COACH OF THE YEAR
Vince Brown, Foothill (Santa Ana)
After 321 wins, 17 appearances in the CIF playoffs, 10 league titles and two coach of the year awards, Vince Brown retired from high school baseball in 2003. But he returned to the diamond this fall and led the Knights to a 22-11 record, three tournament victories and a spot in the Division I CIF Southern Sectional finals.
P Brady Aiken, (PLAYER OF THE YEAR) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego), 6-3, Sr.
Prior to being selected first overall by the Astros in June’s draft this big lefthander struck out nearly half (111) of the 228 batters he faced, while walking just 15. He posted a 7-0 record to go along with his 1.06 ERA.
P Jack Flaherty, Harvard-Westlake (Studio City), 6-3, Sr.
An All-USA selection for the second straight year, this first round selection of the Cardinals (34th overall) went 10-0, posted a 0.63 ERA and no-hit Riverside North in the opening round of the Southern Section Division I playoffs.
C Alex Jackson, Rancho Bernardo (San Diego), 6-2, Sr.
The sixth overall selection by the Mariners, Jackson is blessed with great athleticism and — thanks to a .400 average, 11 home runs, and 31 RBI as a senior — was widely considered the best hitter in the country.
1B Luke Rasmussen, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose), 6-1, Sr.
Rasmussen hit .425 with 30 RBI, 26 runs scored and seven home runs. He hit the game-winning homer in the seventh inning of the Monarch’s Central Coast Section Open Division quarterfinals victory over San Benito.
2B Shane Mardirosian, Martin Luther King (Riverside), 5-10, Sr.
The Reds landed an excellent prospect in the seventh round when this speedy, .347 left-handed hitter landed their way.
SS Josh Morgan, Lutheran (Orange), 5-11, Sr.
With good speed and a strong arm, this UCLA prospect and Rangers third-round draft pick hit .348 with 10 doubles, guiding the Lancers to the quarterfinals of the Division I tournament.
3B Jacob Gatewood, Clovis, 6-5, Sr.
The Brewers' 41th overall selection, this powerful righty hit .389 with five home runs and 28 RBI. He won the junior section of last July’s All-Star Game Home Run Derby at Citi Field.
OF Scott Hurst, Bishop Amat (La Puente), 6-0, Sr.
Always a threat to get on base (28 walks bumped his on-base percentage up to .560) Hurst hit .419 with 15 extra-base hits and 25 RBI as the Lancers won the CIF-SS Division 3 baseball title this June.
OF Derek Hill, Elk Grove, 6-1, Sr.
The Tigers' first-round pick (23rd overall) in the draft, Hill hit .500, stole 21 bases and drove in 30 runs.
OF Marcus Wilson, Junipero Serra (Gardena), 6-2, Sr.
Chosen by the Diamondbacks 69th overall, Wilson — a five-tool player with great speed — hit .359 with five homers and 17 RBI.
P Jacob Nix, Los Alamitos, 6-4, Sr.
P Luis Ortiz, Sanger, 6-3, Sr.
OF Brock Lundquist, Fountain Valley, 5-11, Sr.
OF Trenton Kemp, Buchanan (Clovis), 6-2, Sr.
OF D.J. Peters, Glendora, 6-6, Sr.
3B Joe Gillette, Scotts Valley, 6-3, Sr.
SS Brian Schales, Edison (Huntington Beach), 6-2, Sr.
2B Luke Dykstra, Westlake (Thousand Oaks), 6-1, Sr.
1B Parker Joe Robinson, Junipero Serra (San Juan Capistrano), 6-4, Sr.
C Tim Susnara, St. Francis (Mountain View), 6-1, Sr.