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Baseball players to watch

Jordan Carr of Archbishop Spalding works the second inning against Calvert Hall during the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship.
Jordan Carr of Archbishop Spalding works the second inning against Calvert Hall during the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship. (Patrick Smith / Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore Sun Media Group reporter Brian Burden picks the baseball players who are worth keeping an eye on this season.

James Cain

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Howard, pitcher-infielder, senior

Cain was a two-way threat for the Lions, hitting .422 with four doubles and 14 RBIs, and winning three games on the mound. He plans to play for Millersville next season.

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Jordan Carr

Archbishop Spalding, pitcher, senior

The left-hander is a three-time All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association selection who finished 6-2 with 1.77 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 571/3 .1 innings pitched last year. He threw a five-hitter to defeat Calvert Hall in the A Conference championship game. Carr committed to UNC-Asheville in the offseason.

Clark Clatchey

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Mount Saint Joseph, outfielder, senior

The preseason All-State pick and Towson commit followed a strong sophomore season by hitting .333 with two home runs and 13 RBIs as a junior.

Marty Costes

Archbishop Curley, outfielder, senior

The Maryland recruit won the Triple Crown in the MIAA last year, batting .455 with 10 home runsand 37 RBIs for the Friars. He had seven doubles and scored 30 runs while posting a 1.425 slugging percentage.

Nick Delp

Calvert Hall, pitcher, senior

The dominant right-hander is a two-time All Metro selection and a mainstay in the Cardinals rotation. He won seven games as a sophomore for the A Conference champs and threw a perfect game against Mount Saint Joseph in last year's playoffs.

Luke Johnson

North Harford, catcher, senior

One of the top catchers in the state, Johnson hit .402 with three home runs and 24 RBIs last season. He leads a talented group of seniors who will try to take the Hawks back to the Class 3A final for the third time in four seasons.

Cody Morris

Reservoir, pitcher, senior

The 6-foot-5, 220 pound pitcher went 8-1 with an 0.80 ERA and a 90-15 strikeout-walk ratio for the Class 3A state champion Gators. He struck out 11 in a two-hitter against North Harford in the final. The reigning Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year and South Carolina commit is 21-4 with 258 strikeouts in 1541/3 innings over three varsity seasons.

Mark Smith

Mount Hebron, pitcher, senior

The Towson signee went 6-3 with a 2.29 ERA and 67 strikeouts and allowed just 35 hits in 55 innings last season. The All-Howard County and preseason All-State pick held batters to a .172 average.

Jake Sousa

Dulaney, infielder, senior

The Frostburg State recruit batted .500 with five doubles, 22 runs and 21 RBIs for the Lions as a junior. He's a career .438 hitter.

Truman Thomas

Southern, shortstop, senior

The Maryland commit leads a strong nucleus of returnees for the defending Class 2A champions. He batted .403 and led the Bulldogs in extra-base hits, stolen bases and RBIs from the second spot in the batting order. He has next-level range in the field and will pitch more this season.

Elliot Zoellner

St. Mary's, pitcher, junior

Zoellner is one of six Saints juniors with legitimate Division I aspirations. He finished 7-0 with a 2.84 ERA for the MIAA B Conference champs. He will team up with Ryan Davis (Fordham) to form one of the stronger 1-2 rotations in the area.

Others to watch

Christian Amici, Havre de Grace, pitcher-third baseman, junior

Jack Barry, Reservoir, pitcher-third baseman, senior

Brad Haas, South Carroll, second baseman, junior

DJ Biscoe, Old Mill, outfielder, junior

Tyler Blohm, Archbishop Spalding, pitcher, junior

Andre Brown, Mount Saint Joseph, outfielder, senior

J.D. Bruck, Bel Air, shortstop-outfielder, senior

Andrew Cassard, Arundel, outfielder, junior

Stetson Cox, Loyola Blakefield, outfielder, senior

Ryan Davis, St. Mary's, pitcher, senior

Brandon Dorsey, Calvert Hall, outfielder, sophomore

Jack Elstner, Severn, pitcher-third baseman, junior

Kieran Garner, River Hill, pitcher, sophomore

Kasey Gast, Annapolis Area Christian, pitcher, senior

David Harding, Archbishop Spalding, second baseman, junior

Sean Healy, South River, pitcher, senior

Kevin Heiss, Archbishop Spalding, shortstop, senior

Ian Helphenstine, Franklin, catcher, senior

David Hutchison, Hammond, pitcher, junior

Seth Kopel, Pikesville, pitcher-infielder, senior

CJ Mackinson, Century, second baseman, senior

Kevin McHugh, McDonogh, pitcher, senior

Skyler Morris, Boys' Latin, pitcher-infielder, senior

Cuinn Mullins, Wilde Lake, outfielder, senior

Nick Raulin, Atholton, pitcher-third baseman, senior

Park Sadowski, North Carroll, outfielder, senior

Jordan Sanders, Northeast, pitcher, senior

Jack Schroeder, Mount Hebron, pitcher-outfielder, sophomore

Justin Smith, Harford Tech, pitcher, senior

Jake Snyder, Mount Hebron, outfielder, senior

Matt Sprouse, Patterson Mill, outfielder, senior

Rohan Tilva, River Hill, pitcher, senior

Andrew Yu, Perry Hall, pitcher-shortstop, junior

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