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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

NYCBL Top Prospect Reports

Hudson Belinsky        
Photo: Case Western Reserve

Contributing: Allan Simpson
Official League Website:
2013 Summer Collegiate Top Prospect coverage
New York Collegiate Baseball League Top Prospect list (free)

The Oneonta Outlaws won their second NYCBL crown in three years, sandwiching championships around a one-year stay in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. Ownership of the original Oneonta franchise re-located the team to Saratoga, N.Y., after just one year in the PGCBL, and the Outlaws were quickly welcomed back into the NYCBL under new ownership.

Not only did Oneonta post the best regular-season record in the 11-team NYCBL and subdue Hornell in two straight playoff games to secure another title, but it boasted the league’s strongest pitching staff, with three arms on the accompanying list of the league’s top prospects and several others in consideration.

There were three candidates who received primary consideration as the top prospect in the league. Two were Geneva Redwings righthanders Robert Winemiller (Case Western Reserve, Ohio), who worked in just eight innings but showcased electric stuff, and Tommy Bergjans (Haverford, Pa.), who featured advanced pitchability but lacked Winemiller’s ceiling. Wellsville first baseman Scott DeJong (Felician, N.J.) showed tremendous power in swatting a league-record 14 home runs.


Year League Established:
States Represented in League: New York
No. of Teams in League: 11 (12 in 2011)
Regular-Season Champion / best overall record: Oneonta Outlaws (25-15)
Post-Season Champion: Oneonta Outlaws
Teams, Perfect Game Summer 50/Final Ranking: No. 46 Oneonta Outlaws
No. 1 Prospect, 2012 (per PG CrossChecker): Grant Heyman, of, Geneva Redwings (CC of Southern Nevada)
First 2012 Player Selected, 2013 Draft: Tim Locastro, ss, Syracuse Jr. Chiefs (Ithaca, N.Y.; Blue Jays/13th round)

Player of the Year:
Scott DeJong, 1b, Wellsville Nitros (Felician, N.J.)
Pitcher of the Year: Luke Crumley, rhp, Oneonta Outlaws (Georgia)


Batting Average:
Carlos Guzman, of, Syracuse Salt Cats (.388)
Slugging Percentage: Scott DeJong, 1b, Wellsville Nitros (.646)
On-Base Average: Alex Caruso, of, Syracuse Jr. Chiefs (.524)
Home Runs: Scott DeJong, 1b, Wellsville Nitros (14)
RBIs: Scott DeJong, 1b, Wellsville Nitros (46)
Stolen Bases: Aaron Pigna, inf, Syracuse Jr. Chiefs (23)


Chris Jansen, lhp, Hornell Dodgers (6)
ERA: Tommy Bergjans, rhp, Geneva Redwings (0.82)
Saves: Brandon Agar, rhp, Oneonta Outlaws; Kyle McClain, rhp, Olean Oilers (6)
Strikeouts: Dwayne Snider, rhp, Rochester Ridgemen (55)


Best Athlete:
Cameron Stimpson, of, Geneva Redwings
Best Hitter: Scott DeJong, 1b, Wellsville Nitros
Best Power: Scott DeJong, 1b, Wellsville Nitros
Fastest Base Runner: Cameron Stimpson, of, Geneva Redwings
Best Defensive Player: Stanley Susana, 3b/ss, Syracuse Jr. Chiefs
Best Velocity: Robert Winemiller, rhp, Geneva Redwings
Best Breaking Ball: Corey Kafka, rhp, Oneonta Outlaws
Best Command: Tommy Bergjans, rhp, Geneva Redwings


1. ROBERT WINEMILLER, rhp/c, Geneva Redwings (Case Western Reserve, Ohio/JR in 2014)
An obscure talent from Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University, Winemiller logged just eight innings on the mound for the Redwings this summer, but made almost every one of them count. After surrendering three runs in his first outing on June 15, he was unscored upon in his remaining nine appearances. With the exception of four brief relief appearances as a freshman at Case Western, an NCAA Division III school, Winemiller was almost exclusively a catcher in his first two seasons there, and was signed by Geneva to essentially handle that role, though ended up getting just 24 at-bats. This summer marked the first time he committed himself to pitching, and the results were rather impressive. Not only did Winemiller post a 1.12 ERA with three saves in his 10 appearances, but out of the righthander’s loose, live arm came a steady 94-mph fastball and developing slider. He also showed the aptitude to locate his stuff, prompting scouts in attendance at the NYCBL All-Star Game to encourage him to leave catching behind and move to the mound full-time. That may not take much convincing as Winemiller has hit a combined .253 with no homers in nearly 200 at-bats in his time behind the plate at Case Western, but it may take time getting him acclimated to becoming a full-time pitcher. If it all comes together next spring, he could be a serious helium candidate for the 2014 draft.

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