College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Friday (Jan. 23, 2009)
BISHOP GORMAN H.S. NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER PRE-SEASON POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — After winning three straight state championships and the American Legion World Series last summer, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) has established itself as the No. 1 ranked team in the 2009 Easton Sports Pre-Season National High School baseball poll.
In the past three years, Bishop Gorman (41-3) has posted a 9-0 record in the state tournament. Last summer the team went through the state, regional and world series to win the title in American Legion. Fifteen of the 18 players on the summer team return for the 2009 high school spring season.
With five senior players already committing to NCAA Division 1 programs and one junior making a verbal commitment, the Gaels are heavily favored to win a fourth state title and be the top team in the nation.
The already proven pitching staff is led by projected high draft pick LHP/1B Jeff Malm. Malm, who has signed with Southern California, posted an 8-2 record with 74 strikeouts, 9 walks, 2.90 ERA in 50.2 innings last spring.
In addition LHP/CF Joey Rickard (7-0, 2.09 ERA, 57 K, 22 BB, 37 IP, Arizona), RHP Stephen Manthei (9-0, 2.23 ERA, 45 K, 37.2 IP, Arizona), and junior LHP/OF Matt Hall (11-0 last summer) will help round out the pitching staff.
Offensively, the Gaels will be strong with Malm (.564, 73 RBI, 28 2B, 7 HR), Rickard (.489, 54 RBI, 16 2B, 12 HR, 34 SB), junior 2B Johnny Field (.431, 32 RBI, 9 2B, 5 HR), junior C/OF Neil Lawhorn (.411, 41 RBI, 8 2B, 8 HR) and sophomore C/OF Erik Van Meetren (.337, 18 RBI, 5 2B, 2 HR).
For more on the top 30 high school pre-season teams, see the Jan. 23, 2009 edition of Collegiate Baseball. For a state-by-state list of top teams to watch this season, see the Feb. 20, 2009 edition. Both issues can be purchased for $3 per copy by calling Collegiate Baseball at (520) 623-4530.