Top players in Clay County to watch in the high school baseball playoffs

Anthony Salazar

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With the high school baseball district tournament games starting Monday, teams looking to make a deep run in the postseason will need their best players to contribute. Here are some of those top players:

Leo Diaz is the lead hitter for the Oakleaf Knights. With 81 plate appearances, Diaz has a batting average of .370, 20 RBIs, and three home runs. Diaz also has a fielding percentage of .988. According to Perfect Game, Diaz is currently not committed, but has the statistics to get offers at the college level.

Finn Howell is a middle infielder and starting pitcher for the St. Johns Country Day Spartans. Howell has a .415 batting average and has three home runs on the season. Howell also has the second-best ERA on the team with 0.91 over 30.2 innings, according to jacksonvillehighschoolbaseball.com. Howell signed to play baseball for the University of North Florida.

Before spending the past two seasons with the Clay High Blue Devils, centerfielder Max Williams began his high school career starting for the Ridgeview Panthers. In his two seasons at Clay High, Williams has made a significant impact at the plate. With 178 plate appearances, Williams has a .362 batting average, 34 RBIs, and seven home runs with Clay High. Scouts view Williams as a potential high pick in the Major League Baseball draft and an elite college prospect with a Perfect Game rating of 9.5. He signed with the Alabama Crimson Tide to further his baseball career.

Brandon Adams has been a dominant pitcher for three seasons at Clay High. The 6-foot-4 right-handed senior has 41.2 innings pitched this season. Adams has a 5-0 record and has a 1.18 ERA on the season, according to MaxPreps. Adams also has a Perfect Game rating of nine. Perfect Game scouts view Adams as a potential top 10 round pick and a high-level college prospect. Adams will join Howell in the fall as a signee to the University of North Florida.

Jordan Taylor is the speedy centerfielder for St. Johns Country Day. Taylor has 12 stolen bases this season on 12 attempts. Taylor leads his team in on-base percentage with .557. Taylor also has a .457 batting average and five home runs on the season. He has a Perfect Game rating of 10. 10 is the highest rating and the Perfect Game scouts view him as a potential high draft pick and an elite college prospect. Taylor is committed to play baseball for the Florida State Seminoles.

The University of Virginia commit, Bradley Hodges, is a standout on the mound and at the plate. Hodges leads his team in almost every statistical category. He leads the offense with a .481 batting average, nine home runs, and 25 RBIs. On the mound, Hodges has a 0.99 ERA and has 101 strikeouts over 49.1 innings pitched. Like his teammate, Hodges also has a Perfect Game rating of 10 and is viewed as a high draft pick and elite college prospect.

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