2018 New York Nine Fall Tryouts

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Tryouts for the 2018 New York Nine Fall baseball season will take place on August 18th at HBQVB’s Padavan/Preller fields located at 236-01 Hillside Avenue at 10 am.

We are looking for serious, committed ball players and families who understand the time commitment involved in developing elite level young men who happen to be good ball players.

If you feel that you possess or project to have an elite level of athletic talent, are a solid student and are looking for premium instruction and mentors, then the New York Nine is looking for you! 100 percent of graduating seniors have been placed on collegiate baseball rosters with varying levels of aid. Very few programs have had the track record of the Nine with over 50 professional draft picks and free agent signs and hundreds of collegiate scholarship athletes in just over a decade.

As always, there is never a fee to try out. Report time will be 9:45am if you register below and 9:30 am to register at the field the day of the tryout.

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New York Nine Finishes in National Final Four at NABF World Series

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For the first time since 2008 in Jackson, Mississippi the New York Nine Scout Team appeared at the NABF Senior Division World Series. This year’s sixteen team event was held in Struthers, Ohio at the beautiful Bob Cene Park. The 2008 club made a run all the way to the Semi-Final game, losing a heartbreaking 1-0 decision on a throwing error. The 2018 iteration that hoped to claim the first national title for the Nine boasts solid pitching and defense and a very capable but boom or bust offense.

The first game of the tournament saw the Nine play College Connect, out of Michigan. The Nine struggled to get going offensively as their offense was completely stifled by a legitimate knuckleballer with a mid 80s fastball and pinpoint control. With the aid of some defensive miscues, Connect posted a six run second inning and cruised to a 7-0 victory.

The 2nd game of the day saw the Nine playing the Ohio Longhorns. The Longhorns opened the scoring in the 2nd inning by plating 4 runs. In the bottom of the 3rd, the Nine scored 2 runs on a Jean Carlos Morillo walk, a Freddy Rojas, Jr. RBI double and a Chris Mondesi, Jr. RBI double. Joe Wozny, who came in in the 3rd inning, shut down Ohio giving the Nine the chance to come back and win the game. With two outs in the bottom of the 6th inning, Jesse Spellman and Joe Caba singled pushing pinch runner Tommy Tavarez to 3rd. JP Compres delivered the 2 out RBI single to cut the Ohio lead to 4-3. Wozny continued his dominant pitching and threw a clean top of the 7th with 2 strikeouts to give the Nine a shot to win. Pinch hitter John Garcia opened the inning by singling up the middle then Freddy Rojas, Jr. roped a single to center putting runners on first and second with no outs setting the stage for Chris Mondesi, Jr. Mondesi hit a line drive to the opposite field that got past the right fielder scoring Garcia with Rojas, Jr. racing home behind him to give the Nine their first win of the tournament.

The next day saw the Nine play the West New York Tigers under the lights in prime time. The Nine manufactured the first run with a Jeissy De La Cruz walk, stolen base and scoring on a wild pitch. In the 2nd, the Nine again took advantage of a defensive miscue when Joe Caba scored on an error. West New York got to Bryce Martino in the 4th inning when a few ground balls got through the infield after a Nine error. With 2 runs in and men on 1st and 3rd, JP Compres came in and threw three straight fastballs, each at or near 90 mph, to shut the door on the rally. The Nine came out in the bottom of the 4th and started to put the game away. Showing plate discipline, Nine hitters walked three times in the inning and Wilmer Polanco hit a 2 RBI double. The bottom of the 5th saw more of the same from the Nine. Nazir Mendez singled, Teo Estevez was hit by a pitch and Joe Caba singled to load the bases. Phil Li walked in a run and Estevez and Caba scored on wild pitches to make the score 8-2. The game ended when catcher, John Garcia threw an absolute seed to 2nd base to pick off a runner. The Nine struck out 10 Tigers, including 6 from Martino and 3 from Alejandro Soler.

