Prep Baseball Report

SoCal Underclass Games Preview

Les Lukach
State Scouting Director

The inaugural Prep Baseball Report California Underclass Games will take place on Saturday, August 18th at Dedeaux Field home of the USC Trojans. The games are a culmination of our Underclass Trials Series which attracted over 200 players all vying for an opportunity to be invited to the games.

The games will feature a workout in the morning for position players before heading into two modified sim games in the afternoon. We will get started promptly at 9:00 AM with batting practice before moving into a defensive workout. The rosters have been handpicked by our team of scouts who have evaluated all of these players either at our events or throughout the summer at various events.

Of the 80 players participating in the games, close to 40 can be found in our rankings for their respective classes. The majority of these players remain uncomitted giving college coaches in attendance plenty of players to evaluate heading into fall/winter conditioning workouts.

Here are a handful of players you can expect to see at the Underclass Games.

RHP Caleb Bennett - FB up to 87 with a potential plus CB at 75-76 and a sharp slider at 76-81. It didn't take long for Bennett to catch our scouts attention with his 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame.

RHP Hayden Cody - FB up to 86 with a hard, biting curveball at 71-73. We saw Cody plenty in the spring as he helped Mission Viejo in the South Coast League.

MIF Davis Hildebrandt - Flashes the leather and has an arm that is capable of making throws from multiple angles. Squares balls up routinely.

C Blake Penso - After transferring from Mater Dei, Penso should vye for a starting spot for the Oilers of Huntington Beach in the spring. Big time arm and can block/recover with quickness.

OF/RHP Chris Aldrich - Good outfielder who really projects on the mound where he is very comfortable. Commands two pitches well.

SS Christian Yogi - Was a standout for Millikan this spring where he was team MVP. Slick fielder with a big arm that handles the bat well.

C Anthony Aleman - Showed very well at Underclass Trials where he was consistently one of the top statistical performers for his position.

OF/LHP Dustin Allen - Plus range and glove in the outfield, the left-handed hitter shows the ability to use all fields. Good run tool.

3B Diego Baqueiro - Physical third baseman whose bat projects for over-the-fence power in the future. Has range and arm is above average.

OF Chad Born - Not many players have seen their stock rise since spring as Born has. Consistent barrel contact pairs with range and a good outfield arm.

2B Miles Jenkins - Hyper-athletic middle infielder that has the tools to play either spot. Runs, hits, and defends all above average.

OF Skye Selinsky - Was one of the overall top prospects from our initial underclass trials. Lots of tools here. Will also pitch on Saturday.

C Connor Valenzuela - Strong behind the plate where his catch and throw tool are smooth. Also plays first base. Bat continues to develop.

C Daniel Briones - One of the top catchers in SoCal in his class, Briones has arguably the best catch-and-throw tool of any catcher in his class in the state.

OF Isaiah Greene - Oregon commit. Coming off a very strong performance in the Underclass Area Code Games, Greene is recovering nicely from a wrist injury that knocked him out last spring.

SS/3B Robbie Mansour - Mansour was a mainstay for San Dimas last spring while manning third base at a high level. Glove/arm are above average. Bat continues to show flashes of power.

2B Luca Martinez - Martinez is a consistent glove in the middle. Very instinctive player who runs well.

LHP/OF Will O'Neill - Was one of the top prospects from our Underclass Trials in SoCal. O'Neill can really defend in the outfield and has the arm to play any of those positions.

C Max Shor - Along with Briones, one of the best catchers in the state in the 2021 class. Shor also shows a loud hit tool to go with excellent defense behind the plate. USD commit.

SS Ty Borgogno - Slick fielder whose tools are above average on defense. Shows good feel for hitting and control of the barrel.

C/1B Jack Holman - Made a name for himself in a reserve role on a loaded Etiwanda team last spring. Power really projects from the left side of the plate.

2B/SS Jack Johnston - The USD commit was a starter for CIF SDS Champion Torrey Pines as a freshman and more than held his own. Bat will be a big time tool in the future.

C Carter Kay - Kay's catching ability is off the charts as he receives with soft hands and presents a large target. Lacks reps, but the bat is a productive one.

SS Devan Ornelas - The TCU commit is one of the best in his class. The hit tool is off the charts good and he shows position versatility by being able to play the outfield as well.

SS Anthony Ortiz - Was a top overall prospect at our underclass trials. There's power in the bat and his body. Moves very well for a guy his size and his arm plays now.

3B Dylan Power - Very projectable on both sides of the ball. A two-sport athlete, Power has the instincts and ability to play shortstop with the future power of corner guy.

OF David Shackelford - Was lights out our Underclass Trials earning top prospects recognition. Shackelford has range for days and good understanding of angles to the ball. Very instinctive player.


