Current Scout Team College Commitments (More To Come)

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July 9, 2016 – Although their current record doesn’t (yet) indicate the wealth of talent and athleticism on the Scout Team roster, players are continuing to receive and accept very strong opportunities and offers from collegiate athletic programs.

“Now that everyone is in town, done with school, personal and family commitments and recovered from high school based wear injuries, I expect a very strong couple of weeks and a successful close to the 2016 summer season”, stated Scout team manager Ian Millman. “I also would like to note that our boys from the Bay Area came to us pre-committed, and we are thrilled they entrusted
us with the continuation of their athletic development and exposure to the scouting community.”

Players listed alphabetically (Only those roster players committed):

Players Name Grad Year Commitment Affiliation
Baez, Vladimir 2016 Seminole (FL) State Division 1 JUCO (Region 2)
Belen, Wellington 2016 Odessa (TX) College Division 1 JUCO (WJCAC)
Brooks, Brendan 2017 UC- Irvine Division 1 4-YR (BIG WEST)
Brierley, Chandler 2016 Stevens (NJ) Tech Division 3 4-YR (EMPIRE 8)
Johnson, Trevor 2016 Dartmouth Division 1 4-YR (IVY)
Milano, Preston 2017 Queens (NY) College Division 2 4-YR (ECC)
Pena, Andrew 2016 Cochise (AZ) College Division 1 JUCO (ACCAC)
Perez, Danny 2016 Western Oklahoma Division 2 JUCO (Region 2)
Pichardo, Chris 2016 Sullivan County College Division 2 JUCO (Region 15)
Ramos, JC 2016 Western Oklahoma Division 2 JUCO (Region 2)
Smith, Rory 2017 UC – Riverside Division 1 4-YR (BIG WEST)
Taveras, Justin 2016 Mansfield (PA) Univ. Division 2 4-YR (ECAC)
Vella, Nick 2016 Erskine (SC) College Division 2 4-YR (CC)
Webb, Nate 2017 UC – Riverside Division 1 4-YR (BIG WEST)
Zapata, Yohn 2016 Odessa (TX) College Division 1 JUCO (WJCAC)
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Johnson named MSG Varsity Connecticut Player of the Year

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June 21, 2016 – Scout team center fielder Trevor Johnson brought home some serious hardware, being named the 2016 MSG Varsity Connecticut High School Baseball Player of the Year. The Dartmouth bound Johnson batted .470 with four home runs, 23 runs scored and 24 RBI leading The Brunswick School to their second consecutive FAA conference championship.

When asked about the accomplishment, the team-first and always humble Johnson stated, “Coming into Brunswick my sophomore year I knew that we had a talented and devoted group of guys in my class. We all shared a great work ethic and a bundle of talent which lead us to being one of the best teams around. In the end, winning the FAA championship and being ranked as the 38th best team in the nation by perfect game, were great honors that reflected the work we put in. Personally, winning the player of the year award for Connecticut was a great honor that I couldn’t have achieved without the help of my teammates and coaching staff. As a whole I couldn’t have asked for a better senior season.”

Johnson is a top of the lineup catalyst for the Scout Team who consistently sets the tone both with his on field ability and off the charts competitive nature. “Trevor leads his teammates by example,” stated Scout Team Manager Ian Millman. “He has an advanced feel for the game, off the chart instincts, and a competitive drive that most players his age should have but don’t. I think multiple MLB organizations missed on this kid this past June, and they will take careful notice of him at Dartmouth. He is a legitimate two-way threat and I won’t be surprised if his name is all over our record board by summer’s end.”

When asked about his return to the Nine for his important pre-freshman season he stated, “I decided to play with the Nine Scout team to continue within a competitive, winning culture and play tough competition in order improve my game every day. This will best prepare me for Dartmouth.”

Here are two links to Johnson’s distinctive and well deserved accolades:

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Scout Team’s Alfonzo, Papazoglou and DeMartini Capture PSAL Crown

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The “D Train” rumbled through the Bronx and roared into Yankee Stadium yesterday for the PSAL AA Championship game.

LHP Dimitri Papazoglou was masterful in a nine strikeout performance, leading the Bayside Commodores to it’s first ever city title. Papazoglou allowed no earned runs through six frames for the win. For the 2016 post season, he posted a 3-0 record with a 0.00 ERA. After the game, Papazoglou added, “It was an amazing experience and I was glad to have been able to be the starting pitcher. We played with much heart knowing that this was our year to win it all.”

Infielder Daniel Alfonzo paced the offense going 2-3 with an RBI. “It is an amazing feeling winning the city championship, All of the hard work paid off,” said Alfonzo. “Now my next goal is to win the national title with the Nine”.

