Archbishop Spalding, pitcher, senior
The left-hander earned All-Metro first-team honors last season after going 7-2 with a 2.75 ERA and 55 strikeouts, leading the Cavaliers to their second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title. He's a preseason all-state selection.
Arundel, senior, center fielder
The Towson commit batted .360 and had six doubles and 27 runs scored a year ago, giving the Wildcats a spark at the top of their lineup. He has been named all-county the past two years.
Howard, senior, infielder-pitcher
Crawford batted .372 last season, with 10 doubles and 18 RBIs, and also went 5-2 on the mound with a 2.70 ERA. He was named first-team all-county in 2015.
Severna Park, senior, pitcher
The ace of the Class 4A state finalist Falcons returns after going 6-2 with a 2.15 ERA a season ago. He struck out 37 batters in 55 innings.
Gilman, senior, third baseman
Fitzgerald batted .455 last season for the Greyhounds, with two homers, 11 doubles, four triples and 39 RBIs. He's also a standout receiver who will continue his football career at Cornell.
Archbishop Spalding, senior,
The speedy outfielder is an offensive catalyst for the defending A Conference champion, last season batting .413, with a team-best 31 runs scored. The Fordham commit also made several run-saving plays with his glove.
South Carroll, senior, second baseman
The two-time Carroll County batting champion returns for his senior season. A year ago, he batted .464 with 21 RBIs and 19 runs scored, helping lead the Cavaliers to a region championship.
Mount Hebron, junior, pitcher-outfielder
The Virginia Commonwealth commit batted .391 last year, with 14 RBIs, and was 3-0 on the mound while striking out 55 batters in less than 38 innings.
Archbishop Spalding, catcher, senior
The All-Metro second-team selection returns for his senior year after battling .367 with 27 RBIs. What really separates him, however, is his defensive prowess and ability to handle pitchers.
St. Mary's, senior, pitcher
The Maryland signee returns after missing most of last season with a flexor strain in his forearm. The right-hander, who went 7-0 with a 2.91 ERA as a sophomore, can reach 93 mph on the radar gun.
Others to watch
Drew Anawalt, Severna Park
Jeremy Arocho, Old Mill
Gunnar Barnard, Marriotts Ridge
Connor Barnes, Loyola Blakefield
Josh Benzing, Perry Hall
Stephen Boushell, Severna Park
Steven Cook, Winters Mill
Max Costes, Gilman
Timothy Dashiell, Randallstown
Ian Elliott, Calvert Hall
Ethan Falsone, South River
Sean Gaheen, Broadneck
Kieran Garner, River Hill
DaVonn Griffin, Hammond
David Harding, Archbishop Spalding
Matt Hentschel, Calvert Hall
Tyler Hickey, C. Milton Wright
David Hutchison, Hammond
Blake James, Atholton
Jack Jenkens, Bel Air
Jeff Jones, Calvert Hall
Zach Kaye, South Carroll
Brandon Martin, Westminster
Jesse McElree, South River
Kody Milton, Severna Park
Eric Niederhauser, Reservoir
Damond Nixon, Archbishop Curley
Brady O'Neil, St. Mary's
Stephen Pelli, St. Mary's
Barrett Smith, Archbishop Spalding
Zac Stoll, Mount Saint Joseph