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Players to watch in 2012

February 16, 2012
By Leroy White of West Coast Hoops



February 17, 2012 Players to watch in 2012:

Pitchers Tyler Brashears, El Toro, Sr. UC Irvine signee was 11-2 with 0.77 ERA

Chase DeJong, Long Beach Wilson, Sr.

Let's see if anyone can beat him Max Fried, Harvard-Westlake, Sr. Left-hander with elite skills

Justin Garza, Bonita, Sr. Was 13-0 in 2011 Lucas Giolito, Harvard-Westlake, Sr. Threw a 99 mph fastball in winter ball

Cole Irvin, Servite, Sr. Oregon signee throws strikes

James Kaprielian,Beckman, Sr. UCLA signee with terrific command

Felipe Perez, Fairmont Prep, Sr. UCLA signee is best small-schools

pitcher Kyle Twomey, El Dorado, Sr. Was 7-3 with 1.32 ERA

Hunter Virant, Camarillo, Sr. Left-hander who's also top center fielder

Shane Watson, Lakewood, Sr. USC signee is rising pro prospect

Others Gary Acuna, Alhambra, Sr. San Jose State signee Jayson Balades, Oxnard, Sr.

Left-hander with nasty curveball Phil Bickford, Oaks Christian, Jr. 6-4 right-hander was 5-1 with 2.62 ERA Josh Bornstein, El Segundo, Sr. UC Irvine signee Scott Burke,

Glendora, Jr. Was 5-2 as a sophomore Trevor Charpie, JSerra, Sr. Was 6-1 with 1.37 ERA

Justin Chamberlain, Camarillo, Sr. Will be three-year standout JC Cloney, West Ranch,

Sr. Long Beach State signee PJ Conlon, El Dorado, Sr. San Diego signee Chacho Corniel,

Narbonne, Sr. Went 9-2 as a junior Luke Eubank, Newbury Park, Sr. One of the best in

Marmonte League Michael Farris, Los Alamitos, Sr. Can be effective in tough Sunset

League Alonzo Garcia, San Fernando. So. Straight-A student with potential Kyle Goodbrand, Tesoro, Jr. Showed potential with 4-0 record Jack Hartman, Cleveland, Jr.

Ready for a big season Grant Hockin, Damien, So. Already a UCLA commit Chad Hockin, Damien, Jr. Brother duo to watch Justin Jacome, Redlands East Valley, Sr. Left-hander

headed to UC Santa Barbara Jack Johnson, Riverside North, Sr. Left-hander helped team win Division I title Brooks Kriske, Palm Desert, Sr. USC signee also can hit Mark

Huberman, Hamilton, Sr. Left-hander who has ability Luke Laurita, El Camino Real, Jr. Was 6-0 in summer ball Kevin Lewallyn, Chaminade, Jr. Left-hander with lots of talent

Angelo Lingos, Great Oak, Sr. Went 4-2 with 2.70 ERA Kieran Lovegrove, Mission Viejo, Sr. Arizona State signee Randy McNeil, Nipomo, Sr. Long Beach St. signee was 7-1 with 1.40 ERA Scott Mason, Esperanza, Sr. Can come through in big games Erik Magdaleno,

Banning, Sr. Marine League MVP Andrew Marmor, North Hollywood, So. Helped team reach Dodger Stadium Jackson McClelland, Redlands East Valley, Sr. 6-foot-6

Pepperdine signee Rene Medina, St. John Bosco, Sr. Can compete in tough Trinity League Brandon Murachanian, Quartz Hill, Sr. One of the best in Golden League Kyle

Murray, Crescenta Valley, Sr. Falcons are loaded with pitching Jacob Nix, Los Alamitos, So. Word is spreading about his ability Royce Parks, Flintridge Prep, Sr. Two-time All-CIF pick Andrew Potter, Eastside, Sr. UC Irvine signee Chad Powers, Loyola, Jr. Highly regarded young player Nathaniel Pyle, Granada Hills, Sr. Held his own in West Valley as a junior Anthony Shew, Mission Viejo, Sr. Was 6-0; signed with UC Santa Barbara Reece

Schmidt, Simi Valley, Sr. Should be team's ace Mark Seyler, Agoura, Sr. San Diego State signee Chance Sisco, Corona Santiago, Jr. Oregon commit Michael Silva, West Ranch, Sr.

