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January 21, 2013
Today we release the beginning of our early season baseball top 25 rankings.
top 25 baseball teams in New Mexico - The countdown
#6 Rio rancho rams
Buzz: The Rio Rancho Rams could still be a year away from winning the State Baseball Title or they could be on the verge of some of the most well put together rosters over the next two years. They started a ton of very good underclassmen in 2012 and made their mark in the play-offs. This year, they return eight lettermen and only three will be seniors this year. Combine young talent with one of the most successful prep baseball coaches in New Mexico Ron Murphy, it's hard not to like Rio Rancho this year. Returing is Eli Capello on the mound, All-State Football Football Easton Bruere who will also be on the mound, Grant Templin, Evan Offut, and Zak Felix. This team is loaded with young talent.
#7 Academy chargers
Buzz: When you have a D-1 Commit on your team and you're a baseball factory on top of that you're going to make a run at the State Title. While Academy loses Alex Bregman, the LSU Commit who was NMPreps.com's Mr. Baseball two-years ago the Chargers return some elite talent. Tyler Buffett who is a top five prospect in New Mexico is committed to Oklahoma State. Also watch for Joey Sava and Andy Alba to also contribute this year. Academy will be chasing Piedra Vista early in the rankings, but it could be everyone chasing Academy in the end.
#8 atrisco heritage jaguars
Buzz: We've seen it in football and in basketball already: Atrisco Heritage is making their mark at the 5A level and with the Jaguars first season in 5A up next we can expect a similar high level of talent from the Jaguars this season. Returning this season is top flight catcher James Cordova who will be a three year starter, in fact many of the returning starters have three years of playing time. Jose Escobedo returns as a top pitcher, Dominic Marquez returns and Felipe Beltran returns at 1st base. Beltran is one of the more underrated players in New Mexico. Watch for Nathan Kelly and John Rojo to also contribute this year. Atrisco Heritage is going to be gunning for the District 5-5A title this year and maybe even a run at the final four.
#9 st. pius x sartans
Buzz: 4A is stacked at the top and St. Pius X is going to be in the big among the big three in Class 4A this year. Returning top talent from the 2012 season, everyone in the 4A knows that this team is capable of beating anyone. Cody Bowers and Kyle Piersol are each ranked in the NMPreps.com Top 10 and each committed to New Mexico to play baseball. Tristen Rizek one of the top Juniors in New Mexico hit 8-home runs in 2012, and Ryan Hernandez a log with Kent Keeling return to add pitching depth. Head Baseball Coach Marc Hilton and company should be even better than the 2012 season.
#10 eldorado eagles
Buzz: As always, the Eldorado Eagles are going to a threat in the baseball scene at the 5A level. A top level program loses some senior leadership, but return some underclassmen that will carry the load. Returning this year is Ambrose Romero one of the top Catchers in 2012. He was All-Metro, made the NMPreps.com 5A All-Tournament team, and was an All-District Selection. Craig Buzzard will be a top infielder in New Mexico this year. He is young, but has a very bright future. Alex Brown will be on the mound as a pitcher and keep tabs on Austin Treadwell as well as Drew Anderson.
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