It seems appropriate that a landmark Bakersfield baseball season – with three teams from the Southwest Yosemite League in the Division I Division Finals – would create two of the region’s top high-scoring opportunities in recent years.
Austin Charles of Stockdale and Cutter Coffey of Liberty are leading this summer, both located south of No. 100. MLB.com.
Charles stop, BVarsity All-Area unanimous 2022 player of the year, hit .483, slugging .931, 13 home runs and 57 RBI as a senior. Many scouts see him as a pitcher, however, he had a 1.36 ERA in 13 appearances.
Coffey also made and played a short pitch at Liberty, leaning further toward a position-level position at the next level, averaging 12 home runs and 32 RBI .442. It could also become a third base.
Both have set attractive college destinations if they decide to stay in school, Charles UC is committed to Santa Barbara and Coffey is committed to Texas.
Coffey’s higher grades in some areas – No. 67 in The Athletic, No. 73 ProspectsLive.cometc. – give you a better chance of attending the 1st day of the draft, starting at 4pm on Sunday, with a total of 83 selections.
The rest of Bakersfield’s local talent is likely to focus on the second and third days, which begin Monday and Tuesday mornings. The draft is now limited to 20 rounds, reducing the overall number of selected candidates.
Last year’s MLB Draft picks Sean Mullen (Stockdale, UCLA, 11th round Tampa Bay), Jacen Roberson (Garces, Cal State Bakersfield, 16th round Arizona) and Kris Anglin (Frontier, Howard College, 16th round Atlanta). They all signed with their teams and now play in the small ones.
CSUB is also expected to be present in this year’s draft, with the athletics department highlighting Oregon transfer players James Bell and AJ Miller, with pitcher Benji Caggianelli (who was also at Bakersfield College last year) and Angel Saldivar and catchers. Logun Clark first student at Taft High.
Bell and Miller earned second-team All-Big West honors. Bell ranked the Roadrunners with an average of .300 bats; Miller was far behind at .294 and tied the CSUB single-season record with 12 home runs. Before Miller, Oakland wrote in the 37th round in 2018.
Caggianelli and Saldivar both had consistent seasons. The former entered and exited the rotation after leaving only four runs won in his first 31 1/3 innings, and finished with a 4.53 ERA. Saldivar batted .324 in his first 23 games, followed by .143. Bailey exchanged dishes with Seeger at the beginning of the year, though later moved to Seeger, New Mexico.
Clark earned South Sequoia League Most Valuable Player honors at Taft in 2022, averaging .439 bats and leading the team with a .591 base percentage.
The short length of the draft has reduced the surprise somewhat, but there is still a chance that many other players will appear near the end of those 20 rounds. Last year’s top-flight prospect, Jacob Tobias Liberty’s third baseman, was left without a relay and played the 2022 season at Arizona State. Former Kamron Willman was also from BC, Kansas State and New Mexico it is considered a possible option he made his professional professional debut last year and recently Missoula PaddleHeads.
BC had a downturn in 2022, but among Renegades ’top players were Xabi Iparraguirre, a high school student, who batted .383 and .671 slugged. he will travel to UC Santa Barbara next season.
Beyond Bakersfield, other notable universities this past season with local roots include Zach Bushling (Kern Valley / Sierra College / Connecticut), Jalen Smith (Stockdale / UC Davis / UC San Diego), Jackson Vaughan (Bakersfield High / UC Santa Barbara / ) were. Delta College / Pacific) and Zach Williams (Liberty / BC / Campbell).
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