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2018 New York Nine Records

Along with all graduating seniors continuing their playing careers at institutions of higher learning, the 2018 New York Nine Scout Team highlighted their summer season with a national final four finish at the NABF World Series.

Freddy Rojas, Jr. hit all summer long with solid power and a sound approach. He finished hitting a very strong .424/.545/.610. Catcher Teo Estevez just consistently got on base all season, leading to a .515 OBP with a .396 batting average. Jesse Spellman came on strong the second half of the season with an 18 game on base streak and hit .303/.538/.515 over that span. On the season he finished with a .487 OBP and 21 walks. John Garcia showed off the power potential in his bat this summer with 10 doubles. In an inauspicious way to climb the Nine leaderboard, JP Compres led the way with 10 HBP. John Garcia was hit by 7 pitches and Jesse Spellman was hit 6. In only 37 plate appearances, Jeissy De La Cruz wore it 5 times.

Once again, the Nine boasted a deep pitching staff that always gave the team a chance to win. Alejandro Soler was astoundingly consistent posting a 0.58 ERA in 24.1 innings. He was poised to reach the required 25 inning mark, standing on the mound at Beach Channel HS in the 8th inning as the skies opened up, halting the game. We have chosen to recognize this amazing accomplishment, however marking it with an *.

Five Nine hurlers struck out over a batter per inning, Dimitri Papazoglou struck out 35 guys in 25 innings, Bryce Martino struck out 33 guys in 26 innings (with a strong 1.89 ERA), Joe Wozny struck out 31 in 29.2 innings, DJ Flug struck out 30 in 25.1 and Olvis Genao struck out 30 in 17 innings for a 39% strikeout rate.

HITTING RECORDS (minimum 50 PAs)

    Batting Average

  1. TJ Rivera (2007) – .508
  2. Garrett Longhurst (2013) – .453
  3. Carlos De La Cruz (2017) – .444
  4. Jean Carlos Rodriguez (2007) – .436
  5. Joe Lombardi (2008) – .435
  6. Freddy Rojas, Jr (2018) – .424
  7. Jose Espinosa (2008) – .423
  8. Eduardo Castro (2013) – .427
  9. Brendan Brooks (2016) – .417
  10. Andy DeJesus (2013) – .413
    On Base Percentage

  1. Fernando Frias (2008) – .720
  2. Gaby Molina (2008) – .706
  3. Joe Lombardi (2008) – .637
  4. Jorge Ynoa (2008) – .637
  5. Garrett Longhurst (2013) – .602
  6. TJ Rivera (2007) – .589
  7. Danny Perez (2016) – .547
  8. Freddy Rojas, Jr. (2018) – .545
  9. Teo Estevez (2018) – .515
  10. Trevor Johnson (2015) – .514
Slugging Percentage

  1. TJ Rivera (2007) – 1.033
  2. Fernando Frias (2007) – .792
  3. Joe Lombardi (2008) – .782
  4. Carlos De La Cruz (2017) – .778
  5. Fernando Frias (2008) – .733
  6. Raymond Quinones (2008) – .690
  7. Danny Alfonzo (2015) – .650
  8. Jean Carlos Rodriguez (2007) – .619
  9. Freddy Rojas, Jr. (2018) – .610
  10. Danny Perez (2016) – .606
Walks

  1. Gaby Molina (2008) – 43
  2. Danny Perez (2016) – 38
  3. Jorge Ynoa (2008) – 30
  4. Danny Perez (2017) – 26
  5. Joe Lombardi (2008) – 25
  6. Fernando Frias (2008) – 24
  7. Nick Vella (2017) – 23
  8. EJ Smith (2006) – 22
  9. Esterlin Perozo (2006) – 21
  10. Jesse Spellman (2018) – 21
Hits

  1. Joe Lombardi (2008) – 54
  2. Raymond Quinones (2007) – 52
  3. Jorge Ynoa (2008) – 49
  4. Raymond Quinones (2008) – 48
  5. Carlos De La Cruz (2017) – 48
  6. Angel Presinal (2017) – 48
  7. TJ Rivera (2006) – 45
  8. Eduardo Castro (2013) – 44
  9. David Perleshi (2008) – 44
  10. Fernando Frias (2007) – 40
  11. Gaby Molina (2007) – 40
Home Runs

