2014 National HS Preseason Top 50

High School : : Rankings
Todd Gold        
Published: Monday, February 10, 2014

As part of Perfect Game's preseason High School Baseball coverage, the top 10 teams in the nation will be profiled leading up to the release of the top 50 teams in the nation.  Once the national rankings are released, Perfect Game will provide previews of each of the 10 regions across the nation.  Please visit the High School page for all of Perfect Game's high school baseball based content.

Contributing: Jheremy Brown

2014 Perfect Game High School Preview index

Team Nos. 6-10
Team No. 5 - St. Francis Lancers (Mountain View, Calif.)
Team No. 4 - Harvard-Westlake Wolverines (Studio City, Calif.)
Team No. 3 - Venice Indians (Venice, Fla.)
Team No. 2 - Archbishop McCarthy Mavericks (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Team No. 1- Gainesville Red Elephants (Gainesville, Georgia)

The top spot this year goes to a team out of Georgia, wrestling away the top spot from the state of Florida after a three year run. Defending PG National Champion Harvard-Westlake returns to the top five, in spite of graduating their top power hitter in catcher Arden Pabst, thanks to the depth of last year's team and the return of two-way standout Jack Flaherty.

Owasso (Okla.) makes a return to the preseason top 10 for the first time since 2011, as they return a significant portion of the roster that produced a perfect 36-0 season and finished No. 3 in the nation. They are not the state of Oklahoma's lone representative, as they are joined by No. 32 Carl Albert, the preseason favorite and defending champion in Class 5A.

DeSoto Central (Miss.) opens at No. 18 in the country and as an overwhelming favorite in the state of Mississippi, thanks in part to the addition of senior outfielder Clay Casey who transferred in from Olive Branch (Tenn.). He and summer teammate Austin Riley form the core of a team that scouts will be following closely throughout the season as they look to build on last year's run to the semifinals.

IMG Academy opens the season ranked in the top 50 nationally, but it won't win a state championship. The academy's program is an independent member of the Florida High School Athletics Association and thus is not eligible for postseason play. But they feature a very strong roster chock full of college and professional baseball prospects and have a very aggressive schedule filled with many of the top programs in the Sunshine State.

2014 preseason top 50 teams coming off of 2013 championships:

No. 2 Archbishop McCarthy (FL), No. 3 Venice (FL), No. 4 Harvard-Westlake (CA), No. 5 St. Francis (CA), No. 6 Milton (GA), No. 7 Owasso (OK), No. 10 Lake Brantley (FL), No. 12 Rancho Bernardo (CA), No. 14 Fuquay-Varina (NC), No. 15 Serra (CA), No. 21 American Heritage (FL), No. 22 Flora (SC), No. 30 CC Moody (TX), No. 32 Carl Albert (OK), No. 38 The Woodlands (TX), No. 42 ThunderRidge (CO), No. 43 Blue Valley West (KS), No. 45 Buchanan (CA), No. 47 Puyallup (WA), No. 49 Moeller (OH), No. 50 Fayetville (AR).

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Ranking Team City State
1 Gainesville Gainesville Georgia
2 Archbishop McCarthy Southwest Ranches Florida
3 Venice Venice Florida
4 Harvard-Westlake North Hollywood California
5 Mountain View St. Francis Mountain View California
6 Milton Milton Georgia
7 Owasso Owasso Oklahoma
8 Cypress Ranch Houston Texas
9 Coral Springs Christian Academy Coral Springs Florida
10 Lake Brantley Altamonte Springs Florida
11 Los Alamitos Los Alamitos California
12 Rancho Bernardo San Diego California
13 Loyola Los Angeles California
14 Fuquay-Varina Fuquay-Varina North Carolina
15 Serra Gardena California
16 Cathedral Catholic San Diego California
17 Arlington Martin Arlington Texas
18 DeSoto Central Southaven Mississippi
19 Huntington Beach Huntington Beach California
20 Barbe Lake Charles Louisiana
21 American Heritage Plantation Florida
22 Flora Columbia South Carolina
23 Roberson Asheville North Carolina
24 Pearland Pearland Texas
25 Sarasota Sarasota Florida
26 Orange Lutheran Orange California
27 IMG Academy Bradenton Florida
28 Klein Collins Spring Texas
29 The First Academy Orlando Florida
30 CC Moody Corpus Christi Texas
31 St. Thomas More Lafayette Louisiana
32 Carl Albert Midwest City Oklahoma
33 Aliso Niguel Aliso Viejo California
34 Salisbury School Salisbury Connecticut
36 Conway Conway South Carolina
37 Junipero Serra San Mateo California
38 Greenway Phoenix Arizona
39 Chino Hills Chino Hills California
40 The Woodlands The Woodlands Texas
41 Lake Travis Austin Texas
42 ThunderRidge Highlands Ranch Colorado
43 Blue Valley West Stillwell Kansas
44 Farragut Farragut Tennessee
45 Buchanan Clovis California
46 Parkview Lilburn Georgia
47 Puyallup Puyallup Washington
48 O'Connor Phoenix Arizona
49 Moeller Cincinnati Ohio
50 Fayetteville Fayetteville Arkansas
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