The draft is just three weeks away and the phones are heating up at Baseball America. Despite being extremely busy, we don't want you to miss out on some tidbits from around the high school baseball landscape. Here are some notes on recent news and links that won't cause you to miss a scheduled start:
• While some are unsure how much he'll hit at the pro level or if his arm is destined for the mound, there's no question Joey Gallo (Bishop Gorman High, Las Vegas) has the best raw power in this year's prep class. He came into the season with 46 career home runs and has 14 so far, which puts him in the Top 10 all time according to the National Federation of High Schools record book. Bishop Gorman is seeking a seventh straight 4-A title in Nevada, but had to go through the loser's bracket in the Sunset Region to qualify.
• Lance McCullers Jr. has walked 14 batters in his last three starts, but he gutted out a 130-plus pitch start to send Tampa's Jesuit High back to the state tournament. The Tigers are currently No. 1 in the Baseball America Top 25 and will face No. 14 American Heritage High (Plantation, Fla.) in the semifinals.
• Spruce Creek High (Port Orange, Fla.) is on a wild run in the 8-A playoffs. The Hawks beat Hagerty High (Oviedo, Fla.) with three runs in the bottom of the seventh on May 8 and then took down No. 2 Olympia High (Orlando) in the region finals to earn a trip to the state tournament. Olympia, which has top draft prospects in righthander Walker Weikel and outfielder Jesse Winker on the roster, had won its first 29 games.
• Edmond (Okla.) North High made a Cinderella run through the Oklahoma 6-A playoffs, beating nationally-ranked Owasso High (No. 18) in the first round and Broken Arrow High (No. 16) in the finals to capture a state title. The Huskies were the No. 15 seed in the tournament and are the first team from the western part of Oklahoma to win a title in the largest classification since Norman High in 1995.
• Righthander Chase DeJong of Wilson High (Long Beach) recently pitched 10 no-hit innings and struck out 12, but his team lost in 12 innings.
• California's Southern Section playoffs will have ranking implications with three teams currently in the Top 10: No. 4 Harvard-Westlake High (Studio City, Calif.), No. 5 Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High and No. 6 Mater Dei High (Santa Ana, Calif.). Harvard-Westlake is in Division II, but Orange Lutheran and Mater Dei could meet for a fourth time this season. Mater Dei won the inaugural National High School Invitational by beating Harvard-Westlake in extra innings, but lost the season series 2-1 to Orange Lutheran. The Trinity League rivals would see each other in the Southern Section championship on June 1 at Dodger Stadium.
• Barbe High (Lake Charles, La.) added to its legacy on Mother's Day, capturing the Louisiana 5-A state title. It's the Buccaneers sixth title since 1998.
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