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All-State Baseball: Kansas

Updated: March 1, 2012, 10:23 AM ET
By ESPNHS

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

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


Nolan Barrientos, Bishop Carroll, 3B, Senior
All-State player hit .540 with 32 runs and 22 RBI last season.

Blaine Birdwell, Word of Life, OF, Senior
Stole 50 bases while hitting .555 in 35 games.

Justin Burba, Campus, OF, Senior
Oklahoma-bound outfielder hit .536 as a junior.

Colton Flax, Campus, OF/2B/SS, Junior
Earned All-State honors in Class 6A as a utility player.

Eli Keppler, Leavenworth, C/OF, Junior
Sophomore sensation hit .442; second team Class 6A All-State.

Danny Kihle, Andale, OF, Senior
Hit .487 and scored 22 runs during his stellar junior year.

Ryan McBroom, Maize, 2B, Senior
All-State pick in Class 6A batted .450 and scored 41 runs.

J.C. Sturgeon, Maize, 3B, Senior
Hit .411 with 27 runs and 23 RBIs as a junior last spring.

Matt Suttliffe, Lawrence, OF/DH, Senior
Landed on the Class 6A All-State team as a DH.

Jake Wodtke, St. James Academy, SS, Senior
Class 4A Player of the Year last season; signed with Kansas State.


PITCHERS


Garrett Cleavinger, Lawrence, LHP, Senior
Hard-throwing southpaw has signed to play for Oregon.

Matt Eckelman, St. James Academy, RHP, Senior
First team Class 4A All-State pitcher as a junior; signed with St. Louis.

Hayden Edwards, Blue Valley Stilwell, RHP, Senior
One of Class 5A's top pitchers has signed with Kansas.

Jake Jones, Wichita Northwest, RHP/3B, Senior
Named Class 6A's best closer as a junior.

Brett Nickle, Olathe South, RHP/1B, Junior
Earned first-team honors in Class 6A as a utility player.

Craig Nicks, Maize, RHP, Senior
Dominant 6-6, 210-pound ace was first-team All-State in Class 6A.

T.J. Segebart, Council Grove, RHP, Senior
Named top pitcher in Class 3A as a junior.

Austin Unrein, Hays, RHP/SS, Senior
Class 5A star was 6-1 with a 1.24 ERA with 55 strikeouts.

Henry Weiler, Rockhurst, RHP/3B, Senior
Oklahoma-bound pitcher went 5-0 with a 2.44 ERA as a junior.

Collin Wiles, Blue Valley West, RHP, Senior
One of Class 6A's best pitcher's has signed with Vanderbilt.