2014 NHSI Team Capsules

Capsules of teams participating in the National High School Invitational in Cary, N.C., beginning on Wednesday.


Aliso Niguel Wolverines
Aliso Niguel High School, Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Coach (Years With School): Craig Hanson (8)
Record: 134 -103
2013 Record: 21-12
Top Prospect: RHP Kyle Molnar
Notable Baseball Alumni: Reds 2B/OF Skip Schumaker, Mets minor league OF Stefan Sabol
Notable Non-baseball Alumni: Olympic Gold Medal gymnast Kyla Ross, Olympic figure staker Sasha Cohen
Program History: Reached CIF section final in 2013
Aliso Niguel advanced to the CIF-Southern Section championship game in the 2012 and won their league title in 2013. Yet with seven returning starters the Wolverines could get even better with a strong nucleus of underclassmen.
Senior shortstop Justin Fowler is a four-year starter who provides reliable defense up the middle and is the top draft-eligible Wolverine. The Dartmouth commit hit .387/.435/.605 with 17 extra-base hits last year.
The Wolverines have top players in the 2015 and 2016 classes, both of whom have Team USA experience. Junior Kyle Molnar is a lean, athletic righthander who is committed to UCLA. He has run his fastball up to 93 mph and sat 90-92 mph during an outing at the Tournament of Stars. His curveball shows flashes and he has shown feel for a changeup with considerable potential. Molnar also doubles as a center fielder who hit .348/.446/.565 with twice as many walks (14) as strikeouts (seven) last year.
6-foot-2, 185-pound catcher Blake Sabol was an impact contributor who hit .362/.425/.468 as a freshman. The lefthanded-hitting younger brother of Stefan, a Mets farmhand, played on the USA Baseball 15-and-under National team in 2013. The coaching staff, led by Craig Hanson, believes that the depth of the pitching staff will be the strength of this year’s team as more than 70 percent of the team’s innings on the mound return from last season.

NUMERICAL ROSTER
No. Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Class (Commitment)
1. Sam Rosin RHP/OF R/R 5-9 150 2015
2. Remy Wasserbach OF R/R 5-10 170 2015
3. Tyler Shaw 3B R/R 5-9 170 2014
4. Jaren Daniels P/3B R/R 5-10 160 2014
5. Noah McDaniel P/C R/R 5-10 175 2015
6. Bobby Dietz 2B/3B L/R 5-9 160 2014
7. Justin Fowler SS R/R 5-10 168 2014 (Dartmouth)
8. Mitchell Brady OF R/R 6-0 170 2014
9. Nick Grimes 2B/SS R/R 5-10 168 2014
10. Jake Wilkins RHP R/R 6-1 185 2014
11. Ryan Daugherty C R/R 5-10 172 2015
12. Domenic Colacchio OF/3B R/R 5-10 175 2015
13. Josh Whetstone LHP L/R 5-11 155 2015
14. Bryce Keeler OF R/R 5-9 160 2014
16. Zach Bowman C L/R 5-9 170 2016
17. Kyle Naffziger 2B R/R 5-11 160 2014
18. Thomas Wick LHP/OF L/L 6-0 165 2016
20. Ethan Butka RHP R/R 6-1 180 2016
21. Kyle Molnar RHP/OF R/R 6-3 185 2015 (UCLA)
23. Anthony Sommer OF/RHP R/R 6-0 180 2014 (UC San Diego)
24. Blake Sabol C/1B/OF L/R 6-2 175 2016
25. Zak Nocon 3B/1B R/R 6-0 170 2016
26. Parker White LHP/OF R/L 6-0 160 2016
27. Ryan Randel RHP/1B R/R 6-6 180 2014
28. Eric Wagaman 1B R/R 6-3 190 2015
Head Coach: Craig Hanson. Assistants: Aaron Kokx, Doug DeLaGarza, Mark Samuelson, Brent Murphy.

Bishop Verot Vikings
Bishop Verot High School, Fort Myers, Fla.
Coach (Years with school): David Nelson (2)
Record: 53-10
2013 Record: 24-7
Top Prospect: RHP Thaddeus Ward
Notable Baseball Alumni: Braves 3B Chris Johnson, former A’s 3B Adam Piatt, Cubs 1B Dan Vogelbach
Notable Non-baseball Alumni: Florida House Rep. Dane Eagle
Program History: 2011 State Championship
The Vikings’ deep senior class has known nothing but success on the varsity level the last three seasons, winning the state title in 2011, playing in the state title game in 2012 and advancing to the final four in the state in 2013. The senior class has 12 players, eight of whom are committed to play in college.
Pitching will likely be the strength of the team, as the Vikings return 96 percent of their innings from last year’s staff that struck out nearly nine per-seven innings with a 4.2 strikeout-walk ratio and a 1.28 ERA. Junior righthander Thaddeus Ward (Central Florida) has most velocity on the staff, touching 91 mph, according to the coaching staff. Senior righthander Joe Passantino (Lipscomb), who has a fastball that has touched 87, is the rotation workhorse and posted a 1.00 ERA with a 9.3 strikeout-walk ratio last year. Jonah Owenby (South Florida) is a crafty senior lefthander who struck out nearly nine per-seven in 2013. Senior center fielder Evan Dougherty (Duke) is an offensive catalyst (.333/.449/.595) who stole a team-leading 18 bases in 19 attempts last year. Eight returning starters give the coaching staff confidence that defense will be an asset behind the strong pitching staff. Offensive production will be the key to the Vikings continued success in 2014.

● NUMERICAL ROSTER
No. Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Class (Commitment)
1. Evan Dougherty CF R/R 6-0 175 2014 (Duke)
2. Seth Dehaven RF R/R 5-8 150 2014 (Tusculum, Tenn.)
3. Christian Hammond OF/RHP R/R 6-1 190 2014
4. Michael Richey C/RHP R/R 5-9 180 2016
5. Jeff Passantino RHP R/R 5-10 195 2014 (Lipscomb)
6. Jonah Owenby LHP L/L 6-3 170 2014 (South Florida)
7. Dominick Stefanacci RHP R/R 6-1 195 2014 (Tusculum, Tenn.)
8. Zack Chappell IF/RHP R/R 6-3 175 2014 (Tallahassee CC)
9. Charles Alexander IF/RHP L/R 6-3 170 2015
10. Bobby Brennan SS/RHP R/R 5-8 170 2014 (Maine)
11. Richie Nizza IF R/R 5-10 165 2015
12. Danny Tufariello 1B/3B R/R 5-11 190 2014 (Tusculum, Tenn.)
13. Patrick Bannick LHP L/L 6-0 155 2015
14. Vinnie Barraco C R/R 5-11 170 2014
15. Gunnar Joslin OF L/L 6-0 180 2014
16. Anthony Tejeda C L/R 5-10 195 2015
17. Thaddeus Ward RHP R/R 6-3 165 2015 (Central Florida)
18. Connor Malt LHP L/L 5-9 150 2015
19. Andrew Bretton OF R/R 5-10 155 2014
20. Cooper Swanson IF/RHP R/R 6-0 160 2017
21. Trevor Cramer OF R/R 5-9 145 2016
22. Michale Green OF/RHP R/R 6-0 150 2017
23. Cory Castellano IF S/R 5-8 150 2015
Head Coach: David Nelson. Assistants: Richard Nizza, John Breadmore, Fred Burson, Chris Chappell.

