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All-State Baseball: North Carolina

Updated: March 1, 2012, 12:56 PM ET
By ESPNHS

With spring approaching, ESPNHS has all the info you need on the top high school baseball players in North Carolina.

We've broken down the state's top 20 players into two teams -- one of position players and one of pitchers. Keep in mind, these preseason selections were determined by a combination of in-season performance and recruit rankings.

See all 51 all-state baseball teams.

POSITION PLAYERS


DC Arendas, Northern Guilford, 2B, Senior
Smashed key HR for Forsyth Country Day in last year's NCISAA 3A title game; has since transferred.

Jackson Campana, Providence, 3B, Senior
Clemson pledge blasted eight home runs last season.

Logan Koch, South Mecklenburg, C, Junior
USC commit hit .425 and threw out 85 percent of baserunners.

A.J. Larson, Butler, OF, Senior
Southwestern Conference, co-MVP hit .315 with eight home runs.

Landon Lassiter, North Davidson, SS, Senior
Hit .489 along with eight home runs and 13 stolen bases.

Alex Raburn, Jordan, 3B, Senior
Impressive junior season featured .514 average, six HRs and 26 RBIs.

Max Schrock, Cardinal Gibbons, SS, Senior
USC commit batted .534 with nine home runs last year.

Corey Seager, Northwest Cabarrus, SS/2B, Senior
Expected to be a high draft pick in this June's MLB draft.

Vance Vizcaino, Wakefield, SS, Senior
Played in last two Area Code Games; Tennessee recruit.

Stephen Wallace, South Stanly, SS, Senior
Batted .458 with nine HRs, 39 RBIs and 20 stole bases; led to team to 1A title game.


PITCHERS


Jonathan Aparicio, East Wake, RHP, Senior
East Carolina recruit is ranked eighth in the state by Perfect Game.

Alexander Bostic, Weddington, LHP, Junior
Clemson reeled in a commitment from this durable lefty.

Curt Britt, Scotland, RHP, Senior
Played in the Under Armour All-America Game; committed to USC.

Ty Buttrey, Providence, RHP, Senior
Arguably the state's top prospect, he could go high in the MLB draft.

Keaton Haack, Northwest Guilford, RHP, Senior
Posted 7-2 record with 1.58 ERA and 95 strikeouts last year.

Reilly Hovis, Forestview, RHP, Senior
UNC signee struk out 93 batters to go with 2.10 ERA.

Brody Koerner, Robinson, RHP, Senior
Went 6-3 with 108 K's and a 1.51 ERA; headed to Clemson.

Justin Taylor, Farmville Central, RHP, Senior
ECU commit used strong fastball to emerge as notable prospect.

Cameron Tekker, Cuthbertson, RHP, Senior
UVA recruit is ranked as state's fifth-best prospect by Perfect Game.

Trent Thornton, Ardrey Kelly, RHP/OF, Senior
Boasted 8-3 record with 2.16 ERA and 79 strikeouts.


OTHER TOP PLAYERS

Hunter Baker, Wake Christian, 3B/1B, Junior
Brian Bauk, Salisbury, RHP, Senior
Corey Brookins, Wake Forest-Rolesville, RHP/3B, Senior
Tanner Bigham, NW Cabarrus, SS/2B, Junior
Joel Booker, Polk County, OF, Senior
Caleb Brawley, Forbush, 3B, Senior
Seth Breasseale, Union Pines, OF/LHP, Senior
Ryan Brennan, Mooresville, OF, Senior
Tim Carter, South Robeson, SS, Junior
Zack Cooper, South Granville, RHP, Senior
Zach Daly, Forestview, OF/LHP, Senior
Colby Fox, North Buncombe, 2B/SS. Senior
Landon Fraley, South Stanly, LHP/OF, Senior
Dillon Garrison, Wake Christian, OF/RHP, Senior
Zack Garrison, SS/RHP, Northern Durham, Junior
Will Gilbert, Green Hope, LHP, Senior
Sean Grant, West Iredell, LHP, Senior
Pete Guy, Ledford, C, Senior
Brian Hardy, North Lenoir, OF, Senior
Payden Honeycutt, Weddington, RHP/3B, Senior
Parker Lamm, Hunt, OF/SS, Senior
Steven Linkous, North Brunswick, SS, Senior
Evan Loaces, Shelby, C, Senior
Matt Lowry, North Brunswick, C/RHP, Senior
Austin MacLatchie, Providence, C, Senior
Michael Massardo, Weddington, SS/2B, Senior
Zach Michalski, Wesleyan Christian, 1B/RHP, Junior
Nick Monroe, Eastern Alamance, RHP/3B, Senior
Zach Mozingo, Eastern Wayne, RHP/1B, Senior
Wood Myers, Jordan, SS/OF, Junior
Dallas Newton, SE Guilford, RHP, Senior
Matt Orh, SW Guilford, LHP/1B, Junior
Lucas Owens, East Rutherford, C, Senior
Lee Patillo, Swain County, C, Senior
Evan Phillips, Clayton, RHP/3B, Senior
Chastin Radford, North Lenoir, OF/RHP, Senior
DJ Reader, Grimsley, 1B/RHP, Senior
Dylan Richardson, Randleman, SS/RHP, Senior
Joey Roach, Holly Springs, C, Senior
Ryder Ryan, North Mecklenburg, C, Sophomore
Eddie Sappelt, Southern Alamance, OF, Senior
Tyler Stotler, West Wilkes, 2B, Senior
Garrett Suggs, Fuquay-Varina, OF, Senior
Roberto Taft, Polk County, RHP/SS, Senior
Clyde Tate III, North Davidson, RHP/OF, Senior
Zach Wall, Hayesville, SS/RHP, Senior
Russ Weiker, South Stanly, LHP/1B, Junior