2014 College Commitments

Tim Glenn - C

Biola University

Eleanor Roosevelt HS

Joey Fiske- OF

St. Mary's

Poway HS

Luke Hussung - OF


Laurel Springs Prep

Trevor Abshire - RHP

Point Loma Nazarene

La Quinta HS

Stephen Young - LHP

San Diego St.

Mission Viejo HS

Zeke Haenelt - INF

John Carroll University


Jeff Dodds - OF

Univ of Antelope Valley

Oak Hills HS

Kyle Marquardt - C/RHP

Friends University of Central Kansas

Chaparral HS



Peter Toelkes - OF

Univ of Antelope Valley

Villa Park HS


Foster Ringor - OF

San Diego Christian College

Cypress HS

Juan Cantillo - INF



2015 College Commitments

Willie Aguilar - INF/RHP

Long Beach State

Fountain Valley HS

Daniel Schneeman - INF


Bonita Vista HS

Jordan Myrow - OF


Notre Dame HS

Erik Cha - LHP

Cal St. Fullerton

Ayala HS

Kyle Hatton - LHP/1B

UC Santa Barbara

Norco HS

Tim Holdgrapher - RHP

St. Mary's College

La Jolla HS

Zeke Young - LHP/OF

Duke University

Great Oak HS

Luken Baker - RHP/INF


Oak Ridge HS

Tyrus Greene - C

University of California

St Augustine

David Maldonado - INF

San Diego St.

Temecula Valley HS

Steven Elliott - OF

UC Santa Barbara

Alta Loma HS

Kyle Robeniol - LHP/OF

University of Oregon

Los Osos HS

Chris Betts - C

University of Tennessee

Long Beach Wilson HS

Tyler Nevin - INF


Poway HS

Niko Navarro - INF

San Diego St.

Los Osos HS

Bailey Falter - LHP

UC Santa Barbara

Chino Hills HS

Kyle Molnar - RHP/OF


Aliso Niguel HS

Bryce Fehmel - INF/RHP

Oregon State University

Agoura HS

Dalton Blumenfeld - C

Loyola Marymount


Karl Kani - INF

Univ. of Washington

Sierra Canyon HS

Devin McKesson - LHP

UC Riverside

Temescal Canyon HS

Nick Madrigal - SS

Oregon State University

Elk Grove HS

Peter Lambert - RHP/INF


San Dimas

Brian Duenas - RHP

San Diego St.


Kolby Allard - LHP

Cal St. Fullerton

San Clemente HS

Solomon Bates - RHP


Oak Hills HS

Cole Heavilin

San Diego St.

Rancho Buena Vista

Kyle Dean - OF

University of San Diego

Poway HS

Mitchell Hayes - INF/RHP

University of Nevada

Great Oak HS

2016 College Commitments

Blake Rutherford - OF


Chaminade HS

Zack Noll - LHP


Great Oak HS

Josh Stephen - OF


Mater Dei HS

Jack Dashwood - LHP

UC Santa Barbara

St Augustine

Cameron Jabara - RHP


Newport Harbor HS

Shane Martinez - INF


JW North HS

Tommy Costello - LHP

University of Washington


2017 College Commitments

Nick Allen - INF


Francis Parker HS

Tyler Freeman - INF


Etiwanda HS

Garret Mitchell - INF


Orange Lutheran HS

Chad Plant - RHP

UC Santa Barbara

Upland HS



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In just over one year as an organization we have won our share of events, had teams place very high in some of the most competitive events in the country that are on a strict invite only basis, and sent teams to some of the best college camps in the country to provide additional exposure.  Championships and winning events are a nice feather in a program's cap, but what we get the most satisfaction from is seeing our players move on in the game and giving them an opportunity to play the game they love in college while earning a degree, or moving on to the professional ranks.  Our support of our players does not stop when they graduate high school as we provide a support system far beyond high school to help them not only succeed in the game but in life.

CBA currently has over 50 players college committed, 3 Perfect Game and Under Armour all americans, over 40 players involved in USA baseball programs in all ages, 8 Area Code selections, and every player who stuck with us beginning in middle school now heading into their senior year of high school is now either college committed or deciding on the best option for them and their family.  We have a good number of players who will choose the best place for them to further their baseball and academic interests before the end of the year. …


Posted by Jon Paino on July 27, 2014 at 9:00am

All-Americans Fuel CBA Marucci '15

All-Americans Fuel CBA Marucci

By Jeff Dahn

Published: Monday, July 21, 2014

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – California Baseball Academy (CBA) Marucci elite prospects Chris Betts and Kyle Molnar have been down this road before, although much has changed. The 3rd annual 17u Perfect Game World Series is like a highway that has been widened and repaved while also taking on a few more twists and turns, just to keep a driver’s attention.