Clovis Cougars
Clovis (Calif.) High School
Coach (Years with school): James Patrick (31)
Record: 581-201-2
2013 Record: 24-9
Top Prospect: SS Jacob Gatewood
Notable Baseball Alumni: Former Braves C Johnny Estrada, A’s RHP Ryan Cook
Notable Non-baseball Alumni: Former Lions LB Zack Follett, former Raiders QB Daryle Lamonica
Program History: 11 league championships since 1995, 6 CIF titles since ‘95
In 31 years at Clovis, head coach James Patrick has won 581 games at a .741 clip in one of the toughest conferences in the premier baseball state in the country. Patrick has won six CIF titles and 11 league championships since 1995. His coaching tree his expanded, as his sons, Chris and Kevin, are the head coaches at rivals Clovis North and Clovis West, respectively.
The Cougars return eight of their 10 hitters who received more than 25 at-bats last year and their offensive attack will be the team’s strength. The run scoring will be led by shortstop Jacob Gatewood (Southern Califonia), one of the top position player prospects in the country. Gatewood (.320/.375/.520) has arguably as much raw power as any high school player in the class.
Senior infielder McCarthy Tatum (Fresno State) and senior catcher Alan Crowley (Washington State) are vital cogs to the offensive attack. McCarthy hit .363/.442/.500 and Crowley hit .323/.405/.430 last year. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound McCarthy has attracted attention from scouts as a 2014 draft prospect. After losing a few key senior arms, Clovis will need pitching depth behind its ace, the contact-oriented McCarthy, who struck out five per-nine in a team-leading 78 innings last year.

● NUMERICAL ROSTER
No. Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Class (Commitment)
6 Alan Crowley C/RHP R/R 6-2 185 2014 (Washington State)
12 Cody Murray Util/RHP R/R 6-2 190 2014
5 Dakota Stilson C/1B R/R 6-1 190 2015
8 R.J. Hartmann 1B/3B R/R 6-0 190 2014
24 Roy Estrada 1B/RHP R/R 6-1 210 2014
35 Zach Nelson 1B/DH L/L 6-2 210 2014
6 Tevin Mitchell Inf R/R 6-1 160 2015
2 Jacob Gatewood SS/P R/R 6-5 202 2014 (Southern Calif.)
22 McCarthy Tatum P/3B R/R 6-4 185 2015 (Fresno State)
9 Kolton Walker Inf R/R 5-8 155 2015
4 Evan Steele OF L/R 5-7 155 2015
23 Kellen Araki OF L/L 5-9 165 2015
17 Matt Sparks OF R/R 6-0 185 2015
16 Tyler Osmer OF R/R 5-9 160 2015
1 Derek Gilmore OF R/L 5-8 150 2015
18 Joe Reeves RHP R/R 6-2 174 2015
25 Gavin Brar RHP R/R 6-2 195 2015
30 Preston Mott LHP L/L 6-2 160 2015
11 Dominicte Nyenhuis RHP R/R 5-11 160 2015
27 Zach Whittaker LHP L/L 6-1 175 2016
10 Jeremy Garcia Inf R/R 5-8 145 2016
14 Masyn Ashworth RHP R/R 6-2 155 2015
Head Coach: Matt Cleveland. Assistants: Steve Carp, Dave Taylor, Jay Feinberg, Mark Ellenbogen, Eddy Neo.

Coral Springs Christian Academy Crusaders

Coral Springs (Fla.) Christian Academy
Coach (Years With school): Matt Cleveland (12)
Record: 214-128
2013 Record: 22-7
Top Prospect: RHP Touki Toussaint
Program History: Four straight district championships (2010-2013)
Despite winning four straight district championships from 2010-2013, Coral Springs Christian Academy has never had a player drafted out of high school. That streak almost certainly will end this year as the Crusaders have a potential first-round pick in righthander Touki Toussaint (Vanderbilt) and a core of other draftable players. Toussaint is an athletic power pitcher who can run his fastball up to 97 with life and throw a hammer breaking ball at its best. He and senior catcher Benito Santiago Jr. form the top high school battery in the country. The athletic, compact Tennessee commit can produce plus pop times behind the plate and has produced above-average run times in the 60-yard dash. The lefthanded hitter has a line-drive stroke with natural power to the opposite field. Run prevention will be the strength of the club. Transfer righthander Jeremiah Muhammad (Miami Dade) is a quick-armed athlete who has ran his fastball into the low 90s. Righthander Eric Hepple (Central Florida) has touched 89. Righthander Devin Meyer (Miami), who was up to 89 at Florida Diamond Club, was lost for the season after Tommy John surgery.
Santiago and transfer outfielder Chris Bec (Tennessee), whose father, Yuri Bec, played professional baseball in Cuba, round out the offensive attack, with Hepple and Toussaint also showing aptitude with the bat. The coaching staff likes the team’s junior talent up the middle with shortstop James Buckley and Pemron Burrows, who stole 26 bases without being caught stealing.

 

● NUMERICAL ROSTER
No. Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Class (Commitment)
1 Touki Toussiant UTL/RHP R/R 6-3 195 2014 (Vanderbilt)
2 Devin Meyer 1B/RHP L/R 6-2 185 2014 (Miami)
3 Eric Hepple 3B/RHP R/R 6-1 225 2014 (Central Florida)
4 Jeremiah Muhammad RHP R/R 6-4 220 2014 (Miami Dade CC)
5 Colin Taylor RHP R/R 6-0 190 2014 (Dominican, Ohio)
6 Chris Bec OF/SS R/R 5-10 185 2014 (Tennessee)
7 Benito Santiago C L/R 5-10 175 2014 (Tennessee)
8 Joe DePalo OF R/R 5-10 170 2014
9 Cary Boniske IF R/R 6-2 180 2014 (St. Leo, Fla.)
10 James Buckley SS L/R 5-9 170 2015
11 Pemron Burrows OF R/R 5-8 175 2015
12 Ricky Miranda RHP R/R 6-1 165 2015
13 Luis Leal IF R/R 5-7 180 2015
14 Davis Fouts LHP R/L 5-7 165 2015
15 Junior Fernandez LHP L/L 5-11 180 2015
16 Justin Neo OF L/R 5-10 165 2015
17 Jordan Hill RHP R/R 5-11 175 2016
18 Josh Shrouder IF R/R 5-7 155 2016
19 Chad McDaniel C/1B S/R 6-3 195 2017
20 Thomas Orr IF R/R 5-10 165 2016
Head Coach: Matt Cleveland. Assistants: Steve Carp, Dave Taylor, Jay Feinberg, Mark Ellenbogen, Eddy Neo.

