The Times' preseason baseball rankings

Rank; School (Division); Comment

1. HUNTINGTON BEACH (SS-Division 1). Experience and talent throughout the lineup

2. HARVARD-WESTLAKE (SS-Division 1). Pitcher Jack Flaherty gives Wolverines a true ace

3. LOS ALAMITOS (SS-Division 1). Pitcher Jacob Nix leads talented staff

4. LOYOLA (SS-Division 1). Quality pitching depth and solid defense

5. ORANGE LUTHERAN (SS-Division 1). Shortstop Josh Morgan is as good as advertised

6. MATER DEI (SS-Division 1). Monarchs are determined after last season's first-round playoff loss

7. TEMECULA VALLEY (SS-Division 2). All nine starters are back for DII finalist

8. JSERRA (SS-Division 1). Lots of D1 commits, but will they produce results?

9. HART (SS-Division 1). Showed during the summer they can be championship team

10. ALEMANY (SS-Division 1). Lots of outstanding juniors.

11. ALISO NIGUEL (SS-Division 2). With Kyle Molnar leading the way, beware

12. CYPRESS (SS-Division 2). The cupboard isn't bare for defending D2 champs

13. FOUNTAIN VALLEY (SS-Division 1). This team can hit with the best

14. AGOURA (SS-Division 1). Chargers have talent at many positions

15. GREAT OAK (SS-Division 2). Pitchers are ready to come through

16. BISHOP AMAT (SS-Division 3). Tough schedule but Lancers like it that way

17. SANTA MARGARITA (SS-Division 1). Any team with Griffin Canning will be good

18. MISSION VIEJO (SS-Division 1). Beware of left-hander Patrick Sandoval

19. VISTA MURRIETA (SS-Division 2). Coltin Gerhart will ignite the offense

20. REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (SS-Division 2). Lots of returnees and good pitching

21. SAN FERNANDO (City-Division I). Pitcher Alonzo Garcia is better than ever.

22. CHINO HILLS (SS-Division 2). Another team loaded with college commitments

23. EL CAMINO REAL (City-Division I). Left-hander Jeremy Polon can be a standout

24. WARREN (SS--Division 3). Bears were beating lots of good teams in fall ball.

25. CHATSWORTH (City-Division I). Sophomore pitcher Josh Garcia is the real deal

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