  1. Fernando Frias (2007) – 11
  2. Joe Lombardi (2008) – 7
  3. Raymond Quinones (2008) – 7
  4. Carlos De La Cruz (2017) – 7
  5. TJ Rivera (2007) – 7
  6. Danny Perez (2016) – 6
  7. Eduardo Castro (2013) – 5
Doubles

  1. Joe Lombardi (2008) – 16
  2. Eduardo Castro (2013) – 12
  3. Carlos De La Cruz (2017) – 11
  4. Danny Alfonzo (2017) – 10
  5. John Garcia (2018) – 10
  6. TJ Rivera (2006) – 9
  7. TJ Rivera (2007) – 9
  8. Jean Carlos Rodriguez (2007) – 9
  9. Danny Perez (2017) – 9
  10. Matt Caposio (2012) – 8
  11. Trevor Johnson (2016) – 8
  12. Edward Madera (2016) – 8
  13. Angel Presinal (2017) – 8
  14. Nick Vella (2017) – 8
Triples

  1. Matt Caposio (2012) – 5
  2. Nick DiSanza (2013) – 3
  3. Joe Lombardi (2008) – 3
  4. Ray Quinones (2008) – 3
  5. Kenneth Hart (2006) – 3
  6. TJ Rivera (2006) – 3
Stolen Bases

  1. Trevor Johnson (2016) – 22
  2. Jose Espinoza (2008) – 19
  3. Raymond Quinones (2007) – 18
  4. Garrett Longhurst (2013) – 16
  5. Nick DiSanza (2013) – 15
  6. Willie Hernandez (2007) – 15
  7. Juan Miguel Torres (2015) – 14
  8. Angel Presinal (2017) – 14
Runs

  1. Raymond Quinones (2008) – 45
  2. Raymond Quinones (2007) – 41
  3. Jorge Ynoa (2008) – 39
  4. Gaby Molina (2008) – 36
  5. Angel Presinal (2017) – 34
  6. Fernando Frias (2007) – 33
  7. Garrett Longhurst (2013) – 32
  8. Carlos De La Cruz (2017) – 32
  9. Nick DiSanza (2012) – 31
  10. Fernando Frias (2008) – 31
  11. EJ Smith (2006) – 31
  12. Danny Alfonzo (2017) – 31
HBP

  1. Danny Alfonzo (2017) – 12
  2. Ricardo Espinosa (2006) – 10
  3. JP Compres (2018) -10
  4. Manny Felix (2012) – 9
  5. Ryan Smith (2013) – 9
  6. Connor Redahan (2015) – 8
  7. Trevor Johnson (2015) – 7
  8. John Garcia (2018) – 7
  9. Nick Vella (2016) – 6
  10. Jesse Spellman (2018) – 6
Runs Batted In

  1. Joe Lombardi (2008) – 54
  2. Eduardo Castro (2013) – 51
  3. Carlos De La Cruz (2017) – 49
  4. Fernando Frias (2007) – 42
  5. Gaby Molina (2007) – 36
  6. TJ Rivera (2007) – 31
  7. Danny Perez (2016) – 30
  8. Danny Perez (2017) – 29
  9. EJ Smith (2006) – 25
  10. Raymond Quinones (2006) – 24

PITCHING RECORDS (minimum 25 IP)

ERA

  1. Rosario DiLorenzo (2013) – 1.12
  2. Mike DiLorenzo (2008) – 1.20
  3. Josh Azon (2015) – 1.35
  4. Gregory Boyle (2013) – 1.40
  5. Will O’Brien (2015) – 1.66
  6. Chris Pichardo (2016) – 1.72
  7. Anthony Costa (2017) – 1.82
  8. Bryce Martino (2018) – 1.89
  9. Michael Tarpey (2013) – 1.94
  10. Kenneth Ferrer (2007) – 1.95
Strikeouts

