Prep Baseball Report

Region Preview: Class AAA - Region IV

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 IV

Preseason Favorites

Hurricane (29-7) / Cabell Midland (18-11) / Nitro (24-9)

A potential three team battle looms in this always rugged region. Hurricane looks to defend its 2014 state title but to do so will have to contend with a Nitro team that is loaded with quality pitching and a Cabel Midland Team that seems to peek during the postseason every year. 

In the Hunt

Logan (23-9) / Huntington (19-11) 

Preseason Player of the Year

Zach MinnickZach Minnick, C/3B/RHP, Logan (Class of 2015)

Minnick gets the nod over a large group of talented players in this region. The 6-foot, 215-pound primary catcher has put up impressive numbers through his first three years of high school baseball and has shown the raw tools to be a potential draft pick as early as this year's June draft. At the recent PBR Super 60 Pro Showcase in Chicago, Minnick ran a 6.85 60-yard dash and flashed a 95 mph bat exit velocity with a wood bat. The Campbell University recruit has showcased a top pop time of 1.79 at previous PBR events and starred as a member of the Team Pennsylvania roster at the 2013 PBR Future Games at Indiana University.

Top Prospects

Cabell Midland

Bryton Jobe Coleton Carter William (Zac) McNeel
          Jobe                    Carter                 McNeel

Eli Canterbury, OF (Class of 2015, ranked No. 19 in class)
Brady Elkins, C (Class of 2015, ranked No. 15 in class)
Bryton Jobe,1B (Class of 2015, ranked No. 10 in class)
Coleton Carter, OF (Class of 2016, ranked No. 36 in class)
Zac McNeel, RHP(Class of 2016, ranked No. 10 in class)
Kirk Jennings, RHP/SS (Class of 2017, ranked No. 3 in class)


Andrew Zban

Ben Fulks, C (Class of 2015)
Sam Sheils, 2B/OF (Class of 2015, ranked No. 50 in class)
Andrew Zban, OF/RHP (Class of 2015, ranked No. 8 in class)

Hurricane (2014 Class 3A State Champs)

Trey Dawson Tate Brock J.T. Rogoszewski
      Dawson                  Brock             Rogoszewski

Trey Dawson, SS (Class of 2015, WVU recruit, ranked No. 4 in class)
Tate Brock, C (Class of 2015, WVU recruit, ranked No. 5 in class )
J.T. Rogoszewski, RHP (Class of 2015, North Carolina recruit, ranked No. 3 in class)

Lincoln County

Grant Bates, 3B/RHP (Class of 2015, University of Charleston recruit)


Zach Minnick Chase Preston Chase Burnette
       Minnick                Preston               Burnette

Zach Minnick, C/3B/RHP (Class of 2015, Campbell recruit, ranked No. 1 in class)
Chase Preston, MIF (Class of 2015)
Chase Burnette, RHP/1B (Class of 2016, ranked No. 24 in class)


Kipp Brewer Eddie Flores Levi Kelly
        Brewer                  Flores                   Kelly

Kipp Brewer, LHP/OF (Class of 2015, ranked No. 7 in class)
Jacob Bradley, RHP/OF (Class of 2016, Marshall commit, ranked No. 5 in class)
Eddie Flores, 3B/RHP (Class of 2016, ranked No. 8 in class)
Matt Harrison, RHP/3B (Class of 2016, Marshall commit, ranked No. 7 in class)
Matt Jewell, C (Class of 2016, ranked No. 17 in class)
Levi Kelly, RHP/3B (Class of 2018)

Point Pleasant

Trevor Porter Abe Stearns
         Porter                 Stearns

Trevor Porter, OF/C (Class of 2015)
Abe Stearns, RHP/SS (Class of 2017, ranked No. 8 in class)

Spring Valley

Zach Harvey

Zach Harvey, SS/RHP (Class of 2015)

St. Albans

Peter Theodos, LHP/1B (Class of 2015)


Joshua Lambert, 3B/C (Class of 2015)

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