High school baseball season and the warmer days of spring

BaseballHigh school baseball is just around the corner.  With these cold and icy conditions, who is not looking forward to sitting in the baseball stands in the glorious spring weather?

One of the state’s best to watch this year is Central Gwinnett’s Philip Bates.

He is a four-year member of the varsity, playing infield and pitcher. As a sophomore, Bates turned heads with a .366 batting average. Last year, he was one of the state’s top hitters, pushing his average up to .478, good enough to earn All-County honors by the Gwinnett Dougout Club. Bates will play in college at Reinhardt.

Who do you think will be some of the top baseball players in the metro and state for 2010? Please post below.

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Wolverine Fan

January 29th, 2010
6:34 am

Top of the list should be 6′5″ pitcher from Woodstock Kent Emmanual headed to North Carolina.

Devil Lover

January 29th, 2010
8:02 am

Hey Micheal. When can we have a discussion about something important like who is going to win the 5A state championship. With just less than one month, Feb 26th, the first round of the state tournament begins. With Milton showing some weakness, it looks like anyone tounament.

What do you say?

JOHN BALL

January 29th, 2010
9:04 am

CJ MCDOWELL AT OLA HIGH SCHOOL WILL BE A TOP PLAYER THIS YEAR . THE KID HAS ALL THE TOOLS

Are You Ready For Some Baseball

January 29th, 2010
10:16 am

Some DeKalb names to watch this season.

Ian Davis-Hunter Wheeler-James Farnell-Dunwoody
Andy Threat-Will Middour-Lakeside
Trey Griffin-Khirus Ware-MLK
Monte Reese-Uwem Udofia-Miller Grove
Quinnton Osby-Columbia
Brandon Lowe-Anthony Brown-Stephen Gaulden-Chamblee
Deion Williams-Mason Davis-CeQuan Swinney-Redan
Darryl Watkins-Marcus Jones-Stephenson
Leopold Dixon-Towers
Kash Manzelli-Andy Perez-Brandon Leibrandt-Evan Geist-Marist
D’Angelo Smith-Lithonia
Desmond Towns-Druid Hills
Eric Bowers-Tucker

Are You Ready For Some Baseball

January 29th, 2010
11:32 am

Some more around the state.

Alexander Cruz-Blessed Trinity, Zach Alvord-South Forsyth, Dwight Smith McIntosh, Zane Evans Roswell, D’Monte Grissom White Water, Kevin Jordan Northside Columbus, Conner Mason Home School, Delino Deshields Norcross, James Garner Loganville, Cameron Bedrosian East Cowetta, Julius Gaines Luella, Blake Austin Landmark Christian, Micah Grissom Our Lady Of Mercy, Ralston Cash Lakeview, K.J. McAllister Gainesville, Chevez Clark Marietta, Kent Emanuel Woodstock, Caleb Bryson Brookwood, Chase Butler Darlington, Kaleb Cowart Cook County, Jake Skole Blessed Trinity, Grant Newsome Alpharetta, Andrew Toles Sandy Creek, Jonathan Roberts Landmark Christian, DeAndre Smelter Tattnell, Christopher Triplett Sandy Creek, Kyle Wren Landmark Christian, Brandon Stephens Lassiter, Devin Stanton Parkview.

Thats to name a few so sorry if I missed you but if you follow Georgia baseball you know there is alot of talent in this state and I didn’t mean to miss you.

Mr. High School Baseball

January 29th, 2010
12:36 pm

Another name to add to the Dekalb County list is BJ Robinson, Chanblee High

Baseball Dad

January 29th, 2010
12:52 pm

My son is one of the names for someones Dekalb to watch, and I would like to thank whoever felt that he deserved to be there.

Chamblee Pride

January 29th, 2010
1:05 pm

I am also happy that my son was added to the Chamblee list But we are going to start our Season at Chamblee off right by saying that ALL of the Chamblee players need to be on this list starting with all of our return players Brandon Lowe, BJ Robinsoan, Nate Denson, Tyran Turman, Brandon Baird, Stephen Gaulden, and Kox Maslia, and all the rest of the Bulldogs. This Bulldog team will stand together this year.

