Thirteen Players to watch in 2013

BRETT BINNING, Monte Vista, Sr., shortstop -- The Auburn-bound Binning is hitting .333 this season for the Mustangs.

JOE DEMERS, College Park, So., pitcher/infielder -- Joined team late after basketball season and is already 2-0 with a big win over Serra-San Mateo while hitting .500 with a homer.

STEVEN FARINARO, Head-Royce, Sr., pitcher -- UCLA-bound right-hander is 5-0 with 1.00 ERA and has 63 stirkeouts in 28 innings while allowing only 15 hits.

KEVIN FLEMER, St. Mary's, Sr., pitcher/designated hitter -- Oregon State-bound righty is 4-1 with 2.15 ERA and batting .394 this season for the Panthers.

RYAN KIRBY, Granada, Sr., outfielder/first base -- The Matadors' leading hitter is batting .444 with a home run, 14 RBIs, 11 runs and seven stolen bases.

DEVIN MAHONEY, St. Mary's, Sr., pitcher/outfielder/first base -- The lefty has been good on the mound, but great at the plate. He's batting .528 with three homers, five doubles and 12 RBIs.

HUNTER MERCADO-HOOD, De La Salle, Sr., outfielder -- The Spartans catalyst is batting .428 with six doubles, 13 runs scored and five stolen bases so far.

DOMINIC MIROGLIO, Bishop O'Dowd, Sr., catcher -- The UCLA-bound backstop is hitting .324 with a home run, six RBIs and nine runs scored for the Dragons, who lead the West Alameda County Conference Foothill League.

JACOB PAYNE, Granada, Sr., pitcher -- The ace of the area's top-ranked team is 6-0 with a 0.21 ERA. He's pitched two shutouts and allowed only one run and 17 hits in 34 innings.

RYAN SNYDER, Clayton Valley Charter, Sr., pitcher/infielder -- He's 7-1 with a 1.20 ERA for the Eagles while also batting .368 with nine RBIs and eight runs scored.

BRETT STEPHENS, Campolindo, Sr., outfielder -- The UCLA-bound outfielder is one of the big bats the Cougars are relying on as they seek their fourth straight North Coast Section title.

ROBBIE TENEROWICZ, Campolindo, Sr., infielder-- The Cal signee is another key bat for the Cougars. One of the top middle infielders around, he batted .457 a season ago for Campo.

TYLER VISTALLI, Deer Valley, Sr., pitcher -- The Wolverines ace is undefeated this year, sporting a 5-0 record and 0.88 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 312/3 innings.

-- JIMMY DURKIN