Dyer County Choctaws
Dyer County High School, Newbern, Tenn.
Coach (Years with school): Preston Ozment (8)
Record: 321-126
2013 Record: 28-13
Top Prospect: LHP Trysten Barlow
Notable Baseball Alumni: Mets minor league pitcher Andrew Massie
Program History: 2009 State Championship
A program that has five state tournament appearances in the last 11 years and one state title (2009) is primed to contend this year with every starter back on a team that lost in the state semi-finals last year. Dyer County entered the year ranked No. 11 in the Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 25. Pitching will carry the Choctaws, who are led by a pair of lefthanders committed to Southeastern Conference schools, senior Paxton Stover (Mississippi State) and junior Trysten Barlow (Mississippi). Stover is a fastball-changeup lefthander who throws strikes (2 walks per-seven) and can touch the upper 80s with his fastball. Barlow has a little more power to his fastball and could emerge as a draft prospect for 2015. The duo combined for a 0.53 ERA and nearly 200 strikeouts with a 4:1 strikeout-walk ratio last season. Senior righthander Cody Purvis (Dyersburg State CC) is the third starter and struck out more than a hitter per inning last year. The versatile Tyler Brown (Tennessee Tech) plays all over the infield and is a key position player. Purvis (.299/.441/.495 with 11 steals) and Barlow (.306/.448/.490) are also key pieces of the offensive attack.

● NUMERICAL ROSTER
No. Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Class (Commitment)
31. Trysten Barlow LHP/OF L/L 6-1 210 2015 (Ole Miss)
10. Adam Shell C R/R 5-10 190 2014
27. Paxton Stover LHP L/L 5-10 195 2014 (Mississippi State)
29. Matthew Pease OF R/R 5-10 160 2014 (Dyer., Tenn., State JC)
7. Tyler Holcomb 1B/RHP R/R 6-0 220 2014
4. Cody Purvis RHP/1B R/R 5-11 205 2014 (Dyer., Tenn., State JC)
8. Tucker Cozort SS/2B R/R 5-11 185 2014 (Dyer., Tenn., State JC)
15. Tyler Brown INF/OF/RHP R/R 6-1 185 2014 (Tennessee Tech)
1. Dylan Parker INF/OF/RHP R/R 6-1 160 2015
28. Jared Anderson IF/OF R/R 6-0 180 2014 (Dyer., Tenn., State JC)
20. Christian Halterman 3B/IF R/R 6-3 185 2015
18. Chase Jones SS R/R 5-7 135 2016
16. Montana Morehead P R/R 6-2 232 2015
26. Noah Stewart P R/R 5-11 207 2016
21. Jordan Fowler P/OF L/L 5-11 145 2017
13. Travis Parker OF/P R/R 5-9 140 2016
11. Drake Parker OF/P L/L 5-9 155 2016
5. Logan Tivey C/OF R/R 5-10 155 2015
12. Fry Tanner P R/R 6-3 205 2016
43. Jacob Stewart 1B L/L 6-0 190 2016
12. Landon Sewell P R/R 6-3 215 2016
50. Garrett Goodlett 3B R/R 5-10 210 2014
3. Ethan Stallings C R?R 5-10 175 2016
Head Coach: Preston Ozment. Assistants: Thomas Harrison, Eddie Sims, Brian Hinson, Todd Winchester.

The First Academy Royals
The First Academy, Orlando, Fla.
Coach (Years with school): Scott Grove (0)
Record: 0-0
2013 Record: 23-4
Top Prospect: LHP/OF Adam Haseley, LHP Foster Griffin
Notable Baseball Alumni: Florida State Fr. OF Ben DeLuzio, Cubs OF Jose Dore
Program History: Regional semifinalist (2013)
The First Academy program has ascended rapidly in the last few years. The program had its first player drafted, Jose Dore, in 2010, then produced a third-round pick, Ben DeLuzio, in 2013 and registered a 23-4 record last year. All of those accomplishments were simply building up to this year. TFA returns eight starters and has arguably the top pair of lefthanders in the country, Adam Haseley (Virginia) and Foster Griffin (Mississippi). Both southpaws have fastballs that have touched 93 mph and show feel for breaking balls, a slider for Haseley and a curveball that has above-average potential for Griffin, who has a big, projectable build. They combined to strike out 11 per-seven with nearly a 4:1 strikeout-walk ratio last year. A pair of juniors committed to Furman who can run their fastballs into the upper 80s, Chadwick Word and Peyton Hopkins, provide rotation depth behind the lefthanders. Most of the pitchers double as position players, with Haseley showing draft potential as an outfielder. Haseley led all hitters at the 18U World Cup in batting average, hitting .484/.515/.800 for the Gold Medal winning squad. He has posted above-average run times in the 60-yard dash. After compiling an impressive track record of success at Timber Creek (Orlando, Fla.) from 2001-2013, head coach Scott Grove enters his first year at the helm of TFA.

● NUMERICAL ROSTER
No. Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Class (Commitment)
1 Garrett Gallolaway OF L/L 5-10 170 2015
2 Nick Gavin INF R/R 5-9 160 2015
3 Peyton Hopkins P/INF R/R 5-9 180 2015 (Furman)
4 Graham Dvorak INF R/R 5-10 175 2017
5 Foster Griffin P/OF L/R 6-5 200 2014 (Mississippi)
6 Trenton Fiscus INF R/R 6-1 170 2014
7 Adam Haseley P/CF L/L 6-1 180 2014 (Virginia)
9 Thomas Headley P/INF R/R 6-2 195 2014
10 Cody Oerther C R/R 6-0 180 2016
11 Ryan Melnick P/OF R/R 6-0 166 2014
12 Matt Hey OF R/R 6-0 175 2014
14 Kyle Connell 1B/C R/R 6-5 200 2014
15 Chadwick Word INF/P R/R 5-11 180 2015 (Furman)
17 Trevor Hulbert 2B R/R 5-10 175 2015
18 Stuart McDonald OF R/R 5-8 157 2015
21 Jason Helgeson P/OF L/L 6-4 195 2016
Head Coach: Scott Grove.

