Written by Corbett Smith
A look at SportsDayHS' all-area first, second, third baseball teams
C, Rockwall, Sr.
Notable: The Texas signee was the first area player chosen in the MLB first-year draft, selected by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 59 overall pick. Bean hit .438, with four home runs, nine doubles and a team-high 32 RBIs this season.
IF, Rockwall, Sr.
Notable: Edwards was drafted by Tampa Bay with the 88 overall pick in the MLB first-year draft. Originally signed with Texas, he was one of the area’s best-hitting shortstops, batting a team-high .453, with 20 extra-base hits.
IF, Corsicana, Sr.
Notable: Contacted by teams early in the second day of the MLB draft, the Texas A&M signee made it clear that he wanted to play collegiately. Melton hit .454, with six home runs, 32 RBI and 40 runs. He also went 6-1, with a 1.87 ERA as a pitcher.
IF, Keller Fossil Ridge, Jr.
Notable: Neuse is considered one of the best junior shortstop prospects in the nation. The District 7-5A MVP, he hit .443 with six triples and 26 RBI. As a pitcher, he finished 5-1 with two saves, posting a 1.94 ERA with 60 strikeouts.
IF, Frisco Centennial, Sr.
Notable: A third-round pick by Detroit, Schotts helped Centennial to a second-place finish in District 9-4A. The district’s offensive player of the year, he hit .398, with eight home runs, 42 runs, 22 RBIs and 22 steals.
OF, Argyle, Sr.
Notable: Signed with TCU to play both football and baseball, Aune instead went pro; the Yankees drafted him with the 89 overall pick and reportedly offered a $1 million signing bonus. The District 9-3A MVP, he hit .447 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs.
OF, Mansfield, Jr.
Notable: The junior was named District 5-5A’s offensive player of the year, batting in the leadoff position for the district champs. Hargrove hit .436, with 17 extra-base hits and 30 RBIs, and was a perfect 20-for-20 in stolen base attempts.
OF, Colleyville Heritage, Jr.
Notable: Committed to Oklahoma as a quarterback, Thomas has received an invite to the Under-18 USA national team trials later in June. The District 6-5A offensive player of the year hit .429, with 10 home runs, 33 RBIs and 15 steals.
UTIL, Trinity Christian-Addison, Sr.
Notable: The all-state pitcher and TAPPS 1-5A MVP led the area in wins, posting a 14-0 record, with two saves, a 0.31 ERA, and 118 strikeouts. Bastie, an Oklahoma State signee, also led TCA in hitting, with a .413 average and 36 runs.
UTIL, Cedar Hill, Sr.
Notable: The Dallas Baptist signee was drafted by Cleveland in the eighth round of the MLB first-year draft. Hamrick was the 5-5A MVP, going 8-3 with a 0.99 ERA and 119 strikeouts as a pitcher, and batting .430 with 27 RBIs and 22 extra-base hits.
UTIL, Rockwall-Heath, Sr.
Notable: On SportsDay’s first team for the last three years, Hernandez was named Class 4A tournament MVP after pitching a four-hitter in the state final. He hit .413 with five home runs, and finished 10-1 with a 1.95 ERA on the mound.
UTIL, Flower Mound, Sr.
Notable: The Texas A&M signee had one of the strongest arms in the area, at pitcher and shortstop. With a low-90’s fastball, Vinson went 4-2, with a 1.33 ERA. He was named the District 8-5A MVP, batting .465 with 31 runs scored.
P, Arlington Martin, Sr.
Notable: The Duke signee was the ace for Arlington Martin – which advanced to the state tournament for the first time since 1993. Hendrix went 9-3, with a 1.43 ERA and 95 strikeouts – averaging eight per game in six playoff starts.
P, Frisco Wakeland, Sr.
Notable: A three-year starter, the Panola College signee allowed more than two runs only once – helping Wakeland to the Class 4A regional finals. Nixon finished 8-4, with a 1.18 ERA and a 98/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
P, Fort Worth Christian, Sr.
Notable: Stankiewicz was the first area pitcher picked in the MLB draft, selected by the New York Mets in the second round. The Arkansas signee set school records in wins (12) and strikeouts (135), helping Christian to the TAPPS 4A final.
