Collegiate Baseball H.S. Poll 1-22-13


TUCSON, Ariz. — Featuring a pitching staff that has been awarded five NCAA Division I scholarships, Cathedral Catholic of San Diego, CA, is ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s 2013 Pre-Season National High School Baseball Poll.

The Dons, which rolled to a 30-5 record last season and won the San Diego CIF Section Division 3 title, are led by the most imposing high school pitching staff in the nation, including:

 LHP Stephen Gonsalves (Univ. of San Diego, 9-1, 1.91 ERA, 79 K, 66 IP, .348, 11 RBI)
 Junior LHP Brady Aiken (UCLA, 6-1, 1.32 ERA, 69 K, 47.2 IP, .403, 11 RBI).

Both have played for Team USA and participated in top showcases. Other incredible pitchers on the staff are:

•   Returning Western League Player of the Year RHP/1B Michael Martin (U.C. Irvine, 7-2, 0.90 ERA, 72 K, 62 IP, .374, 18 RBI).
•  6-foot-7 RHP Alex Schick (Univ. of California, 4-1, 1.04 ERA, 38 K, 40.1 IP).
•  6-foot-5 LHP Andrew Wright (Pepperdine).

These five pitchers won 30 games last season in posting a 1.34 team ERA. The Dons, a perennial powerhouse in the San Diego area, have won 7 titles in the last 12 years.

Head Coach Gary Remiker said that of the 19 or 20 players he will keep on varsity, there is a good chance 10 will eventually play D1 baseball with another four likely to keep playing baseball on some level of college baseball.

“On paper, our team looks very imposing with such a strong pitching staff,” said Remiker. “And every one of them has secured a Division I scholarship to a quality baseball program. It has been fun watching these guys progress over the past three seasons, and I am excited to see what they will do in 2013.

“All five pitchers have dominant fastballs and are power pitchers. Gonsalves throws over 90 mph while the rest feature fastballs in the upper 80s. Three are lefthanders while two are righthanders which provide a great mix.”

Catching this remarkable pitching staff will be Gabe Simpson (U.C. San Diego) and Toru Sugiura who both gained valuable experience last season when they were forced into action because of an injury to the regular starter who is now at the University of California.

Other outstanding position players include SS Hayden Grant (Purdue) who is starting his third year on varsity after playing 2B and CF the last two seasons, and 1B Derek Black who was one of the final cuts for Team USA last summer.

Remiker said his ball club should be strong defensively. Coupled with a remarkable pitching staff, it will be difficult to score runs on his team.

“A number of our pitchers will play other positions and hit. While I like our team a great deal, we won’t be the best hitting team out there. But we have enough speed and hitting that will allow us to put runs on the board.”

More Information: Complete statistics on the top players who return for ranked teams and other important information on these teams can be found in the Jan. 25, 2013 edition of Collegiate Baseball. Call our subscription department at (520) 623-4530 to order a copy which also includes the Louisville Slugger Pre-Season H.S. All-American team and a list of top high school players state-by-state across the USA, plus much more.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s
2013 National H.S. Pre-Season Poll

(As of Jan. 22, 2013) 

Rank   School

2012 Record

   1. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, CA) 30-5
   2. The Woodlands (The Woodlands, TX) 24-9
   3. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) 24-6
   4. Grayson (Loganville, GA) 27-9
   5. Lexington (Lexington, SC) 27-4
   6. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA) 24-5-1
   7. TC Roberson (Asheville, NC) 26-3
   8. Venice (Venice, FL) 24-8
   9. Jenks (Jenks, OK) 28-14
  10. Farragut (Knoxville, TN) 36-8
  11. Campolindo (Moraga, CA) 23-4-1
  12. Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN) 28-13
  13. Lakewood (Lakewood, CA) 25-7
  14. El Toro (Lake Forest, CA) 25-7
  15. Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, CO) 24-3
  16. Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) 23-9
  17. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) 39-3
  18. Dulles (Sugar Land, TX) 27-10
  19. Loganville (Loganville, GA) 31-9
  20. St. Laurence (Burbank, IL) 30-7
  21. Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, MI) 33-8
  22. Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS) 34-3
  23. Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester City, NJ) 28-4
  24. Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) 27-4-1
  25. Tullahoma (Tullahoma, TN) 27-13
  26. Milton (Milton, GA) 25-7
  27. Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) 33-6
  28. Owasso (Owasso, OK) 30-5
  29. Snow Canyon (St. George, UT) 25-5
  30. Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, MD) 35-5