Gainesville Red Elephants
Gainesville (Ga.) High School
Coach (Years with school): Jeremy Kemp (5)
Record: 126-29
2013 Record: 27-5
Top Prospect: OF Michael Gettys
Notable Baseball Alumni: Former MLB RHP Micah Owings, Braves OF Robby Hefflinger
Notable Non-baseball Alumni: Former All-Pro NFL player Billy Lothridge, former WNBA player Tasha Humphrey
Program History: 7 State Championships
Gainesville has a history of sustained excellence that includes seven state titles. The Red Elephants are well positioned to contend this year with six starters returning from a team that went 27-5 last year. Outfielder/righthander Michael Gettys is the headlining prospect on the team, a potential first-round pick and a premium athlete. He is arguably the tooliest high school position player in the class with the best arm in the class and premium speed. The explosive Gettys has plus power potential and hit .406/.472/.660 with 38 steals in 40 attempts last year. Gettys, a Georgia commit, also led the team in innings pitched, throwing 73 innings, striking out nearly 11 per-nine with a fastball that touched 94 mph. Two other seniors and juniors are committed to college programs. Sims Griffith (Furman) is a defensive-oriented shortstop who hit .348/.439/.500 with 18 steals last year. Lefthander Chandler Newton (Mercer) can run his fastball up to 87 mph, according to the coaches, and will be a key member of the rotation. Drew Satterfield (Tennessee Temple) is a defense-first catcher stepping into an expanded role. Junior catcher Michael Curry (Georgia) has a chance to emerge as a draft prospect for 2015. Strong-bodied first baseman/righthander Caleb Whitenton (South Carolina) has power potential. The Red Elephants will likely be an offensive-oriented club with a deep lineup who could emerge with continued development of their pitching. Gainesville has to replace many key innings on the mound from last season but has a sufficient core of underclassmen to do so.

● NUMERICAL ROSTER
No. Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Class (Commitment)
1 Luke Maddox 2B/OF L/R 5-11 165 2015
2 Drew Satterfieild C R/R 6-0 185 2014 (Tenn. Temple)
3 Michael Gettys CF/P R/R 6-2 210 2014 (Georgia)
4 Jack Langford Util R/R 6-0 160 2016
5 Harrision Styles 3B/P R/R 6-1 205 2015
6 Brandon Sewell OF R/R 6-0 205 2015
7 Sims Griffith SS/P R/R 5-11 185 2014 (Furman)
8 Sam Carpenter 1B/P L/L 6-1 160 2016
11 Anthony Carrera OF/P L/L 5-8 170 2016
12 Mikey Gonzalez Util R/R 5-9 160 2015
13 Michael Curry C/P R/R 6-0 200 2015 (Georgia)
14 Tanner Peacock OF/2B R/R 6-0 165 2015
15 Chandler Newton P L/L 6-2 205 2014 (Mercer)
18 Marshal Scott OF R/R 5-10 155 2016
19 Jonah Crocker OF/P L/R 5-10 160 2016
20 Caleb Whitenton 1B/P R/R 6-3 255 2015 (South Carolina)
21 Farris Mance 1B/OF R/R 6-0 205 2016
23 Drew Wright OF R/R 6-1 165 2015
24 Fedrick Cardona 2B R/R 5-6 155 2016
 – Josh Banks OF R/R 5-9 155 2017
 – Andy Hayes Util R/R 5-10 140 2017
 – Ross Tipton 1B/P R/R 6-2 150 2017
 – AJ Smallwood Util/P R/R 5-11 155 2017
 – Jake Hudson OF/P R/R  – 2017
 – Trey Hudson OF/1B L/R 5-7 135 2017
Head Coach: Jeremy Kemp. Assistants: Adam Miller, Steven Cornett, Kirklan Moore.

Huntsville Panthers

Huntsville (Ala.) High School
Coach (Years withs school): David Sharp (1)
Record: 29-11
2013 Record: 29-11
Top Prospect: RHP Whitt Davis
Notable Baseball Alumni: Brewers farmhand LHP Jed Bradley
Program History: 2011 State Championship
The ascension of the Huntsville program came with longtime head coach Mark Mincher at the helm, coalescing in a 2011 state championship in the largest classification in Alabama. Mincher, the son of former big leaguer and Southern League president Don Mincher, stepped down entering the 2013 to allow his assistant of eight years, David Sharp, to take the reins of the program.
“Coach Mincher did a great job in bringing this program to prominence and now it is our job to make sure that success continues,” Sharp said. The Panthers went 29-11 in 2013 and are well positioned to build upon their success, with a small core of seniors in prominent roles and a plentiful group of talented underclassmen. Senior catcher/outfielder Brewer Hicklen (Alabama Birmingham) is the top draft eligible player and was the Panthers quarterback, winning the Huntsville city MVP. Senior infielder/outfielder Zac Neumann and lefthander Chad Robinson are both committed to Marion Military CC. Pitching will be the strength of the team, as the coaching staff believes the staple of arms runs at least seven deep, six of whom are underclassmen. Junior righthander Whitt Davis could emerge into a draft prospect. Sophomore lefthander Daniel Wright has the talent to log impact innings this year.

● NUMERICAL ROSTER
No. Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Class (Commitment)
1 Cameron Aaron IF/RHP R/R 5-11 170 2014
6 Nic Dombrowsky OF/RHP R/R 5-10 165 2014
35 Jared Gillies RHP R/R 6-2 170 2014
12 Jon Greene OF/RHP R/R 6-2 185 2014
10 Brewer Hicklen C/OF R/R 6-2 195 2014 (Ala.-Birmingham)
11 Michael Hoffman C/IF L/R 5-11 165 2014
28 Alan Lee IF/RHP R/R 6-1 170 2014
41 Zac Neumann IF/OF R/R 5-9 155 2014 (Marion Military CC)
33 Chad Robinson LHP/OF R/L 5-10 170 2014 (Marion Military CC)
13 Trey Wimberly IF/OF R/R 5-11 160 2014
21 Ethan Abston C/P/IF R/R 6-0 175 2015
34 Conner Bell LHP/OF L/L 5-11 170 2015
17 Luke Beasley IF R/R 5-9 195 2015
32 Whitt Davis RHP/IF R/R 6-3 205 2015
26 Tyler Letson C L/R 5-11 170 2015
30 Chase Lovell OF R/R 5-10 150 2015
15 Cole Prestegard IF L/R 6-3 205 2015
8 John Reed RHP R/R 5-11 180 2015
25 Eli Reynolds OF R/R 6-1 195 2015
7 Logan Storey RHP/IF/OF R/R 5-11 175 2015
31 Ryan Trimble IF/OF R/R 5-10 155 2015
22 Scott Urban C/OF/RHP L/R 6-0 155 2015
42 Graham Ashcraft RHP/IF/OF L/R 6-1 200 2016
14 Daniel Wright LHP L/L 6-2 170 2016
18 Tyson Lee RHP R/R 6-2 190 2017
Head Coach: David Sharp. Assistants: BJ Womack, Todd Gentle, Nick Old.

