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Preseason Preview: Santa Margarita Eagles


PBR California Staff

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COVID ended the 2020 season early throughout the State but as things progress quickly for the 2021 high school season, it’s time for us to preview teams from around the State in the Yearly Preseason Preview. Schedules are being adapted to fit the ever-changing landscape and though this season may look different than history has shown us, coaches/staff, players, families, and our team are preparing for 2021 to be as successful as possible. 

We’ve submitted the Preseason Questionnaire to high school head coaches across the entire state and their responses have been flooding in. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be using their detailed insight on our team-by-team previews ahead of the 2021 season leading into the California Power 25 Rankings. 

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With all that said let’s take a look at today’s Preseason Preview of the Santa Margarita Eagles.

TEAM:

Santa Margarita Catholic Eagles

HEAD COACH (years at school):

Chris Malec (3)

OFFICIAL TWITTER:

@SMCHSBaseball

CIF SECTION & DIVISION:

Southern Section / Division 1

CONFERENCE/LEAGUE NAME:

Trinity League

LAST YEAR’S RECORD:

3-7

# OF RETURNING STARTERS:

3

# OF RETURNING PITCHERS:

2

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS:

2021 C Jack Collins - CS Northridge 

2021 LHP/OF Ethan Flanagan - UCLA

2021 OF/LHP Colby Wallace - Washington 

2021 C Zach Crandall

2021 RHP Wilson Hall

2021 RHP Spencer Johnson

2022 RHP Matthew Porchas - Texas

2022 INF Ryan Nopper

2022 RHP Tanner Warady

2022 OF Ian Grogan

THE FUTURE:

2023 MIF Blake Wilson - Washington 

2023 OF Drew Rutter - Cal Poly SLO

2023 MIF Trent Caraway - Oregon State

2023 C Luke Lavin - Stanford

2023 C Blake Balsz

2023 RHP Collin Clarke

2023 LHP/OF Sammy Cova

2023 MIF/RHP Zach Fjelstad

2023 OF Jackson Kemmerer

2023 RHP/INF Jack Svinth

2024 OF/RHP Logan Degroot

SEASON OUTLOOK: 

After graduating 12 players who started games over the past two seasons, the Santa Margarita Catholic Eagles are excited to start 2021 and get the youth in the program their first opportunities in the always difficult Trinity League.  Coach Malec is pumped to see these exciting players get their first chance and show their talent and athleticism. With 8 D1 Commits, this will be a deep and talented group that will be able to show off their athleticism in multiple facets of the game. Team speed will be an asset and with some of the best arms in the Southern Section, that pitching should keep opposing lineups in check. The Trinity League is one of the most competitive in the Southern Section and the Eagles are looking to be at the top when the season finishes.  

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
Rising Stars Showcase - NorCal  CA 06/08 Islanders Field
State Games ID - NorCal  CA 06/15 Islanders Field
Rising Stars Showcase  CA 06/22 Hart Park
Northern California ProCase  CA 07/06 McBean Stadium - Lincoln, CA
SoCal ProCase  CA 07/07 Hart Park
SoCal Academic Games  CA 07/13 Hart Park
California State Games  CA 07/16-07/18 Islanders Field


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