Our All-City teams are not always scientific.
Sometimes, you have to go with your gut.
In the past, our Player of the Year candidates in baseball have been those who have had standout seasons at the plate and on the mound. The dual-threat players that impact every game.
This time around, it’s a pitcher, but the exception is truly exceptional.
All you have to do is ask one question: Who was the best baseball player in The City this season? The answer is Collin Monsour.
Monsour’s primary numbers as St. Ignatius’ ace this season were nothing short of outstanding. A 9-2 record, 1.01 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 70 innings appear good enough, but when you look a little closer, specifically at his performances in the West Catholic Athletic League, you get a true sense of just how dominant he was.
In 35 innings in the WCAL, arguably the best high school league in Northern California, the Cal-bound senior went 4-0, allowed just two earned runs (0.40 ERA) and struck out 38.
Then, in the postseason, he had a 1.61 ERA and picked up a pressure-packed win in relief in SI’s win over Aptos to win the school’s first-ever Central Coast Section baseball title.
That’s why he’s The San Francisco Examiner and SanFranPreps.com Player of the Year.
That doesn’t mean the other candidates weren’t awfully close to claiming Player of the Year. The rest of The City had several dual-threat standouts and many are on the first team.
Last season’s Player of the Year, Sacred Heart Cathedral senior Chris Miguel, was again the most dangerous hitter in the Irish batting order with a .404 average and 25 RBIs, but also had a 1.92 ERA on the mound. SHC teammate and junior Mike Wallace proved to be the ace for the Irish the season with a 1.58 ERA, but also hit .388 and added 20 RBIs of his own.
In any other season, Stuart Hall junior left-hander Ben Carrasco might have earned the top honor. The Bay Counties League West Player of the Year had a 0.65 ERA and 90 strikeouts in just 54 innings of work and hit .420. He also struck out 18 in a league game against Marin Academy.
Academic Athletic Association Player of the Year Dane Vande Guchte and Pitcher of the Year Christopher Hau also received first-team All-City honors. Vande Guchte hit .471, scored a staggering 44 runs and had a 2.89 ERA, while Hau had a 1.27 ERA, hit .348 and didn’t allow a single earned run in AAA play.
AAA cohort Eli Smoot, in just his sophomore season, led Balboa in ERA (3.80), batting average (.514) and runs scored (32).
Player of the Year: Collin Monsour, senior, P, St. Ignatius
Ben Carrasco, junior, P-1B, Stuart Hall
Christopher Hau, junior, P-3B, Wash.
Nick Johnson, senior, RF, St. Ignatius
Matt Krook, junior, 1B-P, St. Ignatius
Chris Miguel, senior, P-3B, SHC
Brett Rasso, sophomore, 2B, SHC
John Schember, senior, C, University
Eli Smoot, sophomore, P-IF, Balboa
Dane Vande Guchte, senior, SS-P, Washington
Mike Wallace, junior, P-OF, SHC
Craig Colen, freshman, P-C-1B, Lincoln
Sean Donovan, senior, P, Riordan
Gino Franco, senior, SS, SHC
Tevin Goodwin, senior, OF, SHC
Aaron Leong, junior, OF-P-IF, Lowell
Jordan Malik, senior, P-SS, International
John O’Malley, sophomore, SS-P, University
Jack Stinn, junior, OF-P, St. Ignatius
Nick Tam, senior, P-CF, Lowell
Avery Velasco, senior, 1B-P, Washington
Alex Asdourian, senior, RF, Stuart Hall
Daniel Costa, junior, OF-1B, Stuart Hall
James Cullinane, junior, OF-P, Riordan
Nico Giarratano, junior, SS, St. Ignatius
Aumen Holliday, junior, P-OF, Marshall
Lucas Howard, senior, CF, Lick-Wilmerding
Jack Klein, junior, CF-P, St. Ignatius
Jonathan Macht, junior, P-1B, Urban
Jorge Navarro, junior, P, Riordan
Jordan Wilson, sophomore, UT, Washington
Teams chosen by the editors of The San Francisco Examiner and SanFranPreps.com. For a list of honorable mentions, visit www.sfexaminer.com or www.sanfranpreps.com.