Chamblee Pride

January 29th, 2010
2:28 pm

I am so sorry forgot one of our returners Alex Coble.

Ocee

January 29th, 2010
4:52 pm

Kevin O’Leary Wesleyan School

Baseball Observer

January 29th, 2010
10:45 pm

The Great State of Georgia is blessed with one of the best draft classes ever. It will be epic in college and high school. As in could go down as one of the best state drafts in the history of the game. Cowart, Bedrosian, Bryson, Emmanuel, Carey, Austin, etc. That was just H.S.

Eagle 1

January 29th, 2010
11:14 pm

Where is the basketball stuff!!!!!!!

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SouthWest Dekalb Baseball

January 31st, 2010
5:09 pm

_In reviewing the names from Dekalb County that were not mentioned previously in a post are DeAnrde’ Waldburg who ranked in the top 15 in the county with a hitting avg. of .360, and Moses “Nukee” Charles with a fielding percentage of .965 as a sophmore,and others to mention are Aaron Benjamin, and Jeff Bell.

nickwilson

February 1st, 2010
9:04 am

solidplayer from decatur

Norcross

February 2nd, 2010
8:02 am

carter ward, josh booth both have great potential for this year and on the collegiate level next year.

baseball fan!

February 5th, 2010
6:32 pm

some more top players are monte reese (miller grove)
tyler austin (heritage) nakeem forte (heritage)
kevin dawkins (rockdale county) austin jenkins (rockdale county)
and alex cruz (blessed trinity)

ga pride

February 5th, 2010
6:37 pm

i agree with baseball fan, tyler austin is a big name from heritage. nakeem forte the new transfer from rockdale county will provide great depth. kevin dawkins from rockdale county will have a breakout year at the plate, and austin jenkins from rockdale county is a very solid middle infielder and will also have a breakout season. everyone on this list will have signed a scholarship by the end of the seaason.

superstar2010

February 5th, 2010
10:54 pm

wow i dont know why anybody would put austin jenkins on any type of high school baseball forum, this kid is a joke… he looks like a jv hitter in bp and has no hands at short along with a weak arm, probaly the WORST player in 8-aaaa

AlbanyState

February 5th, 2010
11:30 pm

Austin Jenkins has solid potential for the jv squad at Rockdale. Maybe he can teach the Varsity guys how to run. but the star catcher Dawkins needs to show him how to just HIT the ball. and the Young 2nd baseman, Jeremy Sparks, should give him some pointers on how to field and throw a ball on the infield. he will have great potential in his senior year

dunwoodybaseball2

February 5th, 2010
11:38 pm

Austin jenkins?? seriously????? i played with this kid last year, well not really played, i played he kept pitch count and this kid is terrible, potential threat though……. against his own team.. has no bat, no glove, no hands, no baseball since, i heard he commited to albany state though.. wow must have been in need of a baseball manager

HHS-baseball1

February 5th, 2010
11:52 pm

Austin Jenkins???? I thought he was the back-up???? I went to one of there practices and watched him look like the jv shortstop from heritage!!!! I mean i saw him gettin ready and i was like yeah this kid gonn be good, but nope. He sucks. His parents wasted there money to make him look like a superstar when he is just ok. but he is pretty quick if you need an all time pinch runner

dunwoodybaseball3

February 6th, 2010
12:05 am

I agree with what my colleague from dunwoody said. Austin Jenkins is a joke. Anyone from rockdale who believes that he has potential is just dumb. I have been on the same team as him, and as a junior, he not only was on JV, but was on the bench. Another fact why he cant field is that he ISNT an infielder. he played outfield at dunwoody. sorry rockdale, but you guys got sold a bunch of crap.

DWHSB

February 6th, 2010
12:37 am

Austin. man why and the heck did you go to rockdale saying you were good? i mean really you quit our JV team 2 years straight because you played outfield. sorry to rat you out dude. but u cant be lying to them rockdale guys

Norcross HS 6' 4" LHP

February 6th, 2010
11:03 am

Carter Ward, a very strong 6′4″ LHP at Norcross High, is coming off a summer and fall averaging 2 1/2 HITS per game and an ERA of just over 1 while striking out more than 1 1/2 batters per inning!!!

