2019 Season Preview: Impact Players- Pitchers
Chandler Murphy- Liberty HS: A fixture at Liberty for the last 4 years, Chandler worked in all 4 playoff games for the Lions last year en route to the 5A State Championship. The U of A signee reaches the low 90s with the fastball, has a very tight slider with good rotation and one of the state’s best change ups.
Davis Heller- Mesquite HS: Davis missed a patch of his junior season with a broken bone in his hand, and managed only 18 2 /3 innings on the hill. This spring he will lead a loaded Mesquite staff that has its sights set on the 4 A title. Davis has signed with the University of Oklahoma.
Shane Murphy- Hamilton HS: Shane has some of the best feel on the mound of any pitcher in the state. At 6-4 and 230 pounds, the lefty is a physically intimidating presence, but its his ability to hit spots that separates him. Shane is a mid 80s guy typically, with a low-mid 70s curveball that has excellent tilt and depth to it. He went 5-2 last season with a 2.71 ERA and averaged a strikeout per inning over a team leading 62 innings pitched. Shane has signed with Grand Canyon.
Nick Wallerstedt- Mountain Pointe HS: Arguably the state’s top 2 sport athlete (football QB), Nick has elite arm speed and athleticism. Due to his football commitments, he hasn’t been seen much in summer and fall baseball events, but he’s flashed velo in the low 90’s and a good slider on the showcase circuit. Last year he posted a 4.34 ERA in 30 innings of work. Nick is an ASU commit.
German Fajardo- Nogales HS: German helped lead the Apaches to the 4A state title, working 54 innings and going 8-1 with 71 Ks. He works in the upper 80s with the fastball and has a legit 2 plane slider with late bite that he throws in the upper 70s. German is a U of A signee.
Cal Lambert- O’Connor HS: Cal had a bit of an up and down junior season, finishing with a 5-3 record and a 3.03 ERA in 57 innings. He threw a complete game against Skyline in the state tournament to help propel the Eagles to the 6A title. The lefty is a mid to upper 80’s guy typically with very clean arm action. He ha s allow 70’s curveball wit very good tilt. Cal was a member of the Reds Area Code Team and is a Grand Canyon signee.
Kai Murphy- Red Mountain HS: Look up the word “pitchability” in the dictionary and Kai’s smiling face will be there. He’s a mid 80s guy with the fastball but his ability to add and subtract with 3 pitches is very rare for a player his age. His changeup is a plus pitch, with excellent sink and fade. He will vary his delivery to create deception yet commands the zone as well as anyone in the state. He’s also a nasty competitor. Last season he punched out 62 while walking 23 in 53 innings of work. Kai is an Oregon State signee.
Zach Martinez- Mountain Ridge HS: Zach had to sit out half of the Lions games last spring due to transfer rules, but returned to throw 29 innings with 35 Ks. He’s typically upper 80s and will touch 90 with a mostly straight fastball. His out pitch is a mid 70s slider with good depth and late life. Zach is a University of Arizona commit.
Ryan Vanderhei- Estrella Foothills HS: Ryan may be the most projectable pitcher in the 2019 class, with a lean 6-6 175 pound frame. His arm is loose with very clean arm action and the ball comes out of his hand very easily. He’s working in the 88-91 range these days. Ryan is a University of Kansas commit.
Eli Ankeney- Desert Vista HS: Eli tossed 48 innings for the Thunder and fanned 63 last spring. The Grand Canyon signee works in the mid to upper 80s. Eli has a very good changeup that he does a great job of maintaining arm speed.
Joey Cammarata- Mountain Pointe HS: A physical presence at 6-2 235 pounds, Joey sat the majority of the 2018 season after transferring to Mountain Pointe. He returns this spring as a power arm and bat. He comes at hitters from a short ¾ arm slot that hitters have a tough time picking up. He works in the high 80s- low 90s with arm side run and has an above average slider. Joey has signed with New Mexico State.
