ALL-USA Central Indiana Preseason Baseball Team

ALL-USA Central Indiana Preseason Baseball Team

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ALL-USA Central Indiana Preseason Baseball Team

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The 2016 ALL-USA Central Indiana Preseason Baseball team.

The 2016 ALL-USA Central Indiana Preseason Baseball team.

With Indiana a flat-out baseball hotbed, it’s not easy narrowing down a list of talented Indianapolis-area players who are the best at their respective positions. So consider this a primer of players to watch, as we present this year’s American Family Insurance Preseason All-USA Central Indiana high school baseball team.

INDYSTAR 2016 PRESEASON ALL-AREA BASEBALL TEAM

LOGAN YOUNG

Position:  First base.
Year:  Junior.
Ht./Wt.:  6-2, 190.
School:  Shelbyville.
Stats: Hit .386 as a sophomore to earn a spot on the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association 2015 All-State first team for Class 4A. Led the Golden Bears in hits (34), home runs (11) and RBIs (36).

MATTHEW GORSKI

Position:  Second base.
Year:  Senior.
Ht./Wt.:  6-4, 190.
School:  Hamilton Southeastern.
Stats:Was All-State honorable mention selection last year. Had a .347 batting average with four home runs, 26 RBI, 28 runs scored and a .972 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS).

JARED POLAND

Position:  Shortstop.
Year:  Sophomore.
Ht./Wt.:  5-11, 190.
School:  Cathedral.
Stats: Was All-City first-team selection as a freshman. Verbally committed this offseason to Louisville. Consistently showed power as a hitter. Prep Baseball Report ranks him third in his class.

Zionsville's Riley Bertram tags out Noblesville's Jackson Thurman at second base, April 22, 2015.

Zionsville’s Riley Bertram tags out Noblesville’s Jackson Thurman at second base, April 22, 2015.

RILEY BERTRAM

Position:  Third base.
Year:  Sophomore.
Ht./Wt.:  5-11, 165.
School:  Zionsville.
Stats:Is considered a smooth-fielding defensive specialist on the left side of the infield who can hit from both sides. Ranked No. 6 in his class by Prep Baseball Report. Had six errors in 139 chances last year for a .957 fielding average, according to MaxPreps.

CONNOR CHRISTMAN

Position:  Catcher.
Year:  Senior.
Ht./Wt.:  6-2, 190.
School:  Noblesville.
Stats: Batted .409 as a junior with a home run and 20 RBI. Had .491 on-base percentage and .968 OPS.

Noblesville's Connor Christman (left).

Noblesville’s Connor Christman (left).

KEEGAN WATSON

Position:  Outfield.
Year:  Junior.
Ht./Wt.:  6-2, 195.
School:  New Palestine.
Stats: Batted .449 in 33 games for the Dragons, with 13 doubles, three triples, two homers and 30 RBI to earn first-team All-State honors in 3A.

ROY THURMAN III

Position:  Outfield.
Year:  Junior.
Ht./Wt.:  6-0, 200.
School:  North Central.
Stats: Batted .390 as a sophomore with 11 stolen bases, 19 walks and 22 RBI. Ranked No. 7 by Prep Baseball Report.

MILO BEAM

Position:  Outfield.
Year:  Senior.
Ht./Wt.:  6-3, 170.
School:  Westfield.
Stats: Had 25 stolen bases last year, batting .314 with a .583 on-base percentage (29 walks). Had an OPS of 1.054.

REID SCHALLER

Position:  Pitcher.
Year:  Senior.
Ht./Wt.:  6-3, 210.
School:  Lebanon.
Stats: Had an 8-1 record with a 1.15 earned-run average, to go with 76 strikeouts in 55 innings pitched. Prep Baseball Report ranks him fourth in the state’s senior class.

LUKE DUERMIT

Position:  Pitcher.
Year:  Junior.
Ht./Wt.:  6-1, 175.
School:  Fishers.
Stats: As a sophomore, struck out 58 batters in 52 innings pitched for Tigers. Hit .346 with a pair of homers.

ANDREW BOHM

Position:  Pitcher.
Year:  Senior.
Ht./Wt.:  6-2, 220.
School: Hamilton Southeastern.
Stats: Was 5-1 with a 2.39 ERA last year, with 39 strikeouts in 44 innings pitched. Ranked the No. 9 senior in the state by Prep Baseball Report.

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