Prep Baseball Report

2023 Team Preview: Huntington Beach Oilers

PBR California Staff

The Road to the California State Games begins with the 2023 California high school baseball season. With the season just around the corner, our staff has begun putting out team previews from all around the state, getting you prepared for another year of exciting coverage. 

Today we focus on the Huntington Beach Oilers who are fresh off a CIF SoCal Region D1 championship and a 25-9 overall record. The Oilers boast a roster that includes 13 players who have committed to play collegiate baseball and remain one of the nation’s top teams. Under longtime Head Coach Benji Medure, the Oilers look to capture another league title and successful playoff run.

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Huntington Beach Oilers

Head Coach (years at school):

Benji Medure (23)

Twitter Handle:


CIF Section & Division:


Conference/League Name:


Last Year’s Record:


8-1 (League) 

2022 Playoff Run:

Lost in CIF SS D1 Semifinals to Notre Dame; Won CIF SoCal Region D1 championship

# of Returning Starters:


# of Returning Pitchers:


Team Expectations:

"Need to score runs to win. Pitching is young and unproven. Will play good defense and hit though."

Team Strengths:

Hitting, depth

Areas of Improvement:

Pitching depth

College Commitments:

Ralph Velazquez - ASU, INF/C

Aidan Espinoza - UCLA, CF

Trent Grindlinger - LBSU, C

Carson Lane - UNLV, RHP

Dean Carpentier - USC, INF/RHP

Colby Turner - SDSU, INF

Linkin Garcia - Arizona, INF/RHP

Trevor Goldenetz - TCU, OF

John Petrie - Oregon State, OF

Ethan Porter - Oregon State, INF/RHP

Tyler Bellerose - Pepperdine, RHP

Wyatt Thomas - Biola, RHP

Jayton Greer- San Diego, C

Top Uncommitted 23s:

Brian Trujillo, INF

Bradley Navarro, OF

Will Bennett, INF

Gavin Pacheco, RHP

Top Uncommitted 24s:

Nathan Aceves, RHP

Jett Burden, OF

Travis Curry, INF

Collin McNiven, RHP

Phillip Kang, LHP

Top Uncommitted 25s:

Otto Espinoza, RHP

Top Uncommitted 26s:

CJ Weinstein


South Bay Preseason ID
CA 01/29 Mission College - San Jose
East Bay Preseason ID CA 2/05 Chabot College - Hayward
Rising Stars ID: Sacramento CA 3/12 McBean Stadium - Lincoln
Rising Stars ID: Bay Area CA 4/23 Chabot College - Hayward