Region Preview: Class AAA - Region I

By Greg Williams
WV Director of Scouting

With the start of the high school season is less than a month away we will be previewing each region in each classification statewide. In addition to a look at the top teams we will also highlight some of the top prospects in each region. Look for our initial Elite Eight team rankings in each classification to appear later this month.

                 Class AAA - Region I

Preseason Favorite 

Wheeling Park (20-7)

The Patriots came within an extra-innings loss in the Class AAA semifinals last year of having a shot at winning the state title. With Preseason Player of the Year Michael Grove back for his senior season a return trip to Charleston is a real possibility. 

Preseason Player of the Year

Michael Grove, RHP/SS, Wheeling Park HS (Class of 2015)

Michael Grove

Grove was dominant in a complete game performance in last year's state semifinals. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound WVU recruit showcased a heavy fastball that sits 87-89 with late life. He showed repeatable mechanics and the ability to make in game adjustments to allow himself to have success. Grove is a strike thrower that does not use his 71 mph curveball or his 77 mph changeup often, but his fastball is good enough currently that he doesn't need to.

Grove also flashed two-way abilities running a 6.92 60-yard dash and showcased an 86 mph arm across the diamond at the PA Top Prospect Games in June. The talented righty sat 88-90 recently at the PBR Super 60 Pro Showcase in Chicago and showed signs of improving secondary pitches to go along with his power fastball.

Top Prospects         


Chad Harper 

Chad Harper, C (Class of 2016, ranked No. 28 in class)                      

John Marshall

Jared Horan 

Jared Horan, OF/2B (Class of 2015)


Alex Slates Eric Starliper Dustin Freeman

        Slates               Starliper            Freeman

Alex Slates, SS/2B, (Class of 2015, ranked No. 49 in class)
Eric Starliper, C/2B (Class of 2015)
Dustin Freeman, 2B/SS (Class of 2016)


Maxwell Chefren, RHP/OF (Class of 2015)

Parkersburg south

* The Patriots made an appearance in Charleston in 2013. A youthful lineup will take the field in 2015. 


RT Hare Logan Menear 
         Hare                 Menear            

RT Hare, RHP/3B (Class of 2015)
Logan Menear, RHP/3B (Class of 2015) 


Tristan Lucas Kyle Seese
        Lucas                 Seese

Tristan Lucas, OF (Class of 2015, ranked No. 22 in class)
Kyle Seese, 2B/RHP (Class of 2015)  

Wheeling Park

Michael Grove Isaac Turner 
        Grove                Turner             

Michael Grove, RHP/SS (Class of 2015, ranked No. 2 in class, WVU recruit)
Isaac Turner, 1B/LHP (Class of 2016)

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