Pod 1, Game 1
CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC DONS
Cathedral Catholic High School, San Diego
Coach (first year): Gary Remiker (2001)
2012 Record: 30-5
Top Prospect: LHP Stephen Gonsalves
Notable Baseball Alumni: Padres OF Carlos Quentin, Giants LHP Barry Zito, Former MLB RHP Mark Prior
Notable Non-Baseball Alumni: Pro golfer Phil Mickelson, Hollywood director/writer Cameron Crowe
Program History: Seven San Diego Section championships, most recently in 2012
Scouting Report: Keys to winning a major tournament include pitching depth and big game experience, which should make Cathedral Catholic one of the favorites to win the NHSI and contend for a national championship. The Dons won the Division 3 San Diego Section title in 2012 and return all 30 wins from that pitching staff.
Five pitchers are committed to Division I programs, including lefthander Stephen Gonsalves, a preseason Baseball America High School All-American and the No. 13 prospect in this year’s high school class. He led USA Baseball’s 18-and-under squad to a gold medal last summer after going 9-0, 1.91 with 79 strikeouts and 20 walks in 66 innings for the Dons last season. He should also see action in the outfield, and he batted .348 with 11 RBIs last season. He is committed to San Diego.
Junior lefthander Brady Aiken has committed to UCLA and is a prospect to watch for 2014. He went 6-1, 1.32 with 69 strikeouts and 18 walks in 48 innings last season. Righthanders Michael Martin (UC Irvine), Alex Schick (California) and lefthander Andrew Wright (Pepperdine) round out the staff. Martin provides a nice righthanded complement to Gonsalves and Aiken and went 7-2, 0.90 last season with 72 strikeouts and eight walks in 62 innings.
2013 Update: The Dons took over the No. 1 spot in the Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 25 on March 12, but slipped to No. 3 after a loss to Granite Hills High (El Cajon, Calif.). Gonsalves is off to a good start with a 3-0, 0.88 record and 17 strikeouts in 16 innings. Pitching is the story for Cathedral Catholic as five of seven pitchers currently have ERAs under 1.00. Senior Gabe Simpson is leading the team with a .600 average (12-for-20) while Gonsalves is contributing on offense as well, hitting .435 (10-for-23).
|7||Hayden Grant||SS/CF||R/R||6-1||180||2013 (Purdue)|
|8||Alex Schick||RHP||R/R||6-6||185||2013 (California)|
|10||Brady Aiken||LHP/OF||L/L||6-4||205||2014 (UCLA)|
|12||Sean Bouchard||3B/SS||R/R||6-2||185||2014 (UCLA)|
|13||Gabe Simpson||C/OF||R/R||6-4||185||2013 (UC San Diego)|
|17||Michael Martin||RHP/3B/1B||R/R||6-2||205||2013 (UC Irvine)|
|19||Andrew Wright||LHP/OF||R/L||6-5||205||2013 (Pepperdine)|
|21||Stephen Gonsalves||LHP/OF||L/L||6-5||200||2013 (San Diego)|
|Head Coach: Gary Remiker. Assistants: Mike Coleman, Rob Reiter, Anthony Stabile, Ryan Wiegand|
Grayson High School, Loganville, Georgia
Coach (first year): Jed Hixson (2013)
2012 Record: 27-9
Top Prospect: OF Austin Meadows
Notable Baseball Alumni: Former Rangers LHP Matt Hill
Notable Non-Baseball Alumni: Georgia Tech DL Shawn Green, East Carolina DL Terry Williams
Program History: 2012 Georgia state semifinalist; made playoffs in 11 of 12 seasons of program’s existence
Scouting Report: With Austin Meadows in the outfield and a wealth of talent behind him, Grayson might be the most-watched high school team in the country this spring. The Rams return eight starters from a team that lost in the state semifinals to 2012 NHSI participant Brookwood High (Snellville, Ga.) last year, so they’re aiming for a Georgia 6-A state title.
Meadows is a preseason Baseball America High School All-American and rated as the top high school draft prospect in the country, with a chance to go No. 1 overall. He hit .390 with four home runs last year, so it will be interesting to see if he gets pitches to hit this year.
Pitchers Taylor Allum (Kennesaw State), Korey Anderson (Western Carolina) and Jack Banda (Arizona/football) combined to go 15-4 in 2012, and Banda owned the highest ERA at 2.18. Allum, Anderson and Banda play both ways, and shortstop Brandon Benson (Georgia College and State) provides offensive support.
Jed Hixson will be in his first season as head coach after eight as an assistant.
“We expect to be right back in the mix for a region title and 6-A Georgia state title,” he said. “Our expectations are high because of our success last year, and the return of 16 players. We feel like our talent and experience will help us to persevere throughout the season and win a lot of games.”
2013 Update: The Rams returned all but two players from a team that went to the state semifinals, but they’re off to a disappointing 6-5 start and dropped out of the latest Top 25. Offense hasn’t been a problem with the team batting .333/.441/.528, but the pitching staff has a 5.84 ERA in 68 innings with 76 hits and 37 walks allowed. Meadows is leading Grayson in hitting with a .571 average (16-for-28) with three home runs and 12 RBIs.
|7||Chris Erwin||LHP/OF||L/L||6-1||168||2013 (Kennesaw St.)|
|12||Korey Anderson||RHP/OF||R/R||6-2||190||2013 (W. Carolina)|
|13||Taylor Allum||RHP/OF/IF||L/R||6-2||210||2013 (Kennesaw St.)|
|15||Brandon Benson||IF||R/R||6-1||195||2013 (Ga. College & St.)|
|16||Austin Meadows||OF||L/L||6-3||212||2013 (Clemson)|
|23||Jack Banda||RHP/IF||R/R||6-3||225||2013 (Ariz. St./football)|
|Head Coach: Jed Hixson. Assistants: Brian Fiddler, Tim Maloney, Bryan Tolbert|
Cathedral Catholic vs. Grayson Matchup: Grayson returns eight starters from the 2012 Georgia state semifinalist, including the country’s best player in Meadows, but Cathedral Catholic counters with five Division I pitchers.
