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Underclassmen To Watch

Since we are around the halfway point of the season I thought it would be fun to take a look at the underclassmen that have provided their teams a spark. I limited the list to freshman and sophomores with one exception. The list is in no particular order other than being grouped by school. I've seen most, but not all, of these players personally. Those that I haven't seen have been suggested to me by scouts or college recruiters.

This by no means is a complete list and will be an evolving piece. If you have comments about players please leave them below. If you feel a player has been left off, contact me and I will do my research on him and add him.

Erik Cha - 2015 - LHP with tons of tools who needs a little refinement. Has pitched in big games and has shown flashes of greatness.
Tyler Durna - 2015 - LHP/1B - Hitting .333 and has melded well into lineup full of seniors. Couple of big hits already this season.
Jonathan Buckley - 2015 - INF/RHP - Coach Vogt thinks very highly of Buckley who has been a settling influence since entering the lineup.

Solomon Bates - 2015 - 2-0, 1.0 ERA, 2 CG, 16K, 0BB since being cleared after transferring. Hitting just under .300 too.
Duncan McKinnon - 2015 - INF - Hitting .317 in a stellar lineup. Backing up solid frosh season.
Isaiah Flowers - 2016 - UTIL - Batting .324 and has shown power with three home runs.

Huntington Beach:
Logan Poulesen - 2016 - The freshman was 7-for-12 in the National Classic en route to all tournament honors. Followed that up with a 3-for-4 3 RBI effort against #2 Fountain Valley.

Josh Garcia  - 2016 - Crafty pitcher appears to be the next great one for coach Meusborn.

Nick Kahle - 2016 - Batting .375 against solid competition will always get you noticed. Do it from a catcher spot and you can rise up boards quickly.

Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks):
Mike Wilson - 2015 - The sophomore is hitting .364 which is good for second on the team. His zero errors at first base is equally impressive.

El Dorado:
Nick Sprengel - 2015 - Appears to be the next in a long line of dominating pitchers for the Golden Hawks. Touches mid-80's with great off speed stuff.

Bryce Fehmel - 2015 - 2B/RHP is batting .312 and has 4 K's in six innings of work. Led team in BA last season.
Ryan Fineman - 2015 - C - Solid power bat in the heart of the lineup. Hitting .391 with only 5 K's on the season.
Albee Weiss - 2014 - Only junior on the list. Having a great season hitting .431 with a walk off HR against nationally ranked Campolindo. See it here.

El Toro:
Kyle Oyama - 2015 - Has had his moments defensively and all signs point towards the bat catching up soon.
Andy Krear - The heir apparent at catcher has scuffled a bit behind and at the plate. Good player in a little bit of a rut right now.

Mission Viejo:
Patrick Sandoval - 2015 - His 6-1 record and 1.47 ERA headlines a staff that has an ERA below 2.25.

Chase Strumpf - 2016 - The UCLA commit has show flashes of brilliance expect seasoning to take care of some consistency issues.
Quentin Longrie - 2015 - The lefty leads a staff that's not heavy on arms. Throws strikes with three pitches and works quickly. Lot to like about him.

Orange Lutheran:
Grant Horwitz - 2016 - The left handed hitting catcher has turned the heads of the coaching staff a bit. An advanced approach at the plate and willingness to play anywhere has helped.

Mater Dei:
Bryan Call - 2015 -The sophomore beat out two seniors for the starting second base position and has been great since. Hit a walk-off home run to beat Servite early in the season. Hitting .382.
Brandon Perez - 2015 - Two year starter better know for his glovework has shown improvement at the plate.
Josh Stephen - 2016 - This freshman could be the next great player at Mater Dei. A smooth/effortless left handed swing coupled with knowledge of playing outfield has this Monarch on the right path.

*-All stats via Maxpreps.com as of 4/10/13 where available.

--Les Lukach
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