A pair of local pitchers are earning recognition as two of the best high school baseball players in the country. College Park’s Joe DeMers and De La Salle’s Justin Hooper were recently named to the 30-player preseason All-America list by MaxPreps.com.
DeMers signed with Washington and Hooper with UCLA during the early signing period in November, but both are potential early round MLB draft picks.
Here’s what MaxPreps has to say about DeMers, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior who has been a longtime USA Baseball star: College Park could be one of the top teams in the country this year thanks largely to the all-around play of DeMers, who has earned MaxPreps Underclass All-American honors three years running. He posted a 12-2 record last year with 94 strikeouts and a 0.65 ERA in 86 innings pitched. He also batted .373 with 32 RBIs. He has committed to Washington.
And here is MaxPreps’ assessment of Hooper, who is 6-foot-7, 230 pounds and the younger brother of Stanford tight end Austin Hooper: Considered the nation’s top lefthanded pitcher, Hooper posted a 6-3 record with a 2.04 ERA and struck out 58 batters in 44.2 innings pitched for the Spartans.