Colton McIntosh- Shadow Mountain: Alon with being one of the top middle infielders in the class, Colton will get plenty of looks this spring from scouts eager to see him on the hill. He runs the fastball up to 93 from a lightning quick arm, and he features a mid-70s slider that shows some promise. Last season he tossed 37 innings with 56 Ks and an ERA of 1.32.
Brandon Childers- Desert Vista: A real work horse on the mound, Brandon doesn’t blow anyone away with his stuff, but everything moves, and everything stays down in the zone. He’s low/ mid 80’s typically with the fastball with good run and sink. Last spring he led the Thunder starters in innings pitched (55) and E.R.A. (2.26).
TJ Clarkson- Mesquite HS: The 6-4 left hander went 4-0 last season for the ‘cats, and punched out 56 hitters in 38 innings. He’s a mid-80’s guy who looks to have a lot more in the tank. He also has a low 70s curveball with good tilt that he commands well. In addition to being a key on the mound, TJ is one of the state’s top left handed power bats. He has signed with the University of Utah.
Danny Sotelo- Corona del Sol HS: A low to mid 80s lefty with excellent mound presence, Danny threw 32 innings last spring with a 1.95 ERA. He does an excellent job of pitching to contact. Danny is a New Mexico State signee.
Tyler Magin- Desert Vista HS: Tyler has one of the livest arms in the state with an upper 80s fastball. He threw 22 innings last season and averaged a strikeout per inning. Tyler is a Washington State signee.
Sam Page- Horizon HS: Sam has really developed over the last 12 months. He sits in the upper 80s with the fastball and commands the zone well. He will be the go-to guy on the hill for the Huskies this spring.
Max Kendall- Pinnacle HS: For the first half of the 2018 season, Max was one of the top arms in Arizona. The fastball was consistently 87-91, and he features a 12-6 curveball that can be devastating to hitters. The velocity dropped off in the latter part of the spring, and never really came back over the summer/fall. After a long break from the mound this winter, and a rigorous training regimen that has his frame at a chiseled 6-6 215 pounds, he will be in our cross hairs to see if he can return to form this season.
Danny Marshall- Queen Creek HS: A 2 sport athlete (football) Danny worked 62 innings in 2018 with a 6-3 record and 62 punch outs. He comes at hitters from a low ¾, almost sidearm delivery that creates great arm side run and sink. He is also able to throw a sweeping slider that is a nightmare to left handed hitters.
Jackson Moltz- Pinnacle HS: Jackson has come on strong in the last 6 months, with his fastball velo creeping in to the upper 80s. At 6-4 195 he has a prototypical pitchers frame. Along with Kendall, Jackson will have to be a force this spring for the Pioneers to be a factor.
Trent Adams- Campo Verde
Matt Bathauer- Lee Williams
Luke Bell- Seton Catholic
Adam Belloc- Vista Grande
Dustin Bermudez- Hamilton
Matthew Bohnert- Cactus Shadows
Ethan Brown- Desert Ridge
Talon Brown- Williams Field
Clark Candiotti- Chaparral
Kevin Cerna- Payson
Preston Clifford- Sabino
Kyle Conway- Highland
Sam Cunningham- Estrella Foothills
Travis Densmore- Mountain View
Mason Dillow- Chaparral
David Enriquez- Millenium
Justin Flebbe- Kellis
Martin Franco- Cibola
Aaron Garcia- Corona del Sol
Asher Hagermeister- Campo Verde
Allen Heguertty- Trevor Browne
Jacob Henderson- Mesquite
Gerarado Hernandez- San Luis
Jacob Howie-Boulder Creek
Terrell Hudson- Goldwater
Chandler Hutchens- Chaparral
Rocky King- Verrado
Kyle Kloeppel- Campo Verde
Mason Kokodynski- Brophy
Carter Krosky- Sunrise Mountain
Eric Miranda- Cibola
Eric Olson- Skyline
Angel Ortiz- Sahuarita
Adam Parra- Perry
Cameron Pehrson- Campo Verde
Mason Piert- Mountain Ridge
Jarrett Pille- Notre Dame
Cayden Rana- Mesquite
Sean Rimmer- Mountain View
Austin Sample- Apache Junction
Jake Schultz- Prescott
Tyler Stone- Chaparral
Peyton Teed- Paradise Valley
Jake Theman- Chaparral
Dane Vanderwerf- Estrella Foothills
Mikey Villa- Salpointe
Jonathan Weiss- Basha
Ethan Long- Mountain Pointe: After sitting out the first half of last season due to transfer rules, Ethan is locked and loaded for a big junior year. On the hill he’ll run the fastball up to the 92-94 range with a mid 70s curveball with good tilt and depth and an effective changeup. Ethan is a University of Arkansas commit.
