2023 Team Preview: Palm Springs Indians

PBR California Staff

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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 Palm Springs Indians who are looking for a bounce back season in 2023. Under 10th-year head coach Earl Smith, the Indians think this team's strong baseball IQ and skills will help in accomplishing their hopes of doubling their win total from 2022 and to compete for the postseason.

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Palm Springs Indians

Head Coach (years at school):

Earl Smith (10)

Twitter Handle:


CIF Section & Division:


Conference/League Name:

Desert Empire

Last Year’s Record:


2-13 (League)

2022 Playoff Run:


# of Returning Starters:


# of Returning Pitchers:


Team Expectations:

Double the number of wins to 16, compete in a very strong league making the playoffs and making a deep run in the Division 7 Playoffs.

Team Strengths:

"Team speed, defense and Baseball IQ"

Areas of Improvement:

 "Improve our strength and power"

Top Uncommitted 23s:

Cruz Bowman- LHP, 5'8" 160 L/L

Cruz Leija- C, 6'2" 195 R/R

Top Uncommitted 24s:

Zack Thomason- CF, 5'10” 170 R/R

Top Uncommitted 26s:

Gio Wood- SS/RHP, 5'6" 150 R/R


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