Meet the best outfielders in Washington high school baseball in 2019

Who are the top outfielders across Washington state high school baseball? Through research, observations and conversations with numerous coaches we have listed our picks in alphabetical order.

There are a number of great outfielders out there, so keep in mind that this list is not meant to be comprehensive. Let us know who should be added to the list, either by leaving a comment or by emailing andy@scorebooklive.com.

Here’s a look at the top outfielders in Washington, regardless of classification:

Kai Alberghini, Liberty, Seattle University commit
A senior Seattle U commit, Alberghini is hitting with the best of them for 2A Liberty. At a .375 batting average and .444 on base percentage, Alberghini has 21 hits and 21 RBI with 16 runs scored. And the 6-foot-1, 205-pound outfielder has three home runs and four triples to help Liberty finish second in the 2A/3A KingCo, per MaxPreps. Better yet, scouting service Baseball Northwest rates Alberghini in the 97th percentile.

Blake Anderson, River Ridge, Lower Columbia College commit
Blake Anderson sports a .500 batting average with 39 hits, four triple and three doubles on the season, good enough to garner the senior outfielder a first-team all-2A South Puget Sound League selection. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior is a Lower Columbia College commit.

Cooper Barnum, Skyview, uncommitted
Barnum is being recruited as a pitcher, but the Skyview junior could just as well play the outfield at the next level. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Barnum is hitting .375 on the season with 20 hits, 14 RBI and two home runs. He touts the athleticism to seamlessly go back-and-forth between the outfield and the mound. Though Barnum himself says he’s “95 percent sure” he wants to be a pitcher at the next level, Skyview coach Seth Johnson says he’s more than capable to go either way.

Corbin Carroll, Lakeside, UCLA commit
Set aside outfielder, Carroll may be the best player in the state. Named a high school All-American and the best defensive outfielder in the country by Baseball America, Carroll, a UCLA commit, may be the most decorated player in the state. MLB.com lists Carroll as the seventh best high school prospect in the country, largely due to an MVP performance in the Perfect Game All-American Classic. Carroll spent last summer playing for the USA 18U national team, and the left-handed senior will have a decision to make this summer — go to college, or capitalize on his high draft stock.

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Colt Corrigan, Chelan, Whitworth commit
Corrigan is a right-handed power hitter and a “weight room nut,” according to his coach, who checks out on both offense and defense. At 6-foot-2, roughly 200 pounds, the Chelan senior leads the team in stolen bases, which head coach Dana Papasedero credits to his high baseball IQ. “He has great instinctual base-running skills,” Papasedero said. “Great reads, great jumps.” And defensively, Corrigan leads the team from the outfield. As a freshman, he came in as a third baseman. All it took was one move to the outfield, “and he flourished,” Papasedero said. All considered, it’s no wonder Whitworth wanted the senior. “Kids look up to him,” Papasedero added. “Stats aren’t everything. He is a leader. He’s dedicated his entire high school career to baseball. He loves it.”

Bryan Falk, Sumner, Seattle University commit
Falk is an outfielder from the class of 2020 who can flat out hit. He posted a .460 batting average with 29 hits, 17 RBI and 29 runs scored with an on base percentage of .550 as a sophomore. That earned him 4A SPSL first-team honors, and the college opportunities came, too. Falk committed to Seattle U in October. In 2018, Baseball Northwest rated Falk’s agility measurables (60-yard run, broad jump, etc.) in the 94th percentile.

Daniel Furman, Timberline, Lower Columbia commit
Furman, a first team all-3A South Sound League selection, hit his first high school home run this season in an emphatic fashion: a three-run moon shot. According to Baseball Northwest, Furman has an 84 mph outfield velocity, and the 5-foot-9, 165 pound primary outfielder pitches for the Blazers, too.

LeAndre Gaines, WF West, uncommitted
Prospect Wire describes 2020 prospect Gaines as a “big bodied” player who touts athleticism and quickness to excel in the outfield and, well, such a description is apt. Gaines is a first-team all-2A EvCo defensive lineman and a standout tight end, and at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, is also a standout in the outfield for the 20-2 W.F. West team that went 15-0 in league play.

A 2017 scout of freshman Cameron Green by Baseball Northwest.

Cameron Green, Tahoma, Oregon commit
Green is a 6-foot-2, 180 pound junior who plays each outfield position. As a sophomore Green, an Oregon commit, was named to the 4A NPSL first team. As a junior this season he led the Bears to a league title.



