Below are the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Western Washington Preseason Baseball Teams, where we have identified the best baseball players heading into the 2016 season.
Best of luck to all high school baseball programs this season, and be sure to check back each week for our American Family Insurance ALL-USA Western Washington Spring Performers of the Week.
P Jordan Jones, Kentwood, Sr. Jones had a perfect 8-0 record last year, striking out 64 batters in 49 innings with a 1.55 ERA. The Washington signee also guided Kentwood to its fifth trip to state in six years.
P Chris Micheles, Puyallup, Sr. The lefty has a good command of his fastball, with his offseason pitches reaching up to 89 mph. Micheles was a menace on the mound, recording a 7-0 record and a 0.85 ERA last year.
C Eli Wilson, Garfield, Sr. The Minnesota commit was a rock behind the plate with a .981 fielding percentage. He also hit .356 with five doubles, three triples, and 18 RBI.
INF Morgan McCullough, West Seattle, Sr. The future Oregon Duck batted .525 with 32 hits and is also lauded as one of the top defensive middle infielders in the Metro League – he had just four errors last season.
INF Michael Spellacy, Puyallup, Jr. The Battle Ground transfer will fill big shoes this year, splitting time at shortstop with Sumner transfer Collin Wolf. Spellacy was a WSBCA All-State first-teamer as a sophomore, batting .480 for the Tigers with 28 hits and just one strikeout. The future Zag was also Battle Ground's closer, with a 3-1 record and a 1.95 ERA.
INF Christian Jones, Federal Way, Sr. Jones was an All-SPSL Northwest First Team selection last season at first. The UW signee is one of the Eagles' top offensive threats, finishing last season batting .346 with 21 RBI in 52 at-bats.
INF Austin Shenton, Bellingham, Sr. The UW commit was called an "RBI machine" by Washington coach Lindsay Meggs and helped Bellingham reach the district tournament last year. One of the top prospects in the nation, Shenton has drawn interest from some big league teams and is expected to be drafted in the MLB draft in June.
OF Mike Toglia, Gig Harbor, Sr. Toglia can pound it out from both sides of the plate, recording six doubles, five triples, and four home runs last season. In addition to playing centerfield, expect to see Toglia get significant time on the mount as Gig Harbor's No. 1 pitcher. After decommitting from Washington State last summer, Toglia signed with UCLA in November.
OF Jesse Franklin, Seattle Prep, Jr. Franklin batted an astonishing .521 in 73 at-bats, helping the Panthers reach the state tournament last season. He drove in 30 runs and hit 11 doubles.
OF Troy Johnston, Rogers, Sr. The Rams finished 9-3 in league play last season in large part due to Johnston's efforts. He led the league in batting average at .485 and stole 13 bases. The Gonzaga commit made the WSBCA All-State Second Team last year.
P Jake Mulholland, Snohomish, Sr. Mulholland is one of the Panthers top returners after losing eight seniors last year. A double threat on the mound and at first base, the Oregon State signee batted .409 with 27 hits and 12 RBI in 66 at-bats. He also compiled an 8-0 record with a 1.15 ERA and struck out 70 batters in 55 innings of work.
P Jared Whitman, Lynnwood, Jr. An All-State first-teamer as a sophomore, Whitman helped the Royals to a Northwest District title last year. The junior is versatile enough to be used on the mound or in the outfield, batting .303 with a .410 on-base percentage. Whitman also tallied a 7-1 record with an incredible 0.26 ERA in 53 innings pitched.
C Michael Petrie, Mercer Island, Sr. The KingCo 3A Player of the Year uses his speed to his advantage, leading the Islanders with 13 stolen bases. He also batted .342 with 27 hits and 23 runs scored.
INF Matt Fleming, Kentridge, Sr. Fleming was a WSBCA All-State selection last year, putting up big numbers at the plate. The senior batted .478 with 32 hits, 21 runs scored, and ten doubles. The Washington-bound Fleming also committed just one error in 23 games.
INF Noah Hsue, Mercer Island, Jr. The Washington-bound second baseman earned WSBCA All-State honors last year as a sophomore. One of Mercer Island's fastest baserunners, Hsue accumulated 31 hits, 22 runs scored, five doubles, and four triples in 85 at-bats.
INF Collin Wolf, Puyallup, Sr. A WSBCA All-State Second Team selection last year, Wolf anchors the middle infield for Puyallup. Wolf transferred from Sumner, where he batted .413 with 31 hits and 25 runs scored.
INF Kyler McMahan, Lynnwood, Jr. After a breakout freshman season, McMahan led the Royals in batting average (.397), runs scored (23), hits (31), and triples (3). The shortstop has committed to Oregon State.
OF Brendan Ecklebarger, Redmond, Sr. The future Washington Husky made the All-KingCo 4A first team for pitcher and outfielder last season. He scored 15 runs and drove in 10 while batting .339.
OF Austin Hackman, South Kitsap, Sr. Hackman drove in 17 runs during the regular season, batting .342 with a .436 on-base percentage. But his biggest RBI of the season came in the state championship against Newport – he hit a two-out single in extra innings that scored a run, giving the South Kitsap the lead and eventually the championship.
OF Harrison Jacobs, Shorewood, Sr. Typically the T-Birds clean-up hitter, Jacobs hit .370 with 10 doubles and five triples through 24 games last season.