Prep Roundup: Georgia And NorCal Showdowns

Here’s a look at some highlights from the last week of high school baseball…

• If you went completely off the grid last week, it was bad timing. Outfield prospects Clint Frazier and Austin Meadows matched up in a regular season game, which pitted the top two position players and Nos. 13 and 15 teams from the Top 25 against each other. With both schools—Loganville and Grayson—being in the town of Loganville, Ga., fans came out in droves and the energy was electric. About 1,300 people were at the game, including around 70 scouts—making it arguably the most heavily scouted non-tournament game of the spring. No. 15 Loganville beat No. 13 Grayson 14-4 in a game shortened by the mercy rule. Frazier blasted a monster three-run home run that broke a 3-3 tie and added a two-run shot later. If you missed it, go back and relive it through our coverage. We’ll be talking about that one for years.

• After the Grayson-Loganville game, Conor Glassey broke down Frazier and Meadows’ tools ($) in an excellent piece that subscribers can read here.

• The same night Frazier and Meadows faced off, two of the Tampa area’s top pitchers went head-to-head. Righthanders Brett Morales (King HS, Tampa) and Tyler Danish (Durant HS, Plant City, Fla.) didn’t have their best stuff, but still attracted a large number of scouts.

• Outfielder Billy McKinney is off to a good start for Plano (Texas) West High. I caught up with him last week to talk about him hitting for the cycle, the lack of pitches to hit and Texas’ tournament season.

• Grayson’s week didn’t get any easier after facing Loganville as the Rams traveled to face No. 2 Parkview High (Lilburn, Ga.) and its ace junior lefthander Mac Marshall. Grayson built an early lead, but Parkview put together a rally and eventually won 7-6. Meadows went 2-for-4 with a double and home run. Outfielder Micah Finley led Parkview with a 3-for-3 night that included a double, two runs and an RBI.

• St. Francis High (Mountain View, Calif.) is on a roll. The Lancers entered the Top 25 this week after an 8-0 start and improved to 11-0 during the week.

• No. 8 Campolindo has been disappointing so far this year, dropping from No. 2 after a 1-2 start. The Cougars dropped a third game last week, but bounced back well with a big win over Elk Grove (Calif.) High. Elk Grove has a devastating lineup with Top 100 players Rowdy Tellez and Dom Nunez, but they went 1-for-6 against Campolindo.

• Sizzling Sophomore Update: The Woodlands’ Chris Andritsos blasted two home runs against Bryan (Texas) High, giving him nine on the season. A high school home run race between him and Frazier will be exciting, especially if Rancho Bernardo High (San Diego) catcher Alex Jackson joins in. Jackson hit 17 home runs in 2012 as a sophomore.

• No. 22 Tullahoma (Tenn.) High is off to a 7-0 start on the backs of the Sheffield brothers—senior righthander/shortstop Jordan and junior lefthander/outfielder Justus. Both are prospects on the mound, but their athleticism helps make them two-way threats. Jordan Sheffield is hitting .571 (12-for-21) with two home runs in seven games. He’s pitched one game so far and  Justus Sheffield is hitting .417 (10-for-24) with one home run. Both are 1-0 and haven’t given up an earned run on the mound. Jordan has struck out four in 3 2/3 innings while Justus has struck out 14 in 6 2/3 innings across two appearances. The Wildcats got a huge boost over their winter break when Dalton Davis, a corner infielder and righthander, transferred in from Alabama. He’s hitting .400 (10-for-25) with three home runs and is 1-0, 2.47 with one save in 5 2/3 innings. He’s struck out seven and walked one. Tullahoma will be tested at the end of the month at USA Baseball’s National High School Invitational.