The final day of pool play saw the Nine controlling their playoff seeding. With a win vs Diamond Hit Club, the Scout team would advance. In a game being broadcast live, The Nine opened scoring in the bottom of the first with De La Cruz hit by a pitch Martin Jimenez doubling him home on a long fly ball to center field. In the 3rd inning, De La Cruz hit a triple on a fly ball to right field and scored on an error by the SS. Jimenez also singled in the inning. In the 3rd inning, Freddy Rojas, Jr. singled home JP Compres, who singled earlier, on a fly ball to left field. In the 4th inning, the Nine once again plated a run when Jimenez singled to lead off the inning, followed by a Spellman walk and a Morillo RBI single. In the top of the 6th the Hit Club opened with a single and a FC error. Starter Jon Allcock was stellar through five plus strong innings. After a CS, a ground out, an RBI ground ball single to right and a walk, JP Compres came in to pitch with the score 4-1. Compres allowed a ground ball single to center and a walk to make it 4-3. With the bases loaded and the count 3-2 count, Compres induced a fly out to end the inning. Compres came back out for the 7th, striking out 2 and not allowing a baserunner, advancing the Nine to the playoffs.

The Quarter-Finals of the NABF World Series saw the Nine face off against Troy Post 43 Legends, from Ohio. In another live broadcast, The Nine started off the scoring in the bottom of the 1st. Freddy Rojas, Jr. singled to center field, followed by a Chris Mondesi, Jr. RBI double to left. Martin Jimenez immediately hit a line drive single to left to bring in Mondesi, Jr. Wilmer Polanco led off the 2nd with a triple to center, followed by a Jeissy De La Cruz RBI line drive single to center. De La Cruz stole 2nd and advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch during Rojas, Jr. at bat, who then walked. Mondesi, Jr. followed with a walk during which Rojas, Jr. stole 2nd and De La Cruz scored on a wild pitch. Jimenez made it 5-0 with an RBI single to left that scored Rojas, Jr. After a sac bunt, Mondesi, Jr. scored on a passed ball and John Garcia drove in Jimenez with a ground ball single to left. In the top of the 3rd, Troy scored on a wild pitch with 2 outs. The Nine capped off their scoring in the bottom of the 4th after Jimenez opened the inning with a walk, followed by a Spellman walk, a Morillo fly ball RBI double to right and a Garcia 2 RBI ground ball single to left making the score 10-1. DJ Flug was outstanding pitching into the sixth, allowing no earned runs. Troy managed to close it to 10-6, but it was too little, too late as Kristian Castro got the final outs to move the Nine along to the Semi-Finals on Sunday.

The Semi-Final game pitted the Nine against the first team they played in the tournament, College Connect. Both teams matched zeroes through the first five frames. Joe Wozny was brilliant, firing 5 innings with 2 hits, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. Unfortunately for the Nine, Wozny tired in the 6th and after a quick fly out, Wozny allowed a walk and HBP and gave up an RBI double and after an intentional walk to their Texas Tech bound switch hitting catcher. A 2 RBI ground ball single put Connect up 3-0. In the 7th, the Nine got runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs but failed to push across a run. With the loss the Nine once again finished in the National Semifinals.

NABF National Senior Division President Derek Topik stated, “There were some really competitive teams at the NABF Senior World Series this year in Struthers, Ohio. One in particular, the New York Nine, showed a lot of enthusiasm and talent this past week. The Nine played hard all week and showed why they were deserving of a spot at the World Series. I really enjoyed watching them play at a high level all week.”

NABF World Series Notes:

Martin Jimenez was named to All-Tournament Team and hit .433/.500/.500 with 2 RBI and 3 runs

Jesse Spellman got on base in all 6 games and had a .529 OBP with 5 walks, leading the team in both

Jeissy De La Cruz had a .478 OBP with 4 runs scored and 4 HBP

Joe Wozny threw 10.1 IP with 8 K and .968 WHIP

Alejandro Soler threw 5 innings with a 0.00 ERA

DJ Flug threw 5 innings with 6 Ks and a 0.00 ERA

Kristian Castro threw 5 innings with a 0.00 ERA

Bryce Martino threw 3.2 with 6 Ks

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Rookies Claim Mid-Summer Classic Crown

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The 2018 iteration of the Rookies club claimed their second title of the summer by capturing the July 4th Mid-Summer Classic Title. Entering championship Sunday as the 3rd seed (of 6), the Rookies were unable to secure a bye and were faced with the daunting task of having to play up to three games on a hot summer’s day.

