The 2020 Washington high school spring sports season has been canceled (COVID-19) and these pitchers won’t have a chance to show off their skill. But they deserve to be recognized.
In a deep pool of talent, which outfielders have had the greatest impact on the high school stage coming into the 2020 season? On the recommendations of baseball coaches throughout the state, here are 20 standout high school outfielders from all corners of Washington, spanning all classifications.
TOP 20 OUTFIELDERS IN WASHINGTON
(Names are in alphabetical order)
Sam Canton, South Kitsap, jr.
A first team all-4A SPSL selection as a sophomore, and a multi-sport standout athlete, Canton led a Wolves team that competed for a league title in 2019.
Riley Cissne, Chiawana, sr.
What can’t the three-sport standout do? He’s an all-state talent at linebacker, a state champion wrestler and the Mid Columbia Conference’s reigning player of the year.
Ethan Cramer, Ingraham, sr.
The lefty Fordham commit was a second team all-Metro League selection as a junior, and a four-year varsity player.
Colin Curry, Redmond, jr.
Curry made an immediate impact as a freshman after being moved up to varsity mid-season. The lefty, who is also a relief pitcher, improved each year and is now committed to Seattle U.
Aidan Dougherty, Mount Si, soph.
In case you missed his athleticism as a sophomore receiver on Mount Si’s football team, Dougherty, an Oregon State commit with a smooth swing, gets to showcase it playing center field.
Bryan Falk, Sumner, sr.
A first team all-league selection as an infielder, the Seattle U commit also covers ground in the outfield.
Tyler Forner, Camas, sr.
Forner was hoping to boost his already-palpable draft stock his senior season. Nevertheless, the state’s top-ranked outfielder in the class of 2020, per Prep Baseball Report, has a bright future ahead of him after high school.
Kyle Fossum, Eastside Catholic, jr.
In Fossum, the Crusaders had a steady, reliable hitter and a veteran presence in the outfield. The junior Washington commit was poised to move from right to center field, hit in the middle of the lineup and got faster —and stronger — in the offseason, said Crusaders coach Kyle Larsen. “He was on track for a really, really breakout good season.”
Simeon Howard, Kennwick, soph.
A second team all-MCC selection as a freshman, Howard has eye-popping athleticism, an impressive arm and a bright future for the Lions.
Albert Jennings, Tahoma, sr.
His 6-foot-3 frame stands out, as does his power, and by extension his penchant for driving in runs. The Tahoma senior is committed to Washington State.
Kyler Johnson, Puyallup, sr.
A first-team all 4A SPSL selection as a junior, the Tacoma Community College signee, who is also a pitcher, worked back from an ACL injury to help the talent-laden Vikings in what would likely have been a run at a 4A state title.
Peter King, Peninsula, sr.
King has a cannon from center field. A first team all-South Sound Conference selection as a junior, the San Jose State commit raked in a .353 batting average and .526 on base percentage.
Malakhi Knight, Marysville-Getchell, jr.
In Knight, an uber-athletic outfielder, Marysville-Getchell could very well produce a high draft pick a year from now. In fact, he may be the top prospect in the state right now across all ages. The 6-foot-4 junior is also one of the state’s top returning guards on the basketball court, and could be playing D-I hoops if not for his baseball commitment Oregon State.
Reid Little, Tumwater, sr.
The senior Saint Martin’s commit is another multi-sport standout with a state football championship under his belt. But he’s also a stud in the outfield, where he was named first team all-area by The Olympian.
Carter Monda, Evergreen, sr.
Monda could have reasonably pursued college ball in football or basketball. But he projected high as an outfielder — a potential draft pick, even — because of, in part, his athleticism and drive.
Henry Muench, O’Dea, sr.
He’s somehow a better two-way player on the baseball field than the gridiron — and that’s saying something. After an injury sidelined him for much of his junior year, the University of Portland commit was shaping up to help the Fighting Irish return to the state title game.
Kyle Parkman, Central Valley, jr.
There’s a reason Parkman will find a home at the next level. The first team all-Greater Spokane League selection as a sophomore has a clean swing, tons of power and is a “baseball junkie,” so says CV coach Jeremy Maupin.
T.J. Scherting, Wenatchee, jr.
Scherting, a Yakima Valley CC pledge, is a leader in center field for Wenatchee, a team that would have challenged defending state champ Moses Lake in the CBBN.
Jayden Talt, Cascade, sr.
The Air Force commit captained the Bruins to a 4A Wesco regular season title as a junior, while hitting .311 with a .476 on base percentage.
Reece Walling, Prairie, soph.
Walling’s 6-foot-6 frame is what many, including scouts, notice most. But the sophomore, whose bread and butter is the outfield and was slated to move from right to center field this season, separates himself with a high baseball IQ. “He tracks balls really well, gets great reads on the ball,” said Prairie coach Cameron Chilcote. “He’s something special.”
Evan Scavotto, Puyallup, sr.
Cameron Hoiland, Kentridge, jr.
Preston Moritz, South Kitsap, sr.
Luke Rohleder, Skyline, sr.
Cole Webster, University Prep, jr.
Nate Naccarato, Mt. Spokane, sr.
Jared Johnson, Eastlake, jr.
Jaidon Matthews, Capital, jr.
Connor Wilson, Chelan, sr.
Jaren Larson, Fife, sr.
Brian Ours, Fife, sr.
Evan Bartels, Colton, sr.
Zac Jagger, Touchet, jr.
Dylan O’Connor, Stadium, jr.
Hunter Ruhl, Eastmont, jr.
Dylan Ashbeck, Walla Walla, sr.
Cameron Green, Tahoma, sr.
Riley Oswald, Tahoma, sr.
Julien Jones, Washougal, sr.
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