To wrap up coverage of the 2011 high school baseball season, the ESPN RISE Underclass All-America Team was annouced.
George Washington (Bronx, N.Y.) has two of its players on this year's team, Nelson Rodriguez (first team) and Fernelys Sanchez (second team). The pair led the school to a 36-1 overall record and capped the season with a PSAL Title.
Sanchez and Rodriguez both played for the Yankees in the 2010 Area Code Baseball Games in Long Beach, Calif. This year the pair will once again journey out West as they are apart of the 2011 New York Yankees.
Kayden Porter of Spanish Fork (Spanish Fork, Utah) was the national junior of the year. He helped guide his team (29-3) to a No. 7 ranking in the POWERADE ESPN RISE FAB 50 National Rankings. Porter will play for the Cincinnati Reds at the 2011 Area Code Baseball Games this upcoming August.
Ty Moore is another name that jumps off this list. He made it to the Area Code Games in 2011 as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers team. The outfielder led his Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) team to a 24-6 record and in the process earned Orange County Register Player of the Year. At the plate Moore hit .510 and on the mound he went 10-2.
Harvard-Westlake's (North Hollywood, Calif.) Lucas Giolito was selected first team as well. Back in 2010 he played for the Milwaukee Brewers in the Area Code Baseball Games and as an underclassman he posted the highest recorded fastball of the week, 96.3mph. He is a physical presence on the mound standing at 6-foot-6, 230 pounds.
Another national standout, Rio Ruiz, also made the first team. He led Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.) to a CIFSS Div. 4 title with a win over Palm Desert (Palm Desert, Calif.). That game was played at Dodger Stadium and wouldn't you know it, he hit one out. He also helped guide his team to the Hard 9 National Classic title, at Cal State Fullerton.
In that game Ruiz started at third base. He made a couple of nice defensive plays and at the plate hit the ball hard. Where he caught much of the crowd's attention was when he stepped onto the mound. The Ezperanza (Anaheim, Calif.) offense was not ready for him. He closed out the game's final couple of innings throwing in the low to mid-90s. The Aztecs could not catch up with it.