After a 9-0 quarterfinal victory behind Johan Franco, the Rookies had the opportunity to avenge their pool play loss against, fittingly, the Avengers. The second seed Avengers were playing their first game of the day coming off their bye and Micah Garrett drew the semi-final assignment on the bump for the Nine.

Johan Franco opened the second inning with a leadoff double and scored ahead of a JA Spanoudakis groundout. After Jack Lobrutto reached safely in the third, Mono Boutsikakis and Micah Garrett both singled and Andrew Park doubled plating a total of two runs. In the fourth, Kieran Jermyn singled home Spanoudakis to push the lead to 4-1. With the bases loaded in the fifth and nobody out, Sebastian Granobles came on and masterfully navigated the inning, not allowing anyone to score. This was the second time in the tournament he worked through a bases loaded, no out jam. With the victory, the Rookies moved into the finals vs the CP Stars.

The finals saw more of the same from the Nine as Sabin Ghale fanned eight through six scoreless frames. Andrew Park cleared the bases with a booming double and Johan Franco went 3-4 with 4 RBI as the Nine cruised to an 11-0 victory. On Championship Sunday, the Rookies outscored their playoff opposition 24-1.

New York Nine Cubs Win Super Regional

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The New York Nine brought home some championship hardware this past weekend at the Game Day USA Super Regional. Both the Rookies and Cubs had to win three games on championship Sunday to secure the title for the Nine. The Cubs defeated the CP Queens Wolverines (9-0), Ramsey Select (9-3) and in the finals, beat the Long Island Sharks (14-3) to claim the Super Regional crown.

Tournament Notes:

Jesse Oyala led the team with 6 hits, a .545 batting average and stole 7 bases

Giovanni Bausone led the team with a .636 OBP

Josh Huerta led the team with 7 RBI and contributed a .556 OBP

Quincy Bright led the team with 5 walks and 11 stolen bases without being caught

Aidan Colasante led the team with 6 runs scored and stole 8 bases

Miguel Sime contributed a .500 OBP to go with his 7 steals

Abel Ortiz stole 5 bases

As a team, the Nine had a .483 OBP throughout the tournament and walked 19 times (and 15.96% of their plate appearances)

As a team, the Nine stole an astounding 50 bases while being caught only 4 times, good for a amazing 92.6% stolen base %

Jesse Oyala led the team with 10 strikeouts and only 1 walk in his 5 innings of 0 run ball

Aidan Colasante threw 4 innings with 9 strikeouts and no runs allowed

Jose Reyes threw 4 innings while only allowing 1 run

As a team, the Nine had a strong 2.39 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 23 innings.

New York Nine Rookies Win Super Regional

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The New York Nine brought home some championship hardware this past weekend at the Game Day USA Super Regional. Both the Rookies and the Cubs had to win three games on championship Sunday to secure the title for the Nine. The Rookies defeated the SFX Huskies (18-3), the BBA Blue Jays (8-0) and in the finals, beat the LI Sharks (10-0) to claim the Super Regional crown.

Championship Sunday Tournament Notes:

Mono Boutsikakis led the Rookies with a .667 batting average, an .800 OBP and an .833 slugging. He also walked 4 times, scored 4 runs and had 4 RBI

Andrew Park chipped in a .556/.667/.667 line with 3 runs and a team leading 8 RBI

Kieran Jermyn walked 4 times on his way to a .600 OBP and doubled twice on route to a .667 slugging

Nate Apolinar had a .500 OBP

Jake Towey made the most of his plate appearances with 3 singles and 2 walks in 7 PAs and made the most of his time on base, scoring 4 runs

Micah Garret slugged .700 including the teams only triple

JA Spanoudakis clubbed 2 doubles and hit .444/.500/.667

The Rookies as a team hit .439/.553/.561 with 21 walks (which comes to an astounding 20.3% walk rate)

Leury Tejada Signs With the Texas Rangers

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The New York Nine Scout Team’s Leury Tejada inked his professional contract with the Texas Rangers on June 10th at the home of high school coach Jason Norman, with family and friends in attendance.

