Above: Bishop Amat lefty Paul Paez is the area’s best returning pitcher.
With baseball a few weeks from starting, I thought I would get the conversation going with the area’s preseason starting lineup. The top 9 are as follows:
* It has been confirmed that Covina’s Matt Munoz has transferred to San Dimas, so pending eligility, we will officially list him as a San Dimas player from now on
Pitcher: Paul Paez, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Catcher: Jerry McClanahan, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Infielder: Erik Lewis, Damien, Sr.
Infielder: Christian Ibarra, South Hills, Sr.
Infielder: Rio Ruiz, Bishop Amat, So.
Infielder: Matt Munoz, San Dimas, Jr. *(pending CIF eligibility)
Outfielder: Jay Anderson, Bishop Amat, Jr.
Outfielder: Jacob Smigelski, Glendora, Sr.
Outfielder: Chester Pak, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Covina’s Matt Munoz shown here as a freshman. The junior recently transferred to CIF-SS Division IV champion San Dimas.