  1. Frank Cebek (2007) – 56
  2. Josh Herzenberg (2008) – 44
  3. Kenneth Ferrer (2007) – 44
  4. Austin Cole (2017) – 43
  5. Mike DiLorenzo (2008) – 42
  6. Chris Pichardo (2016) – 42
  7. Dimitri Papazoglou (2017) – 41
  8. Andrew Zigmont (2012) – 37
  9. Gregory Boyle (2013) – 35
  10. Dimitri Papazoglou (2018) – 35
Innings Pitched

  1. Josh Herzenberg (2008) – 59.2
  2. Alexander Mason (2006) – 50.0
  3. Frank Cebek (2007) – 47.1
  4. Chris Pichardo (2016) – 40.2
  5. Mike DiLorenzo (2008) – 40.1
  6. Gregory Boyle (2013) – 40.0
  7. Andrew Zigmont (2012) – 38.1
  8. Rosario DiLorenzo (2013) – 37.2
Wins

  1. Chris Pichardo (2017) – 8
  2. Gregory Boyle (2013) – 7
  3. Josh Herzenberg (2008) – 7
  4. Frank Cebek (2007) – 6
  5. Mike DiLorenzo (2008) – 5
  6. Alexander Mason (2006) – 5
  7. Chris Pichardo (2016) – 5
  8. Michael Tarpey (2013) – 5
  9. Eric Vrissis (2012) – 5
  10. Eric Strauss (2008) – 4
  11. Anthony Costa (2017) – 4
  12. DJ Flug (2017) – 4
  13. Alejandro Soler (2018) – 4
Complete Games

  1. Josh Herzenberg (2008) – 4
  2. Andrew Zigmont (2012) – 4
  3. Frank Cebek (2007) – 3
  4. Rosario DiLorenzo (2013) – 3
  5. Alexander Mason (2006) – 3
  6. Dawin Rivas (2007) – 3
Saves

  1. Erich Gonzalez (2013) – 4
  2. Erich Gonzalez (2012) – 3
  3. Eric Alessio (2006) – 2
  4. Dan McGrath (2008) – 2
  5. Amauris Santana (2012) – 2
  6. Frankie Giuliano (2015) – 2
  7. Marcus Mari (2015) – 2
  8. Michael Garcia (2016) – 2
  9. Trevor Johnson (2016) – 2
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New York Nine Finishes in National Final Four at NABF World Series

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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New York Nine Hosts Family and Friends Fundraiser

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 Wins Mid-Atlantic Showdown

The New York Nine Scout Team made a successful six game run in three short days to capture the Mid-Atlantic Showdown crown this past weekend at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, Long Island. This was the Scout Team’s second tournament crown of 2017.

The tournament opened with the Nine playing against a very solid, well coached Millburn (NJ) Millers club. The club was comprised of many players who helped Millburn HS claim the New Jersey 4A state title. Derrick Jimenez threw six innings allowing a single run in the victory while Carlos De La Cruz‘s grand slam broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth, a lead the Nine did not relinquish in the 8-2 victory.

Game two saw the Nine get off to quick start on an Angel Presinal walk, a Danny Alfonzo double followed by a Danny Perez RBI single that scored Presinal. Danny Alfonzo‘s long home run to center to lead off the bottom of the 3rd highlighted his three hit effort. Shawn Harrison and Nick Vella each added two hits and an RBI in support of starter DJ Flug who fanned four hitters in four innings as the Nine defeated the Rye Grays by a score of 6-2.

In a winner moves on, loser goes home final pool play game, the Nine and Knights played to a draw after 4 innings, including a first inning Carlos De La Cruz RBI double and a 3rd inning Danny Alfonzo solo home run to right center. But in the 5th, after Nick Vella reached on a strikeout and wild pitch, Angel Presinal doubled Vella in to give the Nine the lead, which would grow to 5-2 by the end of the inning. Chris Pichardo entered the game in the 3rd with runners on 1st and 2nd and threw 2.1 innings of scoreless relief punching out 3, and sending the Nine to the playoffs.

