|Rating compares this year's group to what a state typically produces, not to other states|
The Empire State has been surprisingly fruitful in recent years, producing a first round pick in 2015 (Garrett Whitley, No. 13, Rays) and a second round pick in 2014 (Scott Blewett, No. 56, Royals). This year, the state is even better, with a top-of-the-draft talent in righthander Ian Anderson, a lefthander with upside in Jeff Belge and plenty of depth, both at the college and high school levels. New York produced 33 draft picks in 2015, and it should at least equal that number again this season, and there is more impact. New York City and Long Island have produced a significant chunk of the talent, with infielder Daniel Bakst and 6-foot-10 lefthander Kyle Young. The capital region is particularly strong this year, with Anderson and two solid pitching prospects in SUNY Albany righthanders Stephen Woods and Ryan Stinar. New York baseball continues to grow, thanks largely to the development of indoor facilities like Syracuse Sports Zone, and access to quality fields, such as Baseball Heaven in Long Island.
1. Ian Anderson, rhp, Shenendehowa HS, Clifton Park, N.Y. (National Rank: 12) 2. Jeff Belge, lhp, Henninger HS, Syracuse (National Rank: 68) 3. Daniel Bakst, ss/3b, Poly Prep Country Day HS, Brooklyn (National Rank: 182) 4. Thomas Hackimer, rhp, St. John's (National Rank: 191) 5. Stephen Woods, rhp, Albany (National Rank: 289) 6. Kyle Young, lhp, St. Dominic HS, Oyster Bay, N.Y. (National Rank: 368) 7. George Kirby, rhp, Rye (N.Y.) HS (National Rank: 379) 8. Mike Kaelin, rhp, Buffalo (National Rank: 442)
9. Toby Handley, of, Stony Brook 10. Ryan Stinar, rhp, Albany 11. Reed Gamache, 2b, Binghamton 12. Jake Fishman, lhp, Union College 13. Mike Pascoe, rhp, Arlington HS 14. Dan Dallas, lhp, Canisius HS 15. Troy Dixon, c, St. John's 16. Mike Bunal, rhp, Binghamton 17. Will Savage, ss, Columbia 18. Cole Rutherford, 1b, Cornell 19. Anthony Prato, ss, Poly Prep HS 20. Chris Dutra, c, Iona Prep HS 21. Sean Boyle, rhp, Suffolk CC 22. Zach Vennaro, rhp, Monroe CC 23. Cameron Stone, rhp, Stony Brook 24. Vinny Mallaro, of, Buffalo 25. Joe La Sorsa, lhp, Iona Prep HS 26. Christian Young, rhp, Niagara County JC (N.Y.) 27. Brendan Skidmore, 1b, Binghamton 28. Frank Vesuvio, rhp/of, Byram Hills HS 29. Dan Swain, of, Siena 30. Ben Anderson, rhp, Shenendehowa HS 31. Mike Schwartz, lhp, John F. Kennedy HS 32. Iannick Remillard, rhp, Canisius 33. Tyler Honahan, lhp, Stony Brook 34. Alec Eisenberg, rhp, Hofstra 35. Cameron Voss, lhp, Niagara County JC (N.Y.) 36. Tony Hernandez, lhp, Monroe College (N.Y.) Jake Fishman, lhp, Union College
- Fishman's unorthodox delivery makes him extremely deceptive, as he coils his hips and shoulders and hides the ball well. His pitches also show late life, indicative of a high spin rate. Fishman's fastball typically operates at 88-89, but can tickle the low 90s. Fishman also throws a changeup and a curveball, but he also mixes in the occasional knuckleball, giving hitters anxiety in the batter's box. Over 66 innings, Fishman allowed three earned runs this spring, striking out 85 and walking 11. He is a strong student and could return to Union for his senior year if he does not get a strong offer. Mike Pascoe, rhp, Arlington HS
- Pascoe is undersized at 5-foot-11, but he has explosive arm speed, the ability to spin a breaking ball and feel for a changeup. Pascoe's fastball typically works in the mid- to upper-80s, but has bumped the low 90s. As he matures physically, he could develop a potent three-pitch arsenal, but concerns about his lack of physicality will force him to prove himself at every level. Joe La Sorsa, lhp, Iona Prep HS
- LaSorsa has a projectable 6-foot-4 frame and shows the arm speed to some day develop and above-average fastball. Right now, he works mostly in the upper 80s. LaSorsa throws from a lower three-quarters arm slot. His arm action is easy through release. He needs to add strength, particularly to his lower half, so he can better maintain balance. He is committed to St. John's. Alec Eisenberg, rhp, Hofstra
- Eisenberg likely won't be a high draft pick after a less-than-stellar senior season at Hofstra, but he has an athletic 6-foot-5 build and shows potential with his fastball. While he did post a 5.52 ERA in the Cape Cod League as a rising senior, he also struck out 35 batters in 29 1/3 innings. He works mostly at 88-92 with his fastball. His offspeed pitches are lacking.