Pod 1, Game 2
Venice High School, Venice, Florida
Coach (first year): Craig Faulkner (1999)
2012 Record: 24-8
Top Prospect: OF/LHP Nick Longhi
Notable Baseball Alumni: Former MLB LHP Mark Guthrie
Notable Non-Baseball Alumni: Actor Greg Pitts
Program History: Two Florida state championships, most recently in 2012
Scouting Report: The 7-A state champions in Florida last season, Venice returns six starters, including one of the top prospects for the 2013 draft.
Outfielder Nick Longhi, rated by Baseball America as the No. 69 prospect in the high school class and a Louisiana State signee, hit .330 with 16 RBIs in 2012. He also will get on the mound for the Indians and shows good arm strength. The Indians did lose two of their top hitters, but Longhi and outfielder/righthander Brandon Elmy (Furman; .352-1-20) provide a good foundation.
On the mound, Venice has a majority of its innings back for another run at a state championship. Righthander Cooper Hammond, a Miami signee, has a submarine delivery and went 10-1, 0.56 with six saves in 2012. He’ll be backed by righthander Tyson Albert, who only allowed four walks in 70 innings pitched last year and tossed a no-hitter in February. Hammond is also stingy with free passes, walking just seven in 62 innings last season.
Head coach Craig Faulkner was a catcher for LSU from 1984-1987 and was a teammate (at both Venice and LSU) with lefthander Mark Guthrie, who went on to pitch in the major leagues for 15 seasons. Guthrie is an assistant coach with Venice now.
2013 Update: Venice is on a roll after dropping its second game of the season and now sits at 11-1. The loss came against Seminole (Fla.) High, a strong program and the 2001 Baseball America National Champions. Since that loss, Venice has won 10 straight.
|7||Ryan Miller||C/RHP/OF||R/R||6-1||163||2014 (Florida Atlantic)|
|8||Tyler Shambora||RHP||R/R||5-11||190||2013 (St. Petersburg JC)|
|10||Tyler Atwell||IF||R/R||6-3||200||2013 (St. Petersburg JC)|
|12||Tyson Albert||RHP||R/R||5-11||185||2013 (St. Petersburg JC)|
|15||Cooper Hammond||RHP||R/R||6-2||180||2013 (Miami)|
|18||Dalton Guthrie||IF||R/R||5-11||160||2014 (Florida)|
|20||Michael Rivera||C/IF||R/R||5-9||180||2014 (Florida)|
|21||Colton Lightner||IF||R/R||6-2||185||2013 (Stetson)|
|22||Josh Grubbs||RHP/IF||R/R||6-0||187||2013 (Rollins)|
|25||Nick Longhi||OF/LHP||R/L||6-2||208||2013 (Louisiana State)|
|28||Brandon Elmy||OF/RHP||R/R||6-2||195||2014 (Furman)|
|Head Coach: Craig Faulkner. Assistants: Jeff Callan, Rich Carroll, Mark Guthrie, Joe Komaroski, Jose Velez|
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS PURPLE WAVE
Christian Brothers High School, Memphis
Coach (first year): Buster Kelso (1986)
2012 Record: 28-13
Top Prospect: RHP John Wesley Ray
Notable Baseball Alumni: Padres 2B Logan Forsythe, Former Cardinals C and current broadcaster Tim McCarver
Notable Non-Baseball Alumni: PGA champions Shaun Micheel and Cary Middlecolf, former 49ers RB Paul Hofer
Program History: 10 state titles, most recently in 2011
Scouting Report: Christian Brothers is a perennial contender in Tennessee with its 10 state titles, six of which have come in the last 15 years. The Purple Wave finished third in the state in 2012 and will have five starters returning from that team, highlighted by a pair of pitchers who are committed to Division I programs.
John Wesley Ray (Mississippi) and Corey Herndon (Arkansas), both juniors, will anchor the pitching staff, while catcher Tyler Lawrence (Murray State), who hit .354 last season, and outfielder Chris Carrier, will lead the offense. Herndon and Ray return 11 wins between them and ERAs of 2.17 and 2.02, respectively. Ray has a long, projectable frame at 6-foot-5, 205 pounds. He can sit in the high 80s with developing secondary stuff, but has shown a knack for pitchability not often seen in high school arms. He struck out 83 batters last season while also contributing on offense with a team-best 26 RBIs.
The Purple Wave will also look for depth in infielder Michael Halley and righthander Brandon Wilhelm, a South Carolina-Aiken recruit. Head coach Buster Kelso cites defense, pitching depth and speed as the Purple Wave’s strengths. Christian Brothers is also accustomed to participating in big tournaments, having played in the USA Classic several times as well as the National Classic in California.
2013 Update: The Purple Wave has already seen some time on the road this season, traveling to Mississippi for Oxford High’s spring break tournament. Two of Christian Brothers’ three losses came on that trip, but it beat Oxford—a 2012 NHSI participant—and now stands at 9-3. Christian Brothers has tested its pitching depth so far with eight players appearing in a game. Herndon went seven innings in his lone appearance, striking out nine while allowing two runs (one earned) on one hit and a walk.
|7||Casey Goodwin||OF||L/L||6-0||182||2013 (Christian Bros.)|
|11||Tyler Lawrence||C||R/R||5-10||195||2013 (Murray State)|
|18||Corey Herndon||RHP/IF||R/R||6-3||191||2014 (Arkansas)|
|22||John W. Ray||RHP/IF||R/R||6-5||224||2014 (Mississippi)|
|23||Brandon Wilhelm||RHP||R/R||6-6||200||2013 (SC-Aiken)|
|Head Coach: Buster Kelso (No. 21). Assistants: Joey Harris (No. 16), Tommy Williams (No. 17)|
Venice vs. Christian Brothers Matchup: Christian Brothers has two D-I pitchers in John Wesley Ray and Corey Herndon, while Venice has six starters back from a state championship team.
Pod 2, Game 3
Eustis High School, Eustis, Florida
Coach (first year): David Lee (1994, 2010)
2012 Record: 22-4
Top Prospect: C Chris Okey
Notable Baseball Alumni: Tigers minor league OF Marcus Lemon
Notable Non-Baseball Alumni: Former NBA F Kenny Green, Nobel Prize-winning physicist John Robert Schrieffer
Program History: Two Florida state championships, most recently in 2003
Scouting Report: Scouts will follow Eustis closely in 2013 with catcher Chris Okey, rated as the No. 26 prospect in the nation by Baseball America, looking like an early-round draft prospect. The Panthers were expected to contend in the playoffs in 2012, but lost early in their district tournament.