Brady Hill, Mt. Spokane, Washington State commit
As a sophomore, Brady Hill led the Greater Spokane League in stolen bases. A year later, he added batting average and runs scored to that list. The first team all-league outfielder — and quarterback for Mt. Spokane’s football team — is a Washington State commit, and a bonafide difference-maker for the Wildcats, who won the league title this season. The 6-foot-1, 175 pound senior bats lefty and throws righty.

Cole Hinkelman pictured at the Perfect Game All-American game in San Diego’s Petco Park. (Source: Twitter)

Cole Hinkelman, Skyline, Stanford signee
When talking about his four-year starter Cole Hinkelman, the first thing that comes to mind for Skyline coach Brandon Hemphill is his power. “He has more than anyone else in the league,” Hemphill said. More followed. “He runs well, has a big arm and has earned it every step of the way.” But the power? That’s been on display this season for the Spartans, the top-ranked 4A team in the state. He hit a home run in a win over North Creek that coaches estimated went some 450 feet. His power has been on display since his freshman year, when he was plucked from the freshman team and started at first base as Skyline won a 4A state title. Now, as a senior, he’s signed with Stanford and could hear his name called in the upcoming 2019 MLB Draft.

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Sean Kauffman, Inglemoor, Pacific Lutheran commit
As a junior, Kauffman started at second base for Inglemoor. When he moved to the outfield as a senior, Inglemoor coach Craig Bishop called it his “natural spot.” So much so, that Kauffman will play at the next level in the outfield. “He just can run,” Bishop said. “One of the few guys who can just outrun the baseball.” And the slim, speedy 6-foot-2 senior can hit, too. He has a .397 on base percentage with 16 hits and three RBI on the season.

Jonas Kim, Puyallup, Puget Sound commit
Once a shortstop, Puyallup coach Marc Weise saw Jonas Kim’s athleticism, put him in the outfield, and the senior soared. A power hitter — in the three-hole spot for the Vikings — and a “plus-arm” in the outfield, per Weise, Kim has helped lead Puyallup to a state playoff berth. “He’s one of the top-5 arms in the state in the outfield,” Weise, who insists Kim is an eventual D-I talent, said. And his hitting stats back it up. The senior is batting at a .470 clip with a .562 on base percentage. He’s accounted for 20 RBI and 31 hits for the Vikings. “He’s an awesome young man,” Weise added. “A competitor, loves the game, well-rounded.” Kim has been the DH for Puyallup for the last three games with an elbow injury. Though Kim will continue to DH through the postseason, he is due for Tommy John surgery after the season is over.

Jaymz Knowlton, Squalicum, Centralia commit
Knowlton fielded interest from high-major and low-major Division I programs, and a close look at the Squalicum senior offers plenty of reason as to why. Baseball Northwest rates the senior’s agility measurements in the 98th percentile when it tested Knowlton last summer. Knowlton will bring that to the NWAC next year as he heads to Centralia.

Garrett Koller (Courtesy of Dale Dolejsi)

Garrett Koller, Kennedy Catholic, Tacoma CC commit
Koller has been Kennedy Catholic’s lead-off hitter for the past two seasons and according to Kennedy coach Dale Dolejsi, has athleticism that will land him at a Division I program after Tacoma Community College. “The kid flies, makes good reads and makes unbelievable plays at center field,” Dolejsi said. On offense, he’s a tough out. Koller has an on base percentage of .456 and a .348 batting average this season. As a leader, Dolejsi refers to Koller — a self-proclaimed “cowboy” with the toughness to match it, his coach says — as the “adult in the room” who is focused on winning above all else. “He’s probably the most competitive kid we have,” Dolejsi said. “He has his eyes on winning and it’s not about what he looks like doing it, just getting the job done.”

Ethan Loveless, Black Hills, University of Portland commit
Ever since he was a freshman, Ethan Loveless has been on the radar of high-major Division I programs as an outfielder. As a junior, the multi-sport standout (he’s Black Hills’ starting quarterback, too) was awarded first team all-2A EvCo honors as an infielder. A 6-foot-1, 180 pound left-handed batter and right-handed thrower, Loveless is having an outstanding senior season. He currently holds a .405 batting average and a .545 on base percentage with 17 hits, 14 RBI and two homers, according to MaxPreps.