In the quarterfinal, the second seeded Nine met the seventh seeded Connecticut Bulldogs who had scored in bunches in pool play. And as the Nine did all tournament long, jumped out to a quick lead in the first inning. Angel Presinal singled, Danny Alfonzo walked and Danny Perez hit a long double on the first pitch, scoring Presinal. This was no ordinary double by Perez, this double hit the very top of the fence and took a right turn and then bounced off the fence again and back into the field of play. After a Carlos De La Cruz sac fly, Francisco Soriano singled in Perez. After a Soriano stolen base, Shawn Harrison singled him in which ended the scoring in the first. The 3rd inning saw the Nine bats come alive again with a Presinal single, and back to back walks by Alfonzo and Perez. This saw Carlos De La Cruz at the plate and he wasted no time, by crushing the first pitch he saw over the left field fence for a slam that put the Nine up 8-0. Anthony Costa shut down the Bulldogs offense, allowing 1 hit in 4 innings striking out 5. The 10-2 win advanced the Nine to the semi-finals to face another Connecticut team.

The Semi-finals saw the Nine face the third seeded Connecticut Moose, who brought one of the top offenses in the tournament with them, averaging nearly 7 runs per game in their first 4 games. The Nine did not get off to a quick start offensively, and the game’s first 2 and a half innings saw the score knotted at 0. It was at this point, the Nine bats exploded, scoring 7 runs in the 3rd and 5 more in the 4th. The 3rd inning started with a Braulio Melo walk and a Nick Vella line drive single. Angel Presinal then reached on an error and Danny Alfonzo doubled. Danny Perez and Carlos De La Cruz both walked, followed by a Francisco Soriano single and a long Shawn Harrison sac fly. Jesse Spellman ended the scoring in the 3rd with a 2 RBI single on a ball hit back up the middle. The 4th inning saw more of the same from the Nine, with 4 singles and 2 walks scoring 5 runs. De La Cruz ended the game showing his speed by scoring the game winning run on a short wild pitch. Dimitri Papazoglou fired a complete game, propelling the Nine into the Tournament finals.

After winning two previous games, the Nine kicked off the tournament championship game vs LIB Roar at 8:30 pm with Adelphi bound Austin Cole on the bump. LIB Roar knocked off the #1 seed in the semi-finals and averaged 6.6 runs per game heading into the finals. The first inning saw neither team push a run across the plate, but the 2nd was a different story for the Nine, who, like they did all tournament, capitalized on an error. Carlos De La Cruz reached on an error and Francisco Soriano immediately doubled him to 3rd. Catcher, JP Compres drove in De La Cruz with an RBI single. After a Jose Arroyo walk, Nick Vella smoked a 2 out line drive single back up the middle to score 2. After LIB scored one back on an error, the Nine once again capitalized on a misplay. Danny Perez singled, De La Cruz walked and Shawn Harrison reached on an error. JP Compres once again came up and drove in 2 on a hard single to left field scoring 2. After an Arroyo walk, Jesse Spellman had an RBI walk to end the scoring in the 3rd. Austin Cole fanned seven in his 4.1 innings only allowing 1 hit. Chris Pichardo finished the 5th with 2 strikeouts. Matt Demartini threw the final outs of the Tournament as the Nine lifted the Mid-Atlantic Showdown Trophy with a 7-2 win.

Tournament Notes:

Danny Perez lead the team in batting average and on base percentage and had a triple slash line of .538/.667/.615
Carlos De La Cruz led the team in slugging percentage with 1.071 and RBI with 13 had a triple slash line of.500/.556/1.071
Angel Presinal led the team in hits with 8
Danny Alfonzo, Carlos De La Cruz and Angel Presinal tied for the lead in runs with 8
Austin Cole led the team in strikeouts with 7
Chris Pichardo got the win in 2 games, struck out 5 and didn’t walk any
As a team, for the tournament, the Nine hit over .400 and had a triple slash line of .401/.485/.585
41% of Nine hits went for extra bases, with Carlos De La Cruz leading the way with 57.1%
As a team, in 34 innings, the Nine had an ERA of 1.85 and struck out 38

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New York Nine Players More Prepared For College Baseball

It is always good to see growth and maturity when high school players prepare to continue their career as a collegiate student-athlete. The time they spend around returning veteran players not only helps them understand the process from a different perspective, but what will be expected of them by college coaches whose livelihood generally hinges on recruiting, player development and ultimately winning baseball games. This is why New York Nine players are highly sought after by colleges around the country. The New York Nine Scout Team has a nearly 100% college placement rate.

