2013 baseball players to watch

March 18, 2013|By Dean Jones Jr | The Baltimore Sun

Brady Acker

Atholton, junior, outfielder

After batting .351 with 21 stolen bases last season, Acker earned a spot on this year's Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches' preseason All-State team. UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Wilmington, George Mason and George Washington are among the schools recruiting the Raiders' leadoff hitter.

Logan Dubbe

Glenelg, senior, pitcher-outfielder

An All-Howard County first-team selection, Dubbe was 6-2 with a 1.04 ERA and 56 strikeouts in a team-leading 52 innings pitched last season. Dubbe also led the Gladiators offensively, hitting .392 with two home runs and 25 RBIs in 24 games.

Nic Fisher

Chesapeake-AA, senior, first baseman

Picked for the MSABC preseason All-State team, Fisher batted .439 with two home runs and 16 RBIs last season, including an average of almost .620 in April. The Cougars will rely on the All-Anne Arundel County first-team choice to carry them defensively at first base.

Scott Mitchell

South River, senior, pitcher-infielder

Mitchell hit .344 last year, and he had a 3.24 ERA in 41 innings on the mound for the Seahawks. The MSABC preseason All-State pick, who set the school record for doubles in a season as a sophomore in 2011, is committed to Radford.

Cody Morris

Reservoir, sophomore, pitcher

With a fastball near 90 mph to go along with a curveball and changeup, the All-Metro second-team choice emerged as one of the top pitchers in the Baltimore area as a freshman. A member of the MSABC preseason All-State team, he was 7-1 with a 0.99 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings pitched in 2012.

Alex Murphy

Calvert Hall, senior, catcher

A four-year starter for the Cardinals, Murphy batted .460 with six home runs and 39 RBIs as Calvert Hall won the MIAA A Conference title last season. Picked for the MSABC preseason All-State team, he ranks second in school history in home runs (18), hits (136) and doubles (36). He is committed to Wake Forest.

Tyler Norcross

Bel Air, senior, pitcher-shortstop

A big reason why several coaches believe the Bobcats are going to compete for the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference title this year, the MSABC preseason All-State pick batted .382 and led the team in home runs (three) and RBIs (21) last season. He will play in college at Charleston Southern.

Jay Patti

Hereford, senior, shortstop

The Baltimore County coaches selected Patti as the county's Player of the Year after he hit .557 with two home runs and 23 RBIs last season. Also a member of the MSABC preseason All-State team, he is one of 10 returning seniors for the Bulls this year.

Zack Ridgely

Archbishop Curley, junior, pitcher-outfielder

In 10 starts last season, Ridgely threw five complete games. He was 6-2 with a 1.33 ERA as the Friars finished as the runner-up in the MIAA A Conference. The All-MIAA selection also plays outfield, and he batted .311 with 23 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 2012.

Gavin Sheets

Gilman, junior, pitcher-outfielder

For the third straight year, Sheets (.347, 1 HR, 27 RBIs) will bat fourth for the Greyhounds. The MSABC preseason All-State selection also projects as the team's No. 1 starter on the mound after going 5-2 with a 1.86 ERA as the closer last season.

Other notables:

Tim Anderson, Liberty

Joey Benitez, Archbishop Spalding

Kyle Brandt, Arundel

Ryan Callahan, Severna Park

Chase DeMars, C. Milton Wright

Bobby Donald, Dulaney

Jack Dougherty, Glenelg Country

John Drexel, Chesapeake-AA

Ron Farley, Calvert Hall

Sam Foss, Bel Air

Gregg Hauck, North County

Eli Ginsburg, Hereford

Kirk Haynes, Mount St. Joseph

Tyler Hoeflich, Glenelg

Trevor Houck, Westminster

Ryan Janiga, McDonogh

Richie Lancashire, River Hill

John Lucido, St. Paul's

Griffin Marge, Patterson Mill

Brendan McTaggart, Catonsville

Ben Miller, Hammond

Isaiah Pasteur, Winters Mill

Tommy Pryal, St. Mary's

Donovan Punte, South Carroll

Braulio Ramon, St. Vincent Pallotti

Keifer Rawlings, St. Paul's

Conor Reynolds, Loyola

Dyllon Sanchez, Franklin

Keenan Schlegel, Severn

Brian Shaffer, North Harford

Derek Sicca, Hammond

Shrawan Sinha, River Hill

Peter Solomon, Mount St. Joseph

Sam Stark, Towson

Troy Stokes, Calvert Hall

Mitch Sutton, Archbishop Curley

Matt Tilley, Gilman

Nick Waite, Harford Tech

Joe Zayatz, Oakland Mills

Bruce Zimmerman, Loyola

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