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All-State Baseball: Ohio

Updated: March 1, 2012, 10:10 AM ET
By ESPNHS

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

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


Andrew Benintendi, Madeira, OF, Junior
Offensive leader of D-III runners-up; 32 SBs and 24 RBIs last spring.

Jacob Bosiokovic, Delaware Hayes, 3B/RHP, Senior
Lethal hitter drove in 45 RBIs to earn D-I Player of the Year award.

Cassidy Brown, Walsh Jesuit, C, Junior
Reigning CRBC Player of the Year has loads of talent.

Tommy Mirabelli, St. Edward, SS/2B, Senior
Highly productive player batted .450 with 15 RBIs last season.

Jeff Murray, Reynoldsburg, 1B/3B, Senior
Cincy commit has driven in 76 runs over the past two seasons.

Forrest Perron, Strongsville, 2B/OF, Senior
"Very underrated but a great overall player," says a rival player.

Caleb Potter, Mentor, OF, Sophomore
Scouts love this rising prospect's size (6-3), speed and cannon arm.

Zach Ratcliff, Columbus Academy, 1B/OF, Senior
Drove in 51 runs and scored 53 times last spring; Ohio State commit.

Casey Schroeder, Ottawa-Glandorf, C, Senior
All-WBL first-teamer will play at Kentucky.

Xavier Turner, Sandusky, 3B, Senior
Vanderbilt commit has gap power and is a speed demon.


PITCHERS


Taylore Cherry, Vandalia-Butler, RHP, Senior
UNC commit was Gatorade State Player of the Year in 2011.

Michael Conrad, Lakota East, LHP, Senior
Key hurler for D-I champs; Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year.

Zach Farmer, Piketon, LHP/OF, Junior
Named to last year's ESPNHS Underclass All-American team.

Nick Jensen-Clagg, Pickerington Central, RHP/SS, Senior
All-District and All-Ohio Capital Conference pick last spring.

Anthony Kidston, Defiance, RHP/OF, Senior
Named a Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American.

Tucker Linder, Tallmadge, RHP, Senior
Has punched out 159 hitters in his career; signed to Kent State.

Daniel McKinney, Bowling Green, RHP, Senior
Posted a 2.26 ERA with 50 K's as a junior; committed to Michigan.

Jacob Niggemeyer, Worthington Kilbourne, RHP/1B, Sophomore
All-OCC Central selection guided Kilbourne to district finals.

Matthew Smoral, Solon, LHP, Senior
Rated the nation's No. 2 southpaw by ESPNHS.

Griffin Weir, Amherst Steele, RHP, Junior
Two-way stud has interest from Michigan and Cincy, among others.


OTHER TOP PLAYERS

Jesse Adams, St. John's Toledo, OF, Senior
Ty Amann, Moeller, 2B, Senior
Nick Bertram, Centerville, LHP, Junior
Logan Bowles, Canton South, RHP, Senior
James Coates, Warren JFK, OF, Senior
Zach Cook, Milford, RHP, Senior
Alex Corna, Lakota East, OF, Senior
Scott Effross, Twinsburg, RHP, Senior
Cale Giddings, Pickerington North, 1B, Senior
Ryan Gormley, Batavia, 3B, Junior
Thomas Gulley, Munroe Falls, SS/3B, Senior
Michael Marsinek, Walsh Jesuit, LHP, Senior
Kyle Michalik, Brunswick, RHP, Junior
Bryce Miller, Green, RHP, Senior
Curtis Olvey, Fairfield, SS/RHP, Senior
Jim Orwick, Findlay, LHP, Junior
Jake Richmond, Oak Hills, SS, Junior
Daniel Rowbottom, St. Ignatius, OF, Junior
Adam Schaly, Ashland, LHP/1B, Senior
Zack Shannon, Moeller, RHP/1B, Sophomore
Brandyn Sittinger, Keystone, RHP, Senior
Heath Stricker, Badin, OF, Senior
Tom Stoffel, Northmont, OF, Senior
Lance Straley, Vandalia-Butler, C, Senior
Nick Vespi, Eastwood, LHP, Sophomore
Justin Wagler, Uniontown Lake, SS, Senior
Woody Wallace, Olentangy Lewis Center, C, Senior
Cameron Whitehead, Moeller, C/3B, Junior
Cory Wilder, Lima Shawnee, RHP, Senior
Robert Zeigler, Defiance, RHP, Junior