Now that the regular season is over and the playoffs have arrived, I figured it's a good time to check out some stats and information the area's top baseball players have put up in 2017.
I've been closely following some of the more intriguing performers throughout the season, but this is always a good point to sit down, and really crunch some numbers and see who did what.
I wasn't sure if I should start with the most impressive statistical season that I've seen in a long time or save it for last... But here we go:
Sauer has played in all 30 games for the Warriors, helping them go 24-6 in the regular season. They're the No. 2 seed in the Division 3 playoffs and start their postseason on Thursday when they host Culver City.
Here's his offensive line: .437 avg., 45 hits, 33 runs, 24 RBIs, 8 2Bs, 2 3Bs and an HR.
However, Sauer is committed to pitch for Arizona and it's looking like he'll be going early in next month's MLB draft as a right-handed pitcher.
This guy's offensive numbers are obscene, but they're still dwarfed by what he does on the hill, where he's been downright electric. Throwing in front of dozens of scouts throughout the season, Sauer has compiled a 1.03 ERA and a 7-1 win-loss record. He has two CGs and one shutout.
In 61 1/3 innings, he's allowed just 35 hits and a total of nine earned runs while walking 23 and striking out 114 batters. That's nearly two Ks per inning.
He's simply been incredible this year and, really, throughout his entire high school career. With the way he's played this season, it looks like he could be a Division I infielder, and could probably develop his offensive tool-set to play professional baseball in the field if he wanted to. (Sidnote: If I was a major league exec, I wouldn't hesitate to draft this kid in the first round. He just gets it).
You don't have to go very far to see another great offensive line: Zach Rudd has been cleaning up for the Warriors all year long. I didn't know much about him before the season, but he's been generating tons of power in the middle of the lineup for the Warriors and is solid at the hot corner.
He leads the Warriors with six HRs and is batting .363 on the season. He also has a team-high 31 RBIs while scoring 23 times. He's third on the team with seven doubles and tied for second in hits with 33.
Yep. Staying with Righetti. You don't see many players like this kid. He's a true lefty that plays first base and is also a very effective pitcher, really a coach's dream. (Left-handers are typically much better suited to play first, they're also very tough to hit and give opposing pitchers fits from the left side. And Bagby did all that this year).
Bagby's line this year: .371 avg., 19 runs, 33 hits, 30 RBIs, 10 2Bs and a homer.
Those numbers are great, but Bagby has really stepped up where the Warriors needed him: On the mound, where he ate up 57 2/3 innings and limited teams to a 2.79 ERA, going 7-2. Bagby made 10 starts and threw four complete games with a pair of shutouts, including a two-hitter.
The Warriors and coach Brian Tomooka needed a No. 2 starter behind Sauer and Bagby didn't just accept that role, he dominated it, throwing like an ace. Bagby put together a season that would normally have him in league MVP conversations, though that award may go to his teammate.
Also, I have to mention Alex Castellanos, who has been Righetti's Friday starter this year. He's appeared in 14 games with eight starts and has gone 10-0. Castellanos, Bagby and Sauer have combined to go 24-3 this year.
Now we'll move to the LPL and that league's champ: Santa Ynez. The Pirates have had another stellar season under coach Warren Dickey, going 24-7 overall and 18-3 in the LPL. The Pirates have just one senior.
They also have some pretty good offensive players, but really it's all about pitching and defense when it comes to Warren Dickey's teams.
On the season, Pirates pitchers have combined for a 1.98 ERA as they've allowed just 60 earned runs all year in 212 innings.
Atchinson is another lefty and has been consistent for the Pirates. He leads Santa Ynez with 53 1/3 innings pitched and has allowed just 38 hits in that span and 15 earned runs, good for a 1.97 ERA. Atchinson doesn't blow hitters away. Really, he just gets outs and limits damage. He's struck out just 48 batters and has allowed 39 bases on balls. But somehow, he's found a way to win, going 7-1.
Usher is listed as a 5-foot-9, 160 pound junior. But the dude can flat out play. I've had the chance to see him play once this year, but he was all over the field. He leads the Pirates with a .402 batting average. He has 14 runs, 33 hits, 16 RBIs and three doubles. He's also 7-for-8 in stolen base attempts.
There's more. Usher is 6-2 with a 2.55 ERA for the Pirates in 49 1/3 innings. He doesn't strike out a lot of batters either, and allows too many hits, but again, he finds a way to be effective and limit damage. He's struck out just 26 batters and walked 20, but has kept his ERA down, mainly by relying on his defense.
Can't forget to mention two more offensive keys for the Pirates: Dustin Gregg and Cole Knightley. Gregg is a junior that's batting .400 with 23 RBIs and seven doubles with a team-high 24 runs scored. Knightley has a .333 batting average with a team-best 26 RBIs, seven doubles and 22 runs scored.
The Pirates have that perfect balance of offense, defense and pitching that could carry them in the playoffs. One note, though, they have to limit the walks and other free passes. As a team this year, they've allowed 102 walks and struck out just 145 batters. That's putting a lot of pressure on the defense and things can really tighten up in the postseason so they have to limit baserunners.
Now to our only freshman on the list: Lompoc's surprise starter was second on the team with 60 innings pitched and had a stellar 1.52 ERA on the year with a 7-4 record in 11 starts. That's how you start your high school career.
And he did it in huge games, helping the Braves finish out the year strong and make the playoffs, where they won Tuesday's wild card game over Carpinteria. I'm sure he'll get the ball Wednesday against La Canada. Rojas has three complete games on the year and allowed just 53 hits in his 60 innings of work. Not bad for a freshman. He also struck out 34 batters and walked just 18.
Ray has been the most consistent offensive player for the Braves, the only everyday player with a batting average over .300. Ray is hitting .337 on the year with 32 hits and 15 runs while also driving in 14 RBIs.
Gasca is Lompoc's best two-way player, providing quality innings on the mound and quality ABs.
Gasca has a 3.03 ERA on the year and went 3-5 for the Braves, winning Tuesday's wild card game. He led the Braves with 62 innings pitched and struck out 65 batters.
But he also led the Braves in runs with 23 and smacked 24 hits on the year while driving in 10 runs. He hit .279 on the year.
Also, Justin Allen played in just 20 games, but he hit .400 in 60 at-bats, scoring 10 runs with 24 hits, five RBIs and three doubles.
That's it for now, as more teams submit complete statistics I will add to this list or attach a new post.