Matt DeMartini secured the save with a roller coaster seventh, as the first two runners reached base, but a comeback liner to DeMartini turned into a double play at second. After the final ground ball out, the celebration began. “Playing in the PSAL Championship was a great experience.” said DeMartini. “Being able to end my last High School season at Yankee Stadium and being able to win was just a dream. We played with heart and we knew what we had to do.”

Congrats to these three fine New York Nine student athletes and the Bayside Commodores.

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Alumni Dunn, Sheffield selected in First Round of 2016 Amateur Draft

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New York Nine Alum Justin Dunn, a right handed pitcher from Boston College and Team New York Alum Jordan Sheffield, a right handed pitcher from Vanderbilt University were both first round selections in the Rule 4 draft yesterday.

Dunn, who was selected 19th overall by the New York Mets, is currently 4-1 with a 1.49 era. He has fanned 66 batters in 60 1/3 innings while only allowing 46 hits and a .208 batting average against him. He was named an All-American, and his 11-strikeout performance in his last outing against Tulane helped lead BC to winning the Oxford regional.

Sheffield, a Tennessee native, was snagged by the Los Angeles Dodgers with pick number 36. Sheffield was a three time winner of the SEC pitcher of the week award while leading the Commodore staff with 8 wins, a 3.01 era and 113 strikeouts. At one point this season Sheffield didn’t allow an earned run for 32 consecutive innings.

We wish these two outstanding young men well as they advance their careers at the professional level.

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Alumni Player Capsule – Kelvin Espinosa

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For our first Alumni Player Capsules is 2006 Scout Team catcher and current Future 15s Head Coach, Kelvin Espinosa. Kelvin is currently living in Goldens Bridge, NY with his wife, Lyracel, and his daughter. You can reach Kelvin on Twitter: @KELZZZ10 and Instagram: @ON3SEV3NFLAT.

What years were you with the organization?

I was with the organization in 2006, which was also my senior year at George Washington High School.

What are some of your favorite highlights/memories with the Nine that you can share?

One memory that I will always remember is playing in the NABF World series in Jackson, Mississippi. We were one of three New York teams there and no one knew who we were, but by the end of that tournament we were pretty much rock stars. We finished 3rd, if I’m not mistaken, which is a huge accomplishment coming from the northeast and facing the top notch talent from the south that gets to play year round. One of my favorite memories from that tournament was when we played against the Colorado Jets, with the winner advancing to the final 4. We were tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 6th inning when I came up and knocked a 2 RBI double down the left field line to help us win that game and advance. The funny thing is that the Colorado Jets pitcher I hit that double off of would become my college teammate the following year. I never knew that I could bond with a group of guys like I did that one summer on the Nine. The memories we made, the tournaments we won will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Did the Nine afford you the collegiate/professional exposure you had hoped for?

When I graduated High School in 2006, I hadn’t been recruited. I’ve always been the guy that flies under the radar, but when Ian Millman stepped into my life, it changed me forever. Coach Millman gave me a shot when others didn’t. He let me showcase my talent on a national level. When my summer with the Nine came to an end, I was offered a scholarship to play at Garden City CC in Kansas. Growing up in Washington Heights, you either become a pro ballplayer or bust, in the eyes of the baseball community. But, I really felt that college would help me grow as a player and as a person and boy did it!

What College/University did you attend? What was your major? Did the Nine play a role in your college selection?

As a freshman I attended Garden City CC where my major was sports and fitness. if it weren’t for the New York Nine I honestly don’t know where I would be today. After Garden City, I transferred to Alfred State College where I finished my Sophomore year. At Alfred State, I was a 2nd Team All-Conference catcher and was 3rd in the NAIA in runners caught stealing. When I completed my junior college years I transferred to Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia (NAIA Nationally ranked 4th in the country). At BPC, I was 2nd Team All-Conference and lead the nation in runners caught stealing, and our team advanced to only its second ever NAIA College World Series. My Senior year, I was again named to the All-Conference team and was handed the Southern States Athletic Conference Gold Glove Award at the catcher position.

How did the Nine prepare you for the challenges and obstacles faced in your daily life?

I wasn’t one of the top recruits at my school and was thrilled when Coach Millman added me to the Scout Team roster because the New York Nine Scout team was the best in the area. Our pitching staff that year was probably one of the best in the nation. we probably had 3 or 4 guys drafted on that staff and I was pretty much in control every game, playing in big stadiums and in front of big crowds. I honestly think that contributed greatly to my growth as an adult. Learning how to control your emotions in front of hundreds or thousands of people isn’t very easy but with that New York Nine team, everything felt easy, especially with the amount of talent we had.

