Los Angeles Preps: Jacob Anderson

Inland Empire: Locals selected in MLB draft

June, 8, 2011
After three days of watching and hand-wringing, the MLB draft came to an end Wednesday with the final pick of the 50th round. Here's the list of current and past Inland Empire high school players who were selected.

Compensation Round A

Jacob Anderson, OF, Chino HS, Blue Jays; Brandon Martin, SS, Corona Santiago HS, Rays


Ricky Oropesa, 1B, USC (Etiwanda HS), Giants; Matt Andriese, RHP, UC Riverside (Redlands East Valley HS), Padres


Scott Snodgrass, LHP, Stanford (Yucaipa HS), White Sox


James Zamarripa, OF, Rancho Cucamonga HS, Mariners


Colin O’Connell, RHP, Cal State Fullerton (Riverside Arlington HS), A’s


Aaron Brooks, RHP, Cal State San Bernardino (San Bernardino Cajon HS), Royals; Austin Barnes, C, Arizona State (Riverside Poly HS), Marlins


David Shuknecht, C, Palm Desert HS, Rockies


Tyler Leslie, RHP, Victorville Silverado HS, Giants; Ryan Garvey, OF, Palm Desert HS, Phillies

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Inland Empire: Anderson, Martin get the call in MLB draft

June, 6, 2011
While a number of Southland high school baseball players came to the realization that their stock had indeed dropped Monday during the opening round of the MLB draft, Chino High outfielder/first baseman Jacob Anderson and Corona Santiago shortstop Brandon Martin met their expectations.

Anderson was selected 35th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays, a supplemental pick between the first and second round, making him the second high school player from Southern California selected in the draft.

Toronto was awarded the pick as compensation for losing left-handed relief pitcher Scott Downs to the Angels through free agency. The Blue Jays passed on highly touted Huntington Beach Edison left-hander Henry Owens, who went one pick later to the Red Sox. Owens was one of several prep players with Southern California ties who weren’t selected as high as projected.

Three picks after Anderson's name was announced, the Tampa Bay Rays grabbed Martin, a slick-fielding middle infielder who has speed and can hit for power.

Martin, who signed with Oregon State in November after de-committing from Cal State Fullerton, is mostly lauded for his soft hands and strong, accurate arm.

The Rays received the 38th pick as compensation for losing closer Rafael Soriano to the Yankees via free agency.

Anderson, who has signed with Pepperdine, is 6-4, 185 pounds and projects as both an outfielder or corner infielder. Scouts like his combination of speed and power.

Anderson made a name for himself last August by winning the home run derby at the Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

It's the second time in the last three years a player from the I.E. was drafted 35th overall. Yucaipa third-baseman Matthew Davidson was selected with that pick two years ago by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Inland Empire: Quick look at the baseball playoffs

May, 16, 2011

Seeded I.E. teams:

Div. 1: No. 3 Vista Murrieta.

Div. 2: No. 2 Redlands.

Div. 3: None.

Div. 4: No. 1 Palm Desert.

Div. 5: No. 1 Riverside Woodcrest Christian.

Div. 6: None.

Div. 7: No. 4 Riverside Christian.

Best wild-card games Tuesday:

Div. 1: Temecula Chaparral at Corona Santiago. Chaparral swept won both games against Murrieta Valley last week to take the final playoff spot from the Southwestern League. The Sharks probably had the most talent in the Big VIII League this season but didn’t get the job done when it counted and finished third. Chaparral will likely start sophomore right-hander Jake Trybulski (4-2, 1.74), who has allowed two earned runs or less in seven of eight starts this season.

Div. 2: Rancho Cucamonga at Yucaipa. These teams met in the season opener March 4 and Yucaipa won, 4-2, behind a combined six-hitter from Kevin Davidson and Justin Lewis. Both pitchers are now 7-1 on the season, and the Thunderbirds have the experience of reaching the title game a year ago. The Cougars will need a big game from junior second baseman Taylor Grace and senior outfielder James Zamarippa.

Div. 3: San Bernardino Cajon at Romoland Heritage. Cajon finished the regular season on a three-game winning streak to earn fourth place and an automatic playoff berth out of the eight-team San Andreas League. Ruben Rios is the top hitter and pitcher for Cajon. If the senior right-hander can get some run support, he might be too much for the Sunbelt League runner up.

Div. 4: Palm Springs at Chino. If there’s one player Palm Springs needs to know about it’s Chino outfielder/first baseman Jacob Anderson, who is expected to be a high draft pick this June.

