Bel Air, senior, pitcher-shortstop

A big reason why several coaches believe the Bobcats are going to compete for the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference title this year, the MSABC preseason All-State pick batted .382 and led the team in home runs (three) and RBIs (21) last season. He will play in college at Charleston Southern.

Jay Patti

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Hereford, senior, shortstop

The Baltimore County coaches selected Patti as the county's Player of the Year after he hit .557 with two home runs and 23 RBIs last season. Also a member of the MSABC preseason All-State team, he is one of 10 returning seniors for the Bulls this year.

Zack Ridgely

Archbishop Curley, junior, pitcher-outfielder

In 10 starts last season, Ridgely threw five complete games. He was 6-2 with a 1.33 ERA as the Friars finished as the runner-up in the MIAA A Conference. The All-MIAA selection also plays outfield, and he batted .311 with 23 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 2012.

Gavin Sheets

Gilman, junior, pitcher-outfielder

For the third straight year, Sheets (.347, 1 HR, 27 RBIs) will bat fourth for the Greyhounds. The MSABC preseason All-State selection also projects as the team's No. 1 starter on the mound after going 5-2 with a 1.86 ERA as the closer last season.

Other notables:

Tim Anderson, Liberty

Joey Benitez, Archbishop Spalding

Kyle Brandt, Arundel

Ryan Callahan, Severna Park

Chase DeMars, C. Milton Wright

Bobby Donald, Dulaney

Jack Dougherty, Glenelg Country

John Drexel, Chesapeake-AA