Joshua Mears, Federal Way, Purdue commit
Mears is one of three Purdue commits from the state of Washington. And of the three, he’s the most physically imposing. As a 6-foot-5, nearly 250-pound outfielder, Mears is both strong and spry, drawing comparisons from Federal Way coach Arlo Evasick to the great Bo Jackson. Baseball Northwest tested his speed and agility and assessed him in the 97th percentile. “He just looks like a video game player, one you create,” Evasick said. He called former Federal Way and current UW player Christian Jones’ strength “raw power.” What about Mears? “He has Major League Baseball power,’ Evasick said. “It is unbelievable power.”

Cole Miller, Mercer Island, Washington commit
As one of three in-state signees in University of Washington’s 2019 recruiting class, Miller joins a growing list of Mercer Island standouts who went on to play for the Huskies. MI’s coach, Dominic Woody, also played for UW. But what separates Miller is his athleticism (he was also a standout receiver and DB for MI’s football team). UW coach Lindsey Meggs pegged him as the best athlete in his recruiting class, and it shows not only in the outfield, but also at the plate. Miller is hitting .385 with 12 RBI and two home runs on the season, per MaxPreps. “He is likely the best athlete in this class, and his ability to run is going to make it fun to watch him play the outfield,” Meggs said in a UW signing day release. “And along with the tools that are obvious to anyone who follows our game, there is a quiet toughness with Cole.”

Henry Muench, O’Dea, University of Portland commit
A junior, Muench is an athletic outfielder and base-runner. At 5-foot-9, the wiry punt returner on O’Dea’s football team delivers that same playmaking to the baseball diamond. “Kid’s like a jackrabbit,” O’Dea coach Mike Doyle said. “His quick-twitch is like crazy. He’s solid muscle, athletic and just a great arm. Real short throwing motion but a laser beam of a throw.” The center fielder by trade is working to get past a hand injury, but the Irish expect to have him back for the postseason.

Max Samson, O’Dea, Oregon State commit
Samson is headed to Oregon State as a walk-on, where he will play in the outfield. But this season, as he nurses a shoulder injury, the senior has made his mark as a designated hitter. And that’s worked out just fine for the Irish, who are 21-2 and headed to the state playoffs after beating Ingraham 4-3 in the Metro League tournament championship. While Samson works his way back into the outfield, O’Dea has no problem letting him continue to rake. “He’s the ignition guy,” O’Dea coach Mike Doyle said. “He’s come in with clutch hits all year. He’s a super competitor who loves to play as hard as possible.”

Ben Schulte, O’Dea, Bellevue commit
Of the many traits that make Schulte a standout in the outfield, Mike Doyle recalls two plays from this season that sum him up. The first play came against Kentwood, when he threw a runner out at home from center field — “he just picked it up and threw a seed, out at home plate,” Doyle said. Then a week later, he completed a game-sealing out on a throw to home from the outfield. That’s par for the course, Doyle said of the Bellevue Community College commit. “He plays with a lot of range,” Doyle said. “He has a very strong, accurate arm. He doesn’t need to get the ball out quickly, he just reaches back and the ball is on the line every time.” Strong and accurate describe his hitting, too. He’s posting a .467 average on the season, according to MaxPreps.

(Photo credit: Monica Biggers)

Nation Wood, Lake Washington, Saddleback CC
Nation Wood can flat out hit. The senior outfielder has eight home runs on the season for top-ranked Lake Washington, which is both a single-season program record, and believed to be the most in the state of Washington this season. His 33 RBI is also a single-season program record. The 6-foot, 183 pound Saddleback Community College commit has a .413 batting average and .552 on base percentage.

MORE OUTFIELDERS TO WATCH:

Gavin Ayers, Kamiakin, Wenatchee Valley commit

Logan Borg, Insight School, Wenatchee Valley commit

Julian Jackson, Bothell, uncommitted

Carson Lundmark, University, Spokane Falls commit

Eric Mast, Ferris, Central Arizona College

Reid Mazzacano, Squalicum, Everett commit

Evan McLean, Moses Lake, uncommitted

Austin McMinds, Central Kitsap, Bellevue CC commit

Jordan Schuler, Mead, Shoreline CC commit

Easton Stevens, Kennewick, Yakima Valley commit

Jack Titus, Eastlake, uncommitted

AJ Vongphachanh, Chiawana, uncommitted

Donovan Yelle, Tahoma, Tacoma CC commit

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