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2013 Preseason College Top 25 Scouting Reports
January 24, 2013

We love the 20-80 scouting scale at Baseball America; we use it to assess everything from prospects to our favorite local barbecue restaurants. So we figured it would be fun and instructive to subject our preseason top 25 rankings to the same scrutiny.

Scouts grade prospects on how their tools compare with those of an average major leaguer, but we are rating teams relative to an average college baseball team with NCAA tournament aspirations. In addition to grading our top 25 teams on typical tools like hitting for average, hitting for power, speed and defense, we have divided the fifth tool (arm) into two categories: starting pitching and bullpen. We’re also giving teams a grade for Experience/Intangibles—think of it as a team’s “makeup,” if you like. For each category, a grade of 50 is average, comparable to a typical NCAA tournament contender; 60 is above-average; 70 is well above-average; 40 is below-average; and 30 is well below-average. Twenty and 80 are the extreme limits in each direction.

Finally, each team is given an Overall Future Potential (OFP) grade. The OFP scale:

80: A team for the ages. An overwhelming favorite with no obvious weaknesses. Think 1981 Arizona State or 1996 Louisiana State. There is no team like this heading into 2013.

70: Elite. A leading contender for the national title. This year, there is no clear-cut favorite that stands out dramatically from the rest of the pack

65: Well-above-average.
Legitimate championship contender. (North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Louisville, Mississippi State, Oregon State, South Carolina, North Carolina State.)

60: Above-average. Strong Omaha contender. (Stanford, Louisiana State, Kentucky, UCLA, Mississippi, Texas Christian, Oregon.)

55: Slightly above-average. A threat to win a conference title and perhaps reach Omaha. (Florida, Rice, Oklahoma, Florida State, New Mexico, Cal State Fullerton, Southern Mississippi, Arizona, San Diego.)

50: Solid-average. Strong NCAA tournament teams who could make a postseason run. (None in this year’s preseason Top 25)

Our OFP grades are more tightly bunched than usual this year, with no teams in our rankings above a 65 OFP, and no team below a 55. This is a reflection of our contention that there are a lot of very solid teams heading into this season, but no overwhelming favorite that stands out from the pack.

Ranking teams is far from an exact science, and there will doubtless be surprises and disappointments as the season unfolds. But we think applying the 20-80 scale is an illuminating way to gauge each team’s projected strengths and weaknesses heading into the season.

Read full article: 2013 Preseason College Top 25 Scouting Reports

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14U Spring High School Developmental teams tryout date announced
January 17, 2013

Dear Players and Parents,

Elite Baseball’s 14U Spring High School Developmental Teams tryout date has been announced for 10 AM on Sunday, January 27th at JSerra Catholic High School.

The tryout will be conducted to fill out the rosters for two 14U Elite Teams. The combine style tryout will be run by Elite Baseball coaching staff and will be held on the Varsity field. Upon being selected to participate in the Elite program, the teams will consist of an Elite group of the top 7th and 8th grade baseball players in the area. This developmental team will be provided 16-20 college style practices, 6 hitting sessions at UCI and 10-12 games. Practices will begin the week of 2/3, hitting will begin the week of 2/17.  All workouts will be at JSerra and UC Irvine.

Elite Baseball’s mission is to improve the awareness of potential High School baseball players and their parents on the expectations of a top High School Program. The physical and mental on-field development of these select players and conditioning them properly to achieve success at the next level is our first priority. We also look forward to assisting in the evaluations of each player after our professional staff has worked with players first hand.

The Elite Developmental Teams will be be managed by Elite Baseball Instructor and Head Baseball Coach Brett Kay. After only six years, Kay won the Trinity League in 2009, was the Orange County Coach of the Year in 2009 as well as the Trinity League Coach of the Year. In 2011, Coach Kay’s team was a mainstay in the Baseball America High School Top 25, climbing as high as the 6th ranked team in the nation. Kay has had 30 players sign Division I National Letters of Intent, and many other have continued their baseball careers at the Division II, Division II and NAIA levels in his tenure as Head Baseball Coach. Kay played his college years at Cal State Fullerton as a catcher and was selected in the 7th round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Amateur Player Draft.

