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Monday, February 11, 2013

2013 National HS Preseason Top 50

Todd Gold        
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.

Team Nos. 6-10
Team No. 5 - Elk Grove Thundering Herd (Elk Grove, Calif.)
Team No. 4 - Tampa Jesuit Tigers (Tampa, Fla.)
Team No. 3 - Mater Dei Monarchs (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Team No. 2 - Cathedral Catholic Dons (San Diego, Calif.)

Team No. 1- American Heritage Patriots (Plantation, Fla.)

The 2013 preseason top 50 rankings feature a bit less firepower at the top than the 2012 edition. However, the depth at the bottom was actually stronger, with several very good teams missing the cut.

There was some debate about the top spot, as Cathedral Catholic's five man pitching rotation is the clear cut best staff in the nation, at least on paper. However, defending 5A champions and 2012 PG National Champion American Heritage gets the nod for the top spot thanks to their balance of a solid pitching staff, a potent lineup and plenty of returning experience.

As per usual, the top 10 is dominated by teams from the hotbed states of Florida, California and Georgia. However, in a surprising development, not a single team hailing from the Lone Star State makes an appearance, with No. 13 Dulles holding the title of top ranked team from Texas. It appears to be wide open year in Texas, with several strong teams, but none being an overwhelming favorite on paper, though the depth is apparent as eight squads represent the state in the preseason top 50.

Gardena Serra (CA) just missed giving California a fifth team in the top 10, landing at No. 11 thanks to several key transfers. Serra is led by 2013 1B/LHP Dominic Smith, one of the premier players in the nation, and picked up three key players from the 2014 class to bolster their lineup and add much needed pitching depth.

Nevada's lone representative No. 31 Bishop Gorman finds itself ranked much lower than they have been in past seasons. The Gaels ran their streak of state championships to a nation's best eight  last year, but were hit hard by graduation, as last year's captain Joey Gallo is now in the Texas Rangers organization. They're still the favorite in Nevada and still boast a lot of talent, but they will have some big shoes to fill.

The state of Colorado looks to be unusually strong this year, with a pair of teams placing in the top 50 in the nation, led by No. 16 Cherry Creek. Creek is joined by No. 29 Regis Jesuit, who they knocked off in the 5A state semifinals on their way to claming the 2012 state crown. Regis was the 2011 5A state champion, and under the tutelage of newly hired Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss, reached the state semifinals during a rebuilding year in 2012.

2013 preseason top 50 teams coming off of 2012 championships:

No. 1 American Heritage (FL), No. 2 Cathedral Catholic (CA), No. 6 Venice (FL), No. 8 Parkview (GA), No. 9 Loganville (GA), No. 12 Spruce Creek (FL), No. 16 Cherry Creek (CO), No. 20 Campolindo (CA), No. 25 Rancho Bernardo (CA), No. 26 Archbishop McCarthy (FL), No. 31 Bishop Gorman (NV), No. 32 Barbe (LA), No. 33 Kentwood (WA), No. 35 Moeller (OH), No. 39 Cypress Ranch (TX) and No. 42 Gloucester Catholic (NJ).

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Ranking Previous Team City State
1   American Heritage Plantation Florida
2   Cathedral Catholic San Diego California
3   Tampa Jesuit Tampa Florida
4   Mater Dei Santa Ana California
5   Elk Grove Elk Grove California
6   Venice Venice Florida
7   Roberson Asheville North Carolina
8   Parkview Lilburn Georgia
9   Loganville Loganville Georgia
10   Harvard-Westlake North Hollywood California
11   Serra Gardena California
12   Spruce Creek Port Orange Florida
13   Dulles Sugar Land
14   Lexington HS Lexington South Carolina
15   The Woodlands The Woodlands Texas
16   Cherry Creek Greenwood Village Colorado
17   El Toro Lake Forrest California
18   Yukon Yukon Oklahoma
19   Grayson Loganville Georgia
20   Campolindo Moraga California
21   Tomball Tomball Texas
22   Cypress Cypress California
23   Damien LaVerne California
24   Russell County Seale Alabama
25   Rancho Bernardo San Diego California
26   Archbishop McCarthy Southwest Ranches Florida
27   Mountain View St. Francis Mountain View California
28   Owasso Owasso Oklahoma
29   Regis Jesuit Aurora Colorado
30   Riverdale Baptist Upper Marlboro Maryland
31   Bishop Gorman Las Vegas Nevada
32   Barbe Lake Charles Louisiana
33   Kentwood Covington Washington
34   Jenks Jenks Oklahoma
35   Moeller Cincinnati Ohio
36   North Florida Christian Tallahassee Florida
37   Pearland Pearland Texas
38   Lakewood Lakewood California
39   Cypress Ranch Houston Texas
40   Hamilton Chandler Arizona
41   Cy-Woods Cypress Texas
42   Gloucester Catholic Gloucester City New Jersey
43   Farragut Farragut Tennessee
44   New Bern New Bern North Carolina
45   Seven Lakes Katy Texas
46   Lake Brantley Altamonte Springs Florida
47   Arlington Martin Arlington Texas
48   Dwyer Palm Beach Gardens Florida
49   Desert Mountain Scottsdale Arizona
50   Tullahoma Tullahoma Tennessee
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