Pos.; Player; School; Class; Notable
P; Christian Bartholomew; Jesuit; Sr.; Wake Forest signee, 9-5A pitcher of the year, 10-0, 1.13 ERA, 91 strikeouts
P; Matt Wilson; Highland Park; Jr.; 10-4A pitcher of the year, 8-1, 1.34 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 90 strikeouts
P; Tyler Alexander; Southlake Carroll; Jr.; 7-5A co-pitcher of the year, 5-2, 1 save, 1.53 ERA, 99 strikeouts
C/DH; Zach Metzger; Sunnyvale; Sr.; 13-2A MVP, Hit .511, with 9 HRs, 40 RBIs, 27 runs, 17 doubles
IF; Kenny Hill; Southlake Carroll; Jr.; Hit .318, with 17 doubles, 3 HRs, 29 RBIs for the 5A Region I finalists.
IF; Jace Reese; Forney; Sr.; 15-4A offensive player of year, hit .479, with 8 HRs, 36 RBIs, 34 runs
IF; Trooper Reynolds; Weatherford; Sr.; 4-5A offensive player of the year, .500, 54 RBIs, 44 runs
IF; Dalyn Williams; Lake Dallas; Sr.; 4-4A co-offensive player of the year, hit .516, 29 RBIs, 3 HRs, 10 SB
OF; Mark Gottsacker; Highland Park; Sr.; 10-4A offensive MVP, hit .407, 4 HRs, 20 RBIs, 27 runs
OF; Matt Waller; Arlington Martin; Jr.; Hit .394, 30 RBIs, 35 runs, 10 doubles for 5A semifinalists
OF; Carson Dowdle; Argyle Liberty Christian; Jr.; All-state, hit .443, 3 HRs, 30 RBIs for TAPPS 5A semifinalists
UTIL; Tejay Antone; Mansfield Legacy; Sr.; 5-5A pitcher of the year, 8-2, 1.44 ERA, hit .377, 16 RBI, 26 runs scored
UTIL; Cody Gunter; Flower Mound; Sr.; 8-5A hitter of the year, .409 with 6 HRs and 25 RBI, 8-2 record, 1.27 ERA
UTIL; Connor McGuire; Grapevine; Jr.; 6-5A MVP, Hit, .424, with 6 HRs, 35 RBIs, 7-2, 1.10 ERA, 49 strikeouts
UTIL; Joe Powell; Jesuit; Sr.; 9-5A MVP, 7-2 record, 1.34 ERA, 5 shutouts, .329 batting average, 30 RBIs
Pos.; Player; School; Class; Notable
P; Greg Maisto; Southlake Carroll; Sr.; Texas A&M pledge, 9-2, 1.46 ERA, allowed 12 hits in 34 1/3 post-season innings
P; Brett Byrum; Rowlett; Sr.; 10-5A MVP, four-year varsity player, 9-2, 1.28 ERA, 59 strikeouts
P; Kyle Weatherly; Sachse; Jr.; 10-5A co-pitcher of the year, 10-3, 1.16 ERA, 75 strikeouts
C; Jay Gonzales; Argyle; Sr.; 9-3A offensive player of the year, hit .371, 4 HRs, 26 RBIs, 23 runs
IF; Bret Boswell; Rockwall-Heath; Jr.; Texas pledge, hit .389, 4 HRs, 32 RBIs, 45 runs
IF; John Eagleton; Carrollton Ranchview; Sr.; 12-3A MVP, hit .506, 14 doubles, 40 runs, 38 steals
IF; Byron Brooks; Farmersville; Sr.; 11-3A co-offensive MVP, hit .458, with 10 doubles, 40 RBI and 51 runs
IF; Cameron Smith; Hillcrest; Jr.; 12-4A MVP, hit .560 with 25 RBIs, also went 5-2 as pitcher
OF; Drew Dowdy; Arlington Martin; Jr.; Hit .385, 3 HRs, 4 triples, 26 RBIs, 39 runs
OF; Carlos Chavez; Mesquite; Jr.; 11-5A offensive player of the year, hit .453, 30 runs, 15 steals
OF; Chuck Taylor; Mansfield Timberview; Sr.; all-district 5-5A, drafted in 4 round by Arizona
UTIL; Nolan Brown; Colleyville Heritage; Sr.; 6-5A pitcher of the year, 8-1, 1.52 ERA, hit .337, 24 RBIs, 22 SB
UTIL; Holden Grounds; Corsicana; Jr.; Hit .421, with 33 RBIs and 29 runs, 9-2, 1.50 ERA, 103 strikeouts
UTIL; Bradley Horn; Rowlett; Sr.; 9-0, 0.87 ERA, hit .392, 15 doubles, 33 RBI
UTIL; Drew Smith; Crowley; Sr.; Dallas Baptist signee, 7-4A MVP, .407, 25 runs, 4-2, 1.41 ERA