High School Preview: Preseason All-America Third Team

This year’s high school class is a solid-average crop and a significant upgrade from last year’s class, which was one of the most fallow in recent memory.

Velocity is this class’ defining characteristic, especially compared to last year, which lacked power arms. No hurler has more velocity than Shepherd (Texas) High righthander Tyler Kolek, the only player from high school or college to be voted a unanimous first team All-American.

Ballots were sent to all 30 major league scouting directors. Shortstop Jacob Gatewood of Clovis (Calif.) High and first baseman Braxton Davidson (Roberson High, Asheville, N.C.) finished one vote shy of being unanimous selections. There was a fairly strong consensus on the first-team position players, with third base receiving the greatest division of votes. Although four third basemen received first-team votes, Michael Chavis (Sprayberry High, Marietta, Ga.) received roughly two-thirds. The depth of high school position players exceeds the depth of college position players.


Preseason All-America Third Team

C JJ Schwarz
Palm Beach (Fla.) Gardens HS

Year AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Commitment
Sr. .342 76 7 26 5 2 2 20 1 florida

1B Pavin Smith
Palm Beach (Fla.) Gardens HS

Year AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Commitment
Sr. .349 83 23 29 5 1 4 21 2 virginia

MIF Milton Ramos
American Heritage HS, Hialeah Gardens, Fla.

Year AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Commitment
Sr. .417 72 23 30 5 5 2 16 6 floridaatlantic

MIF Ti’Quan Forbes
Columbia (Miss.) HS

Year AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Commitment
Sr. .404 84 35 34 6 4 6 39 10 mississippi

3B Kevin Padlo
Murrieta Valley (Calif.) HS

Year AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Commitment
Sr. .357 84 16 30 8 2 5 25 4 southerncalifornia

OF Matthew Railey
North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee, Fla.

Year AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Commitment
Sr. .333 72 26 24 10 1 4 16 5 floridastate

OF Reese Cooley
Fleming Island HS, Orange Park, Fla.

Year AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Commitment
Sr. .333 87 26 29 7 2 0 15 19 chipolaJC

OF Gareth Morgan
North Toronto (Ont.) Collegiate HS

Year AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Commitment
Sr. No High School Stats ncstate

UT Zach Shannon
Anderson HS, Cincinnati

Year AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Commitment
Sr. No High School Stats ohiostatelogo

RHP Scott Blewett
Baker HS, Baldwinsville, N.Y.

Year W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO Commitment
Sr. 7 0 0.14 10 1 52 25 13 84 stjohns

RHP Joseph Gatto
St. Augustine Prep, Hammonton, N.J.

Year W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO Commitment
Sr. 5 3 2.35 12 0 45 38 16 52 northcarolina

RHP Cobi Johnson
Mitchell HS, Holiday, Fla.

Year W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO Commitment
Sr. 10 2 1.68 13 0 71 52 14 103 floridastate

RHP Cameron Varga
Cincinnati Hills Academy, Loveland, Ohio

Year W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO Commitment
Sr. 8 2 0.21 11 0 64 22 14 148 northcarolina

RHP Keaton McKinney
Ankeny (Iowa) HS

Year W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO Commitment
Sr. 8 0 0.39 9 0 54 28 17 61 arkansas

UT Zach Shannon
Anderson HS, Cincinnati

Year W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO Commitment
Sr. No High School Stats ohiostatelogo