In just about a week, another high school baseball season will start in the Flint area, an area that's been known for high-caliber prep talent for decades.
This year, the usual heavies boast the top talent in Genesee County -- Mt. Morris, Goodrich, Flint Powers Catholic, Davison and Flushing. It's about time to take a look at the elite and get an idea of who to look out for this spring.
Maverick Prine (Davison; SR RHP/INF)
Prine is arguably the area's best player. However, for all intents and purposes, we'll call him the county's No. 1 preseason player. As the Cardinals' top pitcher and shortstop, Prine brings a great glove, range and poise to the diamond.
Expect a seven- or eight-win season on the mound along with plenty of flashy leather at short for Prine, a Louisville Slugger All-American. He led Davison with 37 RBI and hit .467.
Davison, as usual, will be a program to watch as it's headed by one of the premier coaches in the state, veteran skipper Timm Rye.
Ethan Wiskur (Flint Powers Catholic; SR RHP/UTL)
Wiskur can play just about any position, making the Chargers senior one of the most versatile talents in Mid-Michigan. He's had plenty of college interest from programs at the Division I level, but is headed to Hillsdale (per Powers coach Tom Dutkowski).
Wiskur's bat could be his best asset, which was loud and clear during a wood bat tournament two seasons ago at Linden. The then-sophomore belted a high fastball over the lef field fence, leaving no doubt of his ability to give the ball a ride.
Wiskur posted a 9-0 pitching record (1.37 ERA in 61 innings) in 2012, hit .490 and led Powers with 27 RBI; he's certainly the real deal.
Powers, now in the Saginaw Valley along with Davison, will be a team to follow this spring.
Kyle Randeck (Flushing; JR P/UTL)
Randeck has been one of the Flint area's best bats since his freshman year with the Raiders. During the Tom Cole Tournament at Broome Park, Randeck took what looked to be a curveball far beyond the left field fence -- and the pine trees that sit 10-15 yards further.
As a pitcher, Randeck brings plenty of power and aggressiveness. However, his bat is definitely his best quality.
Expect Randeck to compete for The Flint Journal's Player of the Year title this season with Prine and Wiskur and lead the Raiders in the SVL.
AJ Rubio (Davison [transfer from Goodrich]; JR OF)
Rubio made The Journal's Dream Team last season as a junior and should have a stellar senior year and earn an invitation to the Mott Community College Bruin Club All-Star Game this summer.
The steady .400-hitter is speedy in the outfield and has enough athleticism to corral anything hit his way.
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