Six starters return to a team that plans to avenge the early exit and should again be among the top contenders for a Florida 5-A state title. Okey, a Clemson signee and Team USA veteran, hit .386 with three home runs and 29 RBIs in 2012 and will lead the offense with his balanced swing and gap-to-gap approach. He will be the batterymate to lefthanded ace Alex Hagner, a Florida signee who went 7-1, 1.67 with 60 strikeouts in 2012. Hagner works in the high 80s, but has good pitchability and pounds the strike zone. Outfielder Austin Simmons, who is signed to Lake Sumter State (Fla.) CC, will provide speed on the bases after hitting .480 with six triples in 2012.
Eustis won state titles in 2000 and 2003 and has had six players drafted since 1999. Head coach David Lee was at Eustis from 1994-2000, but coached at Leesburg (Fla.) High and Apopka (Fla.) High before returning to Eustis in 2010.
2013 Update: The Panthers have cruised to a 13-2 start by outscoring opponents 105-38. Their two top prospects are leading the team in hitting—Okey is batting .488 (20-for-31) with 17 RBIs, two doubles, two triples and two home runs while Hagner, primarily a pitcher, is batting .512 (21-for-41) with six doubles and a home run. Hagner has thrown 29 innings and sports a 3-0, 2.20 record in seven starts. He’s struck out 48 while walking 18.
|14||Chris Okey||C||R/R||6-1||180||2013 (Clemson)|
|23||Alex Hagner||OF/LHP/1B||R/L||6-1||170||2013 (Florida)|
|24||Austin Simmons||OF||R/R||6-1||170||2013 (Lake Sumter St.)|
|Head Coach: David Lee. Assistants: Alan Hardcastle, Don Rixie, Tim Tedeschi|
Harvard-Westlake School, Studio City, California
Coach (first year): Matt LaCour (2007)
2012 Record: 24-5
Top Prospect: IF/RHP Jack Flaherty
Notable Baseball Alumni: Yankees OF Brennan Boesch
Notable Non-Baseball Alumni: Numerous actors, such as Shirley Temple
Program History: Two league titles, including 2012
Scouting Report: Even with Lucas Giolito, the top righthander in the 2012 draft class, out with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament, the Wolverines made it to the finals of the 2012 NHSI before losing in extra innings to Mater Dei High—which is also back in this year’s field. Giolito and fellow first-round pick Max Fried are gone, but most of the offense returns and highly touted Jack Flaherty has another year of experience under his belt.
A potential top prospect for the 2014 draft, Flaherty has committed to North Carolina and is a major two-way factor. He’ll be the staff ace while also hitting in the middle of the lineup. Also back is righthander Hans Hansen (Emory), who stepped up big in a win over American Heritage High (Plantation, Fla.) in the semifinals of the last year’s event. Along with Flaherty, catcher Arden Pabst (Georgia Tech) and first baseman Joe Corrigan (Southern California) will pace the offense.
“Flaherty and Hansen have proven they can get tons of outs,” head coach Matt LaCour said. “A big key for our team is the development of (righthanders) Conor Cuse and Alex Horowitz on the mound. Cuse has plus stuff, used to be all over the place, but has shown way better control this fall that is really promising. We should be more offensive this year than in the past with the usual cast making steady improvement.”
2013 Update: The Wolverines stand at 9-2, but managed to hold tight at No. 12 in the Top 25. Pabst is hitting .406 (13-for-32) with a home run and seven RBIs. Flaherty is 4-0, 0.26 on the mound with 25 strikeouts and three walks in 27 innings.
|2||Austin Schoff||C||L/R||5-8||160||2013 (Claremont McKenna)|
|5||Joe Corrigan||IF||R/R||6-3||195||2013 (S. California)|
|7||Arden Pabst||C||R/R||6-1||205||2013 (Georgia Tech)|
|9||Jack Flaherty||IF/RHP||R/R||6-4||205||2014 (North Carolina)|
|14||Hans Hansen||RHP/OF||R/R||6-1||210||2013 (Emory)|
|15||Casey Rosenfeld||OF||R/R||5-11||175||2013 (Kenyon)|
|Head Coach: Matt LaCour (No. 3). Assistants: Jared Halpert (No. 27), Ethan Katz (No. 8), Shaun Kort (No. 26), P.C. Shaw (No. 6)|
Eustis vs. Harvard-Westlake Matchup: The Wolverines don’t have the punch on the mound like they did in 2012, but most of the offense is back. Eustis has a strong battery in Okey and LHP Alex Wagner, a Florida recruit.
Pod 2, Game 4
Bingham High School, South Jordan, Utah
Coach (first year): Joel Sato (1993)
2012 Record: 24-6
Top Prospect: OF/RHP Brennon Lund
Notable Baseball Alumni: Longtime Reds scout Don Gust
Notable Non-Baseball Alumni: Former NFL QB Bruce Hardy, former NBA F/C Fred Roberts
Program History: 20 Utah state championships, most recently in 2011
Scouting Report: It’s hard to argue against Bingham’s case as the top program in Utah, and the Miners expect to be in the thick of the state championship race again this year. They finished fourth in the state in 2012 with a 24-6 record, as well as a first-place finish at the USA Classic in Tennessee.
Joel Sato, who is in his 20th year as head coach, said he thinks his team has the talent to compete with anyone.
“As in past years, we’ll be expecting the remaining senior class to step into leadership and playing roles,” Sato said.
Outfielder/righthander Brennon Lund will be one of those seniors counted on to lead. He is a plus runner, committed to Brigham Young and coming off a season in which he hit .530 with 32 runs and 20 stolen bases while going 3-1, 2.78 in 28 innings on the mound.
The Miners have 20 state championships in their history, with at least one title in eight different decades.
2013 Update: On the back of Lund, the Miners are off to a 3-2 start with their biggest win coming against perennial power Spanish Fork (Utah) High. Lund is hitting .411 (7-for-17) with a two triples and seven runs scored. The pitching staff has a 1.71 ERA in 37 innings with 34 strikeouts and 14 walks, but Bingham may be without their ace this week. Righthander Spencer Etsey is trying to work back from an elbow strain and it’s questionable whether he’ll be ready for the NHSI.
|5||Brennon Lund||OF/RHP||L/R||5-10||185||2013 (Brigham Young)|
|33||Chase Tavonatti||RHP/IF||R/R||5-11||155||2013 (Salt Lake CC)|
|40||Jacob Druce||C||R/R||6-4||205||2013 (Colorado Mesa)|
|Head Coach: Joel Sato. Assistants: Jeremy Butterbaugh, Justin McCoy, Bill McDonald, Rand Rasmussen, Scott Sommer.|
T.C. Roberson High School, Asheville, N.C.
