As the fields around Northeast Ohio start to thaw out from the area's latest winter freeze, the first signs of spring are starting to appear.
For baseball fans, the official start of spring is Opening Day.
The Ohio high school baseball season is set to begin on Saturday and at this time of year, all teams remain hopeful that their respective campaigns won't conclude until June 8. That is the date the four state championship games are slated to be played at Huntington Park in Columbus.
As a tip of the cap to the start of the season, USATodayhss.com/Cleveland would like to highlight 10 players to watch in Northeast Ohio. We're excited to unveil our American Family Insurance All-Northeast Ohio Baseball Team.
The 10 student-athletes listed below were selected by USATodayhss.com/Cleveland staff members as players to watch in Northeast Ohio during the 2013 season.
Midview senior LHP Eric Lauer - committed to Kent State
Amherst Steele senior RHP Griffin Weir - committed to Stanford
Walsh Jesuit senior C/1B Cassidy Brown - committed to Loyola Marymount
Mentor junior RHP Kade McClure - committed to Louisville
Canton South sophomore OF DJ Wilson
Mayfield senior OF Mitch Longo - Second-Team All-Ohio selection as junior - committed to Ohio University
Independence senior SS J.P Sorma - Second-Team All-Ohio selection as a junior - committed to Ohio State
Brunswick senior RHP Kyle Michalik - committed to Ohio State
St. Ignatius senior OF Daniel Rowbottom - committed to Illinois
Oberlin Firelands senior SS/OF Joe San Felippo - Second-Team All-Ohio selection as a junior
Compiling a preseason watch list is a subjective task that often sparks debate. That is why, throughout the course of the past week, we've asked our social media followers to tell us the players they believed deserved recognition.
The responses we received are below. Be sure to join the conversation by connecting with USATodayhss.com/Cleveland through Facebook and/or Twitter. Your social media comments will be added to the story.