The high school baseball season has gotten underway this week in the Cleveland area. While the best teams in the Cleveland area are St. Ignatius, Walsh Jesuit, and Mentor, there are players from other teams that are worth keeping an eye on.
It may be impossible to track all the teams that deserve attention like the ones mentioned above, or teams that could be REALLY good in the future (Solon, with 7 sophomores and 2 freshmen on their varsity roster).
It may be just as hard to make a list of all the players worth some attention for their accomplishments this spring. However, listed below are eight players that not only are some of the better ones in the area, but also some underclassmen that will be making noise not only this spring, but in years to come.
These are not necessarily the best eight players in the Cleveland area (though most of them are), but eight players that are worth your time watching.
Scroll down to the photos to see the Cleveland area's "Elite 8"
Nick Fabian, St. Ignatius
Fabian is committed to West Virginia and is the leader of arguably the best outfield in the state. He will look to lead the Wildcats back to the state title game. One of the team captains, Fabian also excels as a receiver on the Wildcat football team.
Kade McClure, Mentor
A University of Louisville signee, McClure will lead a Mentor team that should be one of the better ones in the Cleveland area. With a fastball that can reach 90 miles per hour, McClure averages almost a strikeout per inning. At 6'7", he provides an intimidation image coming at the hitter.
Caleb Potter, Mentor
Potter may be the best all-around player in the Cleveland area. A 5 tool player with an excellent arm, Potter is also lethal on the bases, where his blazing speed creates havoc for the opposing defense. Potter also excels on the basketball court, but has signed to play baseball next year at Kent State
Brad Hamilton, Avon Lake
Catcher Brad Hamilton of Avon Lake hit .450 last season with six home runs. An honorable mention All-State performer last season, he will continue his baseball career next season at Kent State. He has great catching fundamentals and a quick release. He is also the son of Indians broadcaster Tom Hamilton.
John Schreiber, Mayfield
A funky lefty with a good fastball and good command of his off speed pitches. John Schreiber of Mayfield certainly got his season off to a good start by throwing a no-hitter against Parma. Last season, he struck out 72 hitters in just 49 and 2/3rd's innings pitched
Ryan Feltner, Walsh Jesuit
Versatility is the key to Ryan Feltner's game. He excels on the mound as well as the plate. Will lead one of the better teams in the state in Walsh Jesuit. One of the top juniors in the state of Ohio. Has committed to play at THE Ohio State University, giving them his verbal agreement after his sophomore year.
Sam Vilk, Mentor
A Seton Hill commit, Sam Vilk is a part of one of the better teams in the area in Mentor. A powerful hitter at 6'4" and 220 pounds, Vilk is one of the most dangerous bats in all of Ohio. Was part of a 23-6 regional finalist team last season. Possess raw power to all fields.
Nate Altstadt, Solon
Nate Altstadt is currently ranked as the 4th best sophomore in the state by Prep Baseball Report. While not quite elite yet, he is well on his way. Started his season by allowing one unearned run in a 3-1 win over Garfield Hts. With a fastball in the mid 80's, and increased command of his off speed pitches, Altstadt is already attracting attention of coaches at the next level. One that you must keep an eye on in the future.