Coach (first year): Eric Filipek (2011)
2012 Record: 25-3
Top Prospect: OF/1B Braxton Davidson
Notable Baseball Alumni: Padres OF Cameron Maybin, Brewers RHP Chris Narveson
Notable Non-Baseball Alumni: North Carolina basketball head coach Roy Williams
Program History: Three state championships, most recently in 2002
Scouting Report: One of the top programs in North Carolina, Roberson boasts major league alumni in Cameron Maybin, Chris Narveson and Darren Holmes, as well as players like Justin Jackson (Blue Jays) and Joel McKeithan (Vanderbilt). The Rams have three state championships, two coming in 2000 and 2002, and should be in contention again this season.
Six players are committed to Division I schools, with first baseman/outfielder Braxton Davidson (North Carolina) and catcher Dominick Cammarata (Georgia) getting the most attention from evaluators. Both are juniors and should be the main strength on offense. Davidson hit .316 with eight home runs in 79 at-bats last season while Cammarata hit .294 with three home runs and 21 RBIs. Outfielder Tanner Bush (UNC Asheville) hit .321 with 30 runs and seven stolen bases.
Righthander/catcher Parker Johnson (Wake Forest) is the team’s No. 1 starter, with junior righthander Katon Harwood (Clemson) and senior first baseman/lefthander Nathan Blaylock (Liberty) providing depth on the mound. Johnson went 7-1, 1.33 in 53 innings last year, with 86 strikeouts and 24 walks. Davidson will also see some time on the mound in 2013 after tossing just 14 innings as a junior in 2012. He can pitch in the mid-80s.
2013 Update: Roberson has had an up-and-down season already, starting 4-4. Davidson is raking, hitting .579 (11-for-19) with five doubles and two home runs. Teams are starting to avoid him as he was walked four times in his last game. He also has 16 innings on the mound and is 2-1, 2.62 with 27 strikeouts and seven walks.
|6||Braxton Davidson||1B/OF/LHP||L/L||6-3||212||2014 (North Carolina)|
|7||Dominick Cammarata||C||R/R||6-2||205||2014 (Clemson)|
|9||Parker Johnson||RHP/C||R/R||6-0||220||2013 (Wake Forest)|
|10||Tanner Bush||CF||L/L||5’11||175||2013 (UNC-Asheville)|
|19||Katon Harwood||RHP/3B||R/R||6-3||210||2014 (Clemson)|
|22||Nate Blaylock||1B/LHP||L/L||6-6||234||2013 (Liberty)|
|Head Coach: Eric Filipek. Assistants: Shane Galloway, Dave Heath, Rob Kotzen, Matt Marks|
Bingham vs. Roberson matchup: Bingham has a tradition of winning and is experienced in traveling to big events, while Roberson has a strong cast of juniors and a history of contending in North Carolina.
Pod 3, Game 5
MATER DEI MONARCHS
Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana, California
Coach (first year): Burt Call (1999)
2012 Record: 24-6
Top Prospect: C Jeremy Martinez
Notable Baseball Alumni: Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa
Notable Non-Baseball Alumni: NFL QB Matt Leinart
Program History: Two Southern Section championships, most recently in 2010
Scouting Report: Champions of the inaugural NHSI, the Monarchs were marching toward a national championship last year before being upset in the semifinals of the Southern Section playoffs in California. They’re back to defend their title and contend for national honors again this year.
Six starters return, including catcher Jeremy Martinez (Baseball America’s No. 31 high school prospect) and third baseman Ryan McMahon (No. 66). Both are Southern California signees and will lead the offense. Martinez hit .388 with 18 RBIs last season, while McMahon first drew widespread scouting attention at last year’s event and finished the year with a .356 average, four home runs and 23 RBIs.
Brandon Perez also used the NHSI as a springboard as a freshman by flashing good defense at shortstop. He hit .230 with 10 RBIs and should benefit from another year of development. Outfielder Austin Grebeck showed improvements on the showcase circuit last summer as well. Both Perez and Grebeck are committed to Oregon.
Replacing Ty Moore, a two-way star who is now at UCLA, will be more difficult on the mound. Righthander/first baseman Davis Tominaga (Portland) went 6-2, 3.05 last year and shut down Las Vegas prep power Bishop Gorman High, so he’ll likely be the ace, backed by junior righthander Charlie Vorsheck, who went 5-1, 4.76.
Scouting Report: Mater Dei is off to a better start than 2012, when the Monarchs came into the NHSI at 6-3 and stormed through the competition. Now at 6-1, Mater Dei moved up to No. 5 in the rankings and has outscored opponents 44-11 with Ryan McMahon leading the way. He is hitting .435 with three home runs and nine RBIs. Tominaga has struck out 10 and hasn’t allowed a run in 12 innings, despite allowing 10 hits and 10 walks.
|6||Austin Grebeck||OF||R/R||5-9||160||2013 (Oregon)|
|14||Davis Tominaga||1B/RHP||L/R||6-2||185||2013 (Portland)|
|15||Ryan McMahon||3B||L/R||6-3||195||2013 (S. California)|
|16||Aaron Cross||LHP||L/L||6-0||170||2013 (Arizona)|
|24||Brandon Perez||SS||R/R||6-0||175||2015 (Oregon)|
|25||Jeremy Martinez||C||R/R||5-11||200||2013 (S. California)|
|Head Coach: Burt Call (No. 8). Assistants: Bob Ickes (No. 13), Greg Soper (No. 30), Tim Stewart (No. 36), Jameson Wicks (No. 21)|
Tullahoma High School, Tullahoma, Tennessee
Coach (first year): Brad White (2007)
2012 Record: 27-13
Top Prospect: RHP Jordan Sheffield
Notable Baseball Alumni: Former MLB RHP Dewon Brazelton, Pirates RHP Bryan Morris
Notable Non-Baseball Alumni: Former Alabama and Lions LB Antonio London
Program History: Two state championships, most recently in 1990
Scouting Report: Scouts will be spending a lot of time in Tullahoma over the next couple of years. Brothers Jordan and Justus Sheffield are two-way standouts for the Wildcats who are both expected to be pitchers at the professional level. Both are committed to Vanderbilt.
