2018 Season Preview: Impact Players- Infielders
Nolan Gorman- Sandra Day O’Connor HS: One of the nation’s top offensive prospects, Nolan enters his senior season as a guy with a giant target on his back. After homering 11 times in each of the last 2 seasons, Nolan is not likely to see a lot of pitches to hit this spring. A left handed hitter with a ton of power, especially to the pull side, he’ll bring a ton of scouting attention to every game he plays this spring. He’s a University of Arizona signee but will likely be a high draft pick this summer.
Jonathan Ornelas- Kellis HS: A very fast twitch athlete with a ton of buggy whip in his swing, Jonny hit .427 as a sophomore and helped lead the Cougars to the 5A state title last spring as a junior. He has a lean frame with a lot of strength in it. He has shortstop actions and very good arm strength. He filled the closer’s role on the bump for Kellis last spring, touching the low 90’s with his fastball. Jonny has signed with the University of Tennessee.
Austin Duffy- Red Mountain HS: Austin had to sit out half of the season after transferring last year, but returned to hit .345 in 10 games. He may be the most likely candidate in the class to stay at shortstop at the next level. A former QB in football, he has excellent athleticsm, shows very good footwork defensively and has plenty of arm strength. Austin has signed with New Mexico State.
Jayce Easley- Sandra Day O’Connor HS: Jayce had a great junior year, hitting .463 and swiping 12 bags. He’s extremely athletic with fluid infield actions and good speed. Jayce has signed with Oregon State.
C.J. Schauwecker- Pinnacle HS: A physical 6-2 200, C.J. is one of the top power bats in the 2018 class. A left handed hitter, he generates plus bat speed and shows the ability to lift the baseball. For a big guy he’s also surprisingly nimble around the bag at first base. He has signed with Grand Canyon to play for the ‘lopes.
Tyler Porter- Canyon del Oro HS: Tyler is the reigning 4A Player of the Year after a stellar junior campaign. He has a sweet left handed swing and is a solid defender at SS for the Dorados.
Camden Vasquez- Campo Verde HS: Another former football QB, Camden came on and really solidified the infield defense for Campo last spring as the Coyotes made it to the title game in 5A. He hit .312 at the plate and was a real energy guy on the field. Camden is a University of San Diego signee.
Tyler Kelly- Mingus HS: One of the most high energy players in this class, Tyler is also a top football player, being named Region Player of the Year this fall. He’ll play shortstop for Mingus, but is capable of moving around the diamond defensively. He has a short quick swing that generates good gap to gap pop. Tyler has s igned with the University of New Mexico.
Alex Kelch- Tucson High: Alex will be a 4 year starter for the Badgers. After a freshman campaign that saw him hit .347, he suffered an arm injury and was limited to only 4 games his sophomore year. He bounced back in a big way last spring, hitting .464 with 14 stolen bases. Alex is a University of San Diego signee.
Kevin Jimenez- Nogales HS: A New Mexico State signee, Kevin was a member of the Arizona Junior Sunbelt Team and the Reds Area Code Team. He hit .341 last season and 15 of his 29 hits were for extra bases.
Nick Barendrick- Saguaro HS: Nick is a guy that I like more every time I see him play. He hit .397 as a junior and is a real high energy catalyst type player. He has smooth defensive actions, a strong arm and has a lot of wiry strength in his lean frame.
Willie Cano- Mesquite HS: Willie hit .333 for the Wildcats last spring and played a solid shortstop as well. He has signed with Cal Poly.
Jonny Weaver- Mountain Pointe HS: A Grand Canyon signee, Jonny hit .392 with 14 doubles last spring as the Pride shortstop. He’s athletic enough to play any infield or outfield spot on the field. He plays with good energy and is a very tough out.
Tyler Rice- Red Mountain HS: Tyler hit .432 with 26 RBIs to lead the Lions in both categories. He’ll pair with Austin Duffy to form one of the top double play tandems in the state this spring. Tyler is a UT- Arlington signee.
Jason Harayda- Mountain Ridge HS: Jason hit .327 last season and was named 1st Team All Region. He has signed with Seattle University.
Brady Bulger- Verrado HS: Brady had a big junior season, hitting .424 with 10 doubles and 13 stolen bases. He has committed to Utah Valley University.
