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High School  | General  | 12/6/2023

Scout Stories: California Dreamin'

Steve Doherty      Steve Fiorindo      Scott Rankin     
The 2024-2025 California high school “Dream Team” stands as a formidable force if you will, bringing together exceptional talent from the vibrant baseball community of California. With highly skilled and tooled up players across all positions, this hypothetical “Dream Team” of the 2024-2025 class embodies a fusion of athleticism, and competency on the diamond. With a commitment to excellence, this “Dream Team'' not only showcases the west coast region's most impressive baseball aptitude and forte in my opinion, but also cultivates an appetite for leaving an indelible mark on the local baseball scene when it's all said and done. As they step onto the field in the spring of 2024, this collective of rising stars epitomizes the pursuit of success, victory and the joy of America's pastime in the sun-soaked landscapes of California.

Pos. Grad Name High School Commitment Notes
RHP 2024 Braylon Doughty Chaparral Oklahoma St. Athletic, low effort delivery. 2 MLB-ready pitches. FB to 96. Secondary spin in the 3100’s. Kicks 60-yard field goals
RHP 2025 Seth Hernandez Corona Vanderbilt Athletic, projectable. FB to 96, wipeout off-speed stuff. Will hit in the middle of the talented Corona lineup. Instant offense. High 2B totals
1B 2025 Josiah Hartshorn OLU Texas A&M Big time power tool. Could hit 10+ HR’s
MIF 2024 Charlie Bates Palo Alto Stanford PG All-American. Athletic, twitchy, plus run, sure hands. All-around contributor 
MIF 2024 Gabe Fraser OLU Arkansas Athletic, toolsy, plus arm & run. Sweet LH stroke. High 2B totals. Performer at AC Games & Jupiter.
3B 2024 Paul Vazquez South Hills Oregon St. Pro body. Athletic 6’3, 205-pound frame. Advanced hit tool. Plus arm. Over the fence power potential.
C 2024 Dylan Fien Great Oak UCLA Athletic, switch hitting catcher with juice. Lot of options here. Standout in Jupiter. Former QB1
OF 2024 Derek Curiel OLU LSU PG All-American. Athletic w/ carry tools. Lifetime .393 BA 1.096 OPS & .598 SLG w/ 375 AB’s over the past 5 years at PG events. 
OF 2024 Logan de Groot Santa Margarita UCLA Run tool better than the frame suggests. Has MIF foundation. Can cover gaps. 93 OF velo. High 2B totals w/ over the fence power potential
OF 2025 Anthony Pack Jr. Millikan Texas Athletic, toolsy, top of the lineup talent. Impact on both sides of the ball
UTL 2024 Bryce Rainer Harvard Westlake Texas PG All-American. Real two-way potential; smooth defender w/ sweet LH swing. 70 arm tool. Low to mid-90s on bump, spins it well. Huge upside
UTL 2024 Kasen Khansarinia San Dimas UCLA Athletic, Swiss army knife. Will log innings in outfield, infield, and behind the plate this year. High level bat-to-ball skills
DH 2024 Addison Klepsch Del Norte Auburn Flat out rakes. Combined .357 BA .984 OPS & .481 OBP w/ 213 plate appearances at PG events in ‘22-’23. Plus arm tool, absolute hand cannon. Clocked 94 

-Steve Doherty

Much like the high school version of the Dream Team, the collegiate version consists of a tools group of position players expected to have big campaigns on campus in 2024. Loaded with draft eligible players, here’s a look at our version of the Collegiate Dream Team:

Pos. Name School  Notes
SP Ryan Forcucci UC San Diego  6’3” righty struck out 69 over 53.2 innings of work as a sophomore for the Tritons. 
SP  Matthew Ager UC Santa Barbara 6’5” righty looks to build on All Big West SO. campaign where he punched out 115 over 92.1
C Caleb Lomavita California  Cal backstop sported a .316 batting average in 2023 with 16 home runs as a sophomore. 
1b Anthony Martinez  UC Irvine  Big West Freshman of the Year sported a .394/.471/.619 slash line for the Eaters in 2023
MIF Ethan Gourson UCLA 23 Collegiate National Team member hit 319 as a sophomore for the Bruins 
MIF Cody Schrier UCLA Freshman All American in 2022 battled injuries in ’23.  6 HR’s hitting .278 in 32 games. 
3b Dub Gleed  UC Irvine  Played in every game for Irvine in 2023 hitting .300 with 456 slug and 5 Home Runs
OF Austin Overn  USC  All Pac 12 selection and Freshman All American in 2023 hitting .314 with 14 3Bs & 16 swipes
OF Malakhi Knight  UCLA  Toolsy outfielder looking to build on a 2023 campaign where he hit 285
OF Rodney Green California  All Pac 12 performer in 2023 after sporting a .293/.388/.558 slash line with 14 home runs
Util  Malcolm Moore Stanford  Former PG All American swatted 15 home runs while hitting 311 as a freshman 
Util Matthew Halbach UC San Diego  The 6’3” junior posted an impressive .306/.406/.500 slash line in 2023 for the Tritons
DH  Ivan Brethowr  UC Santa Barbara  Big bodied outfielder hit .314 in 2023 with 10 home runs 

-Steve Fiorindo & Scott Rankin