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2018 baseball players to watch

Calvert Hall's Jose Torres throws to first to complete a double play after forcing Loyola Blakefield's Chris MacDonald out at second base in last season's MIAA A Conference championship series.
Calvert Hall's Jose Torres throws to first to complete a double play after forcing Loyola Blakefield's Chris MacDonald out at second base in last season's MIAA A Conference championship series. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Maxwell Costes

Gilman, senior, pitcher-infielder

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The Maryland commit and preseason all-state selection led the Greyhounds last season with a .392 batting average, three triples, six home runs and 26 RBIs. In 13 appearances on the mound, Costes struck out 34 and had a 3.78 ERA.

Brendan Foster

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Howard, junior, pitcher-outfielder

A preseason all-state selection, Foster teams with Gabe Delgado and Ryan Kulick to form one of the deepest rotations in the area. Foster and Delgado, as a 1-2 punch, could be special.

AJ Holcomb

Loyola Blakefield, senior, infielder

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Another preseason all-state selection, Holcomb batted .296 and led the MIAA A Conference champion Dons in hits and doubles. The High Point commit had a .387 OBP and .506 slugging percentage and hit two home runs in a 3-2 playoff win over three-time defending champion Spalding.

Cameron Hyder

Reservoir, senior, pitcher-outfielder

The preseason all-state selection hit .409 and drove in 12 while leading the 16-win Gators to the Class 4A East Region semifinals. The Salisbury commit added eight doubles and scored 19 runs.

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Austin Koehn

Patterson Mill, senior, pitcher

The UNC-Greensboro commit is a two-time All-Metro selection who led the Huskies to the Class 1A state semifinals with a 6-2 record, 58 strikeouts and a 1.14 ERA. The preseason all-state selection allowed just nine earned runs while hitting .316 with 15 RBIs.

Jeremy Lapp

Century, senior, pitcher-outfielder

A West Virginia commit who throws in the high-80s, Lapp went 7-1 and struck out 64 in leading the Knights to the Class 2A West Region semifinals. The preseason all-state selection batted .309 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs and was named All-Carroll County Athletic League.

Tyler Locklear

Archbishop Curley, junior, third baseman

The VCU commit led the Friars to 16 wins and a fourth-place finish in the MIAA A Conference, hitting .365 with six home runs and 26 RBIs. The preseason all-state selection added nine doubles and two triples.

Michael Marrale

Century, senior, catcher

The Player of the Year in Carroll County, Marrale hit .440, slugged .907, hit 10 home runs and had 31 RBIs. The Old Dominion commit and preseason all-state selection also scored 28 runs.

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Nolan Matsko

Dulaney, senior, pitcher-infielder

The Georgetown commit scored 37 runs and stole 21 bases as the Lions reached the Class 4A North Region final. Matsko batted .444 with eight doubles, four triples, two home runs and 22 RBIs.

Kody Milton

Severna Park, senior, third baseman

The returning All-Metro Player of the Year hit .580 and led the Falcons to the Class 4A state semifinals. The Maryland commit had 40 hits, including six home runs and 11 doubles, and a .700 on-base-percentage. The preseason all-state selection is a four-year varsity starter.

JP Murphy

Calvert Hall, senior, outfielder

The offensive catalyst for the Cardinals, Murphy batted .453 with 43 hits, including five home runs, and 27 RBIs for the MIAA A Conference finalist. The High Point commit and preseason all-state selection added seven doubles, five triples and had a .487 OBP and .768 slugging percentage.

Cam Nolet

Annapolis, senior, pitcher-first baseman

After posting a 5-2 record with 78 strikeouts and a 2.01 ERA as a junior, Nolet departs St. Mary’s and the MIAA A Conference to give Panthers coach Gus Kaplanges an ace. The University of South Carolina-Aiken commit allowed just 19 hits and pitched a six-inning perfect game against North Brunswick (N.C.).

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Stephen Pelli

St. Mary’s, senior, pitcher

Despite going 4-6 last season, Pelli, a North Carolina commit, posted a 2.80 ERA and struck out 96. He leads a veteran yet revamped Saints squad that is looking to get into the MIAA A Conference playoffs after falling a game short in each of their first two seasons in the league.

Will Schubert

Arundel, senior, pitcher

The Wildcats have one of the stingiest and most effective pitching staffs in the state, and Schubert, who posted a 0.46 ERA as a junior, leads the way. Schubert and Steven Sturlaugson (1.18 ERA, 47 strikeouts) form one of the top 1-2 rotations in the area and will be counted on to lead the Wildcats.

Joe Seidler

Chesapeake-AA, senior, pitcher-infielder

The Radford commit led the Cougars to a second consecutive Class 3A state championship game, going 6-2 and allowing just 16 earned runs in 55 1/3 innings. At the plate, the preseason all-state selection hit .420 with 10 doubles, three home runs and 25 RBIs.

Jose Torres

Calvert Hall, junior, shortstop

Torres, 6 feet, 175 pounds, batted .333 with 24 runs, 17 RBIs, five doubles and four triples for the MIAA A Conference runner-up. In the field, he covers a lot of ground with quick feet and has a good arm.

Others to watch

Ryan Archibald, John Carroll

Pierce Bennett, Gilman

Liam Bowers, Bel Air

Cameron Clark, Severna Park

Nick Collier, John Carroll

Brandon Cook, St. Mary’s

Everett Cox, Fallston

Gabe Delgado, Howard

Max Elliott, Patterson Mill

Connor Feustle, Mount Saint Joseph

Tucker Finkelston, River Hill

Bryce Frederick, Dulaney

Trent Gast-Woodard, Archbishop Curley

Will Glock, Loyola Blakefield

Peter Godrick, Archbishop Spalding

Keaton Goetzger, South River

Tyler Green, Northeast-AA

Nick Hopkins, St. Mary’s

David Kates, Glen Burnie

Ethan Kiple, Century

Parker Landwehr, Calvert Hall

Tyler Leach, C. Milton Wright

Andrew Lechner, North Harford

George Lesher, Severna Park

Kevin Madden, St. Paul’s

Paul Nixon, Archbishop Curley

Josh Olsufka, Marriotts Ridge

Hunter Reeling, Marriotts Ridge

Alex Rozner, Severn

Ned Ruffin, Boys’ Latin

Tyler Russo, Glenelg Country

Julio Sanchez, Harford Tech

Billy Scanlon, Westminster

Garrett Stanard, Arundel

Steven Sturlaugson, Arundel

Brady Waters, Southern

Matt Wyatt, Loyola Blakefield

Dylan Young, Chesapeake-AA

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article misspelled Jeremy Lapp’s name.

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