Tejada established himself as a top prep pitcher in New York City at Walton High School. In 2017, Tejada posted a 0.00 era allowing a total of three runs, all unearned, for the entire season. With a projectable thin frame and quick arm that produces low 90’s fastballs he profiles to add velocity as he adds weight.

“The Rangers got a good one in Tejada”, said an anonymous National League Scout. “He has a quick, whippy arm that has more velocity in it, and it’s easy velo. It’s effortless”.

His high school coach Jason Norman added, “Leury Tejada came to the United States in 10th grade as a wide-eyed talent who wanted to hit and play shortstop – and left school as a precocious starting pitcher and a Top 10 draft pick of the Texas Rangers. Talent alone does not tell that story. What makes Leury special is his tremendous confidence and desire to win, the athleticism he brought to the mound that was honed at shortstop and centerfield, and his ability to absorb and implement instruction. Every player who wants to get the most of their ability should take note. Leury was an absolute pleasure to coach and I have the utmost confidence that he will be a successful professional baseball player.”

The 10th round selection by the Rangers made Tejada the first high school player taken from New York City in this year’s draft. We wish Leury well and know that he will work hard and represent his family, coaches and the New York Nine in a professional manner.

New York Nine Hosts Family and Friends Fundraiser

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The New York Nine would like to thank the 150+ people who came out on a Monday night to show their support of the organization and its players.

“It was great seeing so many people coming out to support the kids and the mission of the Nine”, stated Elmjack Little League President Robert Isea. “What a great atmosphere, seeing families just having an amazing time. And the staff of Jack’s did an awesome job serving great food to such a large crowd”.

Siobhan Sheehan, mother of Rookies first baseman Kieran Jermyn added, “What a great evening had by all for a great cause. Friends and family supporting and caring for and about each other – love my New York Nine family.”

New York Nine Cubs Quincy Bright’s father Omari said, “Last night was such an epic night! New York Nine is family; it was like going to a family reunion and meeting distant cousins for the first time! We had a ball, enjoyed Courtney, Carolann and Pete as our servers, ate amazing wings, had good drinks, and won a few prizes. What can possibly be better than this? We are honored to be a part of New York Nine family!”

In the end, everyone was about helping the New York Nine organization, specifically those players who need the assistance. This is something the Nine has been able to do since its inception in 2006. Many players have changed their future with opportunities that the Nine was able to create for them, that otherwise wouldn’t have been available.

“It was great to see the New York Nine and its extended family of supporters come through in acts of generosity towards the players of the organization”, stated Pete Spanoudakis (Father of Rookies catcher JA Spanoudakis).

Thank you to all who showed support at the event or behind the scenes. The New York Nine is proud to mentor and help develop the great student-athletes, past and present, who represent the Orange and Navy every day, on and off the baseball field.

New York Nine Show Well at Patriotic Pursuit

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New York Nine Rookies spent Memorial Day Weekend at the Sports at the Beach Patriotic Pursuit Tournament. Opening up against the York Young Revolution. The Nine jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as George Kyriakopoulos doubled Mono Boutsikakis home with the first run of the tournament. After falling behind 2-1, the Nine plated 5 in the bottom of the 2nd, helped by back to back doubles from Micah Garrett and Kyriakopoulos. Dylan Munoz was 2-2 with 2 runs scored. Sabin Ghale walked twice and scored 2 runs and Nate Apolinar walked, singled and scored twice. Munoz relieved starting pitcher Jack Lobrutto and pitched the Nine out of trouble in the 2nd and threw a clean 3rd inning. Lobrutto was re-entered in the 4th and closed out his own start as the Nine won the opening game by a score of 11-5.

