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February 6, 2014
New Mexico High School Baseball Rankings
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Rams Are No. 1 Heading Into 2014
The Rio Rancho Rams enter the season as the pre-season No. 1 team in Class 5A. Last year, the Rams defeated Sandia 4-3 in the 5A State Title Game.
This year, the Rams return a good amount of talent headlined by Grant Templin at 1B, Eli Cappello who is one of the top senior pitchers in the State, and watch for key contributors like Victor Chavez and Wyatt Kelly.
Not sure if Junior pitcher Easton Bruere is playing this year or not, but he would certainly help their bullpen. La Cueva enters at the No. 2 spot and should be straight loaded.
We like Austin Bell, Jeff Deimling, Andrew Pratt as a very solid Junior Catcher, Caleb McAlister, Trey Alexanderson, Jacob Turcotte, and Connor Calvert as a key infielder or on the mound. Everyone knows this group is ready to make a run, let's see what they can do a year older.
Carlsbad checks in a No. 3 in our preseason rankings. The Cavemen are headlined by Preseason Mr. Baseball Candidate Caleb Prentiss who will be entering his third year of what's been pitching dominance.
Other Cavemen to watch this year include Kain Fierro also a key pitcher and Dev'n Ortiz. Carlsbad has some of the highest caliber of players, but also lose key components like Zach Hinojos, Devin Groves, Broc Landereth, and Brandon Slate.
At the No. 4 and No. 5 spot are two yearly Metro Powers in Eldorado and Sandia. Now while it might be too early to rank Eldorado this high after a 11-15 season, the Eagles were super young last year and enter this year with a wealth of talent.
Craig Buzzard is a impact player over the middle infield, Ambrose Romero returns at catcher, and watch for players like Austin Treadwell who is a New Mexico Lobo Commit to really turn it up this year.
Newcomers from Eldorado include Tanner Roberts, Andrew Stubbs, and Drew Anderson as a utility player. Eagle Head Coach Jim Johns should grab his 500th career win this year. The Sandia Matadors check in at the No. 5 spot and maybe that is too low for the preseason, but after the amount of talent that they lost to graduation they are going to take a hit talent wise.
They graduated 13 seniors and most of those seniors all ended up playing college baseball. Watch for players like Alex Glover, Brian Kellum, and Drew Gillespie to fill in the talent gaps.
Best of the Rest
No. 6 Hobbs is rumored to have an A+ club this year and it makes sense with the Eagles returning the duo of Nate Ross and Josh Young. We're expecting Young to be one of the top pitchers in the district this year.
No. 7. Atrisco Heritage The Jaguars won 18 games last year, but can they duplicate their success with the loss of so much talent. Names like Felipe Beltran, Nate Kelly, and James Corova have finally graduated. Watch for Senior Jose Escobedo to be their main man.
No. 8 Las Cruces reached the quarterfinals last year winning 19 games under Head Baseball Coach Gil Padilla. This year, Las Cruces returns Seth Ball, JJ Granados, and JT Romney.
No. 9 Volcano Vista should again be in the mix come playoff time. They finally graduated Andre Vigil, Josh Day, and Brock Sullivan, but Head Coach Kevin Andersh has managed to keep this program tops over the years, expecting no different this year.
No. 10 Rio Grande is a team you can never count out. They don't get a lot of hype, but are a quality program and won 18 games last year. Watch for Logan Wolfel a three year starter at catcher to have a monster year.
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