Pretty cool to follow Arizona players through their post prep careers but to look back at certain Arizona based amateur teams who stayed together while amateurs and all moved on and had a significant impact on college baseball is hard to do. When done it’s extremely rare to see every player of a team having success at the next level. The group below as prep players, college players and in some cases professionally – are simply amazing!
May I present the 2012 Angels Scout team - Directed by longtime baseball scout, John Gracio, coached by Rich Barker, Dorian Speed and Alex Celis at 18u and Tony Downs and Jeromie Spillman at 16u – incredible group that will continue to make their mark for years to come!
Remember this was ONE team
Chance Adams (Dallas Baptist University) Drafted by New York Yankees
Nathan Bannister (University of Arizona) – Drafted by Seattle Mariners, 2016 College World Series participant
David Graybill (Arizona State University) – Drafted by San Francisco Giants
Gary Cornish – University of San Diego – One year of eligibility remaining
John Havird (Ohio State University) – won NJCAA D2 World Series at Mesa CC
Scot Hoffman (High Point University) – Drafted by New York Yankees out of high school
Cody Moffett (University of Arizona) – 2016 College World Series participant
Houston Edwards (Grand Canyon University) – 2013 D2 College World Series Participant
Garrett Jeffries (Grand Canyon University) – 2013 D2 College World Series Participant
Ryan Tomita (University of North Georgia) 2013 & 2015 D2 College World Series Participant and won the NYCBC championship.
Austin Mill (Grand Canyon University) 2013 D2 College World Series Participant
Paul Panaccione (Grand Canyon University) Drafted by Washington Nationals and 2013 D2 College World Series Participant
Ryan Penaflor (Grinnell College) – Led Grinnell to championship game of Midwest Conference Tournament - finished at 30-8, the highest win total in program history one game away from the NCAA Division 3 National Tournament
Ryan Benedict (Regis University)
Connor Moore (Trinity University) – Won D3 College World Series
Chris Beal (Arizona State University) – four year player
Zach Gibbons (University of Arizona) – Drafted by Los Angeles Angels, College World Series
Chris Burks (Arizona Christian University) -
Jeremy Wolf (Trinity University) – Drafted by New York Mets, Won D3 College World Series
Tyler Boxwell (Stephen F Austin) - led the 'Jacks to the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time since 2012 and tied a program record with three wins in post season
John Rapisarda (Grand Canyon University) 2013 D2 College World Series Participant