Prep Baseball Report

Preseason All State Top Uncommitted Middle Infielders

Steven Hardesty
Central Coast/North LA Area Scout



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After seeing nearly 200 of the top players in the state of California across our SoCal Preseason All State Upper/Under class events and NorCal Preseason All State event we are taking a look a back at some of the top uncommitted players to know by position. 

Players at each event participated in a showcase-style workout with athletic testing, on field batting practice, defensive workouts, and bullpen sessions. During the workout portion of the event players had the opportunity to let their tools shine on video and build their database of metrics through Prep Baseball California's use of Swift Technologies, Blast Motion swing trackers, and Trackman technology for batted ball data and pitch tracking. While in our SoCal event the players competed in a controlled scrimmage with game play after the showcase workout.

We continue by looking at the standout uncommitted middle infielders from the 3 events. The 12 names on this list (not in any order) represent some of the top names to know in the state of California.

Brief overview of the players skills is included, but college coaches and fans can click link on their name to view their full Prep Baseball profile for more in-depth information on these players.

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Elijah Duarte SS / C / Ayala, CA / 2026

Talented SS who shows advanced actions with athleticism and arm strength to be a potential above average defender at a premium spot. Is also a very advanced Catcher who shows real potential to be an impact defender at 2 premium spots. Flashes middle to top of the order offensive impact.

Joseph Flores Jr. SS / RHP / Arlington, CA / 2027

An advanced defender for the '27 class at a premium spot who shows the actions in his feet and hands to stick at SS with plenty of arm strength. It's a top of the order offensive profile with power and feel to hit. Shows 2-way potential as a very talented RHP in addition.

Sebastien Grove SS / 2B / Notre Dame, CA / 2027

Smooth defender who shows the actions in his feet and hands to stick up the middle and a good arm with good athleticism to be an above average potential defender. Quick bat with feel for hard contact flashes gap to gap carry.

Branden Kim SS / 3B / Norco, CA / 2026

Shows the toolset to stick at SS with the hands and feet to play laterally/downhill with a clean transfer. The arm strength and accuracy shows SS potential. Smooth RH swing with line drive plane and a good feel for his barrel.

Brady McKay SS / 2B / Servite, CA / 2026

Athletic with good tools across the board who will profile to stick up the middle defensively  while showing an intriguing offensive profile.

Trevor Banning SS / RHP / Santa Margarita, CA / 2025

Arm strength is above average to plus with the footwork and hands to be a solid defender at SS or potentially plus at 2B. Switch hitter who shows feel to hit from both sides with impact potential on the LH side.

Thomas Carney SS / 2B / Saint Augustine, CA / 2024

Talented LH hitter who shows an advanced feel for his barrel with sneaky power to the pullside. Potential to stick as an SS with above average potential as a 2B defensively. Bat has impact potential.

Dario Freschi SS / 2B / Vintage, CA / 2025

LH hitter who shows potential impact offensive profile with the tools and athletic ability to stick up the middle. There is SS potential, but could be above average as a LH hitting 2B with an offensive profile.

Brady Hernandez SS / 3B / Leland, CA / 2025

A solid athlete who has the footwork, feel for playing laterally/downhill with good hands and fringe average arm strength to handle SS, but would be above average at 2B. Bat shows potential with good impact to the pull side of the field.

Ollie Obenour SS / 2B / Leigh , CA / 2024

Fringe above average arm strength with carry/accuracy to his throws while showing good actions moving around the infield. Shows a feel for finding his barrel with hard contact and pullside HR power. 

Blake Porter SS / RHP / Vintage , CA / 2026

Actions and arm strength are fringe above average as a '26 with potential for SS. Will need to continue to develop athletically to stick there with ability to easily handle 2B. Bat shows impact with consistent feel for driving the baseball with hard contact. 

Kyle Sandner 2B / OF / Rodriguez, CA / 2024

Loud offensive profile with middle to top of the order offensive potential. Bat to ball with feel for the barrel and HR power from LCF to LF line. Shows solid actions and the arm to handle 2B with an offensive impact profile.


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