Betts and Molnar were both at the inaugural 17u Perfect Game World Series in 2012 with the late Mike Spiers and the ABD Bulldogs. They were a couple of young guys who had just finished their freshman year in high school and found themselves playing in an upper class event with and against the best players in the country that were at least two years older than them.

“This tournament has always been a good time; it’s really a lot of fun,” Betts said Monday morning from a dugout on one of the fields at the Goodyear Park Recreational Complex before CBA Marucci entered play in the newly instituted eight-team double-elimination playoff bracket. “It’s a lot better than … the…


Posted by Jon Paino on July 24, 2014 at 9:30am


CBA Marucci's killer B's

Sam Breznas
Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
EUHARLEE, Ga. - With a 7-0 record out of pool play in the WWBA 16u National Championship, CBA Marucci is undoubtedly a team full of talented players. Among them are two very special talents, Blake Sabol and Blake Rutherford.

Rutherford has an average of .389 and has hit two home runs so far in the tournament. Sabol has been flawless behind the plate and has shown great power in his swing.

Sabol, a 6-foot-3, 190 pound catcher from Aliso Niguel, Cal., comes from a family of ball players. His brother, Stefan, was a Perfect Game All-American, and was drafted by the Mets in 2012. His father played two years of college baseball at Long Beach State.

“[My father] and my older brother have a big influence on me in baseball,” said Sabol, “I was always around the baseball field ever since I was a little kid so this is basically my life.”

His passion and knowledge of the game shows in him holding the No. 19 spot in Perfect Game’s class of 2016 national…


Posted by Jon Paino on July 17, 2014 at 7:00pm


CBA had 12 players selected by USA Baseball to participate in the Tournament of Stars this past week in Cary, North Carolina. The USA Baseball Tournament of Stars (TOS) presented by Major League Baseball is made up of 108 of the nation's best ballplayers that are international age-eligible for 18U National Team consideration.  USA Baseball and Major League Baseball cover all costs associated with the event which includes players' travel, lodging (USA Baseball Host Family Program) and uniforms. TOS participants form the primary pool of talent from which USA Baseball will select its 18U National Team to represent our country at the 2014 COPABE 18U Pan American Championships later this summer.


CBA players selected to to the 18u 2014 USA Baseball trials:

  1. Luken Baker
  2. Chris Betts
  3. Bailey…

Posted by Jon Paino on June 22, 2014 at 8:00pm

Changing Times USA Baseball moved Chris Betts in right direction By Mike Persinger / June 16, 2014


The teen years are a period of change for everyone, but perhaps few have been as changed by experiences with USA Baseball as Chris Betts.

The 6-1, 215-pounder from Long Beach, Calif., Woodrow Wilson High is among 108 of the top 18U players in the country invited to the Tournament of Stars, the first step in the selection process for the 18U National Team that will compete in the COPABE 18U Pan American Championship, to be held in early fall in the Mexican cities of Lagos de Moreno and Aguascalientes.

But reaching that point didn't come without change.

First, there was his body. In the summer of 2010, Betts was invited to the 13U NTIS, a USA Baseball identification event for the following year's national teams. He was, by his own admission, not in the best shape.

"Up until the point I was 13, I was just a happy-go-lucky, big kid who would hit home runs, then eat doughnuts after the game," Betts said. "I really didn't care much."

That changed on the plane ride home.

"Getting myself together as a baseball player and getting my mind and body in shape, I credit that 100 percent to (summer-league coaches) Jon Paino and Matt Parker," Betts said. "They sat me down on that flight home and they said, 'if you want to succeed in this game you're going to have to lose some weight, you're going to have to take your body seriously.' I took that to heart and I have done that ever since.…


Posted by Jon Paino on June 16, 2014 at 12:30pm

CBA Marucci 2015 and 2016 in So Cal NTIS Final

CBA Marucci 2015 and CBA Marucci 2016 play to a tie in the 2014 So Cal NTIS Championships Final yesterday at Sage Hill HS.  Both teams agreed to end the game and not compromise player health with a big summer schedule about to begin.  All CBA players drive safe to Arizona this week and the best of luck to everyone.

Posted by Jon Paino on June 15, 2014 at 10:00pm


By Jeff Dahn

Perfect Game USA

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

FORT MYERS, Fla. – This year’s Perfect Game Sunshine West Showcase was held this past weekend, June 7-8, at Southwestern  in Chula Vista, Calif., down in San Diego County. It is one of PG’s largest showcase events on the West Coast, and this year’s edition drew more than 320 prospects from the high school graduating classes of 2015, 2016 and 2017, the vast majority from the state of California.