Team 1
Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Chris Aldrich CA Notre Dame 2020 OF  
Blake Butcher CA Corona Del Mar 2021 3B  
Aaron Cazares CA Eleanor Roosevelt 2022 RHP  
Brandon Clark CA Troy 2021 LHP  
Hayden Cody CA Mission Viejo 2020 RHP  
Braham Duncan CA Newport Harbor 2020 1B  
Cristian Enriquez CA Summit 2020 LHP  
Julian Galvan CA Crossroads School 2020 C  
Owen Hackman CA Notre Dame 2020 RHP  
Steven Hernandez CA El Camino Real 2020 OF  
Davis Hildebrandt CA Esperanza 2021 SS  
Devin Martinez CA Citrus Valley 2021 3B  
Nick McLain CA Beckman 2021 OF  
Blake Penso CA Huntington Beach 2021 C  
Nick Rocha CA Eastlake 2021 SS  
Matt Souza CA Mission Hills 2020 C  
Vincent Temesvary CA Notre Dame 2020 OF  
Brian Uribe CA Adolfo Camarillo 2021 RHP  
Landon Wallace CA Roseville 2020 C  
Lucas Welch CA Orange Lutheran 2021 RHP  
Christian Yogi CA Millikan 2020 SS  
Team 2
Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Dylan Alanais CA Ontario Christian 2021 RHP  
Anthony Aleman CA JSerra Catholic 2021 C  
Dustin Allen CA Arcadia 2020 OF  
Diego Baqueiro CA Notre Dame 2020 3B  
J. Grady Birmingham CA Mater Dei 2020 OF  
Chad Born CA Orange Lutheran 2020 OF  
Jared Casebier CA Trabuco Hills 2020 RHP  
Matthew DeCrona CA Corona Del Mar 2021 SS  
Nicolo DiFerdinando CA Corona del Mar 2021 C  
Noah Elorriaga CA Troy 2021 3B  
Tank Espalin CA Orange Lutheran 2020 SS Southern California
Blake Griffin CA Citrus Valley 2021 RHP  
Miles Jenkins CA North Torrance 2020 2B  
Cooper Munro CA Beckman 2020 1B  
Jake Naso CA Trabucco Hills 2020 2B  
Skye Selinsky CA Mater Dei 2021 OF  
Nolan Troxel CA Servite 2021 LHP  
Connor Valenzuela CA Ruben S. Ayala 2020 C  
Joseph Wiersma CA Orange Lutheran 2020 RHP  
Dustin Wood CA Orange Lutheran 2021 SS  
Team 3
Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Daniel Briones CA Bishop Amat 2021 C  
Victor Deleon CA Alhambra 2020 LHP  
Michael Flores CA Corona 2020 LHP  
Isaiah Greene CA Corona 2020 OF Oregon
Isaac Hebert CA Hamilton 2020 LHP  
Eugene Jeon CA La Mirada 2020 3B  
Noah Karliner CA Fountain Valley 2020 3B  
Clay Liolios CA Newport Harbor 2020 C  
Robert Mansour CA San Dimas 2021 SS  
Luca Martinez CA San Marcos 2020 2B  
Andrew Nykoluk CA Simi Valley 2022 SS  
Will O'Neil CA Newport Harbor 2021 LHP  
Nolan Ornelas CA Long Beach Wilson 2020 OF  
Aaron Reyes CA St John Bosco 2021 C  
Garrett Riley CA Mater Dei 2020 LHP  
Johnathan Romo CA Santiago 2020 OF  
Maxwell Shor CA Palm Desert 2021 C San Diego
Ethan Van Scoy CA Temecula Valley 2021 LHP  
Team 4
Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Brady Ashworth CA Foothill 2021 RHP  
Eric Barajas CA Roosevelt 2020 RHP  
Caleb Bennett CA Corona Centennial 2020 RHP  
Ty Borgogno CA Ayala 2022 SS  
Owen Cain CA Rancho Cucamonga 2020 C  
Brady Childs CA Servite 2021 RHP  
Daniel Cruz CA Corona 2020 OF  
Jack Holman CA Etiwanda 2021 C  
Jack Johnston CA Torrey Pines 2021 2B San Diego
Carter Kay CA Villa Park 2020 C  
Isaiah Marquez CA San Dimas 2020 OF  
Devan Ornelas CA Notre Dame 2020 SS Texas Christian
Anthony Ortiz CA St. John Bosco 2020 SS  
Dylan Power CA Ayala 2022 3B  
Darius Price CA Rancho Cucamonga 2020 SS  
Kyle Rasmussen CA El Modena 2020 SS  
Cole Seward CA Valencia 2021 RHP  
David Shackelford CA La Habra 2021 OF  
Kieran Sidebotham CA Corona Del Mar 2020 SS  
Troy Smith CA Mater Dei 2020 C  
Vencel Yousif CA Valhalla 2021 RHP