Milton Eagles
Milton (Ga.) High School
Coach (Years with school): Joey Ray (6)
Record: 117-59-1
2013 Record: 29-9-1
Top Prospect: RHP Dylan Cease
Notable Baseball Alumni: Astros OF Dexter Fowler, Mets RHP Kyle Farnsworth, Angels player development director Bobby Scales
Notable Non-baseball Alumni: Professional golfer Roberto Castro
Program History: 3 State Championships (1955, 2004, 2013)
The Eagles will return to Cary a year after posting a winning record at the 2013 NHSI, the event that introduced righthander Dylan Cease to the scouting community after he touched 95 mph. Milton returns 10 starters from last year’s team that won the program’s third state championship in history. A deep senior class with 12 players and five Division I commits, pitching and experience will be the strengths of the squad. The Eagles have to replace only one key arm from last year are well positioned to do so. Cease is a rotation stalwart who was voted as a first-team preseason All-American by scouting directors and is committed to Vanderbilt. Senior Alex Schnell (Clemson) is a pitchability lefthander who posted a 0.50 ERA last year. Senior righthander Matt Geiger and his mid-80s fastball will likely pitch key innings for Milton, as will outfielder/righthander Dalton Ewing, whom the coaching staff said can touch the low 90s. Nearly every starter has been starting for three or four years, giving Milton as much experience as any NHSI team. Milton has a strong nucleus to its offense led by middle infielder Ryan Gridley (Mississippi State), a solid defender who hit well as an underclassman. The coaching staff expects first baseman Jack Thompson’s (Georgia State) emerging power to catch up to his hitting ability. Infielder Dalon Farkas (Kansas State) is a contact-oriented bat. Ewing also shows offensive upside.

● NUMERICAL ROSTER
No. Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Class (Commitment)
1 Steven Curry IF R/R 5-8 140 2016
2 Ryan Gridley IF R/R 5-9 175 2014 (Mississippi State)
3 Dalon Farkas IF R/R 6-0 160 2014 (Kansas State)
4 Chris Purpura OF R/R 5-10 180 2014
5 Drew Tate IF R/R 5-10 150 2015
6 Josh Saavedra OF R/R 5-10 155 2015
7 Dylan Cease P/IF R/R 6-2 175 2014 (Vanderbilt)
8 Alex Schnell OF/P L/L 5-11 160 2014 (Clemson)
9 Kris Franklin IF R/R 5-9 175 2015
10 Jack Thompson 1B R/R 6-1 200 2014 (Georgia State)
11 Dalton Ewing OF R/R 6-1 180 2014
12 Carter Borgerson P/INF R/R 6-1 170 2016
13 Ian Concevitch RHP R/R 5-10 150 2016
14 Clay Forbes P R/R 6-0 185 2015
15 Alec Miller C R/R 6-2 170 2014
16 Raymond Hughes RHP R/R 6-3 190 2014
17 Nick Crawford INF R/R 5-5 130 2016
18 Clayton Vaught OF R/R 6-0 190 2014
19 Mark Phillips RHP R/R 6-3 180 2015
20 Max Herman C L/R 5-11 175 2017
21 Matt Geiger P R/R 6-0 160 2014
22 Kyle Jaworski LHP/1B R/L 5-11 150 2015
23 Alec Cease INF/OF/P/C R/R 6-1 170 2014
24 Will Matthews P R/R 6-2 160 2014
25 Bryce Johnson RHP R/R 6-3 180 2015
26 Brett Centracchio 1B/OF L/R 5-11 180 2016
27 Erik Petersen OF L/R 5-10 175 2014
28 Ricky Ailion LHP R/L 6-3 160 2016
29 Matt Wihelm C R/R 5-10 180 2016
Head Coach: Joey Ray. Assistants: Jeff Huesing, Glenn Mize, Kevin Rice, Matt Hughes, Ken Ray.

Mountain Pointe Pride
Mountain Pointe High School, Phoenix
Coach (Years with school): Brandon Buck (9)
Record: 135-72
2013 Record: 23-9
Top Prospect: SS Cole Tucker
Notable Baseball Alumni: Angels 1B C.J. Cron, Texas Christian 1B Kevin Cron
Notable Non-baseball Alumni: WNBA player Nicole Powell
Program History: 2011 State Championship
Since head coach Brandon Buck took over nearly a decade ago, the Pride has won consistently at a high level and have been to the state final four three times in the last four years, with one state championship (2011). Seven starters and 16 seniors return from last year’s team that advanced to the state semifinals. The lineup with nine starting seniors is headlined by shortstop Cole Tucker, who is only the second player in program history to start all four years. Tucker (Arizona), who was the starting shortstop on the USA Baseball 18U team, is a high-energy competitor with a well-rounded skill set. He is a long, lean contact-oriented switch-hitter who shows feel to hit with a line-drive stroke. Tucker is a long-strider with at least average speed and at least an average arm. Outfielder Ernie De La Trinidad (Arizona) has a quick lefthanded stroke and some speed in the outfield. Eight other seniors are committed to play collegiately, two of whom will play football. Lefthander Garvin Alston Jr. (Arizona), who has a mid-80s fastball, is the son of the former big leaguer of the same name and the Athletics pitching and rehab coordinator. Senior righthander Jorge Carrazco (Glendale CC) has a mid-80s heater. The Pride has a star-studded coaching staff that includes former big leaguers Pat Misch and Joe Mather.

● NUMERICAL ROSTER
No. Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Class (Commitment)
24 Christian Bitar C R/R 6-0 220 2014 (Regis, Colo.)
25 Taylor Martin 1B/3B R/R 6-0 225 2014 (South Mtn., Ariz. CC)
17 Cole Tucker SS S/R 6-3 185 2014 (Arizona)
12 Logan Adam Inf R/R 5-9 170 2014
4 Sam Park 2B R/R 5-8 160 2014
8 Tommy Martinez P/1B/OF L/L 5-8 160 2015
18 Jorge Carrazco P/1B/C R/R 6-1 205 2014 (Glendale, Ariz., CC)
15 Tristan Chavez P R/R 6-3 190 2014
7 Peyton Holm P R/R 5-11 155 2014
14 Garvin Alston P/OF L/L 6-3 165 2015 (Arizona)
10 Ryan Sheehan P/IF R/R 5-9 170 2014 (Colorado Mesa)
21 Bryce Redaya OF L/R 6-1 185 2014 (Central Ariz. CC)
2 Ernie De La Trinidad OF L/L 5-8 150 2014 (Arizona)
22 Jake Alexander P/OF S/L 6-3 195 2014 (Para. Valley, AZ, CC)
9 Aaron Moya P/OF R/R 6-1 165 2014
3 Cooper Davis P/OF R/R 6-1 175 2015
6 Tim Teraberry P/UT R/R 6-1 155 2015
13 Charlie Trevino P/OF R/R 6-2 225 2014 (Pima, Ariz., CC)
5 Brandon Crosby IF R/R 6-0 165 2015
19 Diego Leal P R/R 5-10 190 2014
23 Brandon Decker OF R/R 5-9 175 2014
16 Garrett Redaya P/C R/R 5-10 165 2016
Head Coach: Brandon Buck. Assistants: Paul Mather, Joe Mather, Bill Baker, Pat Misch.

