Fordham’s Reiss Knehr Ranks No. 1 In Hamptons League

Summer College League Top Prospects

Reiss Knehr

Reiss Knehr’s fastball topped out at 96 mph for Westhampton (Photo courtesy Hamptons League)

Hamptons League Top Prospects
Reiss Knehr, rhp, Westhampton (So., Fordham)
John Rooney, lhp, Southampton (So., Hofstra)
Richie Palacios, ss, North Fork (So., Towson)
Bradley Case, rhp, Montauk (So., Rollins (Fla.)
Josiah Gray, 3b/rhp, Southampton (So., Le Moyne (N.Y.)
Matt Dunlevy, of, Westhampton (Jr., Virginia Military Institute)
Jordan McCrum, if/rhp, Westhampton (So., Monmouth)
Max Smith, of, North Fork (So., Nevada-Las Vegas)
Jamie Galazin, of/rhp, Montauk (Jr., St. John's)
Frank Valentino, rhp, Riverhead (Sr., New York Tech)

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Postseason Recap: After tying the HCBL record for regular season wins (27), the Westhampton Aviators carried that momentum through to their third league championship. The Aviators swept Riverhead in the semifinal round before being pushed to a decisive third game in the championship series against the Montauk Mustangs. Westhampton took the drama out early in the final game though, scoring four runs in the first inning and cruising to an 8-2 win. All nine Aviators starters reached base at least once, while staff ace Reiss Knehr (Fordham) delivered seven strong innings on the mound.

1. Reiss Knehr, rhp, Westhampton (So., Fordham)

Knehr followed up a tremendous spring at Fordham with a summer season that garnered Hamptons League pitcher of the year honors. The sophomore has a highly projectable body at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds and features a low to mid-90s fastball that topped out at 96 mph at the league’s all-star game. He shows quality feel for his slider/cutter, and both it and his changeup have movement in the zone. Knehr struck out more than 11 batters per nine innings to help him go 4-1, 1.15 in the regular season. He's a guy that wants the ball in a big spot as well, and he backed it up with his performance in the championship series.

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