San Diego State Baseball Recruits Set Gold Standard

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San Diego State Baseball Recruits Set Gold Standard

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San Diego State Baseball Recruits Set Gold Standard


San Diego State Baseball Recruits For 2018

No, this is not the list just released that features high school players who have signed NLI’s for 2018. This is the current players on the roster as it stands now. As I write this only the Aztecs and New Mexico have released their signed players that you won’t see for awhile. Patience.

Isaiah Parra, INF, Cypress HS, Cypress, CA

Isaiah originally committed in September of 2015. Now that’s commitment since here he is. Going into his senior season he got some pre-season recognition by the LA Times as a pitcher to watch. I found no stats.

Casey Schmitt, INF/RHP, Eastlake HS, San Diego, CA

I could find no stats for Casey but he did play for the top high school team in California in 2017 which says a lot. He probably faced the other team’s top pitcher in every game. That’s why it says a lot.

Matt Rudick, OF, Scripps Ranch HS, San Diego, CA

Matt hit .300 in 2017 after a .481 and 5 season in 2016. He hit at least .300 in all four years of varsity level ball. It appears he has some speed as he had over 20 SB’s in four years. He made All-CIF his final year.

Nicholas Israel, INF, Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas, NV

He hit .376 and 6 his senior year for a very strong program. The home runs shows some pop. That also got him some recognition as he was first team All-State.

Casey O’Sullivan, RHP, Valhalla HS, San Diego, CA

He was 5-5 and 1.23 his senior year with a great 85 K’s in 57 IP. Why only 5-5? Good question but his team was only a bit above .500 which tells me he didn’t get a lot of support. He made second team All-CIF and was nominated All-State by

Spencer Weston, INF, Woodbridge HS, Irvine, CA

Listed as one of the top third baseman by the LA Times. He hit .333 and 1 in 2017. He also made All-City in Irvine. Gotta remember that Orange County in SoCal is a hotbed of high school baseball.

Joe Fitzhugh, C, Arbor View HS, Las Vegas, NV

The kid can hit as he put up a .429 and 6 year in 2017. He made first team All-State in 2017.

Noah Fluman, LHP, El Toro HS, Lake Forest, CA

A lefty. Always needed. I didn’t find much in the way of stats (read that as none) but he was nominated for All-CIF for the Southern Section. That’s some recognition. Talk about riches. El Toro had all three of their starting pitchers committed to D1 programs. No weak spots there.

John Dearth, RHP, South Hills HS, West Covina, CA

Let’s start with his team. South Hills played in the prestigious National High School Invitational which pits the best against the best. Sixteen teams from all over the US. I must add that if this tournament was down the road a bit, I’d go. You do good there, you good. John had five hits and three RBI’s in the tourney. The site I use for stats had pitching stats for his junior year but none for his senior. It did have batting so what can I say? Old stats say he walks far too many.

Travis Weston, LHP, Moorpark HS, Moorpark, CA

This is more like it; 8-3 and 0.92 and 73 K’s in 68 IP. His WHIP was also microscopic as it was well under 1.00. That’s all I found but it’s good.

Daniel Ritcheson, RHP, Alemany HS, Northridge, CA

He was 5-4 and 2.90 his senior season. He struck out 72 in 48 IP which is very good but he walks batters at the rate of about one an inning and that can’t continue if he wants to get much time at the next level. Unless, of course, he continues to strike out guys at the same rate. The pros liked what they saw as he was drafted in the 23rd round and he followed my advice (as if anyone listens to me) and went commitment rather than contract.

Christian Winston, LHP, Barstow HS, Barstow, CA

Here’s a kid who did well on both sides of the game. Recruited as a pitcher he was 3-3 and 0.27 (!) with 91 K’s in 52 IP (!). As a hitter he was .491 and 2. Either way will get you some interest; somewhere. Maybe All-State? Yep; nominated by Considered a good enough prospect to be thought of as a draft pick which didn’t happen. As a final note, he has good size at 6’5” and 200.

Jacob Flores, LHP, Rio Mesa HS, Oxnard, CA

He ended up 9-1 and 1.25 with 101 K’s in 72 IP. Geez, another gem. He was Ventura County’s POY according to one newspaper which also had him headed to USC. But, here he is. Don’t ask. He also made All-CIF for his region and that’s no surprise. Another All-State nomination also.

Sean Ross, OF/RHP, Granite Hills HS, San Diego, CA

Sean was drafted in the 40th round and here he is. One other drafted recruit (Noah Nunez) was drafted and opted for the professional life. Good luck kid.

Clark Eder, RHP, California HS, San Ramon, CA

He was 3-3 and 1.49 in 2017 with 50 K’s in 51 IP. He was good enough to make All-Bay Area News Group team as well as The SF Chronicle’s All-Metro team.

Cody Stevens, RHP, Yucaipa HS, Yucaipa, CA

Another pitcher with sparkling numbers. He was 6-3 and 0.93 and had 62 strike outs in 67 IP. Throw in a no-hitter along with other accomplishments.

Matt Jaffe, C, Venice HS, Los Angeles, CA

Matt hit .427 as a senior left-hand hitting catcher. Left-hand hitting catcher? That’s a good thing. He played on a number of CIF all-star teams for summer work. Good stuff.

Michael Diffley, INF, Grossmont CC

He hit .305 with 4 for Grossmont which was a very good team in 2017.

Noah Strohl, INF, Grossmont CC

A teammate of Diffley (above), he hit .358 with a good 8 home runs.

Chad Bible, OF, College of the Canyons

He hit .385 with (get this) 15 dingers. Pop is always much appreciated by your coaches and your pitchers.

Garrett Hill, RHP, Santa Rosa CC

He was 7-2 and 2.83 with 84 K’s in 92 IP. He started 15 games in 17 appearances and the IP suggests that. Good experienced pick up.

The big news is that two MLB draftees are on campus playing catch and whatever else they do at this time of year. Love it. According to one article three other recruits were going to get drafted but wanted too much in preliminary discussions so were ignored. That means this class of recruits is loaded with talent. This class got some recognition by Collegiate Baseball (my baseball bible) and I’d have to say this is about as good as it gets for the Mountain West. This spells trouble for the rest of the conference. This is what the other teams in the MWC need to do if the MWC is ever going to get more than one or two teams in the NCAA tournament.  A step in the right direction.


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