Jordan, a senior righthander who also plays shortstop, saw his stock soar after a one-inning stint in the fall when he didn’t throw a fastball below 95 mph, and he is rated by Baseball America as the No. 7 prospect in this year’s high school class. He went 6-1, 0.99 in 2012 with 73 strikeouts and 24 walks in 50 innings. He hit .373 with five home runs and 17 RBIs last year.
Justus is a junior who comes at hitters from the left side and plays center field. His stuff is more modest right now, but so was his brother’s at the same point in their development. Justus went 9-1, 0.79 in 53 innings last year, striking out 96 and walking 26. He batted .311 with two home runs and 27 RBIs last year.
During the school’s Christmas break, head coach Brad White had the good fortune of adding another significant piece to his team when Dalton Davis transferred to Tullahoma from Alabama. He is a corner infielder/righthander who is committed to Troy, and he can hit in the middle of a lineup and provide depth on the mound.
2013 Update: The Wildcats are 11-1, an excellent start considering ace righty Jordan Sheffield hasn’t pitched in two weeks. They have a formidable No. 2 in Justus Sheffield, who is 3-0, 0.00 in 13 innings with 25 strikeouts and four walks. The two Sheffields and Davis are also the leading hitters. Jordan Sheffield is hitting .579 (22-for-38) with thee home runs and 14 RBIs. Justus Sheffield is hitting .415 (17-for-41) with 20 RBIs and Davis is hitting .457 (21-for-46) with three home runs and 25 RBIs.
|5||Trey Burks||OF||R/R||5-9||190||2013 (Tennessee Tech)|
|19||Alex Butaud||C||R/R||6-3||200||2013 (Cumberlands)|
|24||Jordan Sheffield||SS/RHP||R/R||6-0||180||2013 (Vanderbilt)|
|34||Dalton Davis||IF/RHP||L/R||6-4||215||2013 (Troy)|
|42||Justus Sheffield||CF/LHP||L/L||6-0||190||2014 (Vanderbilt)|
|Head Coach: Brad White. Assistants: Dustin Hazlett, Travis Moore, Travis Sheffield|
Tullahoma vs. Mater Dei Matchup: The 2012 NHSI champions will face an immediate test in repeating if Tullahoma goes with one of the Sheffield brothers on the mound in the first round.
Pod 3, Game 6
Florida Christian School, Miami
Coach (first year): Chris Brigman (2013)
2012 Record: 21-9
Top Prospect: LHP Christian Pelaez
Notable Baseball Alumni: Cardinals SS Ryan Jackson
Notable Non-Baseball Alumni: Former NFL DE Andre Wadsworth
Program History: Two Florida state championships, most recently in 2005
Scouting Report: Region finalists in 2012, Florida Christian is going through a coaching transition after veteran Ernie Padron stepped down in the fall for personal reasons. Longtime assistant Chris Brigman has taken over as head coach and will aim to keep the school’s winning tradition going. The Patriots were state runners-up in 2002 and 2006 and made it to at least the state semifinals from 2001-2006. They have also dominated their district, winning it 13 times, including every year since 2001 except for 2007.
The Patriots have pitching depth as their strength for 2013. Lefthander Christian Pelaez, committed to Louisiana State, is the staff ace and is known for his feel for pitching. He went 4-2, 1.64 in 55 innings last season with 69 strikeouts and 26 walks. Fellow senior southpaw Andrew George went 4-2, 1.22 in 34 innings with 52 strikeouts and 17 walks. George’s fastball is in the low 80s, but he has a deceptive changeup and throws a lot of strikes. He is committed to UNC Greensboro. Catcher Zach San Roman and shortstop Milton Ramos, who transferred from American High (Hialeah, Fla.), will lead the offense.
Since 1998, more than 70 Patriots have gone on to play baseball in college.
2013 Update: The Patriots are 10-3 with all three losses coming by just one run—one of which was to No. 7 American Heritage High (Plantation, Fla.). Junior shortstop Milton Ramos is leading the team in hitting with a .425 (17-for-40) average, 16 runs scored and 14 RBIs. George and righthander Alex Valverde have shouldered a majority of the Patriots’ innings and have held opponents in check. George is 4-0, 2.07 with 28 strikeouts and six walks in 24 innings while Valverde is 4-1, 1.31 with 25 strikeouts and 10 walks in 21 innings.
|9||Andrew George||LHP||L/L||6-1||190||2013 (UNC Greensboro)|
|14||Chris Pelaez||LHP||L/L||6-0||170||2013 (Louisiana State)|
|21||Zachary San Roman||C||R/R||5-11||195||2013|
|Head Coach: Chris Brigman. Assistants: Abel Alonso, Ralph Garcia, Chris Leon, Eric Martinez, Cali Urrutia|
Lexington High School, Lexington, South Carolina
Coach (first year): Brian Hucks (2012)
2012 Record: 27-4
Top Prospect: C Nick Ciuffo
Notable Baseball Alumni: Former Reds 1B D.T. Cromer
Notable Non-Baseball Alumni: Former U.S. Congressman Floyd Spence
Program History: Five state championships, most recently in 1999
Scouting Report: Lexington had a down season in 2011, going 10-15, before Brian Hucks took over as the head coach for the 2012 season and immediately turned things around for the Wildcats.
Hucks had a successful 12-year run with Brookland-Cayce High in Cayce, S.C., where he won state titles in 2000 and 2008. Lexington’s players quickly bought into the new system and reaped the benefits. The Wildcats went 27-4 in 2012, falling one win short of the state championship game, and Hucks was South Carolina’s 4-A coach of the year.
In Hucks’ second season the Wildcats could be even better, returning six starting position players and four pitchers. The best position player is catcher Nick Ciuffo, rated by Baseball America as the No. 19 prospect in the nation, an early-round prospect for the 2013 draft and a South Carolina signee. He has good defensive tools to go with plus power form the left side of the plate. Lefthander Josh Reagan went 7-0, 1.02 in 62 innings last year, while lefty Cole McMillan (another South Carolina commitment) went 6-1, 2.24 in 34 innings.
