High-SchoolCalifornia: Zach Green
July, 2, 2012
By Mark Tennis, Harold Abend & Paul Muyskens | ESPN.com
Harold Abend/ESPNHSHeritage of Brentwood pitcher Paul Blackburn is one of the best in Northern California.Mr. Baseball Player of the Year Ty Moore headlines the top 30 overall honorees on the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports all-state baseball teams. Thirty more players selected to all-state overall second team.
FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE CATCHERS
Jose Barraza (Sunnyside, Fresno) Sr.
Before the Chicago White Sox drafted him in the seventh round at No. 231 overall (the highest high school catcher chosen from California), the Wildcats’ 6-Foot-1, 220-pound left-handed hitting and right-handed throwing catcher and pitcher was headed to junior college. Now, after signing with Chicago, he’s playing in the Appalachian Rookie Instructional League. Despite his team having a sub .500 season, Barraza put up astounding numbers to earn County/Metro Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player honors. His .493 average with eight home runs and 25 RBIs, plus 104 strikeouts in 72 innings as a pitcher was too much to overlook, even in a very tough league that included Bullard of Fresno, the CIF Central Section’s Division I champion.