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Burney's Bytes will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Burney's OC Baseball Preview

Top 20 Players
1 Brett Sunde (MH Bishop Foley) – Best non-pitcher pro potential in the county, the prototypical catching prospect, sporting a wicked arm and a wicked bat
2 Jake Balicki (Birmingham Groves) – PURE POWER, whether from the plate or from the mound, a top-of-the-line shredder who embodies the word CLUTCH!!!!
3 Matt Ruppenthal (Birmingham Brother Rice) – Only a sophomore and he might be the best pitcher in the entire state RIGHT NOW!!
4 (tie) Gabe Berman (BH Andover) – A STRAIGHT BULLDOG, whether from the plate or from the mound….His nickname is 'Gabe the Babe' for a reason!!!
4 (tie) Sterling Sharp (North Farmington) – This kid has PURE RAW TALENT with an upside that is through the roof in a variety of aspects; from the rubber, on the base paths, with his stick and his glove at short…..The term 5-TOOL comes to mind when speaking of Sharp's talent on the diamond!
5 Nick Deeg (Lake Orion) – The definition of an ace; command and composure by the boatload!!!!
6 Jason Gamble (WL Western) – The guy's got a cannon, plain and simple…….a fireball specialist on the mound recovering from shoulder surgery that will be as dangerous as they come when back at full strength in a few weeks.
7 (tie) Will Schwartz-Travis Ferguson (Birmingham Brother Rice) – With Ruppenthal holding down things for the Rice pitching rotation, this pair of Warrior diamond cutters will headline the Rice offensive assault this season……one of the best one-two punches in the area in the batter's box
8 Logan Regnier (Novi) – Best centerfielder-lead-off guy in the area…..NO QUESTION, Take it 2 the bank!!!
9 (tie) Alex Taylor-Alex Borglin (RH Adams) – STONECOLD Assassins with a bat in their hands
10 (tie) Niko Gonzales (Stoney Creek) – Top catcher in the area not named Brett Sunde part I……a gun of an arm behind the plate and a powerful bat while in the batter's box
10 (tie) Dustin Peck (Clarkston) – Top catcher in the area not named Brett Sunde part II…….Lethal threat both behind and at the dish
11 Matt Avromov (Pontiac NDP)
12 Matt Constance (Birmingham Brother Rice)
13 Tommy Eng (Troy Athens)
14 (tie) Luke Ortell-Billy Malack (MH Bishop Foley)
15 Emerson Misch (BH Andover)
16 (tie) D. Oveson-N. Vogelmeyer-R. Kuester (Lake Orion)
17 Zac Northrup (Stoney Creek)
18 Patrick Monahan (BH Lahser)
19 Brian Bayliss (MH Bishop Foley)
20 Cam Vieaux (WL Western)
Burney's names to watch; DIAMOND WATCHERS
Zac Leimbach-K.J. Schultz (WL Central)
Matt Andres-Mitch Robinson (AH Avondale)
Jimmy Eloff (Novi)
Griffin Harris (Birmingham Groves)
Brad Schaenzer (Lake Orion)
Nik Heglin (WL Western)
Noah Reiter (Ferndale)
Tim Zobl (BH Andover)
Top 10 Teams
1 Birmingham Brother Rice
2 (tie) Lake Orion
2 (tie) MH Bishop Foley
3 BH Andover
4 Stoney Creek
5 Birmingham Groves
6 Farmington
7 Novi
8 WL Western
9 RH Adams
10 (tie) WL Central
10 (tie) Novi Detroit CC


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