Loyola Marymount commit Tyler Sprague, Viewpoint, Sr. One of the best small-school pitchers Elliot Surrey, Crescenta Valley, Sr. He's 15-6 with 1.21 ERA Nick Suniga, Alemany, Jr. The "other" Montclair Prep transfer who can pitch Keymon Thomas, Crensaw, Sr. Versatile left-hander signed with UC Riverside Ricky Torres, Hart, Sr. Can be

Foothill League standout Cody Thompson, Alemany, Sr. Went 8-3 as a junior Davis Tominaga, Mater Dei, Jr. Threw a perfect game last season Art Vidrio, Orange Lutheran, Sr. Lefty who's tough to hit Patrick Weigel, St. Bonaventure, Sr. He's 6-6 and throws 92

mph Brent Wheatley, Orange Lutheran, Sr. USC signee ready for big year Daniel Zamora, Bishop Amat, Sr. Went 9-1 with 1.43 ERA Catchers Jeremy Martinez, Mater Dei, Jr. USC commit does everything well Darrell Miller Jr., Servite, Sr. UCLA signee with big

bat Brian Mundell, Valencia, Sr. Delivers hits in the clutch CJ Saylor, South Hills, Sr. San Diego State signee is four-year standout Collin Yelich, Westlake, Sr. UNLV signee is strong defensively Others Tyler Alamo, Cypress, Jr. One of the best in class of 2013

Dylan Alexander, Simi Valley, Jr. Latest standout from Ventura County Chris Batts, Long Beach Wilson, Fr. Already a gold-medal winner Jose Chavez, Hollywood, Sr. Allowed one steal in 2011 Josh Heinz, West Ranch, Sr. Dependable hitter Eric Hutting, Tesoro, Sr. Long Beach State signee AJ Kennedy, Savanna, Sr. League MVP in 2010 Jake Lesinski, Edison, Jr. Tipped hand as clutch hitter Chris Mallon, GH Kennedy, Sr. Has been on varsity since freshman year Renae Martinez, San Pedro, Sr. Returning All-City performer

Daniel Milwee, San Dimas, So. San Diego State commit JJ Muno, SO Notre Dame, Jr. Standout since freshman year Jacob Nottingham, Redlands, Jr. Returning All-CIF player Ricky Obando, Chatsworth, Sr. Has power Arden Pabst, Harvard-Westlake, Jr. Hitting is his strength Julian Perez, Cathedral, So. Had 43 RBIs as a freshman Baggio Saldivar, Hart, Jr. Solid defensive player RJ Yabarra, Riverside Poly, Sr. One of the best hitters First base Gabriel Clark, Riverside North, Sr. Oregon State signee Nico Darras, JSerra, Sr.

Cal State Fullerton signee with power Ryan Hartman, Savanna, Sr. Orange League MVP Kiefer Kofman, Chatsworth, Sr. Best player on City title contender Dominick Smith, Serra, Jr. Batted .556 with 41 RBIs Others Christopher Johnson, Wilmington Banning, Sr. Three-year starter Tyler Jones, Edison, Jr. Has lots of ability Hayden Rappoport, El Camino Real, So. Made positive summer impression Cole Rutherford, Chaminade, Sr.

Big and powerful Second base Ryan Alvarez, Alemany, Jr. Highly regarded fielder and hitter Seve Romo, El Dorado, Jr. Committed to the University of San Diego Brian Ruhm, Redlands, Sr. UC Davis signee Mitchell Tolman, El Toro, Sr. Signed with Fresno State Shortstop JP Crawford, Lakewood, Jr. Has fabulous skills Luke Dykstra, Westlake, So. Yes, can play the game like his father David Fletcher, Cypress, Jr. Loyola Marymount commit Timmy Lopes, Edison, Sr. All signs point toward him having his best season Cody Ramer, Simi Valley, Sr. Arizona signee was Marmonte League MVP Others Willie Aguilar, Cathedral, Fr. Has all the skills to be impact player Omar Avila, Narbonne, Jr. Can be All-City player Elliot Barzilli, Palisades, Jr. Georgia Tech commit Jesus Caporal, Paramount, Sr. Co-league MVP Andy Currier, Brentwood, Sr. Returning league MVP Michael Duarte, St. John Bosco, Sr. Leadoff hitter signed with UC Irvine Jesse Ehrlich, Campbell Hall, Jr. Made impact as a sophomore Gabriel Franca, Riverside North, Sr. A defensive warrior who can hit Carlos Garcia, Fremont, Sr. Will be a four-year standout Nick Lovullo, Newbury Park, Sr. Batted .375 Ryan McMahon, Mater Dei, Jr. The QB in football can play baseball, too Randy Medellin, Birmingham, Sr. All-City player Joe Munoz, Los Altos, Sr. 6-3 San Diego State signee Cody Nulph, Orange Lutheran, Sr. Pepperdine signee David Olmedo-Barrera, St. Francis, Sr. Cal State Fullerton signee Andrew Pacleb, Kennedy, Sr. Has terrific glove Mason Novak, El Camino Real, Sr. Solid player from West Valley League Tim Richards, Long Beach Wilson, Jr. Cal State Fullerton commit Christopher Rivera, El Dorado, Jr. Ready to return to freshman form John