Matthew Bachelier- Nogales: Mathew has come on like gang busters in the last year. He only threw aone inning for a loaded Nogales staff last year, but he’ll be a big contributor this season. The fastball will touch 90 and its heavy with sink. He also has a low 70s slider shaped breaking ball that shows some promise. Matthew recently committed to Gonzaga.
Ronan Kopp- Scottsdale Christian: Ronan burst onto the scene this summer and fall after a solid sophomore season at Joy Christian where he punched out 103 hitters in 59 innings. Ronan’s fastball velocity continues to climb and he’s now working in the hi 80s and low 90s . At 6-5 20 pounds he’s an imposing figure. Ronan is an ASU commit.
Bryan Webb- Corona del Sol: Bryan is a very athletic left hander who worked 32 innings as a sophomore with a ridiculous .43 ERA. He’s typically a hi 70s- low 80s guy with the fastball, but he has arguably the best change up in the state. He maintains arm speed very well with the pitch and gets great fade and sink. Bryan is a Grand Canyon commit.
Zach Rogers- Mountain Ridge: Zach worked 24 innings as a sophomore with 25 Ks. He’s a mid 80s guy with an effective 2 plane breaking ball and should carry a lot of the pitching load at Ridge this spring.
Cole Bramhall- Cienega: Cole is a 6-2 right hander who has seen his velocity increase to the upper 80s. He gets good downhill plane on the fastball and shows a breaking ball in the low 70s that shows the potential to be a plus pitch.
Tyler Davis- Sunrise Mountain: Tyler has one of the livest arms in the 2020 class. He works in the mid to upper 80s with the fastball and the ball comes out of his hand very easily. Tyler is a University of Arizona commit.
Josh Combs- Sunnyslope: Josh had a stellar sophomore season, tossing 45 innings and going 6-3 with 49 punch outs. He’s a low 80s guy with a nice 3 pitch mix. Josh is committed to Point Loma Nazarene.
Trevyn Badger- San Tan Foothills
Blake Berrett- Basha
Ryan Bolden- Arcadia
Tommy Bonetto- Sunnyslope
Drew Calloway- Sabino
Taylor Cash- Boulder Creek
Logan Deskin- Boulder Creek
CJ Glenn- Casteel
Frankie Gulko- San Tan Foothills
Josh Hansell- Seton Catholic
Levi Huerta- Cactus
Michael Keevins- Centennial
Kolby Kmetko- Pinnacle
Adam Koski- O’Connor
Caleb Lomeli- Mountain Pointe
Wyatt McLaughlin- Cactus Shadows
Ben Meyerson- Scottsdale Christian
Garrett Moltz- Sunrise Mountain
Tyler Moore- Casteel
Noah Olson- Verrado
Brock Peery- Mountain Ridge
Kyle Ponzo- Hamilton
Kyele Roe- Goldwater
Joel Rubin- Saguaro
Mitchell Schooler- Liberty
Kai Taylor- Perry
David Utagawa- Corona del Sol
Drew Woody- Highland