Who's Got Next Greater LA

Updated: May 14, 2009, 1:49 PM ET
ESPN RISE Magazine

CHRISTIAN LOPES


VALENCIA  BASEBALL


Lopes was the lone sophomore on the ESPN RISE All-Area team this year and he's already proven he belongs. He put together one of the most impressive rookie seasons in recent memory last year, hitting .408 with 10 homers, 33 runs scored and 24 RBIs. Valencia finished the year 22-8 and saw its season end with a 13-2 loss to Simi Valley. But even in defeat, Lopes shined. His two home runs accounted for the Vikings' lone runs in that game. He was the only freshman or sophomore to make the 2008 All-Daily News team.