2019 Season Preview: Impact Players- Outfielders
McKay Barney- Mesa Mountain View HS: Mc Kay helped lead the Toros to the #1 seed in 6A last season, posting a .352 BA and an on base % of .465. He swiped 9 bags for good measure. McKay is a BYU signee.
Easton Erwin- Hamilton HS: Easton is a super high energy guy and one of my faves to watch in the 2019 class. At 5-8 155 he’s not going to intimidate you physically, but there a lot of strength in the body. He has gap to gap line drive pop and is a plus runner. Easton is a New Mexico State signee.
Ryan Dobbs- Queen Creek HS: Ryan is one of the state’s top multi sport athletes, also starring at WR on the gridiron for Creek. He patrols center field on the diamond and is as good as they come defensively. He’s physical with a lot of quality strength to his frame and good speed. He hit .350 with 3 homers and 19 stolen bases.
Sean Rimmer- Mesa Mountain View: A two way player who is also a key mound piece for the Toros, Sean hit .366 with a .455 on base percentage last spring. He was a member of the Arizona Junior Sunbelt team and the Diamondback’s Scout Team. Sean is a BYU commit.
Jarrett Pille- Notre Dame Prep: Jarrett is another top 2 way guy who will be counted on heavily to provide mound innings as well as help lead the Saint offense. He hit .356 last season with 7 doubles and 3 triples. Jarrett has signed with Utah Valley University.
Javan Ah’Quin- Chandler HS: Another top multi-sport athlete (Football), Javan had a huge junior season, hitting .464 with 13 doubles and 3 homers.
Seth Nager- Ironwood Ridge HS: Seth missed the 2018 season after having Tommy John surgery. He’s a lean 6-3 180 pounds with a lot of buggy whip to the swing. Seth has signed with Arizona State.
Clay Randall- Saguaro HS: A future 2 sport athlete for the Air Force Academy (football) Clay is a physical 6-2 185 and he swings it with some juice. He hit .369 last season for the Sabercats.
Manny Collier- Westwood HS: A stud on the gridiron for the Warriors as a WR/DB, Manny is probably more an athlete than a baseball guy right now but he’s a tool shed of talent. He has good speed and a lot of fast twitch to his game.
Peyton McGregor- Cactus Shadows HS: A physical specimen at 6-4 205, Peyton homered 6 times last spring and had a BA of .293. He’s capable of leaving any yard in the state, but needs to cut down his punch outs this season. Peyton is a University of San Francisco signee.
Jack Malone- Desert Vista HS: Jack is a very athletic center fielder who handles the bat very well from the left side. He hit .337 last season with an OPS over 1.00 and he swiped 8 bags for good measure. Jack is a Point Loma Nazarene commit.
Marcus Lucas- Casteel HS: Marcus will see time in the outfield as well as first base, where he is an excellent defender. In the outfield he is athletic enough to play any of the 3 spots and has good arm strength. A left handed bat with a sweet swing, he hit .407 with a .528 OBP last season with 10 doubles and 4 triples. He’s one of the top uncommitted players in the class.
Brandon Lewis- Shadow Mountain HS: Brandon hit .457 for the Matadors last season and struck out only 6 times in 108 plate appearances. Unfortunately he tore his quadriceps early in the summer. The injury would eventually require surgery and kept him off the field all summer and fall. He’s healthy now and ready for a big 2019 season.
Noah Thompson- Sunrise Mountain HS: Noah hit .457 in limited playing time (44 ABs) last season and will be counted on heavily by the Mustangs this spring. He’s a left handed swinger with good bat speed and a projectable 6-3 190 frame.
Dan Galvin- Casteel HS: Dan is a high energy guy who had a big junior year for the Colts. He hit .440 with 8 doubles, 8 triples and 2 homers.
Joey Agate- Sunrise Mountain
Roy Arrieta- McClintock
Adam Baratta- St. Marys
Amari Bartee- O’Connor
Ricky Carrasco- Yuma Catholic
Tate Childers- Mountain Ridge
Christian Contreras- Liberty
Sean Cooper- Brophy College Prep
Sam Curran- Kellis
Jordan Elliott- Cienega
Alex Figueroa- Millenium
Jacob Griffin- Chaparral
Cody Hedalen- Desert Vista
Jacob Henderson- Mesquite
Kai Inouye- Saguaro
Connor Jones- Chaparral
Logan Kershner- Horizon
Jon Lema- Catalina
Simon Lytle- Canyon del Oro
Trejen Mayfield- McClintock
Drake Mueller- Desert Mountain
Marco Ozuna- Vista Grande
Ian Ponce- Salpointe
Ricky Quiroz- Cholla
Ajay Ram- Ironwood Ridge
Clay Randall- Saguaro
Joe Riley- Pinnacle
Larry Ross- Westview
Andrew Talamante- Brophy College Prep
Ben Wallace- Sunnyslope
Nick Wallerstedt- Mountain Pointe
Hayden Whalen- Campo Verde
Michael Zinter- Perry
Ethan Long- Mountain Pointe HS: After sitting out the firsat of the seaon last sprng due to transfer rules, Ethan returned to hit 4 homers in 42 plate appearances with 16 RBIs for an OPS of 1.415. The University of Arkansas commit is also one of the top power arms in the state off the mound.
Michael Brueser- Hamilton HS: Michael enters his junior year as one of the top players in the 2020 class. He’s been a starter since his freshman year for the Huskies, hitting .293 as a frosh. Last year he had a big season, hitting .458 with 4 homers and 8 doubles. Michael was a member of the undefeated Arizona Junior Sunbelt Team.
Cade Verdusco- Corona del Sol HS: Cade is one of the better athletes in the 2020 class, with good speed and the ability to handle the bat well. He hit .388 as a sophomore with 12 doubles. Cade is committed to Grand Canyon University.
Tag Bross- Notre Dame Prep : Tag had a nice sophomore season, hitting .418 with on OB% of .529. This summer and fall he played with TRex Baseball and the Diamondbacks Scout Team.
Joel Rubin- Saguaro HS: Joel is a two way guy who will be a key on the mound for the Sabercats as well. He’s physical and toolsy with a lot of juice in the bat. A top student as well, Joel is committed to West Point.
Morgan Altherr – Sabino
Enzo Apodaca- Chaparral
Jake Burkhardt- Corona del Sol
Kannon Dush- Mesa
Matt Kamins- Desert Edge
Michael Keevins- Centennial
Colton Kucera- O’Connor
Noah Nithman- O’Connor
Matthew Obst- Millenium
Logan Olson- Valley Vista
Levi Padilla- Salpointe
Calvin Solie- Verrado
Gabriel Valenzuela- San Luis