The Post-Tribune’s top 10 teams and 20 players to watch for high school baseball


March 30th 2018

Top 10 Teams

1. Andrean: The 59ers (25-8) are well positioned to make a run at a Class 3A state title after playing in 4A the last two seasons. Michael Doolin, a junior pitcher who committed to Vanderbilt, is back after finishing 8-0 with a 1.59 ERA. Clay Thompson, a crafty senior left-hander who committed to Oakland, was 6-1 last season. Position players back are outfielder Nick Fushi, a Ball State recruit who hit .408, and first baseman Joe Rycerz.

Top 20 Players

Jacob Armentrout, Wheeler, senior, outfielder; Chandler Banic, LaPorte, senior, pitcher; Damian Castillo, Highland, senior, infielder; Jake DeFries, Crown Point, senior, infielder; Michael Doolin, Andrean, junior, pitcher; Marcus Gholston, Valparaiso, senior, outfielder; Steven Fowler, Highland, senior, infielder; Nick Fushi, Andrean, senior, outfielder; Colin Mack, Morgan Township, senior, infielder; Will Malekovic, LaPorte, senior, catcher; Garrett Manous, Munster, junior, outfielder; Jake Nelson, Washington Township, senior, infielder; Bobby Nowak, Hanover Central, senior, infielder; Austin Peterson, Chesterton, senior, pitcher; Gunnar Pullins, Valparaiso, senior, infielder; Julian Rutherford, Griffith, senior, pitcher; Joe Rycerz, Andrean, senior, utility/designated hitter; Joe Sanchez, Hanover Central, senior outfielder; Clay Thompson, Andrean, senior, pitcher; Josiah Zambrana, River Forest, senior, infielder.