleticism behind the plate to go along with legitimate arm strength, giving him the ability to handle the running game while being a middle-of-the-order presence in the batting lineup. 

1B - Joseph Naranjo, Sr., Ruben S. Ayala HS (Calif.)
Naranjo has a case for being one of the top pure hitters in the country, as the lefthanded hitting first baseman has done nothing but mash in PG events dating back years now. He's also developed serious pop in his swing to where he's now a threat to leave the ballpark with authority, but what's even more impressive how he's able to hit to all fields with real pop. Defensively he's a very solid first baseman with soft hands and good footwork, and his arm strength--which sits in the mid-80's on the mound--is plenty for the position. 

MIF - Brooks Lee, Sr., San Luis Obispo HS (Calif.)
The son of Cal Poly head coach Larry Lee, Brooks is signed to play for his father at Cal Poly if the MLB Draft doesn't come calling first. Lee really established himself over the course of last summer, having a very loud showing at the Area Code Games in August and then following it up by playing really well in Jupiter. He's a steady middle infielder with very good hands and range to go along with quality arm strength, and he's one of the better hitters in the country as well, showing the ability to barrel balls to all fields from both sides of the plate. 

MIF - Kyren Paris, Sr., Freedom HS (Calif.)
Paris, who will be one of the youngest players in the class on draft day at only 17.5 years old, has also established himself as one of the more talented for a variety of reasons. He's a very good athlete and that athleticism translates to the diamond quite well, where his range and balance are both assets in the middle infield, and his speed is consistently above-average on the base paths. Offensively, there's a ton of projection in his bat, and he has the makings of a potential 5-tool talent. 

3B - Michael Curialle, Sr., JSerra Catholic (Calif.) 
Curialle really burst onto the draft radar last spring at the Boras Classic and has continued his ascent up draft boards in the intervening months, showing a really solid collection of tools along with some explosive athleticism. He's a very good athlete with plus run times dotting his scouting card, and plays the infield with good range, hands, and an above average arm. Offensively, there's serious bat speed from the right side of the plate that produces quality pop now, and projects for even more. 

OF - Shane Sasaki, Sr., Iolani HS (Hawaii)
Sasaki's profile really exploded at the Sunshine West Showcase in San Diego last May, showing several impact tools as well as a heady feel for the game that has vaulted him prominently onto draft radars. He's a true center fielder with excellent instincts and speed, and his arm, a plus tool, is a weapon defensively. Offensively he brings with him a solid approach and very good bat speed, showing the ability to drive the ball up the gaps, and his power projection is pretty significant as well. 

OF - Emanuel Dean, Sr., Servite HS (Calif.)
Dean, a Perfect Game All-American, has been on the national radar for awhile now and really exploded at the National Showcase, where he was ultimately selected for the Classic. With loud tools up and down his profile, Dean looks like a prototypical right field prospect at the next level, with very good athleticism, a plus throwing arm, and big time bat speed with serious power projection. A UCLA signee, Dean will be the focal point of a lot of draft interest this spring. 

OF - Petey Halpin, Jr., St. Francis HS (Calif.) 
One of the few underclassmen on this list, Halpin earns the nod over a significant number of also-deserving candidates in part because of his production in major events, swinging the bat extremely well in PG tournaments and showing off his tools in showcase settings as well. With a smooth lefthanded swing and plenty of feel for the barrel, Halpin has established himself as one of the more exciting young hitters in the country, and his speed/defense tools both stands out as well, giving him quite the well-rounded package of tools. 

UT - Joseph King, Sr., Woodside HS (Calif.) 
King earns the nod in the utility spot, quite frankly, because scouts both within Perfect Game and otherwise are pretty split on what his ultimate future home might be, whether a position player or a pitcher--he's just that talented at both. On the mound he's been up to 95 mph and really works downhill along with a potentially plus breaking ball, and he's also an athletic, talented catching prospect with some serious thunder in his bat from the right side of the plate. 

SP - Spencer Jones, Sr., La Costa Canyon HS (Calif.) 
We've been enamored with Jones for years given his size, athleticism, and the combination of lefthanded arm strength and lefthanded hitting skills. He really jumped up boards this past summer, however, when he showed newfound control on the mound to go along with a dynamic breaking ball. His fastball sits comfortably in the low-90's and can touch higher, and paired with his hammer curveball, he's become quite the pitching prospect on draft radars, and will be followed very closely this spring. 

SP - Derek Diamond, Sr., Ramona HS (Calif.)
Diamond, who just recently committed to Ole Miss, is one of the top prep draft follows on the West Coast as a righthanded pitcher this spring. With excellent size and plenty of projection remaining, Diamond has shown a quick arm with a quality three-pitch, highlighted by a fastball that sits comfortably in the low-90's at present, a good curveball, and feel for a changeup with late-fading life. The totality of his present stuff and projection make him an enticing draft prospect. 

SP - Jared Jones, Jr., La Mirada HS (Calif.)
The only other underclassman on this dream team, La Mirada's Jared Jones is also one of the hardest prep throwers in the country, and he's barely even started his junior season. With a lightning-fast arm, Jones has reached the mid-90's with ease, peaking as high as 96 mph, and there's no indication that he won't throw even harder by the time his draft date rolls around. Jones is also an impressive athlete who is a legitimate positional prospect as well, but he finds himself on this list on the power of his right arm. 

SP - Cutter Clawson, Sr., Laguna Beach HS (Calif.) 
Clawson has shown to have some of the best pitchability in the class, which we'll discuss shortly, and that has likewise made him one of the top lefthanders in the class of 2019. He works mostly in the 87-91 mph range with his fastball, touching higher, but his ability to throw any pitch for a strike in any situation is what really stands out, as evidenced by a dominating 15-strikeout shutout at the PG World Series last July. There's plenty of pure stuff there, and he misses bats with it all. 

SP - Dawson Netz, Sr., Maranatha HS (Calif.) 
Netz, another Perfect Game All-American on this list, established himself as one of the better strike-throwers in the country in the past year, thanks in part to his excellent athleticism that allows him to repeat his delivery consistently. He's been up to 94 mph with his fastball and has some projection remaining as well, and he mixes in a tight breaking ball that misses bats consistently at the bottom of the zone. There's great feel for pitching here, as Netz can fill up the zone with his entire arsenal, and he's poised to have a big spring. 

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