Schuknecht, Palm Desert, Sr. Batted .402 with 43 hits Peter Van Gansen, Alemany, Sr. Hit .394, had 11 saves on mound Third base Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake, So. Any college he wants, he can pick Daniel Robertson, Upland, Sr. Batted .545 with six home runs Rio Ruiz, Bishop Amat, Sr. Future first-round draft pick William Vazquez, San Fernando, Sr. Returning City Section player of the year Trey Williams, Valencia, Sr. The ball goes far when he connects Others Greg Espinosa, Yucaipa, Sr. Batted .436 with 41 hits Jordan Farris, St. Bonaventure, Sr. Hit eight home runs Kevin Franklin, Gahr, Jr. Highly regarded hitter Nick Kinsman, Royal, Sr. Solid player from Marmonte League Ben McKendall, Westchester, Jr. Montclair Prep transfer should be City standout Zack Rivera,

Beckman, Sr. Standout from championship team Outfield Troy Mulcahey, Crescenta Valley, Sr. Hit nine home runs Ty Moore, Mater Dei, Sr. UCLA signee is a pitcher's nightmare Luke Persico, Hart, Jr. He can hit, run and field Tyrone Taylor, Torrance, Sr. Batted .473 with 52 hits Nick Vigo, Simi Valley, Sr. UC Santa Barbara signee Others Adam Alcantara, Bishop Amat, Jr. Batted .475 AJ Balta, Valencia, Jr. Showed hitting potential as a sophomore Ryan Barr, Mater Dei, Sr. Dependable hitter Tanner Bily, JSerra, Sr. UC Davis signee Vahn Bozoian, Ayala, Sr. Headed to USC Raul Camas,

Chatsworth, Jr. All-City choice as a sophomore Nick Catalano, Esperanza, Sr. Fast, productive, reliable Joe Christian, Newbury Park, Sr. Hitj .419 with 31 hits Joe Corrigan, Harvard-Westlake, Jr. USC commit is top hitter Michael Darr, Corona Santiago, Jr. Has 10 home runs in two years Corey Dempster, Loyola, Jr. Highly regarded young hitter Josh

Ehrlich, Calabasas, Sr. Signed with San Francisco Billy Fredrick, Golden Valley, Jr. All he does his hit Justin Gheorghe, Riverside North, Sr. Versatile athlete Justin Greco, Royal, Sr. Has good power Kevin Maxey, Long Beach Poly, Sr. Cal State L.A. signee Jordan Morrison, Arroyo Grande, Sr. Hit .408; UC Irvine signee Chris Nicholson, El Camino Real, Sr. Two-time All-City player Cristian Salina, Capistrano Valley, Sr. All-leaguer Corey Sims, Alemany, Sr. Hits for an average and in the clutch Brandon Smith, Woodbridge, Sr. Hit .374 with 16 steals Sean Smith, Redlands, Jr. Batted .390 as sophomore leadoff hitter

Conner Sullivan, Orange Lutheran, Sr. Signed with Duke Sam Wasserman, Palisades, Jr. Western League MVP Spencer Thornton, Los Osos, Sr. Hit .390 as a junior Kevin Viers, Esperanza, Sr. Had four triples last season Peter Zuvich, Capistrano Valley, Sr. Headed to USC


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