By Jim Halley, USA TODAY High School Sports | March 15, 2018 7:30 am ET
We are pleased to present the 2018 ALL-USA Preseason Baseball Team, as selected by Jim Halley of USA TODAY Sports, based on statistics, coaches recommendations and scouting reports.
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All of the statistics listed, unless otherwise noted, are from last season. Players are listed in alphabetical order.
Some familiar faces dot this year’s team, including returning ALL-USA Preseason selection Cory Acton; 2017 ALL-USA second teamers Brice Turang and Austin Wells; and 2017 ALL-USA third teamers J.T. Ginn and Grant Holman.
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Power arms litter this year’s team, led by Forsyth Central (Ga.) right-hander Ethan Hankins, the No. 1 high school MLB draft prospect for 2018 according to Baseball America. Ten of the publication’s 12 top high school draft prospects are featured in this team.
Five underclassmen make the list, including highly-touted Colleyville, Texas junior Bobby Witt Jr. Plantation, Fla.’s American Heritage is the only school with multiple selections to the team.
American Heritage (Plantation FL), Arizona, Austin Wells, Bishop Gorman, Bobby Witt Jr., Boston College High School, Brennan Malone, Brice Turang, California, Cory Acton, Cy-Ranch, Eastlake High School (Chula Vista CA), florida, Georgia, Grant Holman, Heritage, Joe Gray Jr., Kumar Rocker, Kyle Ashworth, Loretto, Massachusetts, Matt Thompson, Matthew Liberatore, Mike Vasil, Mississippi, Montverde Academy (Montverde FL), Nander De Sedas, Nevada, nolan gorman, North Carolina, North Oconee, Phoenix Sandra Day O'Connor High School, Porter Ridge, Preseason All-USA Baseball, Riley Greene, Ryan Weathers, Santiago, tennessee, Texas, Triston Casas, Will Banfield, ALL-USA