Bulldog Baseball

February 6th, 2010
2:47 pm

Wow, he told everybody at Rockdale that he lettered 3 TIMES at Dunwoody! He even convinced our varsity coach to give him a letter before the season even started! I haven’t really had the chance to see this kid play. . . .on a scale of 1-10 how bad does this kid suck??

Mr. Dunwoody?

February 6th, 2010
2:52 pm

Well look at it on the bright side kid. At least you can tell everybody you won a state championship. Im sure Rockdale will make a nice run for the state championship! Stay positive, its not the end of the world. . .

Mount Rock

February 6th, 2010
3:29 pm

JT Shaw and Bernard Thompson will help Rockdale when they finish with basketball. The 6′5 215lbs Shaw hits the baseball hard and Thompson, 6′3 RHP/SS will eat up some inning and field the ball.

superstar2010

February 6th, 2010
9:41 pm

exactly mount rock, after basketball bernard thompson will be THE shortstop and put austin back were he belongs…….on the BENCH. the only way that austin jenkins will see playing time is in the red white game next saturday….. PINCHRUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!

superstar2010

February 6th, 2010
9:47 pm

bulldog baseball- words cant describe how sorry this kid is, he bought a brand new glove for the season that wil be in the same condition it is in now…BRAND NEW

HHS#1

February 6th, 2010
9:57 pm

i heard bernard was only a pitcher only.

RCHS

February 6th, 2010
10:23 pm

I guess im the only person from rockdale that uses this….. but yeah bernard said he wants to only pitch.

Bob hill

February 6th, 2010
10:57 pm

Top 10 players in dekalb couty

1.Trey Griffin MLK SR OF
2.Ian Davis Dunwoody SR C
3.Andy Threat Lakeside SR LHP
4.Monte Reese Miller Grove SR RHP
5.Khirus Ware MLK SR OF
6.Uwem Udofia Miller Grove JR 1B
7.Leopold Dixon Towers SR OF
8.Andy Perez Marist JR 2B
9.Eric Bowers Tucker SR 2B
10.Deion Williams Redan JR SS

D-1

All Baseball

February 7th, 2010
3:47 pm

Few more players to watch – Dekalb/East Metro Area
Some don’t get a lot of Pub but they all should have a pretty good season, a few will have an oustanding season. 2010 class is loaded with talent. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rashad Ferrell – Rockdale
JT Shaw Sr- Rockdale
BJ Robinson Sr – Chamblee
Patrick Smith Sr- Redan ( Sorry but he should be listed in the Top 10 in Dekalb)
Deion Williams Jr- Redan Jr (Top 10 dekalb)
Terrence Hutcherson Sr- Rockdale
Monte Reese Sr- Miller Grove
Nakeem Forte Sr- Heritage
Aaron Benjamin Sr – SWD

You know all the other big names in the area.

superstar2010

February 7th, 2010
6:08 pm

rashad ferrell sits the bench too..

Dekalb baseball fan 2005

February 7th, 2010
7:54 pm

my top 10 in dekalb

1.Trey Griffin MLK SR OF
2.Ian Davis Dunwoody SR C
3.Andy Threat Lakeside SR LHP
4.Will Midour Lakeside SR SS RHP
5.Khirus Ware MLK SR OF
6.Uwem Udofia Miller Grove JR 1B
7.Eric Bowers Tucker SR 2B C
8.Monte Reese Sr RHP
9.Andy perez Marist Jr 2B
10.Deion Williams Redan JR SS

playoffs?

February 7th, 2010
7:58 pm

region 6 4AAAA
Lakeside
Marist
then either tucker or chamblee
to make playoffs this year
marist and lakeside could both go far this year

Tucker Fan

February 7th, 2010
10:26 pm

Guys, yall are missing some talent from Tucker. How about our other 2 seniors? Star outfielder, Stephon Hooker and Shortstop, Tyler Dunn. These kids have talent.

baseball fanatic

February 7th, 2010
10:57 pm

What is the catcher from lakesides name?

