Below are the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Western Washington Baseball Teams where we have identified the best baseball players in the region, following the 2016 high school season.
Players were selected based on athletic ability, season statistics, and input from coaches.
P Jordan Jones, Kentwood, Sr. One of the most dominant pitchers in the state, Jones has lost just two games in four years on Varsity, both of which were his freshman and sophomore years. Jones has a killer curveball, and can hit over 90 mph if he needs to. The senior signed with Washington, but could get picked up in the MLB draft. Season stats: 1.12 ERA, 101 K’s, 21 BB, 34 H in 68.2 innings of work.
P Chris Micheles, Puyallup, Sr. In 58.2 innings pitched, Micheles accumulated an amazing 1.07 ERA with 87 strikeouts. A lefty, Micheles has good command of his fastball and also has signed with UW.
C Ryan Shaw, Lakeside, Sr. The engine of Lakeside, Shaw put up some of the best offensive numbers in the state. The Richmond commit batted .571 with 46 RBIs and got on base two-thirds of the time. Shaw was key in Lakeside’s turnaround over the last four years, helping the Lions place second in state this season.
INF Morgan McCullough, West Seattle, Sr. McCullough did it all for West Seattle. At the plate, the Oregon commit batted .411 with 23 runs scored and nine extra base hits. On defense, McCullough committed just one error, and an opposing coach said anything hit in McCullough’s direction was basically considered an automatic out.
INF Christian Jones, Federal Way, Sr. Versatile enough to play anywhere, Jones was mostly in the outfield for Federal Way, although he has the most experience at first base. Jones’ off-the-charts stats are highlighted by a .444 batting average, 28 runs scores, and 15 extra-base hits, including six home runs. One of the top prospects in the state, Jones has signed with Washington, but will likely get selected in the MLB draft.
INF Jimmy Boyce, Mount Si, Sr. An all-around complete player, Boyce got it done at third, on the mound, and at the plate. Boyce tossed 48.2 innings as a reliever, striking out 62 batters with a 1.15 ERA. Boyce also batted .407 with 10 RBIs and six doubles, earning him honors as the KingCo 4A MVP.
INF Mason Delacruz, Jefferson, Jr. The Washington State commit was smooth on defense at shortstop, committing just two errors. At the plate, Delacruz threatened teams with his speed and batted .400 with 28 hits and 23 runs scored.
OF Mike Toglia, Gig Harbor, Sr. A switch hitter, Toglia powered Gig Harbor offensively hitting .316 with 24 RBIs and 10 extra base hits, including four home runs. On the mound the UCLA signee accumulated a 5-0 record tossing a no-hitter, a 1-hitter, and four shut outs.
OF Troy Johnston, Rogers, Sr. The SPSL 4A South MVP, Johnston lead Rogers in four offensive categories, including batting average (.370), RBIs (15), and hits (20). He will play at Gonzaga next year.
OF Harrison Jacobs, Shorewood, Sr. The T-Birds’ RBI man, Jacobs drove in 26 runs on 27 hits. Jacobs also pounded seven doubles and four home runs.
P Jake Mulholland, Snohomish, Sr. Mulholland only pitched five games of the season due to an arm injury early on, but the lefty still finished with a 5-0 record. Mulholland accumulated 43 strikeouts, three walks, and a 0.00 ERA in 29 innings pitched. For the first half of the season, Mulholland dominated at first base, and hit .377 with 18 runs scored and a .476 OBP. Mulholland will play at Oregon State next year.
P/OF Paul Falco, Lake Washington, Sr. All season, Falco collected wins on the mound for Lake Washington, but his most important win was against Lakeside for the 3A title. Falco tossed a 2-0 shutout, striking out five batters and walking just two. Over the season, Falco had a 10-0 record, 1.76 ERA, and 47 strikeouts in 51.2 innings. The KingCo 3A MVP also got it done on offense, batting .305 with 15 RBIs, six doubles, and two home runs.
C Shane McGuire, Kentwood, Jr. McGuire had a breakout junior year for the Conks. On defense, McGuire blocked well at the plate and handled his pitchers. McGuire, who batted .447, pounded nine doubles, six triples, and 23 RBIs on 42 hits.
INF Noah Hsue, Mercer Island, Jr. Mercer Island’s leadoff batter, Hsue used his speed to his advantage, and led the Islanders with 12 stolen bases. He also collected 31 hits and 25 runs scored.
INF Ryan Peterson, Puyallup, Sr. Peterson locked down the Puyallup defense at third, committing just four errors this season. Peterson also led the Vikings with a .415 batting average, and contributed 27 hits, 19 RBIs, and 16 runs scored.
INF Danny Sinatro, Skyline, Sr. Sinatro’s speed got opposing teams in trouble, whether it was legging out a bunt single or stealing a base – he lead Skyline with 10. On defense, the WSU commit’s biggest moment was teaming up with reliever Connor Knutson for a key pickoff against Kentwood, which ultimately helped the Spartans win the 4A title.
INF Nolan McCafferty, Woodinville, Sr. McCafferty helped Woodinville to a fourth place state finish in 4A. Hitting leadoff, McCafferty batted .333 with 31 hits, 23 runs scored, and nine doubles. The senior will play at Pomona next year.
OF Taylor Wright, Eastside Catholic, Sr. A danger on the base paths and at the plate, Wright batted .423 and stretched for 13 doubles. The Oregon State commit also accumulated 30 hits and 22 runs scored.
OF Jared Whitman, Lynnwood, Jr. One of Lynnwood’s aces, Whitman was injured midway through the season and switched to outfield. He didn’t miss a beat at the plate either, and finished the season batting .328 with 20 hits, 14 runs scored, and seven doubles.
OF Jaden Hassell, Fife, Sr. Hassell’s offensive capabilities led Fife to a fourth place state finish. The Washington commit is incredibly fast, leading the region with a whopping 26 stolen bases. His hitting stats speak for themselves: .500 average, .692 OBP, 31 runs scored, 17 RBIs, and six doubles.