After an epic year that saw 41 players drafted out of New York, it’s back to reality for the Empire State.
|THIS YEAR’S CROP|
|*****||One for the books|
|***||Solid, not spectacular|
|**||Not up to par|
|*||Nothing to see here|
|Rating compares this year’s group to what a state typically produces, not to other states|
Weather wreaked havoc on high school schedules, players disappointed and the college programs have complementary players rather than stars. Stephen Alemais’ move to Elev8 Academy in Boca Raton, Fla., also was a slight hit to talent pool.
Righthander Jesse Roth has a projectable frame at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds and has good arm strength. He is committed to Virginia. Dylan Manwaring is the son of former major leaguer Kirt and has good strength. Justin Topa looked like an early round prospect last summer after recovering from 2011 Tommy John surgery, but his stuff was inconsistent this spring. The righthander sat in the low 90s last summer in the Northwoods League, where he ranked as the No. 7 prospect, and topped out at 95, but didn’t show that form this spring.
|NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS|
|BA 500 Scouting Reports for New York|
1. Jonah Heim, C, Amherst (N.Y.) Central HS (National Rank: 170)
2. Mark Armstrong, RHP, Clarence (N.Y.) HS (National Rank: 242)
3. Matt Vogel, RHP, Patchogue-Medford HS, Medford, N.Y. (National Rank: 374)
|OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE|
4. Jesse Roth, RHP, Horace Mann School, New York
5. Justin Brantley, RHP, Siena
6. Justin Topa, RHP, Long Island-Brooklyn
7. Jason Kanzler, OF, Buffalo
8. Ian Miller, OF, Wagner
9. Ryan Horstman, LHP, St. John’s
10. Bryan Verbitsky, RHP, Hofstra
11. Garrett Cortright, RHP, Canisius
12. Eddie Gray, LHP, St. Bonaventure
13. Conner Simonetti, OF, Fairport (N.Y.) HS
14. Jon Fitzsimmons, RHP, Canisius
15. Sean Hagan, LHP, St. John’s
16. Stephen Woods, RHP, Half Hollow Hills East HS, Dix Hills, N.Y.
17. Dylan Manwaring, 3B, Horseheads (N.Y.) HS
18. J.C. Pena, SS, Westhill HS, Onondaga, N.Y.
19. Rich Anastasi, LHP, Fordham
20. Ali Rodriguez, 2B, New York Tech
21. Chris Pike, RHP, Fordham
22. Nick Camastro, 2B, Manhattan
23. Joe Charest, RHP, Fordham
24. Tim Swatek, RHP, Fordham
25. Josh Mason, OF, Stony Brook