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Top local high school baseball players

A look at many of the top high school baseball players in the Southland heading into the 2011 season.

February 24, 2011|By Eric Sondheimer

Dave Schuknecht, Palm Desert, Sr. Had 25 runs batted in

Ryan Tinkham, Royal, Sr. All he does his hit, hit, hit

Trevor Velez, El Dorado, Sr. Should be a top hitter

Chris Whitmer, El Camino Real, Sr. Proved at Dodger Stadium he can block balls

Collin Yelich, Westlake, Jr. Headed for big-time status

First base

Zack Belanger, Cypress, Sr. Empire League MVP with .468 average

Rouric Bridgewater, Diamond Ranch, Sr. One of best power hitters in SoCal

Matt Carpenter, Newport Harbor, Jr. Hit eight home runs

Trevor Gretzky, Oaks Christian, Sr. San Diego State signee

John Alexander, Glendora, Sr. Hit .395 for championship team

Others

Dino Boskovich, San Pedro, Sr. Should be an All-City pick

Kenny Chapman, Claremont, Jr. Cal State Fullerton commit

Manuel Perez, Arleta, Sr. Has 101 hits in career

Cole Rutherford, Chaminade, Jr. He's 6-4 with power

Dominic Smith, Gardena Serra, So. Has big-time skills

Jake Woolley, Moorpark, Sr. Will be important hitting weapon

Second base

Cory Bloom, Campbell Hall, Sr. Headed to San Diego

Trent Gilbert, Torrance, Sr. Hit .527 with 58 hits

Tim Lopes, Edison, Jr. All signs point toward having standout season

Quincy Quintero, Valencia, Sr. A versatile, dependable player

Ryan Raslowsky, Mission Viejo, Sr. Comes up with clutch hits

Others

Cody Bruder, Corona Santiago, Jr. Future Division I player

Anthony Canjura, San Pedro, Sr. All-City player who can hit

Nick Lovullo, Newbury Park, Jr. Has good bloodlines

Max Miller, Montclair Prep, Sr. All-CIF honoree

Andre Real, Orange Lutheran, Jr. San Diego commit

Seve Romo, Servite, So. One error as a freshman

Third base

Matt Budgell, Woodbridge, Sr. Cal State Fullerton signee batted .394

Josh Heinz, West Ranch, Jr. Had 46 RBIs, 8 home runs

Kyle Raubinger, Arroyo Grande, Sr. Hits the ball hard and far

Taylor Sparks, St. John Bosco, Sr. UC Irvine signee

Trey Williams, Valencia, Jr. A future major leaguer

Others

Kevin Davidson, Yucaipa, Sr. UC Riverside signee has good skills

Ty France, South Hills, Jr. San Diego State commit

Ron Miller, Gardena Serra, Jr. Has lots of ability

Ryan Mulvihill, Culver City, Sr. Four-year starter.

Ryan Muno, Mission Viejo, Sr. Headed to San Diego State

Steve Pallares, Corona Santiago, Sr. Powerful at the plate and on the mound

Ryan Teal, Mater Dei, Sr. Bound for Nevada

Jordan Ybarra, Long Beach Millikan, Jr. He's 6-4 with great potential

Alex Sawelson, Taft, Sr. Three-year starter

Thomas Walker, Long Beach Poly, Sr. Batted .526

Shortstop

Matt Chapman, El Toro, Sr. Cal State Fullerton signee can hit

Dante Flores, St. John Bosco, Sr. USC signee with top skills

Christian Lopes, Edison, Sr. Last chance to live up to the hype

Brandon Martin, Corona Santiago, Sr. Oregon State signee

Rio Ruiz, Bishop Amat, Jr. He sets the standard for excellence

Christopher Rivera, El Dorado, So. Already a player of the year candidate

Others

Austin Bailey, Great Oak, Sr. Had 48 hits and 31 RBIs

Scott Burcham, Palm Desert, Sr. Let's see who's better defensively

Chad Clark, Agoura, Sr. Indiana signee hit

J.P. Crawford, Lakewood, So. Has speed, skills, instincts

Steve Criss, Oxford, Sr., Batted .415 for title-winning team

Austin Davidson, Oxnard, Sr. Hits for power and average

Dylan Delaney, Chaminade, Sr. Key to the Eagles' infield

Luke Eubank, Newbury Park, Jr. Hit .391 in tough league

David Fletcher, Cypress, So. He's already better than some seniors

Carlos Garcia, Fremont, Jr. Hits, pitches, fields

Drew Hacker, Oaks Christian, Sr. Pepperdine signee

Scott Heineman, Crespi, Sr. Oregon signee is battle tested

Kyle Hunt, Capistrano Valley, Sr. Nevada signee doesn't make errors

Randy Medellin, Birmingham, Jr. All-City as a sophomore

Joe Munoz, Los Altos, Jr. Already committed to San Diego State

Martin Orozco, Granada Hills, Sr. First-team all-league pick

Cody Nulph, Orange Lutheran, Jr. All-league and hung tough in Trinity League

Chris Paul, Laguna Beach, Sr. Two-sport standout

Luke Persico, Hart, So. Will be the Indians' next big-time standout

Simon Ponti, Fullerton, Sr. Four-year varsity player

Chris Rabago, Riverside Poly, Sr. UC Irvine signee

Cody Ramer, Simi Valley, Jr. Arizona commit hit five home runs

Alex Rubanowitz, Calabasas, Sr. Riverside commit is terrific hitter

Peter Van Gansen, Alemany, Jr. Does everything for Warriors

Nick Vitter, Los Alamitos, Sr. Headed to UC Riverside

Blake Walker, Ocean View, Sr. Led team to championship

Shane Zeile, Valencia, Sr. UCLA signee had big summer

Outfield

Jacob Anderson, Chino, Sr. Lots of speed and ability

Aaron Brown, Chatsworth, Sr. Has power and terrific stroke

Billy Fredrick, Golden Valley, So. Batted .427 as a freshman

Ryan Garvey, Palm Desert, Sr. USC signee can hit

Travis Harrison, Tustin, Sr. Will receive lots of intentional walks

Ty Moore, Mater Dei, Jr. Best two-way player in SoCal

Kris Paulino, Tesoro, Sr. Signed with UC Irvine

Austin Saenz, Mission Viejo, Sr. Leadoff hitter makes things happen

Eric Snyder, Edison, Sr. UCLA signee ready for top season

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