Bay Area baseball stars stand out

Bay Area baseball stars stand out
May 15, 2013, 7:15 pm
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Jordan Paroubeck of Serra High School launches a home run against St. Francis. Jordan and Matt Krook from St. Ignatius are looking to get picked early in the MLB Draft.

Taylor Lambert
Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area

Every year during the Bay Area baseball season a few players stand out and have great seasons. This season is no different, or on second thought... this season IS different.

Sure, there have been standout players on both sides of the Bay, but this year two individuals have had a particular shine to their games. Jordan Paroubeck of Serra High School and Matt Krook of St. Ignatius are having amazing seasons and are looking to get drafted in the next MLB draft. But these two are extremely high valued prospects and both might be drafted in the top 50.

We'll start with Jordan Paroubeck of Serra. I've seen Jordan play three times this year and he's a joy to watch live. When I've been in attendance at these games, Jordan bats all over the lineup. He's a center fielder with great speed so I've seen him lead off. Another time watching Serra, I saw Jordan hit in the three hole and knock a homer on the 2nd pitch he saw from our CCS Player of the Year who was on the mound that day for St. Francis. Paroubeck is a 6-foot-2-inch, 185 pound player with a big build but still room to grow. He plays a great outfield, with a strong arm and has compiled some stats this year. Jordan is hitting .415 and leads the team in runs scored (32), homers (7), RBI (30), on base percentage (.540) and slugging (.787). When he IS drafted, it'll be interesting to watch Jordan develop in the minors. Paroubeck might evolve into a big power threat or maybe into a speedy leadoff man while playing an athletic game all over the field. Either way, it'll be exciting to follow Jordan.

Next up is Matt Krook from St. Ignatius. Matt is a 6-foot-3, 215 pound monster of a pitcher and is already learning how to mix his stuff well. Krook started the season off like a madman, piling up strikeouts and a low ERA. He did have a couple games where he was touched up later in the year but that hasn't sent the scouts away. Matt mixes a low 90s fastball with a tight spinning curve ball. The curve is actually what the scouts see first as it's his dominant pitch and he can already spot it well. The curve is most definitely his strikeout pitch. The next things scouts should see is his project-able body. He's a mountain of a young man and looks like he still has room to grow and add on weight. Krook is an impressive young hurler and might get picked up very early if all falls into place.

It'll be exciting to see where these two fall in the upcoming draft, they might be up in the 30s or down to the 70s. Really, nobody knows yet, but if they stay on the same track they've already paved for themselves, the sky is the limit for Jordan and Matt.

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