Orange Lutheran Lancers
Orange Lutheran High School, Orange, Calif.
Coach (Years with school): Eric Borba (6)
Record: 98-44-1
2013 Record: 18-11
Top Prospect: SS Josh Morgan
Notable Baseball Alumni: Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole, Mariners RHP Brandon Maurer
Notable Non-baseball Alumni: Rams WR Austin Pettis, Olympic cyclist Amber Parkinson Neben
Program History: Trinity League championship (2008, 2010)
After posting a winning record at the inaugural 2012 NHSI, Orange Lutheran returns to Cary after a one year hiatus. Orange Lutheran has five returning starters from its 19-8 team in 2013 in one of the toughest leagues in the country, the Trinity League. The Lancers are likely to be a pitching and defense-driven team with veteran defenders up the middle. A year after producing eighth-round outfielder Jason Martin, one of his best friends, shortstop Josh Morgan, is the Lancers’ marquee draft prospect. Morgan, a UCLA commit, is a smooth, athletic, instinctual defender with a strong arm that anchors the infield defense. He has the potential to be an above-average hitter with at least average speed. Senior center fielder Joey Sanchez (Long Beach State) hit .301/.409/.397 with reliable defense. Sixth-year head coach Eric Borba believes this has a chance to be the deepest pitching staff in his time at Orange Lutheran. Senior righthander Garrett King (Nebraska) fronts the rotation and pitched nearly one-third of the teams’ innings last year with a nearly 4:1 strikeout-walk ratio. Borba, who coached on the 12U team in 2013, will be on the 12U National Training Staff this summer.

● NUMERICAL ROSTER
No. Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Class (Commitment)
17 Jake Hansen C/1B L/R 6-1 205 2015
11 Sean Korkmaz C R/R 5-9 165 2016
28 Justin McHale C/3B R/R 5-9 180 2017
2 Ryan Schroth IF R/R 6-0 180 2014
7 Josh Bissonette IF S/R 5-10 160 2015
14 Chris Rodriguez IF/OF R/R 5-10 170 2014
10 Tristan Hanoian IF L/R 5-6 135 2017
3 Josh Morgan IF R/R 5-11 180 2014 (UCLA)
9 Andre Riveroy IF/OF R/R 5-7 140 2015
34 Leo Hernandez P/IF R/R 6-1 190 2014
24 Bobby Fulkerson 3B/P L/R 6-0 185 2015
4 Garrett Calvert P/1B R/R 6-5 205 2015
20 Colin Brecheen OF R/L 6-5 170 2014
13 Joey Sanchez OF R/R 6-0 175 2014 (Long Beach State)
44 Ryan Watts OF R/R 6-2 215 2015
18 Lance Simpson P L/R 6-3 170 2014 (Westmont, Calif.)
19 Justin Bureau P R/R 6-3 180 2014
21 Toby Dunlap P R/R 6-6 260 2014
23 Garett King P L/R 6-4 175 2014 (Nebraska)
15 Cole Spear P R/R 6-0 185 2016
6 Ryan Pratt P L/R 6-1 175 2014
33 Cameron Hook P R/R 6-2 200 2015
5 Jacob Castro P R/R 6-0 175 2015
24 Austin DuBois P R/R 6-3 200 2015
Head Coach: Eric Borba. Assistants: Tom Borba, Ed Deese, Cory Olson, Tony Zuniga, Craig Teuben, Scott Lemone.

Parkview Panthers
Parkview High School, Lilburn, Ga.
Coach (Years with school): Chan Brown (9)
Record: 184-71
2013 Record: 27-9
Top Prospect: LHP Mac Marshall
Notable Baseball Alumni: Indians OF Jeff Francoeur, White Sox INF Jeff Keppinger, A’s 1B Matt Olson
Notable Non-baseball Alumni: Former Saints OT Jon Stinchcomb, Former Raiders OT Matt Stinchcomb
Program History: State Champions five times since 1996
The 2012 Baseball America High School Team of the Year, Parkview posted a winning record in the inaugural event on its way to winning a second consecutive state championship. Parkview fell to Milton High in the state semifinal in 2013, finishing two wins shy of a third-straight state title. With seven starters returning, Parkview entered 2014 ranked No. 24 in the Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 25. Pitching will be the strength of the Panthers, as Parkview lost only one key arm from 2013. The rotation bell cow is lefthander Mac Marshall, who was voted a second-team preseason All-American. Marshall, a Louisiana State commit, has ran his fastball up to 95 mph and has two offspeed offerings that show the makings of above-average pitches. Senior lefthanders Christian Vann (Chattahoochee Valley) and Jordan Kelly (Georgia Regents) will provide rotation depth. A deep junior class has a handful of players that will likely play Division I baseball. Corner infielder Isiah Gilliam is a strong-bodied switch-hitter who could develop into a draft prospect. Second baseman Daino Deas (Auburn) hit .308/.357/.440 as a sophomore and was an Area Code Games participant. Deas showed a batting stance very similar to another second baseman from Georgia, Brandon Phillips. Middle infielder Trevor Brown (Kennesaw State) is another solid junior.