While the Sunshine West Showcase was packing its tents Sunday evening, things were just getting cooking over on the other side of the country. From Monday through Wednesday, 175 prospects from all across the country – almost all of them from the  2016 – were gearing up for this year’s Perfect Game Junior National Showcase, staged this year at dynamic JetBlue Park, the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox.

Among those gathering on Florida’s Gulf Coast were 2016 outfielder Josh Stephen from Chino Hills, Calif., and 2016 right-hander/shortstop Isaak Gutierrez from Norwalk, Calif. Chino Hills and Norwalk are suburbs of Los Angeles and are a heck of a lot closer to Chula Vista than Fort Meyers. To these two young prospects – and presumably to…


Posted by Jon Paino on June 10, 2014 at 1:00pm

19 CBA Victory and Cavs are Awarded All Tournament at the Perfect Game Memorial Day Event

Perfect Game has released its official All-Tournament Team from the 2014 14u, 16u and 18u WWBA West Memorial Day Classic.  The events were held May 23-26 at Goodyear Ballpark and Camelback Ranch in Goodyear and Phoenix, Ariz.  The players selected were based on first-hand observations as well as statistical data compiled using GameChanger, the official scoring application of Perfect Game and the WWBA.

14U All Tournament Players

  1. Steven Ricard, CBA Cavs 2018
  2. Aaron Eden, CBA Cavs 2018
  3. John Jackson, CBA Cavs 2018
  4. Daniel Perez, CBA Cavs 2018
  5. Aaron Orozco, CBA Cavs 2017
  6. Ja'Craron Bellinger, CBA Cavs 2018
  7. Kelvin Bender, CBA Cavs 2018
  8. Damien Johnson, CBA Cavs 2017
  9. Bryan Juarez, CBA Cavs 2017

16U All Tournament Players

  1. Jonathan Phelps, CBA Cavs
  2. Aaron Greenfield, CBA Cavs
  3. Jaylon McLaughlin, CBA Cavs
  4. Aubery Robinson, CBA Victory
  5. Hayden Tapert, CBA Cavs
  6. Anthony Payan, CBA Victory
  7. Rigo Fernandez, CBA Cavs
  8. Jimmy Martinez, CBA Victory
  9. Charles Phelps, CBA Victory
  10. Alonzo Billips, CBA Victory

You can view the entire PG Memorial Day All-Tournament team here.

Posted by California Baseball Academy USA on May 30, 2014 at 11:30pm

'Studs' lead Cavs at 16u West - Jeff Dahn/Perfect Game

GLENDALE, Ariz. – When asked to size-up the California Baseball Academy (CBA) team he is coaching at this weekend’s 16u PG WWBA West Memorial Day Classic, CBA Cavs head coach Shon Mears first provided a little history.

Mears explained that he has been with the Cavs for more than three years, dating back to when the organization was known as the So Cal Cavs. According to Mears, this 16u Cavs team started out with CBA three years ago as a 14u team and practically serves as the Cavs’ flagship team.

“This is the group that actually started the program and we have a few studs on the team right now,” Mears said. “We’ve been doing pretty good. The chemistry is right, they’ve been jelling and they know each other. A lot of them play on the same high school baseball teams.”

There are some high school tie-ins, to be sure, which in turn lead to “stud” tie-ins. Highly ranked Cavs 2016 catcher Aaron Greenfield, 2016 middle-infielder Jaylon McLaughlin and 2016 first baseman/outfielder Dejuan Johnson all just completed their sophomore years at Westchester High School in Los Angeles.

Cavs 2016 catcher/outfielder Jonathan Phelps and 2016 outfielder Hayden Tapert are juniors-to-be at L.A.’s Loyola High School; 2016 second baseman Jackson Kritsch and 2016 right-hander Brian Fornatoto are graduated sophomores from Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks.

There is a sense of familiarity with this team, but when really digging deep into the “stud” factor it is best to start with the trio from Westchester High, and also best to start with one young prospect in particular. Greenfield, a 6-foot, 170-pound 15-year-old from Los Angeles, stands at least a…


Posted by California Baseball Academy USA on May 25, 2014 at 2:30am


CBA San Diego player Joey Fiske committed to St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA. Fiske is a 2014 grad at Poway HS who is enjoying a stellar senior season with a .353 batting average with 24 hits.  In 2013, Fiske was the fastest player in the CBA program and there is no doubt he will produce big things at the college level.  We look forward to following his career at St. Mary's.

Posted by Jon Paino on April 17, 2014 at 9:30pm


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