Prep Baseball Report

THE FIVE: N. California Preseason All-State Middle Infielders

Ryan Ozella
N. California Area Scout

STOCKTON, CA - We conclude position analysis with our series THE FIVE, taking a look at five standout middle infielders from the Northern California Preseason event. These infielders weren't the only standouts, but the staff collaborated and they made the strongest impressions. Earlier we posted a Quick Hits story with multiple early standouts from the day. We also previously released our stats leaderspitcherscatchersoutfieldersmiddle infielders, and corner infielders.

Today we look to dig a little deeper into these five middle infielders who we feel have a chance to be standouts at the college level. Players are listed in no particular order. 

NOTE: Players are listed in no particular order. Position listed is the primary position players have listed in their profiles. Be sure to click on the player profile for full video from this event and any additional scouting notes from other viewings of the player. 

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Scouting Report


One of the Top 2021 players, Crawford showed he's got the skills to stick in the middle of the diamond and hit atop a lineup at the next level. Competitive spirit and showed a tenacity for being around the baseball all day and athletic skills to still make some jumps. 


1/27/19 - PBR N CA Preseason All-State - Cal Commit. Lean, long, large frame with width in shoulders; projectable frame that has space to fill in. Controlled and athletic runner keeping chest over feet (7.33 60-yd). Slightly opened stance with narrow knees turned in keeping even hands and high back elbow; controlled rock into back hip with hands going down then back. Barrel is short and quick with acceleration into the zone; very projectable swing attacking on level path with gap power regularly driving balls deep to pullside (90 exit velo). Very smooth and controlled in the infield with strong first step giving him large range of coverage; ability to speed up/slow down the body showing soft hands. Compact and quick arm that shows great accuracy with extra carry and life staying on a line going across the diamond (85 MPH). Cal commit is one of the top 2021 shortstops in NorCal with plenty of projection in his defensive skills and ability to hit at the next level.

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