“This will be one of the most challenging schedules I have put together, but I believe that is how you prepare your teams for the playoffs,” Hucks said.
2013 Update: The top team in South Carolina, Lexington is off to a 10-1 start and currently on an eight-game winning streak. The Wildcats’ offense is being paced by Ciuffo, who is hitting .467 (14-for-30) with two home runs and 13 RBIs. Reagan is 3-0, 1.65 in three starts and has 24 strikeouts and just three walks in 17 innings.
|4||Cody Smith||IF||R/R||5-11||175||2013 (Spartanburg Methodist)|
|5||Josh Reagan||LHP||L/L||6-1||170||2013 (South Carolina)|
|6||Dalton Addy||IF||R/R||6-0||160||2013 (USC-Aiken)|
|12||David Barboza||1B||R/R||6-0||180||2013 (Newberry)|
|13||Zack Paquette||OF||L/R||6-1||200||2013 (Citadel)|
|14||Nick Ciuffo||C||L/R||6-1||210||2013 (South Carolina)|
|19||Cole McMillan||OF/LHP||R/L||6-1||180||2013 (South Carolina)|
|Head Coach: Brian Hucks. Assistants: John Berrian, Banks Faulkner|
Lexington vs. Florida Christian Matchup: Florida Christian is known for being a fundamentally sound program and will be under a new head coach, while Lexington has seen an immediate turnaround with Brian Hucks taking over.
Pod 4, Game 7
Jenks High School, Jenks, Oklahoma
Coach (first year): Dennis Keeley (2010)
2012 Record: 28-14
Top Prospect: RHP Thomas Hatch
Notable Baseball Alumni: Blue Jays RHP Josh Johnson
Notable Non-Baseball Alumni: Former NFL OL Sean Mahan
Program History: Three Oklahoma state championships, most recently in 2002
Scouting Report: Jenks High is a traditional Oklahoma power that has 16 players back from a squad that made it to Oklahoma’s 6-A state quarterfinals last year and boasted seven all-conference selections.
The Trojans’ ace, righthander Thomas Hatch, is rated by Baseball America as the No. 95 prospect in the nation and has committed to Oklahoma State. He went 7-2 with 64 strikeouts and 11 walks in 42 innings last season. Hatch works with a sinking 89-91 mph fastball, an advanced changeup and tight breaking ball with depth. Hatch will be backed by junior righthander Bryce Ward, an Oral Roberts signee who allowed just seven walks in 38 innings last season while going 6-2 with 43 strikeouts.
The offense features three Division I signees. Infielder Trey Michalczewski (Oklahoma) hit .397 with six home runs and 37 RBIs in 2012. He’s a solid defender with a big frame at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds and can flash some power with his strength. He’ll anchor the lineup with senior outfielder Grant Maxey (.388-4-21; Central Arkansas), senior third baseman Derek Brumble (.408-4-34; Connors State, Okla., JC) and junior shortstop Alan Beer (.372-2-19; Texas Christian) providing support.
“We boast a strong pitching staff with power arms and return our entire lineup from 2012,” head coach Dennis Keeley said.
2013 Update: Jenks dropped from No. 10 to 21 after two losses, but stand at 8-2 on the season. One of those losses came to Owasso (Okla.) High, now ranked No. 20 and a regular in the Top 25. Hatch is 2-1, 2.10 with 26 strikeouts and only three walks in 20 innings. Maxey is leading the offense with a .667 (16-for-24) average, 10 runs and 12 RBIs.
|10||Grant Maxey||OF||R/L||6-1||185||2013 (Central Arkansas)|
|19||Thomas Hatch||RHP||R/R||6-2||200||2013 (Oklahoma State)|
|21||Allan Beer||IF/RHP||R/R||6-2||185||2014 (Bradley)|
|27||Trey Michalczewski||IF/RHP||B/R||6-3||210||2013 (Oklahoma)|
|Head Coach: Dennis Keeley (No. 9). Assistants: Darrell Beeler (No. 26), Dan Morgan (No. 30), Jeff Owens (No. 24)|
THE WOODLANDS HIGHLANDERS
The Woodlands High School, Woodlands, Texas
Coach (first year): Ron Eastman (2001)
2012 Record: 24-9
Top Prospect: IF/RHP Chris Andritsos
Notable Baseball Alumni: RHP Kyle Drabek, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, RHP Jameson Taillon
Notable Non-Baseball Alumni: NFL players including Grant Irons
Program History: Two state championships, 2006 Baseball America National Champion
Scouting Report: A perennial contender for state and national recognition, The Woodlands has a shot at the top again. The Highlanders won state championships in 2000 and 2006—when they also were the Baseball America/NHSBCA national champion—and boast a wealth of pro and college alumni.
Five seniors are committed to Division I programs, and sophomore righthander/infielder Chris Andritsos also has premium potential. Lefty Ryan Burnett (Texas Christian) will step in as the No. 1 starter with Kevin McCanna graduating and now pitching at Rice. Burnett went 6-1 and struck out 53 in 38 innings in 2012. Righthander Brandon Miles (Houston) was used in relief last season and will compete for a spot in the rotation this year.
Catcher Alex Dunlap (Stanford), who hit .370 with six home runs and 32 RBIs last season, will lead the offense, with support from third baseman Carter Hope (Oklahoma State) and Charlie Warren (Rice). Hope will also contribute on the mound.
After winning a ninth district title in 10 years last season but falling short in the playoffs, the Highlanders have high hopes.
“We need to continue the strong defense and pitching we finished the season with last year and get better at our ability to score runs,” head coach Ron Eastman said. “Finding a solid middle infield was a top priority this fall and we had a couple guys step up.”
