Preseason Super 25 baseball: Meet Nos. 21-25

Preseason Super 25 baseball: Meet Nos. 21-25

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Preseason Super 25 baseball: Meet Nos. 21-25

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USA TODAY High School Sports is unveiling the Preseason Super 25 baseball rankings throughout the day Wednesday.

Here are the teams ranked Nos. 21 to 25.

Former major league players Luis Gonzalez, left and Tom Candiotti, right, have sons on the Scottsdale Chaparral High School baseball team. Chaparral third baseman Jacob Gonzalez, center left, and pitcher Casey Candiotti, center right, are seen here with their fathers (Photo: Danny Miller/azcentral sports)

Former major league players Luis Gonzalez, left and Tom Candiotti, right, have sons on the Scottsdale Chaparral High School baseball team. Chaparral third baseman Jacob Gonzalez, center left, and pitcher Casey Candiotti, center right, are seen here with their fathers. (Photo: Danny Miller, azcentral sports)

21. Chaparral 

Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.

2015 record: 18-12-1

Final Super 25 rank: Unranked

The Firebirds are led by juniors Jacob Gonzalez and Casey Candiotti, sons of former major leaguers Luis Gonzalez and Tom Candiotti. Gonzalez, an American Family Insurance preseason ALL-Arizona third baseman, hit .402 last season and is a TCU commit. Candiotti, a right-handed pitcher, was 4-1 last season.

Junior 1B-RHP Blake Paugh, an Arizona commit, hit .315 with five homers last season. Senior 3B-RHP Blake Flint, a transfer from Pinnacle (Phoenix), should be a big help on the mound. The outfield is solid with Dylan Cole (.380 with five homers), Gianna Tomasi (five homers, 27 RBI) and junior Tyler Stokes, who sat out last season after transferring from Hamilton (Chandler).

JL Mann's Blake Brady (Photo: Pamela Dunlap, Greenville News)

JL Mann’s Blake Brady (Photo: Pamela Dunlap, Greenville News)

22. J.L. Mann

Location: Greenville, S.C.

2015 record: 25-6-1

Final Super 25 rank: Unranked

The Patriots were the state 4A runner-up and return six seniors who have signed to play college baseball. Some of the key returnees include senior Bryce Leasure (.431), a returning all-state catcher who signed with The Citadel; SS Patrick Frick, a Wake Forest signee; 3B Joe Satterfield (.356, 28 RBI), an Elon signee; and C-1B Blake Brady, a Liberty University signee.

Junior LHP Jack Stamler (6-0, 15 saves, 1.09 ERA), a Clemson commit, and senior LHP Mitchell Mikes (2.48 ERA, 70Ks in 62 innings), a Coastal Carolina signee, give the team two returning all-state pitchers.

23. South Dade

Location: Homestead, Fla.

2015 record: 19-7

Final Super 25 rank: Unranked

The Buccaneers have won two titles in the past three years and have the experience for another state title run. Key returnees include: 1B-RHP Alek Manoah (.403, 27 RBI), who is a West Virginia signee and a likely first-round draft choice; C Gabriel Cruz (.528, 21 RBI), who signed with Bryant University; and 3B-RHP Danny Vaughan (.329, 21 RBI), who signed with Charleston.

Other key players include: RHP Kendrick Pico (2.35, three saves); SS Willy Escala (.377); and RHP Chris Gomez, who was 5-3 with a 1.35 ERA last season at Varela (Miami) and is a University of Pittsburgh signee.

Ballard High School pitcher Tyler Horsley (Photo: John Sommers II, Courier-Journal)

Ballard High School pitcher Tyler Horsley (Photo: John Sommers II, Courier-Journal)

24. Ballard

Location: Louisville, Ky.

2015 record: 23-16-1

Final Super 25 rank: Unranked

The Bruins have a solid pitching staff that includes junior RHP/CF Jordon Adell, a Louisville commit who throws in the low 90s; senior RHP/OF Tyler Horsley, a Murray State signee; and RHP/3B/1B Blake Frost, a transfer from North Oldham (Goshen), who played two years ago at Ballard.

Senior SS/2B Jake Snider hit .426 last season at Central (Champaign, Ill.) and has signed with Louisville.

Chandler Hamilton players celebrate their Division I State Baseball Championship (Photo: Michael Chow, azcentral sports)

Chandler Hamilton players celebrate their Division I State Baseball Championship (Photo: Michael Chow, azcentral sports)

25. Hamilton

Location: Chandler, Ariz.

2015 record: 29-4

Final Super 25 rank: Unranked

The Huskies, who won the Division I state title last season, have possibly the best player in the state in junior 1B Nick Brueser (447,46 hits, 34 RBI, 9 HR), who has committed to Stanford. Senior RHP Zane Strand (8-1, 1.81), an Arizona State signee, is the team’s ace.

Senior RHP-C Logan Boyer, a San Diego State signee; junior OF-3B Ricky Ramsdell (.472) and junior SS Drew Swift (.330, 11 SB) are also key returnees.

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