What is your current occupation?

I am currently working for Cintas Corporation as a Service Sales Representative and proud New York Nine Coach.

What kind of music do you listen to?

I honestly listen to all kinds of music. I was raised in New York, and going to school in Kansas really opened my eyes and ears to different cultures, so I would have to say country music, rap and hip hop. I am a huge Jason Aldean fan when it comes to country music and Jay-Z is my favorite rapper, who I love to listen to when I work out. What a mix!

Who are the most influential people in your life?

The most influential people in my life have always been my mother, brother and sister. I am the youngest of three and with all of their life experiences they’ve taught me rights and wrongs. They always guided me away from harm and always encouraged me to do what I love. They were always my biggest baseball supporters from Little League all the way to my final college game in Georgia, which they attended.

Where do you see yourself ten years from now?

Ten years from now I can picture myself opening my own baseball facility. But, meeting all kinds of people throughout my baseball journey has made me very flexible, and 10 years from now is a long time so we’re just going to have to see what the future holds.

If you could share one message with current or future New York Nine players and their families, what would it be?

If your child wants to play baseball in an environment that represents the real world and professional baseball, New York Nine is the place to be. The things they will experience throughout the summer can change a young athlete’s life forever. I played in New York all my life as a kid and my first trip out of state was with the New York Nine and I will be forever grateful. I have been a coach here for 4 years and I always try to give the kids an even better experience than I had as a player here. I like to maintain a professional and caring relationship with my players because at the end of the day, baseball helps us gain an appreciation for all types of people and how life really works.

Any closing thoughts?

I appreciate everything that the New York Nine has done for me in my life. This is the best organization I know and it is why I have been apart of it for 10 years. This is a family that has built bonds to last forever. So from my family to the New York Nine family, congratulations on a successful 10 years of great baseball, friendships and brotherhood and I hope to be apart of another 10 years.

New York Nine: A Decade of Excellence

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The start of the summer season marks the 10th anniversary of the New York Nine. In our first decade, we have enjoyed watching hundreds of our athletes enter the collegiate and pro ranks as well as the workforce and gone on to great success. Now that some of our alumni have begun to have families of their own, one of the the things that we have learned is helping our current players and families connect with our alumni and their families is very important. Our off field focus this year will be connecting with our alumni. We will be doing alumni player capsules over the course of 2016. Each player has a story to tell and an experience to share, and collectively, their stories and experiences make the New York Nine.

Unfortunately we had our database crash and we lost many of our alumni contacts. We are asking any and all New York Nine/Team New York alumni to contact us at

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Winter Update & Winter Workout News

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As the winter continues, with temperatures in the low-60s, the New York Nine wanted to officially announce that the 2016 winter workout/tryout will take place at Riesenberg Gymnasium at SUNY Maritime. The 1,200 person arena has recently had a new floor installed. The gym affords us a high quality, well lit, large space to help you get the most out of our winter workout.

As the second mini-camp has concluded, the New York Nine coaches and pro staff were thrilled with the effort of our participants. It is great to see the both New York Nine members and New York Nine hopefuls dedicating themselves for a solid three hours special info. Unfortunately, it is too late to join us for this year’s mini-camp, but there is still availability at the winter workout/tryout next month.

A very happy holiday season to all of our New York Nine players, alumni and their families, as well as everyone who checks in on the organization and its members. 

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New York Nine Mini Camp at Pro Swing

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The New York Nine is excited to offer our off-season mini camp for three sessions in December. This will be the perfect opportunity to get back to work under the watchful eye of our coaches and guest instructors. It is also a time to work with our pro players who are home and preparing for their upcoming seasons and get your winter baseball fix in an safe environment, mindful of the off-season injury risks. At this time of year if a professional player doing something, you shouldn’t either.

Our mini camp will focus on good reps with offensive and defensive adjustments made by the coaching staff. Pitchers will learn how to get stronger physically and mechanically in a way that will prepare them for the upcoming season and not tax their arms.

There will be a dynamic warm up and cool down as well as full sets of offseason conditioning. This will be a mini (camp) version of the acclaimed winter workout which follows in January and early February.

You do not have to be a member of the Nine, nor want to participate in the summer 2016 to attend.

This mini camp will take place on December 5, 12, 19th from 6 – 8:45 pm at Pro Swing of Port Chester.

The cost for the mini camp is $275, however, if you want register and secure payment before November 15th, the cost will be $200. Please click here and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to register.