2013 Update: The Highlanders are arguably the hottest team in the country right now, starting 18-0 and taking over the top spot in the High School Top 25. Andritsos is a big reason for their start as he is hitting .473 (26-for-55) with 11 home runs and 33 RBIs. He has also logged 20 innings on the mound, striking out 34 and walking just five. He is 4-0, 0.69. Burnett and Hope are both 5-0. Hope is yet to allow a run while Burnett has a 0.44 ERA.
|1||Braxton Markle||LHP/IF||L/L||6-1||182||2013 (Central Michigan)|
|4||Charlie Warren||OF||L/R||6-2||185||2013 (Rice)|
|9||Ryan Burnett||LHP||L/L||6-2||215||2013 (Texas Christian)|
|11||Kolbi Brown||OF||R/R||5-11||180||2013 (Harvard)|
|15||Alexander Dunlap||C/OF||R/R||6-2||195||2013 (Stanford)|
|19||Brandon Miles||RHP||R/R||5-11||205||2013 (Houston)|
|23||Carter Hope||IF/RHP||L/R||6-3||195||2013 (Oklahoma State)|
|Head Coach: Ron Eastman. Assistants: Shane Graves, Chris Harden, Barry Wilson|
Jenks vs. Woodlands Matchup: The Woodlands is off to a hot start with strong pitching and Andritsos crushing the ball at the plate, so Jenks’ ace Hatch will tested early.
Pod 4, Game 8
Hamilton High School, Chandler, Arizona
Coach (first year): Mike Woods (1999)
2012 Record: 23-9
Top Prospect: IF/OF/LHP Cody Bellinger
Notable Baseball Alumni: Mariners 2B Eric Farris, Blue Jays 3B Mitch Nay, Dbacks 3B Matt Helm
Notable Non-Baseball Alumni: Baltimore Ravens LB/DE Terrell Suggs
Program History: Three Arizona state championships, most recently in 2008
Scouting Report: Hamilton High opened its doors in 1998, and its first baseball season was in the spring of 1999, which resulted in a 5-24 record. Since then, the Huskies have won fewer than 20 games just once, and have won state titles in 2003, 2004 and 2008. Mike Woods, who has been the head coach since the program’s inception, has a 321-147 record.
The Huskies finished fourth in Arizona’s highest classification last season, and six regulars and most of the pitching staff return from that team. First baseman/lefthander Cody Bellinger (Oregon) hit .447 with four home runs and 31 RBIs last season, so he’ll try to make up for the loss of Mitch Nay, who signed with the Blue Jays for $1 million as the 58th overall pick in last June’s draft.
Hamilton’s pitching staff is led by righthanders Sean Rackoski (Kansas) and Patrick Murphy (Oregon). They combined for 91 innings last year and both went 5-1, with Rackoski posting a 1.20 ERA while Murphy finished at 2.66. Murphy is not available during the NHSI because of an injury. Junior outfielder Ryan Peep has already committed to Arizona State and will be expected to contribute in his first varsity season.
2013 Update: Hamilton dropped out of the Top 25 with an 9-2 record, but will have plenty of chances to return. Infielder Tyler Hill is leading the offense right now with a .571 (13-for-22) average. He has walked seven times and is yet to strike out in 33 plate appearances. Outfielder Skyler Palermo is providing the thump with a four home runs behind a .324 (11-for-34) clip. Righthander Kent Hasler is the lead man on the mound right now with a 4-1, 1.36 record, 28 strikeouts and nine walks in 26 innings.
|2||Connor Woods||IF/OF/RHP||R/R||5-11||165||2013 (Colorado Mesa)|
|10||Cody Bellinger||IF/OF/LHP||L/L||6-3||175||2013 (Oregon)|
|12||Skyler Palermo||OF||R/R||6-3||205||2013 (S. Mountain CC)|
|13||Patrick Murphy||RHP||R/R||6-5||200||2013 (Oregon)|
|15||Tyler Erwin||LHP/OF||L/L||5-11||180||2013 (Grand Canyon)|
|16||Sean Rackoski||RHP||R/R||6-6||190||2013 (Kansas)|
|20||Ryan Peep||OF/IF||R/R||5-11||180||2014 (Arizona State)|
|24||Zachary Strand||IF||R/R||6-2||190||2013 (S. Mountain CC)|
|Head Coach: Mike Woods (No. 21). Assistants: Clay Bellinger, Tom Hansen (No. 18), Blas Minor, Frank Pezzerello, Mike Spears (No. 19)|
Milton High School, Milton, Georgia
Coach (first year): Joey Ray (2008)
2012 Record: 25-7
Top Prospect: OF Dalton Ewing
Notable Baseball Alumni: Rockies OF Dexter Fowler, Rays RHP Kyle Farnsworth, Former MLB IF Bobby Scales
Notable Non-Baseball Alumni: Former NFL punters Jeff Pierce and Daniel Pope
Program History: Two state championships, most recently in 2004
Scouting Report: The Eagles made a strong run in the Georgia state playoffs last year with a cast of mostly sophomores and juniors, so they’re in a good position to continue their success. Milton lost just one starting pitcher, who graduated, and one position player, who moved to California. Everyone else is back to build on a 25-7 season that ended in the second round of the state tournament to Kennesaw’s North Cobb High.
Senior righthanders Matt Phillips (Georgia Tech) and Payton Smith (Appalachian State) lead a pitching staff that had a 2.22 ERA in 2012. Three position players are committed to Division I colleges already, with more likely to come. The offense will rely on three juniors: outfielders Dalton Ewing (Clemson) and Ryan Gridley (Mississippi State) and infielder Dylan Cease. Cease also pitches and can reportedly reach the low 90s.
“Our strength, other than returning eight position players, is our pitching,” head coach Joey Ray said. “Phillips and Smith, along with a very promising group of junior pitchers including Dylan Cease and Alex Schnell, give us a very strong core of arms. If we get the pitching and defensive play we expect, along with timely hitting, we feel we can compete with anyone.”
