Posted: 11:31 am Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Jupiter baseball ranked 22nd in the nation; two Palm Beach sophomores spotlighted 

By Matt Porter

Jupiter’s flawless start hasn’t gone unnoticed by those who create national rankings.

The Warriors (11-0) are in MaxPreps’ latest national top 25, sliding in at No. 22.

Jupiter, the top-ranked team in Class 8A, is one of five Florida teams in the top 25. Only California (six) has more representatives.

Tampa-Jesuit (11-0) is MaxPreps’ new national No. 1 after last week’s win over Jacksonville-Providence, the defending Class 3A state champion. Jesuit is the top team in Class 5A.

At No. 2 is Pensacola Catholic (10-0), a 4A school. Venice (9-1, Class 7A) comes in at No. 11, one spot ahead of Fort Lauderdale-Archbishop McCarthy (10-0-1, Class 6A).

Jupiter will get a shot to move up in the rankings next Wednesday, when it faces Archbishop McCarthy in the Selective Recruiting Invitational tournament.

Two sophomores spotlighted: The sophomore class in Palm Beach County is brimming with baseball talent. MaxPreps believes two of 2015′s top 30 players reside here.

Dwyer lefty Tom Szapucki is the fifth-ranked player in the class, according to the website. American Heritage shortstop Jonathan India is 28th.

Szapucki, who has hit the mid-90s with his fastball, is the fourth-ranked pitcher and top lefty. He’s also ranked highly by other publications. MLB Prospect Guide rates him the top high school pitcher for the 2015 amateur draft. Baseball American has him third.

As a freshman, India batted third for the Stallions in their run to the Class 3A state final. MaxPreps rates him as the 10th-best high school infielder in his class.

Szapucki and India have verbally committed to Florida.