● NUMERICAL ROSTER
No. Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Class (Commitment)
22 JP Chamblee C/INF R/R 5-8 160 2014
21 Michael Craig OF R/R 6-3 195 2014
18 Andrew Dorminey LHP L/L 5-10 160 2014 (National Guard)
23 Johnny Jones OF/DH R/R 5-11 180 2014
15 Jordan Kelly LHP/1B L/L 6-1 170 2014 (Georgia Regents)
14 Mac Marshall LHP/1B R/L 6-2 190 2014 (LSU)
13 Christian Vann LHP L/L 6-3 190 2014 (Chatt. Val., Ala., CC)
2 Jim Wagner 3B/2B R/R 6-0 180 2014 (Georgia Regents)
28 Andy Albright RHP R/R 6-2 195 2015
8 Jason Awtrey OF/RHP R/R 5-9 145 2015
7 Trevor Brown SS/2B R/R 6-0 170 2015 (Kennesaw State)
27 SchylerChapman INF R/R 5-8 145 2015
6 Daino Deas 2B/ SS R/R 5-11 170 2015
5 David Draper OF S/R 5-10 170 2015
44 Isiah Gilliam 1B/OF/RHP S/R 6-3 215 2015
11 Brandon Hill OF/LHP R/L 6-1 185 2015
29 Ryne Inman RHP/1B R/R 6-4 215 2015
4 Trey Mullee RHP R/R 6-2 180 2015
3 Jake Roberson RHP R/R 6-2 170 2015
30 GG Robinson RHP/1B R/R 6-4 250 2015
9 Austin Biggar C/3B R/R 6-0 180 2016
24 Brian Kregel OF R/R 5-11 185 2016
31 Johnathan Whitmer 1B/DH/C L/R 6-0 180 2016
Head Coach: Chan Brown. Assistants: Justin Bishop, David Reynolds, Roy Massey, Mark Lowery.

Regis Jesuit Raiders
Regis Jesuit High School, Aurora, Colo.
Coach (Years with school): Matt Darr (0)
Record: 0-0
2013 Record: 14-6
Top Prospect: LHP David Peterson
Notable Baseball Alumni: Rockies catcher Chris O’Dowd, UC
Notable Non-baseball Alumni: Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin, NASA astronaut Jack Swigert
Program History: Four coaches in last four seasons, including Walt Weiss in 2012
Historically one of the top programs in Colorado, Regis Jesuit has produced four draft picks over the last five drafts and boasts another exciting crop of players this year. The Raiders return seven starters and five Division I commits.
The top prospect on the team, lefthander David Peterson, was likely lost for the year in early March when he fractured his right fibula. This injury will likely sideline the Oregon commit for seven to 10 weeks. The 6-foot-6 big, projectable Peterson has run his fastball up to 92 mph with above-average fastball life. His changeup shows the makings of at least an average offering.
The Raiders have one of the best lefthanders in the state, Reagan Todd, ready to replace the best, Peterson, at the top of the rotation. The Arizona State commit has touched the upper 80s with his fastball. Middle infielder Max George is one of the top position players in the state. George, who hit .468/.566/.725 last spring, hit a home run at the USA Baseball National Training Complex last summer during the Tournament of Stars. He is a scrappy, competitive player committed to Oregon State. Third baseman Justin Thaxton hit .417/.517/.708 last year and is committed to Pacific. The Raiders have a balanced, talented club. Regis Jesuit was coached by Rockies manager Walt Weiss in 2012.

● NUMERICAL ROSTER
No. Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Class (Commitment)
1 Jack Brett C L/R 6-1 200 2014
4 Anthony Donovan IF R/R 5-10 140 2014 (Chand.-Gil., Ariz., JC)
5 Max George IF R/R 5-10 170 2014 (Oregon State)
6 Zach Heath RHP R/R 6-3 195 2014 (Northern Colo.)
7 Tim Jones RHP R/R 6-3 195 2015
8 Geoffrey Kice C L/R 5-9 150 2015
9 Travis Marr RHP/3B R/R 6-3 189 2016
10 David Peterson LHP/1B/OF L/L 6-6 215 2014 (Oregon)
11 Matt Schmidt 3B R/R 6-2 190 2015
12 Brent Schwarz RHP R/R 6-3 210 2015
13 Justin Thaxton 3B L/R 6-1 190 2014 (Pacific)
14 Reagan Todd LHP/1B L/L 6-3 220 2014 (Arizona State)
15 Brooks Urich OF L/R 6-0 175 2014
16 Ryan Vottiero OF L/L 5-6 160 2016
17 Bo Weiss RHP/IF R/R 6-2 160 2016
18 Zach Woodruff OF/LHP L/L 6-1 175 2014 (Garden City, Kan. CC)
Head Coach: Matt Darr. Assistants: Jeff Fisher, Robert Chouinard, Bryan Cash, Michael Robbins.

Roberson Rams
T.C. Roberson High School, Asheville, N.C.
Coach (Years with school): Eric Filipek (4)
Record: 71-20
2013 Record: 21-10
Top Prospect: 1B/OF Braxton Davidson
Notable Baseball Alumni: Padres OF Cameron Maybin, Brewers LHP Chris Narveson
Notable Non-baseball Alumni: North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams
Program History: Three State Championships (most recent: 2002)
The in-state Rams will serve as the host high school for the 2014 NHSI after winning a pair of games at the 2013 event. Roberson, who has three state championships in its history, advanced to the final four in the state last year and returns six starters.
A deep, experienced and physical lineup will be the hallmark of the Rams, who have one of the top hitters in the country in first baseman/outfielder Braxton Davidson. The North Carolina commit has plus power potential and a natural feel to hit. Davidson blasted three home runs in four games last summer at the USA Baseball National Training Complex during the Tournament of Stars. Six-foot-2, 205-pound catcher Dominick Cammarata is another strong-bodied linchpin of the lineup with extra-base thump. A third infielder in the senior class is committed a Division I school, third baseman Connor Lind (Northwestern). The outfield does not offer nearly as much experience or firepower. Inexperienced players will try to smooth the transition from a veteran-laden group. Losing All-State righthander Parker Johnson to graduation and lefthander Logan Allen to transfer thins the pitching depth, but the Rams should be competitive in this facet of the game despite inexperience.

● NUMERICAL ROSTER
No. Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Class (Commitment)
23 Bryce Ballew 1B R/R 5-11 175 2016
8 Chris Barnwell OF L/L 5-10 170 2016
1 Marshall Beachboard LHP/OF L/L 5-6 150 2014
24 Garrett Blaylock INF/P L/R 6-1 170 2017
7 Dominick Cammarata C R/R 6-2 205 2014 (Tennessee)
6 Braxton Davidson 1B/OF/LHP L/L 6-3 215 2014 (North Carolina)
12 Adam Earley INF R/R 5-10 145 2015
4 Nate Fore P/INF R/R 5-10 165 2016
10 Ryan Goode RHP/1B R/R 6-1 195 2014
9 Seth Griswold C/OF L/R 6-0 185 2017
11 Grant Hiriak INF R/R 5-10 155 2014
15 Connor Lind INF R/R 6-0 195 2014 (Northwestern)
3 Josh McNair INF/C R/R 5-9 165 2015
40 JG Manley P/OF L/R 6-0 170 2016
19 Jake Morgan OF/INF R/R 5-11 170 2016
5 Eric Robinson INF R/R 6-0 170 2017
14 Alex Swaney OF R/R 5-10 165 2015
2 Alex Talley OF/INF R/R 6-2 165 2014
22 Danny Trizano INF L/R 5-6 160 2016
17 Bo Wiggins C R/R 5-11 180 2016
Head Coach: Eric Filipek. Assistants: Shane Galloway, Dave Heath, Bret Pacheco.

