Aug 03

Raubinger spotlighted by L.A. Times

Arroyo Grande High senior-to-be third baseman and pitcher Kyle Raubinger was featured online in the Los Angeles Times this week as he prepares for the prestigious Area Code Games showcase. Raubinger will play for the Milwaukee Brewers’ blue team in front of hundreds of college and professional scouts at the six-day event starting Thursday at Blair Field in Long Beach.

According to the article (which we’re tentatively planning to run in print in Thursday’s Tribune), Raubinger — a reigning all-CIF Southern Section Division 2 second-team honoree — is being recruited by a who’s-who of West Coast powers including UCLA, Fresno State and Cal State Fullerton.

It should be interesting to see how scouts will like to utilize Raubinger, who came into this past season as more of a known commodity offensively, but arguably turned more heads on the mound, where he won PAC 7 Most Valuable Pitcher acclaim and tied for second in wins among Southern Section juniors, with nine. What do you think? At the next level, is Raubinger better suited as a pitcher or as a position player?

He’s the second area talent over the past year to be extensively spotlighted by the king of all regional newspapers, joining recently graduated St. Joseph football speedster K.J. Cusack, an Arroyo Grande resident who was an ESPN RISE Cal-Hi Sports medium-schools all-state pick before signing with Cal Poly.

Elsewhere over the past couple days in a relatively busy offseason:

• Recently graduated Morro Bay golf standout Matt Hansen qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship for the second year in a row, carding a two-round 140 total at San Luis Obispo Country Club. Hansen, a Los Osos native and UC Davis signee, shot an opening-round 5-under-par 66 before following it with a 74 to tie two others for the top sectional qualifying draw. The championship will be held Aug. 23-29 in Chambers Bay, Wash.

Morro Bay High's Matt Hansen, a UC Davis signee shown last year, qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship for the second year in a row this week. — Tribune file photo by David Middlecamp ©

• The Central Coast Crushers summer tennis club opened 1-1 Tuesday at the three-day, 16-team, coed World Junior National Invitational held at Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. The Crushers began the day falling to the Midwest Charging Colts, 39-37, before downing the Reckless Rebels, 41-30. Their roster is made up of Arroyo Grande’s Eli Whittle and Sean Hollister, as well as San Luis Obispo’s Joshua Milla on the boys side, and Victoria Troesch and Abigail Will of San Luis Obispo, as well as Atascadero’s Amber Petersen on behalf of the girls.

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  1. fan

    Kyle is a stud! coached by a great youth coach in AG…..Steve Kephart alumni to name a few D-1 recruits…Lucas Kephart…Kyle Ruabinger….Garrett Owens ( football)…..one of the best coaches in south county….Pat Cusack is in the same regards in AG! huge role models in south county…

  2. Eagle balls

    Dude just a little league coach. Ventura and lacheman helped him more.

  3. Eagle balls

    Chris sailor had nothing to do with garret Owens right? Like dude is just a little league coach!

  4. haters

    why so hateful? Kephart does a great job with kids and would excel at any level!

  5. fyi

    kyle got a hit & team won…will play again sat…

  6. Baseball Fan

    Give credit where credit is due:
    #1 Kyle
    #2 Kyle’s Dad
    #3 Kyle’s personal hitting coaches
    High school and rec league coaches don’t spend the required time on one player to make much of a difference. All of his coaches have helped contribute to the person he is, but they didn’t make him a D1 player. And Garrett’s Little League coach didn’t make him what he is. Heck, he quit baseball after little league, so it must not have been that great.

    This isn’t meant to bash any of his coaches, it is simply to state that no individual team coach is nearly important as his own work habits, his family and his private coaches.

  7. ag is awesome

    kephart is a cancer to ag sports, terrible temper, talks trash. just an all around bad influence.

  8. Eagle balls

    Private coaches are overrated. They spend an hour a week with their pupils. Doing tophand and bottomhand drills, hitting from a tee, side toss and a little bp. They video tape some of their sessions and make obvious advice like get your hand through, don’t cast , dont drop your hands and stay off your front foot. Guys like Lacheman do this stuff everyday in practice with their team and they don’t charge excessive amounts of money. I agree that Kyle has the most to do with his success. You have to want to better more than your peers to become the best. What about defense, you mean the son of a major league coach doesn’t know more than a private coach? You have never coached at a high level in this game if you think kyles private coaches had more to do with his development than his high school coaches who spend 5-6 days a week and 3-4 hours a day at practice. Plus, how do you think Kyle ended up a city. The best jc baseball program in the state. Coach McKay and Lacheman are colleagues.

  9. Baseball Fan

    So now we are going to credit his HS coaches for his success. Give me a break. Kyle was doing well before this year, which is Lacheman’s first year coaching Kyle.

    2-hour practices, 5 days a week, with 20 kids for 4 months of the year. You’re not in touch with what today’s baseball players are doing if you think that is the most important part of their development.

  10. Eagle balls

    Neither are you since most high school
    Programs run a 20-25 game summer ball schedule and play a 12 game fall ball schedule and then off to winter conditioning working on plyometrics before the season. At least that’s the standard all of the programs I’m familiar with in California. Outside of this anything the players do outside of the program can supplement them into becoming a better ball player.

  11. Baseball Fan

    The top players don’t play the HS summer ball. They play club/scout ball. AGHS didn’t do a fall program, and didn’t start any baseball until January. That is typical around this area.

    Maybe it is different in different parts of CA. We (the central coast) have very few players that go on to play successfully in a D1 program. Those few players are typically more involved with a club or scout team and have some sort of private instruction.

  12. Eagle balls

    I’m surprised and dissapointed that AG and other programs don’t have a summer and fall ball league in place. Our summer ball teams have formed a partnership with American legion and we field a 16 team league and have typically 1 or more pro scouts at our games.

  13. who cares

    how many days till football season?

  14. Eagle balls

    Let’s do a cApsule on football.

    PAC 7 predictions
    1) pioneer valley
    2) ag
    3) righetti
    4) Atascadero
    5) paso Robles
    6) St joes
    7) slo

  15. fan

    1 AG
    2 a-town
    3 joes
    4 righetti
    5 pick em

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