2013 Preseason High School Top 25 Capsules

2013 Preseason High School Top 25 Capsules By Nathan Rode Print While most are panning the level of talent for the 2013 draft, it won’t make the high school season any less interesting. Parkview High (Lilburn, Ga.) had to grind through a tough schedule to finish as the top team in the country last year and faces a tall task in repeating. Several teams have the resume of being a No. 1 team, but the Panthers start their title defense atop the Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 25. Campolindo High (Moraga, Calif.), Spruce Creek High (Port Orange, Fla.) and American Heritage High (Plantation, Fla.) all finished 2012 in the top 10 and return several key players that keep them there in the preseason poll. Everyone knows pitching is a major factor in getting through any postseason so San Diego’s Cathedral Catholic should be watched closely with five Division I arms in the Dons’ rotation, who check in at No. 3. As always, major tournaments will play a big role in how the rankings shake out. The USA Baseball National High School Invitational is in its second year and has eight Preseason Top 25 teams in its field, as well as nine players from the High School Top 100. The 2012 NHSI didn’t disappoint with plenty of drama and this year doesn’t figure to be any different. It will be played March 27-30 in Cary, N.C., at Team USA’s National Training Complex. Another event that will grab a lot of attention is hitting the high school stage in 2013—the Boras Baseball Classic, which will feature 32 California teams. They will be divided into two brackets, North and South, with the winners of each facing each other in mid-April. The North portion will be played March 25-28 at Elk Grove (Calif.) High while the South will be hosted by Mater Dei High (Santa Ana, Calif.) and JSerra Catholic High (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) from April 2-5.
Read more at http://www.baseballamerica.com/online/high-school/team-rankings/2013/2614694.html


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