Baseball: Players to watch

March 16, 2012

Michael Austin

Century, outfielder-pitcher, senior

Coach Jamar Garner says Austin is "the best player" in Carroll County. He batted .517 last season and made the most of his time on base, stealing 11 bases and scoring 29 runs. He also drove in 33 runs and hit seven home runs.

Brandon Cavil

Severna Park, catcher, senior

A cool signal caller, Cavil steadied the Falcons' young pitching staff through tense situations. His ability to do that helped the team build a 21-6 record and reach the Class 4A state final. At the plate, he batted .393 with 35 RBIs and 24 walks.

Carey Cheek

St. Frances, third baseman, senior

Cheek batted .485 last season and struck out just twice. He drove in 26 runs and had a .944 fielding percentage. He has committed orally to St. Augustine College (N.C.), and his coach says he has "the best set of hands in this region as a high school hitter."

Chad Diehl

Westminster, left fielder-pitcher, senior

The left-hander throws in the upper 80s and drew interest from Penn State, Virginia Tech and Maryland before signing with Mount St.Mary's. A year ago, Diehl was 7-0 with a 3.65ERA. At the plate he batted .453.

Joe Kotler

Severn, pitcher, senior

Last season, Kotler went 10-1 with a 1.75 ERA, striking out 96 while walking just 15 in 66innings. "That's super great by anybody," his coach, Hal Sparks, said. Kotler has signed with Lehigh.

Lee Lawler

Reservoir, pitcher, senior

With a good fast ball and a cunning off-speed pitch, Lawler is coming off an unbeaten season (7 wins, 2 saves, 0.43 ERA). Now he's working on the mental aspects of the game, adjusting to being his team's No. 1 pitcher.

Alex Murphy

Calvert Hall, catcher, junior

The three-year starter ranks in the Top 10 in most of Calvert Hall's offensive records, including fourth in home runs. If the new bats don't have a negative impact, he should break a number of those records. He has committed orally to Wake Forest.

Brandon O'Malley

Northeast-AA, pitcher-shortstop, senior

O'Malley has earned All-County honors for three years — twice as a shortstop, and last season as a shortstop and pitcher. He batted .455 last season while going 4-2 on the mound with a 2.22 ERA and 64 strikeouts. He's being recruited by Virginia Commonwealth, UMBC and Central Florida.

Ryan Ripken

Gilman, pitcher-first baseman, senior

An All-MIAA selection and Under Armour All-American, Ripken hit .353 and drove in 23runs last season. Cal's son is a Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches preseason All-State choice and will play next season at South Carolina.

Lamonte Wade

St. Paul's, center fielder-pitcher, senior

Wade, signed by Maryland, swings a heavy bat, having hit over .450 each of the past three years. Last year he batted .460 with a .620 on-base percentage and was 4-2 on the mound.


TJ Batts, Southern

Jason Baytop, Manchester Valley

Stephen Black, Annapolis

Brandon Casas, Gilman

Mike Corn, Digital Harbor

Eric Deitz, Westminster

Sheridan Doan, Dulaney

Tom Dyson, Broadneck

Kyle Faid, Sparrows Point

Ben Ferraro, Marriotts Ridge

Ryan Flanigan, Loch Raven

Reid Foxwell, Winters Mill

Mike Gillespie, Boys' Latin

Keith Grassel, Arundel

Evan Griffin, River Hill

Tyler Henderson, Glenelg Country

John Hetterman, Fallston

Logan Hunt, Meade

Brad Keith, Severna Park

Brady Maguire, North Harford

Tete Obot, Pikesville

Alex Pastorius, Calvert Hall

Nick Payne, Mount St. Joseph

Casey Rappazzo, Dundalk

Jake Rich, Chesapeake-AA

Tyreke Richburg, City

Sam Rogers, Loyola

Dyllon Sanchez, Randallstown

Kyle Simmons, McDonogh

Jordan Smith, Baltimore Lutheran

Sam Stark, Towson

Andy Szamski, Eastern Tech

Andy Thompson, Franklin

Joe Uhden, Poly

Sam Warfield, Lansdowne

Derek Wells, Archbishop Spalding

Tyler Wiseman, Perry Hall

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