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LA Times: Mike Moustakas, the pride of Chatsworth High
October 17, 2014

LA Times published Oct. 15, 2014

Written by: Eric Sondheimer

Mike Moustakas

I was 29 years ago when pitcher Bret Saberhagen, a former City Section player of the year from Reseda Cleveland, led the Kansas City Royals to a world championship over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Enjoying it all is Moustakas’ former high school coach, Tom Meusborn, who’s been glued to his television.

“It’s exciting,” Meusborn said. “It’s fun watching Mike play. I’m not surprised. You can tell he’s locked in. He’s the same guy I watched for four years in high school. It’s the same energy.”Moustakas set a California state record for career home runs at Chatsworth with 52. He was taken No. 2 overall by the Royals in the 2007 draft.

He’s well prepared for playoff pressure, having played at Dodger Stadium for Chatsworth during four years of City finals.

“He’s been there,” Meusborn said of playoff pressure.

Twitter:@LATSondheimer

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Complete 2014 Elite Baseball Series Roster
August 7, 2014

Download and view the: 2014 Elite Baseball Series Roster

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EBS Dates & Times for Position & Two Way Players
July 10, 2014

Session I
UC Irvine
Monday & Tuesday
August 11th & 12th
6pm 1st pitch
530pm IN/OF
4pm BP

Session II
UCLA
Monday & Tuesday
August 18th & 19th
6pm 1st pitch
530pm IN/OF
4pm BP

EBS Pitcher Only
Pitchers will throw at both UC Irvine & UCLA.

UC Irvine
Monday & Tuesday
August 11th or 12th

UCLA
Monday & Tuesday
August 18th or 19th

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Elite Baseball Alumni Drafted in 2014 MLB Draft
July 1, 2014

The following players were on the roster of the Elite Teams during their High School years, did Instruction with Elite or participated in the Annual Elite Baseball Series (EBS).  The EBS has been held at UC Irvine’s Anteater Ballpark and UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium from 2008-present.  Some of the players on the list trained with Elite, played on the teams and participated in the EBS.

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2014 MLB Draft Selections for Elite Baseball

Alex Jackson 1st Round 6th overall, OF/C Rancho Bernardo HS, Seattle Mariners

EBS Participant

Matt Chapman 1st Round 25th overall, 3B Cal State Fullerton, Oakland A’s

Trained with Elite, Team and EBS Participant

Connor Joe 1st Round Supplemental 39th overall, OF University of San Diego, Pittsburgh Pirates

Trained with Elite and EBS Participant

Grant Hockin 2nd Round 61st overall, RHP Damien HS, Cleveland Indians

EBS Participant

Josh Morgan 3rd Round 95th overall, SS Orange Lutheran HS, Texas Rangers

EBS Participant

Trevor Megill 3rd Round 104th overall, RHP Loyola Marymount University, St Louis Cardinals

EBS Participant

Shane Mardirosian 7th Round 215th overall, 2B Martin Luther King HS, Cincinnati Reds

EBS Participant

Luke Dykstra 7th Round 223rd overall, 2B Westlake HS, Atlanta Braves

EBS Participant

Reed Reilly 7th Round 224th overall, RHP Cal Poly Slo, Boston Red Sox

Trained with Elite, Team and EBS Participant

Corey Miller 10th Round 312th overall, RHP Pepperdine, Oakland A’s

Trained with Elite, Team and EBS Participant

Nigel Nootbaar 12th Round 361st overall, RHP USC, Baltimore Orioles

Elite Team

Austin Davidson 13th Round 394th overall, 3B Pepperdine, Washington Nationals

EBS Participant

Grahamm Wiest 14th Round 413th overall, RHP Cal St Fullerton, Colorado Rockies

Elite Team and EBS Participant

Jacob Ehret 14th Round 425th overall, RHP UCLA, Cincinnati Reds

EBS Participant

Trent Gilbert 15th Round 462nd overall, 2B University of Arizona, Oakland A’s

EBS Participant

Tristan Hildebrandt 16th Round 495th overall, SS Esperanza HS, St Louis Cardinals

EBS Participant

Garrett Mundell 18th Round 540th overall, RHP Fresno St, Arizona Diamondbacks

Trained with Elite, Team and EBS participant

Connor Seabold 19th Round 571st overall, RHP Newport Harbor HS, Baltimore Orioles

EBS Participant

Clay Williamson 19th Round 574th overall, OF Cal St Fullerton, Washington Nationals

Trained with Elite, Team and EBS Participant

Derek Campbell 20th Round 592nd overall, 2B University of California Berkley, Philadelphia Phillies

Trained with Elite, Team and EBS Participant

Koby Gauna 20th Round 612th overall. RHP Cal St Fullerton, Oakland A’s

EBS Participant

David Armendariz 23rd Round  698th overall, OF Cal Poly Pomona, Cleveland Indians

EBS Participant

Austin Pettibone 24th Round 726th overall, RHP University of Santa Barbara, Texas Rangers

Elite Team and EBS Participant

Denis Karas 24th Round 731st overall, 3B Campolindo HS, Pittsburgh Pirates

EBS Participant

Travis Radke 25th Round 747th overall, University of Portland, LHP San Diego Padres

Elite Team

Tanner Kiest 28th Round 832nd overall, Chaffey College, RHP Philadelphia Phillies

EBS Participant

Nick Hynes 30th Round 908th overall, Riverside College, RHP Cleveland Indians

EBS Participant

Denz’l Chapman 32nd Round 972nd overall, Junipero Serra HS, OF Oakland A’s

EBS Participant

Brandon Koch 33rd Round 991st overall, Temecula Valley HS, RHP Baltimore Orioles

EBS Participant

Colin Welmon 34th Round 1031st overall, Loyola Marymount University, RHP Pittsburgh Pirates