2013 Update: The Eagles are off to an 8-3 start and have done so with little contribution from Phillips. Phillips is currently battling a dead arm and has logged just six innings. Cease, Smith and lefthander Alex Schnell have stepped up in his place, logging 52 innings between the three of them. Cease is 3-0, 0.35 with one save, 29 strikeouts and nine walks in 20 innings. Just a junior, he reportedly touched 97 mph recently.
|2||Ryan Gridley||IF||R/R||5-9||170||2014 (Mississippi St.)|
|6||Steven Barranca||RHP/OF||R/R||5-10||170||2013 (Coll. of Charleston)|
|9||Payton Smith||RHP||R/R||5-11||170||2013 (Appalachian St.)|
|11||Dalton Ewing||OF||R/R||6-1||180||2014 (Clemson)|
|12||Nick Bradshaw||C||R/R||6-0||170||2013 (William & Mary)|
|17||Will Jackson||RHP||R/R||6-4||185||2013 (Ga. College & St.)|
|20||Sean Ryan Brophy||IF/OF||L/R||5-10||170||2013 (Ga. College & St.)|
|24||Matt Phillips||RHP||R/R||6-2||175||2013 (Georgia Tech)|
|Head Coach: Joey Ray (No. 3). Assistants: Jeff Huesing (No. 28), Matt Hughes, Glenn Mize (No. 7), Ken Ray (No. 32), Kevin Rice|
Hamilton vs. Milton Matchup: Hamilton has one losing season and three state championships since its inaugural campaign in 1999. Milton’s junior class keeps the Eagles in contention for 2013 and 2014.
|6||3/27/13||Lexington (S.C.) vs. Florida Christian (Fla.)||10 a.m.||NTC Field 4||Round of 16|
|2||3/27/13||Venice (Fla.) vs. Christian Brothers (Tenn.)||11 a.m.||NTC Field 2||Round of 16|
|5||3/27/13||Tullahoma (Tenn.) vs. Mater Dei (Calif.)||12:30 p.m.||NTC Stadium||Round of 16|
|3||3/27/13||Eustis (Fla.) vs. Harvard-Westlake (Calif.)||1 p.m.||NTC Field 3||Round of 16|
|4||3/27/13||TC Roberson (N.C.) vs. Bingham (Utah)||1:15 p.m.||NTC Field 4||Round of 16|
|8||3/27/13||Milton (Ga.) vs. Hamilton (Ariz.)||3 p.m.||NTC Field 2||Round of 16|
|1||3/27/13||Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) vs. Grayson (Ga.)||3:45 p.m.||NTC Stadium||Round of 16|
|7||3/28/13||Jenks (Okla.) vs. The Woodlands (Texas)||9:45 a.m.||NTC Field 2||Round of 16||OK/TX slot|
|TBD||3/28/13||TBD vs. TBD||10 a.m.||NTC Field 3||Consolation|
|TBD||3/28/13||TBD vs. TBD||11 a.m.||NTC Field 4||Quarterfinal|
|TBD||3/28/13||TBD vs. TBD||12:45 p.m.||NTC Field 2||Consolation|
|TBD||3/28/13||TBD vs. TBD||1 p.m.||NTC Stadium||Quarterfinal|
|TBD||3/28/13||TBD vs. TBD||1:15 p.m.||NTC Field 3||Consolation|
|TBD||3/28/13||TBD vs. TBD||3 p.m.||NTC Field 4||Quarterfinal|
|TBD||3/28/13||TBD vs. TBD||3:45 p.m.||NTC Field 2||Consolation|
|TBD||3/28/13||TBD vs. TBD||4:30 p.m.||NTC Stadium||Quarterfinal|
|TBD||3/29/13||TBD vs. TBD||9:30 a.m.||NTC Field 3||TBD|
|TBD||3/29/13||TBD vs. TBD||10 a.m.||NTC Field 4||TBD|
|TBD||3/29/13||TBD vs. TBD||10:30 a.m.||NTC Field 2||TBD|
|TBD||3/29/13||TBD vs. TBD||12 p.m.||NTC Stadium||Semifinal||USABaseball.com|
|TBD||3/29/13||TBD vs. TBD||1 p.m.||NTC Field 3||TBD|
|TBD||3/29/13||TBD vs. TBD||3 p.m.||NTC Field 4||TBD|
|TBD||3/29/13||TBD vs. TBD||3:15 p.m.||NTC Field 2||TBD|
|TBD||3/29/13||TBD vs. TBD||3:45 p.m.||NTC Stadium||Semifinal||USABaseball.com|
|TBD||3/30/13||TBD vs. TBD||8:30 a.m.||NTC Field 2||Consolation|
|25||3/30/13||Semi loser 1 vs. semi loser 2||8:30 a.m.||NTC Stadium||Third place|
|TBD||3/30/13||TBD vs. TBD||8:45 a.m.||NTC Field 3||Consolation|
|TBD||3/30/13||TBD vs. TBD||9 a.m.||NTC Field 4||Consolation|
|TBD||3/30/13||TBD vs. TBD||11:30 a.m.||NTC Field 2||Consolation|
|TBD||3/30/13||TBD vs. TBD||11:45 a.m.||NTC Field 3||Consolation|
|26||3/30/13||Semi winner 1 vs. semi winner 2||12 p.m.||NTC Stadium||Championship||USABaseball.com|
|TBD||3/30/13||TBD vs. TBD||12 p.m.||NTC Field 4||Consolation|
Due to the rules and regulations of multiple state high school associations that govern the dates and times for which certain teams are permitted to compete, after the round of 16, the daily schedule cannot be communicated until the end of play on the previous day. Specifically, Georgia teams may not compete during regular school hours, and Oklahoma and Texas teams may not play on Wednesdays.
At the request of the coaches participating in the event, the consolation matchups have been adjusted to ensure that teams from the same state do not match up.
Bracket and Pod Selection
|Pod #||Team #||School||State|
|2||7||TC Roberson||North Carolina|
Round of 16:
|1||Team 1 vs. Team 2|
|2||Team 3 vs. Team 4|
|3||Team 5 vs. Team 6|
|4||Team 7 vs. Team 8|
|5||Team 9 vs. Team 10|
|6||Team 11 vs. Team 12|
|7||Team 13 vs. Team 14|
|8||Team 15 vs. Team 16|
|9||WG 1 vs. WG 2|
|10||WG 3 vs. WG 4|
|11||WG 5 vs. WG 6|
|12||WG 7 vs. WG 8|
|13||TBD vs. TBD|
|14||TBD vs. TBD|
|15||TBD vs. TBD|
|16||TBD vs. TBD|
|17||WG 9 vs. WG 10|
|18||WG 11 vs. WG 12|
|19||TBD vs. TBD|
|20||TBD vs. TBD|
|21||TBD vs. TBD|
|22||TBD vs. TBD|
|23||TBD vs. TBD|
|24||TBD vs. TBD|
|25||LG 17 vs. LG 18|
|26||WG 17 vs. WG 18|
|27||LG 23 vs. LG 19|
|28||TBD vs. TBD|
|29||TBD vs. TBD|
|30||TBD vs. TBD|
|31||TBD vs. TBD|
|32||TBD vs. TBD|