The 2nd game of the day saw the Nine struggle to gain a foothold and got 3 hit by the Avengers. Starter Sebastian Granobles pitched better than the score indicated, but the Nine fell short, 8-0. Sabin Ghale walked two more times to bring his two game total to four.

Day 2 saw the Nine come out hot. The Nine was Led by Kieran Jermyn’s complete game effort and Micah Garrett’s 2 run home run. The Nine jumped out to a 3 run lead behind an Andrew Park single. Mano Boutsikakis had a single, 2 stolen bases and a run scored. Sabin Ghale walked 2 more times with a run scored and Jake Towey chipped in an RBI single. Ultimately the Nine beat the Devil Cats 7-1.

In the 4th and final game of pool play, the Nine needed a win to secure a playoff spot and the Nine played like it. Mano Boutsikakis threw a complete game and went 1-1 with 2 walks and a double. Dylan Munoz went 2-2 with 2 runs scored. Sabin Ghale doubled, walked and scored a run. JA Spanoudakis singled home 2 runs. Sebastian Granobles chipped in an RBI single as the Nine cruised to a dominant 11-1 victory over the Poughkeepsie Lightning.

The Nine finished pool play at 3-1 and made the playoffs as the 4th seed. The quarterfinals saw the Nine take on the Mid Penn Prospects in a close fought battle. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the 4th when Andrew Park doubled and scored on a Kieran Jermyn single. Starter Sabin Ghale struck out 8 in 6 innings before allowing 4 runs in the top of the 7th. Mano Boutsikakis was 2-3 with a walk and Sabin Ghale had his 8th walk of the tournament and Sebastian Granobles walked twice. The Nine got 2 guys on the bottom of the 7th, but couldn’t push across the tying run, eliminating the Nine from the playoffs.

Alumni Stories: Chandler Brierley

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The New York Nine has a large and diverse alumni population and it’s not always feasible to have them come to share their story in person with the entire organization. We want to share as many alumni stories as possible. This spotlight is written by Chandler Brierley. When Chandler arrived with the New York Nine he was a tall, lanky, semi-coordinated 6 foot 5 left-hander who lacked confidence. Through his own dedication, hard work and belief in those providing him instruction, Chandler has put himself on the path to become a prospect as he hit 92 this past fall with more in the tank. The New York Nine believes in projection, patience and our organizational process, and we couldn’t be happier for Chandler and his family for his success both on and off the field.

My name is Chandler Brierley, I am into my sophomore year at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ and am majoring in Business Technology. I have been playing baseball since I was 7 on town teams, travel teams, school teams and club teams. The summer after eighth grade, once travel baseball ended, I began to play for a competitive team for players in high school. I met some great guys and had a chance to finally try my hand at pitching. I played on my high school freshman team but did not get much playing time at the plate. Coaches and teammates thought of me as a first baseman and we’re not always willing to give me a chance. It was very frustrating. Sophomore year I played JV with similar outcomes. After my sophomore year, I decided to give up basketball and focus exclusively on pitching.

As luck would have it, during my sophomore year, I was in a sneaker store and started talking to the owner. He asked what sports I played and I told him baseball and basketball. He told me about a team he was involved with and encouraged me to reach out to the team. A week or two later I was back at the store and I was introduced to Ian Millman and we spent a while talking about baseball and the team. Ian suggested I try out as it would offer me a higher level of play than I had previously experienced, not to mention the help the organization could provide with college and the recruiting process.

Not long after that, I went and tried out, made the team and then played with the organization over the next three years. I will never forget my first report day when my dad drove me to a park in Queens. I didn’t know anyone and wasn’t sure if I would play. I had my baseball bag loaded with my mitt, cleats, turfs and two wood bats. The coach walked over to me, introduced himself as the coach and promptly pulled the bats out of my bag and said, “son, pitchers don’t bat.” I was thrilled that I was a pitcher. I threw that first day and although it was not my best outing, I got through it and they invited me back. That season and those that followed I met some great guys from all different places. I had teammates from every different background imaginable and even one or two from Texas. Not all of us spoke the same language, but once we got on the field, we all spoke baseball.