baseball in region 4 5-A

February 7th, 2010
11:05 pm

westlake has plenty of talent this year and also very young talent which includes
1.Jr craig harlow.1st/p
2. Jr jahmoni conway ss/p
3. Jr Quenton rucker 3rd.p
4. Jr david Kimbrough 3rd.p
who were all on the the varsity team last year as sophmores and started they will be sorounded with by 3 seior outfielders Rj franklin, Jack Cannon. Jordan Glover who and second baseman nicholoas marigny
this team can easily finish as the number two team in region 4 5-A East Coweta will probaly be number one but westlake played Chapil hill, Newnan, and creekside all tuff last year wich they split with creekside who finshed 4th in region who advanced to secon round of state and with westlake returning all their starters they will be a team that will shock alot of peole this year not saying they will win state but can go deep into the playoffs depending on the pitching

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baseball in region 4 5-A

February 7th, 2010
11:07 pm

westlake has plenty of talent this year and also very young talent which includes
1.Jr craig harlow.1st/p
2. Jr jahmoni conway ss/p
3. Jr Quenton rucker 3rd.p
4. Jr david Kimbrough 3rd.p
who were all on the the varsity team last year as sophmores and started they will be sorounded with by 3 seior outfielders Rj franklin, Jack Cannon. Jordan Glover who and second baseman nicholoas marigny
this team can easily finish as the number two team in region 4 5-A East Coweta will probaly be number one but westlake played Chapil hill, Newnan, and creekside all tuff last year wich they split with creekside who finshed 4th in region who advanced to secon round of state and with westlake returning all their starters they will be a team that will shock alot of peole this year not saying they will win state but can go deep into the playoffs depending on the pitching

Mount Rock

February 8th, 2010
12:17 am

Coaches discision had Farrell on bench, not lack of talent.

dekalb baseball fan

February 8th, 2010
10:56 am

Tucker Fan- those kids might be talented but are not in the range of top 10 in the county

Tigers2010

February 8th, 2010
10:58 am

I think that tucker is going to surpise some people this year. might be young but still talented.

Rockkdale Baseball

February 8th, 2010
12:31 pm

Players to Follow in Rockdale County:
Tyler Austin SR C/3B/RP Heritage HS
Nick Woodward SR INF Heritage HS
Travis Tarleton SR 1B/3B/RP Heritage HS
Joseph Lester SR OF Heritage HS
Ryan Cochran SR OF/RP Heritage HS
Nakeem Forte SR InF Heritage HS
Josh Bailey SR OF Salem HS
Cammeron Gipson JR OF/RP Salem HS
Kevin Dawkins C Rockdale HS
J.T. Shaw OF/1B Rockdale HS
Chris Sheridan 1B/3B Rockdale HS

Rockkdale Baseball

February 8th, 2010
12:57 pm

Hey RCHS, is the Shaw kid pitching this year?

jenkinsbiggestfan10

February 8th, 2010
6:16 pm

I actually got to meet austin jenkins today. he was putting on a hitting/pinching clinic today at practice. he needs to take the SS off his jacket and put PR/PC. him and sigwald will be sitting the bench together. Nike sent him some new wrist bands today thaat were actually cut socks. He also needs to get some headlights so he can drive past 7. he had to leave practice early because it got dark. He is rockdales star!

Austin Jenkins

February 8th, 2010
7:14 pm

ok guys, i admit it, i suck, im sorry. i played jv and and quit. im not really going to albany state, all i wanted was to just be reconized :[

dekalb region 6

February 8th, 2010
8:12 pm

Looking at region 6 last year there was many good teams. looking at the teams that gained and lost players i think the region will come out like this.
marist
lakeside
tucker
chamblee/miller grove

-Marist is always stacked with college prospects.
-lakeside has 8 starting seniors lead by ace pitchers will middour and andy threatt.
-Tucker has lots of young talent this year lead by senior eric bowers and stephon hooker and junior pitcher paul robert.
-Chamblee lost there ace pitcher and also star shortstop ennis coble but this could be a re-building year for them.
-miller grove led by monte reese is a good pitcher and they have other athlete players to back him up.

Marist and lakeside look like they have the teams to go deep into the 4a playoffs this year.

good luck to all teams.

chiller

February 8th, 2010
9:27 pm

hahahahahahah all those chamblee players are so bad. chamblee baseball is a joke they dont stand a chance against marist or lakeside or even montgomery elementry school they are that bad