16. PALO VERDE
Location: Las Vegas
2018 record: 31-9
Final 2018 Super 25 rank: No. 17
Palo Verde’s addition of three top 2020 players in the state made their road back to the championship a little bit clearer.
Most notably, the Panthers added Jaden Agassi, the No. 1 player in Nevada and No. 47 in the country. He was homeschooled last year. He joins Paul Pasqualotto and Paul Mirro, the No. 121 and 123 shortstops in the country, respectively, as 2020 incomers. The latter two are versatile defenders who can play other positions as senior Peyton Cole (No. 10 player in state) mans shortstop this season and pitches.
The rotation lost some key pieces but is headlined by Bryce Robison (1.90 ERA in 12 appearances). The team looks like it will be strong enough to be in contention again.