Playing for the Nine wasn’t always easy. I commuted from New Jersey 6 days week for practices and games, missing a lot of stuff with my friends who were playing locally. But I knew that I wanted to play at a higher level and the Nine gave me that opportunity. My hope was that baseball would get me into a great college. With the Nine, we traveled to Major Tournaments all over the country and I wound up traveling to over 8 states and in front of a ton of college coaches. The Nine also set me up with a coach, Frank, who had played in the majors and was willing to be my personal trainer in the winter to build my stamina and strength. Frank gave me the opportunity to go to the Dominican Republic, his home, to train with local players and learn even more about baseball and the work it takes to be the best. It was so inspirational, I started a foundation with Frank to bring used baseball gear to people without the means to get it and help encourage them to stay in school and get an education. Without the New York Nine, I would never have had these opportunities to learn so much about myself on the road.

Just as my senior year began, the Nine suggested I come to a showcase they were co-hosting for Ivy League coaches. I knew I wasn’t Ivy League smarts but agreed to go. I must have made an impression because a few coaches asked for my transcript after that outing. Ultimately, the Ivy thing did not work out but I got a few solid offers from some well-known schools. But coaches talk and they may see a guy who has potential but maybe they don’t have a roster spot for but they know a coach who needs that guy. Because of that showcase, I saw the Stevens Tech coach at a lot of our tournaments and showcases.

The journey through sports to college is not always easy. A lot of coaches say a lot of things and make a lot of promises they don’t keep. You are their “number one pick” until you aren’t. I was lucky to have supportive parents and coaches who believed in me to help me get where I am today. No, I’m not playing D1 baseball but I am at an amazing school, playing competitive baseball and have great friends. Once you get to college, you realize how important your character is. It is not what you do but who are you. There are so many great ball players but they aren’t all great guys. But with the New York Nine, I had the chance to play with the best players in the area who were also great people. My overall experience with the New York Nine helped shape me into the mature, confident person I am today. No matter what happens with baseball, I will do great.

Winter Workout Recap

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The 2018 New York Nine Winter Workout/Tryout has gotten off to a great start, as over 70 dedicated, quality student-athletes have joined us in preparation for their upcoming baseball seasons. With a wide range in age, this year’s participants are among some of the most athletic and projectable in recent memory.

After a dynamic warmup players were broken into small instructional groups and rotated between stations under the watchful eye of Nine coordinators, coaches and guest instructors. Former Yankees farmhand, Mariel Checo and Blue Jays farmhand, Francisco Gracesqui led the pitchers in a full workout including pre and post throwing arm care, as well as instructing the short bullpens. Josh Herzenberg, former Nine hurler, Texas area Scout and Rancho Cucamonga coach for the LA Dodgers assisted in the instruction and mechanical adjusting of our young hurlers. Queensborough CC pitching coach Alex Pangourelias worked individually with pitchers on proper mechanics. Queensborough CC Head Coach Roger Mischel focused players with positive visualization and mental preparedness techniques and drills, as well as a full high impact end of practice conditioning set.

Former A’s Area Scout Marcus Cayenne adjusted player approaches at the tee station as well as implemented and oversaw multiple drills which emphasized coordination and athleticism. Organizational hitting coordinator and projected 2018 major leaguer, Viosergy Rosa along with Juan Miguel Torres worked with infielders on proper approaches, body positioning, footwork and throwing mechanics. Rosa then worked with players individually on hitting approach. Fernelys Sanchez, former Braves organizational member and current co-director of player development, broke down proper outfield play and implemented frontline outfield drills. Sanchez also worked with players on their swing paths and achieving violence in the hitting zone. Flushing Head Coach Joe Gerloven and Bayside HS Assistant Coach Kevin Brown worked with players on offensive approaches and helped make needed adjustments.

It’s always enjoyable to see talented student-athletes hard at work sharpening their skills and having fun doing it.


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