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New York Nine Win Antonia Agostinelli Memorial Tournament

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October 18, 2015 (Yaphank, LI) – The Antonia Agostinelli Memorial Tournament, run by Sal Agostinelli to raise funds for cancer awareness, took place over the weekend at Baseball Heaven. The 40-team tournament invites the areas top clubs and is the final big event of the calendar baseball year.

NY Nine 1, East Coast LumberJacks 0 – In the tournament opener, the Nine rode the right arm of RHP Cameron Johnson who retired the last 11 batters he faced en route to the complete game shutout. John Marti’s third inning sacrifice fly plated Jake Hertz giving Johnson the only run he would have to work with.

New York Nine 8, Shrub Oak 4 – In a game where there was a twenty mph crosswind, making things difficult for everybody, the Nine jumped out to a short lived four run lead in the bottom of the second as Jeremia Bueno, Hector Coco, CJ McCarthy and John Marti all singled and ultimately crossed the plate ahead of Nick Vella’s two-run double. Winning pitcher RHP John Zapata, was victimized by two wind-aided two-run singles setting up a dramatic fifth inning as time expired. With the score tied, Darien Rivas and Nick Vella singled and stole second and third base respectively. After a strikeout, Aaron Sabato was hit with a two-strike offering to load the bases. Following a critical strikeout for the second out, Bueno’s opposite field grand slam capped the dramatic win for the Nine.

NY Nine 5, Long Island Prospects 1 – In a winner advances pool play finale, the Nine fell behind early. The Nine, however, took the lead 2-1 on Trevor Johnson’s two-run single that scored both CJ McCarthy and Jake Hertz. The Nine put the game away as Hertz and Johnson both scored on Jeremia Bueno’s single ahead of Ryan Popp’s RBI double. RHP Spencer Lodes picked up the victory as the Nine closed pool play 3-0.


Quarterfinals, NY Nine 9, Long Island Storm 3 – RHP Austin Cole battled through early command issues and fell behind in this contest 1-0 with the bases loaded and no one out in the first, but escaped further damage. The Nine offense exploded in the second inning for seven runs. Trevor Johnson finished 2-2 with a run scored and stolen base, Daniel Alfonzo was 1-1 with a walk, single and two runs scored, Nick Vella was 2-2 with a double, single and run scored and Anthony Martinez was 2-2 with a single and mammoth two-run home run to right field giving Cole the victory after five gutsy innings.

Semi-Finals, NY Nine 6, Long Island Titans 0 – The Nine opened the scoring with three runs in the second and tacked on two more in the third and one more in the fourth inning. RHP Ryan Steffens was outstanding spinning five shutout innings as RHP Andrew Pena came on to close the door. Trevor Johnson was 2-3 with a walk, run scored and stolen base, Ryan Popp was 2-4 with a run scored, And Daniel Alfonzo, Jeremia Bueno, Justin Tavaras and Nick Vella all scored for the Nine as they shut out the bracket’s #1 seed.

Finals, NY Nine 10, New Jersey Super 18s 2 – With a first pitch temperature of 37 degrees, and playing in their fourth game of the day, with the first being at 8am, the talented and tired roster dug deep one last time. LHP Matteo Flamio was masterful through the front four innings pitching out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the fourth while LHP Vladimir Baez tossed the fifth frame in the mercy shortened contest against the #2 seed Super 18s. Both Jake Hertz and Anthony Martinez doubled, singled and scored a run. Danny Alfonzo singled and scored a run,Ryan Popp added a 2-RBI triple and scored and Trevor Johnson was 2-2 with a triple, single, two walks and three runs scored.

Tournament Notes

The Nine went 6-0, winning all six games in a two-day span including four victories in fourteen hours. Johnson was named Agostonelli tournament MVP finishing with an .800 average (8-10) with three walks and six runs scored. The Nine scored 39 runs against allowing just 10. Martinez was 6-9 with three extra base hits including a home run. Jeremia Bueno was 10 for 17 (.588) with a grand slam, Nick Vella was 7 for 15 (.467) and Jake Hertz scored 5 runs.

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We Appreciate Your Efforts

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We wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of our prospective players who attended our multiple tryout camps over the past few weeks at Blind Brook High School as well as our optional workouts at John Jay HS in Cross River. This year we had a record number of players try out, which means that, unfortunately we had to turn away a record number as well. We want to take a moment and remind potential players that they should continue to put in the hard work and keep your passion for the game. We have had many players who initially did not make a New York Nine roster come back, join us for the winter workouts showing their skill improvements and finding great success in our uniforms. For those whose paths we will cross on the diamond, we look forward to seeing your improvement, even at our expense.

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