Having the right coaches and role models who have been through it or are part of the process can only help the player to understand what is expected, and what won’t be tolerated at the collegiate level.

College coaches want players who understand how the game works and are able to show both the instincts and tools to play, not just skills that stand out in a showcase. Generally, mistakes made in high school can be overcome by athleticism or superior skills for that level, but, on the elite level summer team and in college, these mistakes wind up costing teams games and the player the opportunity to play.

It is great to see younger players developing their skills during high-level games against other top players and teams. The only way to develop the instincts and in game situations needed to play in collegiate or pro ball is to play high-level games. We look forward to the final month of developing our college bound ballplayers so they are prepared to not only compete, but to take veteran players jobs as Freshman.

Scout Team Takes Aim At CABA World Series In Charleston, South Carolina

July 18 (Queens, NY) – All eyes are on the New York Nine Scout Team as they prepare to depart for Charleston, SC to claim the CABA Wood Bat World Series crown. The team has recently cooled off after winning 10 of their first 12 games. With players on the roster from Connecticut and New York State Champions, The Brunswick School and Mamaroneck High School, as well as PSAL Champion George Washington High School, this summer saw Coach Millman navigate the heavier than normal workload those players saw by going deep into their respective seasons. Coach Millman explained, “It’s difficult when you have young players who have been heavily taxed both mentally and physically in such a short period of time. Our job as summer coaches is to keep the athletes healthy, while expanding their knowledge and skills in the game of baseball. At the same time, properly showcasing them in front of the scouting community in the proper light.”

Leading the offense for the Scout Team is Dartmouth commit, Trevor Johnson, whom is currently hitting .373 with a .500 OBP and has swiped 11 bags while only getting caught once. Southern Connecticut State commit, Connor Redahan is hitting a solid .283/.478/.457 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with a team leading 12 walks and is 3 HBP away from the organizational record. Sporting a .353/.450/.510 line, Wayne Roberts, Jr. has hit 2 home runs and added 11 steals, showing his blend of speed and power.

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Newcomer Danny Alfonzo, has shown his ability to hit for power as over 61% of his hits have gone for extra bases, including 2 home runs. Not to be outdone, OF Chris Campbell has shown broad base of skills by stealing 6 bags, having nearly 50% of his hits go for extra bases and getting on base over 40% of the time. Utility man Jose De La Cruz is 4th on the team in OBP with a .413 mark and has provided stellar defense at multiple positions. In limited action, Ted Sabato, Jr. has an impressive .552 OBP and will be relied upon as a key member of the bullpen in Charleston. Starting 1B Ryan Popp will be looked upon to provide middle of the lineup power and build on his .290/.405/.452 line. Jack of all trades Quincy Tunstall has shown solid defense all year and a good eye at the plate. Catcher Andy Karlan has used his speed and intelligence to swipe 8 bags without getting caught while hovering around the .300 mark. As the weather gets hotter in Charleston, The Nine are counting on the bats of Leandy Castro, Frankie Giuliano and Anthony Torribio to heat up.

Hard throwing right hander, Moises Robles will bring his team leading 3 wins and .7 ERA into Charleston. The teams strikeout leader, Josh Azon, will also bring his 3 wins into South Carolina. Right hander Yanmanuel Infante will look to regain his PSAL Championship game form when he shutdown Tottenville. Left hander Frank Giuliano and his strikeout an inning and his 1.12 WHIP will be an important part of the bullpen and Marcus Mari will be called upon to provide quality innings as he has done all year. Will O’Brien has shown solid control with only 4 walks and has a 1.05 ERA and a 1 WHIP while inducing an eye-popping 74% ground ball rate.

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