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Look at the list of the SoCal Prep Legends’ best baseball players and select who you think should be honored as the SCPL Baseball Player of the Year for 2016.
Each player description is linked to a more elaborate description of the player’s 2016 season.
Rutherford was named CIF Southern Section Division 1 Player of the Year. He hit .577 with 45 hits, stole 17 bases and scored 34 runs. He hit four home runs this season, including one off good friend Hunter Greene of Notre Dame, a UCLA-commit.The Chaminade outfielder was selected with the 18th pick in this year’s MLB Draft by the New York Yankees.
Dieter was 7-2 with a 1.10 ERA and also was one of the best infielders and hitters on the team, batting .311 with four doubles and 13 RBIs. Dieter opened the playoffs throwing five shutout innings while allowing just three hits in a 4-0 first-round win over Mayfair, then threw a complete game in a 8-1 quarterfinal victory over Foothill en route to a CIF Division 2 title.
Steer was a four-year starter at Millikan and had 117 hits in 113 games. He also scored 81 runs and had 67 RBIs. Steer played a near flawless shortstop for Millikan while hitting .438 and scoring a team-high 31 runs with a 1.156 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage). He also carried a 1.12 ERA through 31 1/3 innings pitched, and went 5-1 in nine starts. He struck out 41 batters and only walked six.
He batted .365, scored 29 runs, drove in 27 and collected 38 hits.Fletcher led the Centurions to an undefeated run through the Empire League and another league championship, and to a No. 4 ranking in the final Orange County top 10. Cypress was seeded fourth in the ultra-tough Division 1 playoffs bracket.
Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary
The Cardinals’ success, which included going 28-5 and advancing to the CIF Southern Section divisional finals for the first time in school history, was created by several factors. But none more important than the emergence of senior Andrew Quillen, who was solid on the mound and at the plate and helped keep together a youthful group through unchartered waters. He was also solid offensively, arguably the Cardinals’ second most-productive hitter. He batted .373 with 22 RBIs and scored 13 runs.
The 6-foot-8 Reynolds emerged as Redondo’s ace, went 13-0 with an ERA of 1.08 and won four playoff games, including the CIF Southern Section Division 3 championship game against Woodbridge, when he tossed a five-hitter during a 2-1 victory.He also batted .366 with nine home runs and 34 RBIs with 37 runs scored. Reynolds was drafted in the 4th round of the MLB draft by the Miami Marlins.
Lodolo didn’t disappoint his senior season, going 8-2 with a 1.97 earned run average and 83 strikeouts in 65 innings in leading the Spartans to a Baseline League title and berth in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 semifinals. Lodolo now stands a lanky 6-foot-6 and can throw a fastball in the low 90s, and has signed with Texas Christian University.
Redlands East Valley
What Rojas did in helping lead the Wildcats to the CIF Southern Section Division 2 championship game exceeded pretty much all expectations. He batted .464 with two doubles, four triples, a home run, 16 RBIs, 28 runs scored and 17 stolen bases in 18 attempts, and earned San Bernardino Sun player of the year honors.
Martinez pitched his best against top tier teams and recorded a 4-1 record with a 1.73 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 28.1 innings pitched. North went on to finish third in the nationally-recognized tournament (Boras Classic). As a shortstop, Martinez had a .910 fielding percentage and had 80 putouts. At the plate, he led the team in batting average (.404) and runs batted in (25) and had a home run – a grand slam that helped propel the Huskies to an 11-2 win over King in the Riverside Classic.
Ramos won eight games this season and posted a 1.03 ERA. He had three complete games, including two shutouts and a no-hitter against Arcadia. Ramos won five league starts and was MVP. He also garnered All-CIF-Southern Section Division 5 honors. Ramos will play at Rio Hondo College next season.
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