Elite Team and EBS Participant

Jonathan Teaney 35th Round 1045th overall, Quartz Hill HS, RHP New York Mets

EBS Participant

Chris Hudgins 35th Round 1052th overall, Valhalla HS, C New York Yankees

EBS Participant

DJ Peters 36th Round 1069th overall, Glendora HS, OF Chicago Cubs

EBS Participant

Garrett King 36th Round 1075th overall, Orange Lutheran HS, RHP New York Mets

EBS Participant

Brandon Gonzales 36th Round 1083rd overall, Villa Park HS, OF Kansas City Royals

EBS Participant

Eric Ramirez 37th Round 1106th overall, Rio Mesa HS, 1B Milwaukee Brewers

EBS Participant

Quinn Brodey 37th Round 1114th overall, Loyola HS, LHP Washington Nationals

EBS Participant

Brock Lundquist 37th Round 1122nd overall, Fountain Valley HS, OF Oakland A’s

EBS Participant

Griffin Canning 38th Round 1133rd overall, Santa Margarita HS, RHP Colorado Rockies

EBS Participant

Nathan Rodriguez 39th Round 1163rd overall, El Dorado HS, C Colorado Rockies

EBS Participant

Sam Moore 40th Round 1209th overall, University of California Irvine, RHP Los Angeles Dodgers

EBS Participant

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Hedges’ Mission Unaccomplished
May 7, 2014

By Pat Turner

Austin Hedges was ready to pursue his dream of a major league baseball career as soon as possible.

The catcher from Junipero Serra Catholic HS (San Juan Capistrano, CA) had already signed with UCLA and was planning to use college baseball to fine-tune his skills. When the pro opportunity came Hedges would be ready to go.

Before Hedges became a Bruin, the San Diego Padres changed his plans by selecting him in the second round of the 2011 Major League June Amateur Draft.

Being thrust into rookie ball a few weeks after high school was a major challenge, but Hedges passed the test with flying colors.

The good grades keep coming. During the past four years, the Missions catcher is not only the Padres’ top prospect at his position, but he’s considered by many experts as the best in minor league baseball.

“Going to rookie ball was different, but I was ready for it,” Hedges said. “I don’t think I would have signed if I wasn’t ready maturity-wise. My parents raised me the right way and helped me to prepare for taking such a huge step. They always helped to do whatever I needed to succeed in life.

“It was awesome getting drafted. I had dreamed of being a big league baseball player all my life and that was bringing me closer. It couldn’t have turned out better.”

Being thought of so highly is appreciated by Hedges, but he takes the accolades with a grain of salt. After all, it’s still minor league baseball. The only way he’ll consider his career successful is by being called up to the majors.

Looking at the way the Padres feel about the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, Hedges is on his way.

“Austin is strong on the defensive side,” Missions’ manager Rich Dauer said. “He has a strong arm and stays in tuned with the game. He remembers the hitters. He’s someone you can trust back there. He’s improving his hitting. He’s making movement forward.”

Hedges has succeeded at each level. The biggest adjustment came last August when making the jump from Single-A Lake Elsinore to Double-A San Antonio.

Once Hedges, started feeling comfortable, things started to fall into place. He contributed with the bat and showed confidence behind the plate while working with the pitchers.

Hedges was at his best while starting eight of the Missions’ 10 playoff games. He batted .241 with three RBIs and kept things secure behind the plate. Not only did Hedges gain valuable experience, but he was part of a Texas League championship.

That made the time with Missions more gratifying.

“That was awesome,” Hedges said. “Coming here in August was different. But we had a great group of guys. They accepted me and I established a good relationship with the pitching staff. Being able to do that helped me.

“We kept rolling and won a championship. Getting those games under my belt made me more comfortable coming into this year.”

Now that he has a better idea of Double-A baseball, Hedges expects to do more this season. He’s currently sporting a .242 batting average with ten RBIs, which isn’t his idea of success. However, he expects that to change as the season grows.

Defensively, Hedges is looking sharp as ever. He has the strong arm to erase runners trying to steal. He’s familiar with all the hitters the Missions face by keeping a journal on whoever comes to the plate. No doubt that comes in handy when calling pitches, but his biggest asset is making sure the Missions’ pitchers feel comfortable.

He knows which pitches they feel confident throwing in certain situations. He also knows how to light a spark when needed or how to keep things calm when the pressure rises.

That’s the approach Hedges has taken since the beginning and he plans to keep it that while climbing up the ladder.

“I’ve tried to become more consistent in every aspect of my game each year,” Hedges said. “I want to do all the little things the right way.”

From his experience, building the pitcher-catcher relationship is most important.

Looking at the quality staff, it’s easy to see why the catcher loves his work. Although the bats have struggled in the first month of the season the pitching has been on the mark for the most part. Having starters like Matt Wisler, Jesse Hahn, Josh Geer, Justin Hancock and James Needy as battery mates excites Hedges.

“Being able to catch all these guys with outstanding arms makes my job easier,” Hedges said. “I try to make them comfortable. You have to establish that relationship on and off the field. Each pitcher is different. Some guys need to be pumped up. Some need to be calmed down. It’s all about knowing their personalities in the situation of the game.

“You want to get that trust level. The more we trust each other, the more success we’ll have. I’ve caught a handful of these guys a few years now. It’s good to grow with them as ballplayers and men off the field.”

At the same time, the Missions’ pitchers have confidence in Hedges. They know he is going to make their time on the mound comfortable.

“Austin is young, but he knows the game really well,” Geer said. “He reads hitters well and knows their swings. He knows the pitchers. That’s always important. You want to be on the same page with your catcher. We have that with Austin.”