The tryout is MANDATORY for all players. If a player cannot make the tryout, please let us know and we will schedule another time to evaluate that player. Please RSVP to info@elitebaseball.net

Regards,

Joe DeMarco, CEO
Office Line: 949-757-1673

Elite Baseball is the premier provider of amateur baseball services in the nation. Whether it is access to top talent and instructors, assisting with team and recruiting choices or learning how to become a professional, Elite Baseball will offer unlimited access. We ensure that each one of our clients will receive a COMMITMENT TO SUCCESS.

WWW.ELITEBASEBALL.NET

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San Diego Padres Top 10 Prospects- Austin Hedges #1
January 7, 2013

The Top Ten

  1. Austin Hedges
  2. OF Rymer Liriano
  3. LHP Max Fried
  4. RHP Casey Kelly
  5. IF Jedd Gyorko
  6. LHP Robbie Erlin
  7. RHP Joe Ross
  8. RHP Matt Wisler
  9. RHP Adys Portillo
  10. 2B Cory Spangenberg

1. Austin Hedges

Position: C
DOB: 08/18/1992
Height/Weight: 6’1’’ 190 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Drafted/Acquired: 2nd round, 2011 draft, Junipero Serra Catholic High School (San Juan Capistrano, CA)
2012 Stats: .279/.334/.451 at Low-A Fort Wayne (96 games)
The Tools: Elite defensive potential; 5 hit; 5 raw

What Happened in 2012: Hedges’s bat was better than advertised, as the defensive wizard showed signs of life and promise at the plate.

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9u-14u Make up Tryout for Sat 12/22 and in January Date TBD
December 11, 2012

Diamondbacks Tryouts

Irvine Diamondbacks Website

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Elite Alumni Named to BA Top 100 HS & College Prospects Lists
December 3, 2012

With the Baseball America 2013 Top 100 High School and College Prospects list being released, several Elite Alumni were named on both lists. Two Elite Alumni barely missed the cut for the High School list. Below are the lists of the Elite Alumni who were ranked along with the link to the full lists.

Baseball America 2013 Top High School Prospects (Subscription)

Below is the Top 100 high school prospects in the country for the 2013 draft. The list is based on future pro potential and was put together with the input of dozens of scouts and college coaches.

Rank Player Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. School Commitment
5 J.P. Crawford SS L/R 6-2 180 Lakewood (Calif.) HS Southern California
6 Dominic Smith 1B/OF L/L 6-1 200 Serra HS, Gardena, Calif. Southern California
31 Jeremy Martinez C R/R 5-11 195 Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif. Southern California
66 Ryan McMahon 3B L/R 6-3 180 Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif. Uncommitted
70 Chris Rivera SS/C/RHP R/R 6-0 180 El Dorado HS, Placentia, Calif. Uncommitted

Baseball America 2013 Top College Prospects (Subscription)

Here are the Top 100 college prospects in the country for the 2013 draft. The list is based on future pro potential and was put together with the input of several scouting directors and crosscheckers.

Rank Player Position B-T Ht. Wt. College Last Drafted
27. Michael Lorenzen OF/RHP R/R 6-3 200 Cal State Fullerton Rays ‘10 (7)
72. Adam Plutko RHP R/R 6-3 192 UCLA Astros ‘10 (6)
74. Dominic Ficociello 1B B/R 6-4 185 Arkansas Tigers ‘10 (23)

Baseball America: 50 Players Who Just Missed The Cut (Subscription)

Arden Pabst, c/1b, Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif.
Georgia Tech recruit got some experience catching two first rounders last year. Big, maxed out frame could trigger a move to first base.

Kyle Serrano, rhp, Farragut HS, Knoxville
The son of Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano, Kyle has a 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame and a loose, clean delivery. His fastball sits in the 88-90 mph range and he already has feel for a quality changeup with fade. He is committed to play for his father with the Volunteers.