Prep Baseball Report

Region Preview: Class AAA - Region IV

By Greg Williams
WV Director of Scouting

With the start of the high school season 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.

                 Class AAA - Region IV

Preseason Favorites

Hurricane (25-4) / Cabell Midland (24-11)

The pair have been in a dog fight recently for supremacy in Region IV. Cabell Midland has ended the Redskins' post-season in three of the past four years, including a 1-0 region semifinal win in eight innings last year. Both teams return the majority of their starting lineup from 2013 and appear to be on a collision course for a berth in the state tournament again this year.


In the Hunt

Logan (22-9) / Huntington (20-12) / Nitro (24-14)

Kinker2Preseason Player of the Year

Seth Kinker, 3B/RHP, Cabell Midland (Class of 2014)

Kinker gets the nod over a large group of talented players in this region. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound 3B/RHP is an impressive two-way prospect headed to Ohio State. Kinker's abilities were on full display at last year's state tournament. He went 0-for-4 at the plate on Friday (semifinals), but followed that up with a 4-for-4 day in the championship with a double, a run scored and an RBI. In the semifinal game he pitched a complete game, two-hitter with eight strikeouts. He sat 83-85 all evening and registered a strikeout on an 86 mph fastball to end the game.


Top Prospects

Cabell Midland

Seth Kinker, 3B/RHP (Class of 2014, Ohio State recruit)
Cody Ballengee, 1B (Class of 2014)
Eric Wooten, OF (Class of 2014)
Bryton Jobe,1B (Class of 2015)
Brady Elkins, C (Class of 2015)
Eli Canterbury, OF (Class of 2015)
Zac McNeel, RHP(Class of 2016)


Joey Mundy, 3B/SS (Class of 2014, Vanderbilt recruit)
Stephen Holland, LHP (Class of 2014)
Sam Sheils, 2B/OF (Class of 2015)


Austin Hensley, RHP (Class of 2014, WVU recruit for football)
Trey Dawson, SS (Class of 2015, WVU commit)
Tate Brock, C (Class of 2015, WVU commit)
J.T. Rogoszewski, RHP (Class of 2015)

Lincoln County

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


Zach Minnick, C/3B/RHP (Class of 2015)
Chase Burnette, RHP/1B (Class of 2016)


Dylan Slack, 1B/OF (Class of 2014, Lenoir-Rhyne recruit)
Tyler Barton, OF/RHP (Class of 2014)
Jacob Bradley, RHP/OF (Class of 2016)
Matt Jewell, C (Class of 2016)
Matt Harrison, RHP/3B (Class of 2016)

Point Pleasant

Alex Somerville, 2B/RHP (Class of 2014)


 Brandon Wright, SS/OF (Class of 2014)


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