ThunderRidge Grizzlies
ThunderRidge High School, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Coach (Years with school): Joe White (18)
Record: 214-51
2013 Record: 21-5
Top Prospect: SS Brody Westmoreland
Notable Baseball Alumni: Former pro RHP Sean Thompson
Notable Non-baseball Alumni: NFL LB Jesse Nading, golf pro Derek Tolan
Program History: State Championships (2004, 2013)
The Grizzlies played their best baseball down the stretch last year and won a state championship. ThunderRidge enters the year ranked No. 21 in the country on the strength of six returning starters, including three seniors committed to Division I programs.
The thin Colorado air coupled with the Grizzlies’ offensive prowess produced jaw-dropping statistics. ThunderRidge averaged nearly nine runs scored a game (8.8) and hit a combined .404/.483/.599 as a team with 97 extra-base hits in 26 games. The offensive charge is led by shortstop Brody Westmoreland (San Diego State), who hit .442/.505/.863 with 20 extra-base hits and is the school’s quarterback. Junior second baseman Josh Brown is another offensive catalyst who hit .432/.500/.614 last year with 12 extra-base hits. Brigham Young commit AJ Jones fronts the rotation; the senior righthander posted a 2.56 ERA last year with feel for his changeup. Senior righty Tyler Loptein (San Diego State) will again serve as the bullpen fireman, and has touched the low 90s, according to the coaching staff. Sophomore third baseman/righty Jake Eilsler has excited the coaching staff with his arm strength and could see significant innings on the mound.

● NUMERICAL ROSTER
No. Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Class (Commitment)
17 Brody Westmoreland SS R/R 6-3 185 2014 (San Diego State)
7 Austyn Garcia RHP R/R 5-10 170 2014
9 Andrew Jones P/1B R/R 6-0 170 2014 (BYU)
10 Tyler Loptien P/OF R/R 6-0 170 2014 (San Diego State)
11 Mark Hopper OF/P R/R 6-5 195 2014 (Colo. School of Mines)
28 Aaron Germani OF R/L 5-8 160 2015
52 Jared Bonato RHP/OF R/R 6-2 165 2015
3 Tyce Oneill LHP L/R 6-3 165 2015
16 Seth Barnes C/3B R/R 6-0 195 2015
44 Josh Billingham C R/R 5-10 165 2014
5 Sam LiCausi 1B R/R 6-1 170 2015
8 Geoff Light OF R/R 5-10 150 2014
1 Gabriel Hargrave 3B R/R 5-9 160 2015
21 Josh Brown 2B R/R 5-10 150 2015
6 Tim Donlon 3B R/R 5-10 159 2014
24 Jake Eisler P/3b R/R 1-Jun 205 2016
10 Aaron Gjersee P/OF L/L 6 200 2015
Head Coach: Joe White. Assistants: Brad Johnson, John Westmoreland.

Venice Indians
Venice (Fla.) High School
Coach (Years with school): Craig Faulker (16)
Record: 310-145
2013 Record: 28-3
Top Prospect: SS Dalton Guthrie
Notable Baseball Alumni: Former Orioles LHP Mark Guthrie, Red Sox farmhand OF Nick Longhi
Notable Non-baseball Alumni: Actor Greg Pitts
Program History: State Championships (2007, 2012, 2013)
Venice is aiming to claim its third consecutive state championship and improve on its third place finish in the 2013 NHSI. The Indians are led by a pair of lifelong best friends who played together at Venice and Louisiana State and now coach together, head coach Craig Faulkner and pitching coach Mark Guthrie, who pitched 15 years in the majors.
Venice has a core group of seniors led by four-year starting shortstop Dalton Guthrie and catcher Michael Rivera, who are both committed to Florida. Guthrie is a reliable, instinctual defender and contact-oriented hitter who stole 15 bases last year. Rivera, who was a second-team All-American last year and hit .528/.611/.820 with 23 extra-base hits, was a star for Team USA and delivered a game-winning single to defeat Cuba. Senior righthander/outfielder Brandon Elmy (Furman) is the cleanup hitter and could play both ways in college. Elmy started each of the state championship games the last two years and will be the rotation bell cow with a fastball that has touched 91 mph. Senior catcher/center fielder Ryan Miller (Florida Atlantic) is a versatile player who also pitches, runs his fastball into the low 90s and can produce above-average pop times behind the plate.
Speedy junior outfielder Josh Evans will augment the lineup. The Indians lost key pitchers from last year’s squad but have established a pipeline on pitchers who consistently get outs through unconventional methods. Last year it was sidearming All-American Cooper Hammond, who is a reliever at Miami. This is junior Kade Hunkapiller, a lefthanded knuckleballer.
The Venice brand of baseball is creating high contact rates offensively, limiting free passes on the mound and playing clean defensively.

● NUMERICAL ROSTER
No. Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Class (Commitment)
22 Ryan Ahern P L/L 6-2 180 2014
25 Rylee Buckmaster P L/R 6-5 225 2016
13/30 Colin Cristello P/3B R/R 6-3 175 2015
5 Rhett Dinka INF R/R 6-2 200 2014
1 Scott Dubrule INF L/R 5-9 145 2016
24 Brandon Elmy P/OF/1B R/R 6-2 195 2014 (Furman)
11 Josh Evans OF R/R 6-0 185 2015
6 Tyler Gardner INF R/R 5-9 150 2016
18 Jocob Grubbs C R/R 6-0 200 2016
2 Ryan Gumbs OF/INF R/R 5-6 145 2015
8 Dalton Guthrie INF R/R 6-0 160 2014 (Florida)
15 Trevor Holloway INF R/R 6-1 180 2016
23 Aston Hunkapiller P L/L 5-11 200 2015
14 Bradford Jones P/OF R/R 5-11 144 2017
9 Cole Kragel P R/R 6-7 205 2015
10 Jacob Louke OF R/R 5-10 156 2015
7 Ryan Miller C/P/OF R/R 6-1 173 2014 (Florida Atlantic)
17 Langston Provitt OF R/R 5-11 165 2015
20 Michael Rivera C/INF R/R 5-10 195 2014 (Florida)
19 Rory Shortt INF R/R 5-11 180 2014
3 Ruben Velez INF R/R 5-11 155 2015
Head Coach: Craig Faulkner. Assistants: Mark Guthrie, Jose Velez.

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