Div. 5: Twentynine Palms at Phelan Serrano. Twentynine Palms is led by junior Justin Tuttle, who is batting a team-high .423 with 22 RBIs. Serrano is led by junior third baseman Jose Bueno, who is hitting .440 and junior first baseman Chad Heying (.380, four home runs).

Div. 6: Yermo Silver Valley at Bloomington Christian. The Ravens have won six straight and eight of nine to finish third in the Victory League. Silver Valley’s only victories in its last nine games came as a result of three forfeits.

Div. 7: Riverside Bethel Christian at Granada Hills Hillcrest Christian. Bethel Christian finished second to Temecula Prep in the Majestic League.

Check back Wednesday for a preview of the top first-round games.

Inland Empire: Top baseball prospects of 2011

May, 5, 2011
The Inland Empire has been well represented during the last few Major League Baseball drafts.

Chino Hills first baseman Chris Parmelee was selected 20th overall by the Twins in 2006, Riverside Patriot catcher Kyle Skipworth was chosen sixth overall in 2008 by the Marlins, and Norco right-hander Matt Hobgood went fifth overall to the Orioles two years ago.

A number of other I.E. high school players were selected in the latter parts of the first round in recent drafts.

This season’s crop of seniors might not have a sure-fire top 10 pick like Skipworth and Hobgood, but there should be a few local names called out during the this year’s draft June 6-8 in New Jersey.

Here’s a look at some of the top prospects from the region.

The Elite

Jacob Anderson, Chino: Slick, speedy and powerful, Anderson can play a corner outfield spot or first base. He madea name for himself by winning the home run derby at the Under Armour All-American Game last August at Wrigley Field in Chicago and might just be the first I.E. player drafted next month. Anderson has committed to Pepperdine but it’s more likely he’ll be playing minor-league ball next spring.

Daniel Arellano, Corona Centennial: At 6 feet 2, 205 pounds, pro scouts like Arellano’s size and raw power. A right-handed hitter and left-handed thrower, Arellano slammed 12 home runs as a junior at Centennial, splitting time between first base, the outfield and the mound. He committed to Long Beach State prior to his junior season.

Ryan Garvey, Palm Desert: As the son of Steve Garvey, the legendary Dodgers first baseman, Ryan has inherited his father’s smooth swing and natural power. An outfielder and first baseman, Garvey has seven home runs for a Palm Desert team that’s ranked No. 1 in Southern Section Division 4. Garvey has signed with USC.

Brandon Martin, Corona Santiago: Martin’s soft hands and strong, accurate arm has placed him in the upper echelon of middle infield prospects. He also passes the speed test with ease, but needs to continue cutting back on his strikeouts. Martin signed with Oregon State in November after de-committing from Cal State Fullerton.

Best of the Rest

Austin Bailey, Temecula Great Oak: A lean middle infielder with a lightning-quick release, Bailey entered the week hitting .493 with a team-high three home runs after connecting twice last week against Vista Murrieta. He signed with San Diego.

Scotty Burcham, Palm Desert: Another member of a star-studded team, Burcham plays shortstop for the Aztecs, hitting .329 with three homers and 20 RBIs. He has signed with Sacramento State.

Kevin Davidson, Yucaipa: Davidson, the younger brother of 2009 supplemental first-round draft pick Matt Davidson, came into the week hitting .525 in 24 games. In addition to playing third base, the UC Riverside recruit also owns a 6-1 record on the mound with a 1.94 ERA.

Kyle Ferret, Corona Santiago: Ferret is another big-bodied catcher who hits more for average than power. He’s smooth and steady behind the plate as well.

Steven Pallares, Corona Santiago: Another top player for the Sharks, Pallares came into the week hitting .473 while splitting time between third base and the mound. He has signed with San Diego State.

Chris Rabago, Riverside Poly: Rabago has seen his numbers dip after hitting .425 with five home runs as a junior and then signing with UC Irvine last fall. The shortstop came into the week hitting .292 with one home run for the 12-10 Bears.

Michael Jordan, Murrieta Valley: A 6-1 right-handed pitcher who signed with Pepperdine, Jordan has a 2.18 ERA in 45 innings this season.

Dave Schuknecht, Palm Desert: Another steady catching prospect, Schuknecht usually bats behind Garvey and came into the week hitting .390. He signed with Arizona.

Next year’s crop

R.J. Ybarra, Riverside Poly, C
Cody Bruder, Corona Santiago, 2B
Vahn Bozoian, Chino Hills Ayala, OF