Gino Caperon- St. Mary’s HS: Gino hit .333 and was 19-19 in stolen base opportunities. He’s an excellent athlete capable of playing all over the field.
Nick Leach- Marcos de Niza HS: Nick hit. 524 last season and was named the 4A Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He has signed with Westmont College.
Sam Clow- Red Mountain
Trevor Dorn- Basha
Saul Escarrega- Sahuarita
Jared Farquhar- Notre Dame
Joe Georgini- Mountain View
Lucas Grennan- Brophy Prep
Preston Godfrey- Mountain Ridge
Andre Green- Rio Rico
Lucas Hamzeh- Highland
Andrew Hayes- Red Mountain
Drew Healey- Flagstaff
Tyler Jackson- Skyline
Andy Kupec- Red Mountain
Max L’Heureux- Marcos de Niza
Cole Lopez- Skyline
Justin Magana- Gilbert
Casey Markham- Sunnyslope
Vincent Martin- Chandler
Logan McDonald- Millenium
Luke Morrison- Cienega
Riley Pagel- Red Mountain
Justice Panton- Desert Vista
Zack Paquette- Desert Vista
Tyler Pruitt- Sunrise Mountain
Clayton Ross- Moon Valley
Sebastian Salaiz- Mountain Pointe
Mason Skaugrud- O’Connor
Noah Schiefer- Campo Verde
Justin Springborn- Campo Verde
Trent Taveras- Cactus Shadows
Jacob Thiele- Hamilton
Bryce Ulm- Gilbert
Trent Williams- Showlow
Luke Woods- Pinnacle
Jack Yancey- Sunnyslope
Kody Huff- Horizon HS: Kody will start at shortstop again and probably see some time behind the plate. Defensively I like him best at catcher, but he did a very nice job last season at short. There’s nothing flashy here, just a very consistent defender with some good arm strength. At the plate he hit .374 wit 16 extra base hits last year. Kody has committed to Notre Dame University.
Colton McIntosh- Shadow Mountain: A University of Arizona commit, Colton is in his third season as the starter at shortstop. He hit .351 last season and was named 1st Team All Region.
Will Worthington- Brophy Prep: The starter at shortstop for the Broncos last season, Will is expected to be a main cog for Brophy this spring. He’s added a lot of strength to his 6-1 180 pound frame and it shows in the way the ball comes off his bat. Will has committed to the University of San Diego.
Nathan Baez- Ironwood Ridge HS: Nathan started at short for the Hawks last season and hit .378 with 4 homers and 31 RBIs. Very aggressive at the plate and a capable infield defender who can play SS, 2B or 3B at the next level.
Ty Mead- Cactus Shadows HS: Ty hit .319 with a pair of homers last season. He’s a solid 6-0 185. He probably profiles as a third baseman at the next level. In the offseason he played well for Canyon Thunder and he seemed to find the barrel consistently every time I saw him hit.
Terrell Hudson- Goldwater HS: A big physical corner infielder, Terrell has ben a starter for the Bulldogs since his freshman year. He has a lot of juice in the bat, hitting .427 with 8 homers and 10 doubles last season.
Noah Burgarello- O’Connor HS: Noah should fill a middle infield spot this spring for the Eagles. He’s very athletic with silky smooth infield actions and some good strength to his wiry frame. Noah has committed to the University of Utah.
Erick Bahn- Mountain View
Dustin Bermudez- Hamilton
Wyatt Berry- Corona del Sol
Jorge Bojorquez- Nogales
Blaze Borowski- Notre Dame Prep
Nolan Brooks- Pinnacle
Brandon Childers- Desert Vista
Preston Clifford- Sabino
Dylan Cuenca- Desert Vista
Julian De Alva- Ironwood Ridge
Mason Dillow- Chaparral
Justin Flebbe- Kellis
Grant Gorrell- Mesquite
Jackson Grace- Chaparral
AJ Herrera- Skyline
Cameron Jowaiszas- Mountain View
Brian Kalmer- Corona del Sol
Jesus Lopez- Nogales
Edwin Martinez- Sahuarita
Juan Navarro- Sahuarita
Jake Schultz- Prescott
Jack Slominski- Saguaro
CJ Valdez- Perry
Jose Valenzuela – Hamilton