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Monday, September 16, 2013

Hamptons Lg. prospect reports

Allan Simpson        
Photo: North Fork Ospreys

Official League Website:
2013 Summer Collegiate Top Prospect coverage
Hamptons League Top Prospect list (free)

Hamptons Collegiate Baseball was established in 2007 with the express goal of bringing a competitive brand of summer baseball to the exclusive Hamptons region on Long Island. In time, the organization hoped to establish a league that one day might rival the Cape Cod League not only in structure, but in national stature.

From one club in 2008 that participated in the nearby Atlantic Collegiate League, to seven clubs in 2012 that formed their own division in the ACBL, the lofty goals of the Hamptons organization began to fall into place, if not in baby steps. But the biggest development in the evolution of the Hamptons Collegiate League occurred last November when the seven-team organization elected to break away from the ACBL and form a league of its own, with 2013 its first year of operation.

From a playing standpoint, there was little to distinguish 2013 from 2012 on the Hamptons, though observers familiar with the league thought the pitching overall was a little deeper this summer, while the quality of the position talent wasn’t quite so apparent. Appropriately, seven of the top nine players on the accompanying list of top prospects are pitchers, though the No. 1 prospect is an outfielder, North Fork’s Nick Heath. Pitching also dominated a corresponding ACBL survey from a year ago, when the first nine players were from the Hamptons Division, with pitchers occupying the first five spots.

With its destination location on an exclusive island within striking distance of a major Northeast city, along with a similar operating philosophy, the HCBL is similar to the Cape Cod League in geography and many other respects, but its challenge going forward will be to secure talent more in line with the elite-level prospects that find their way to the 129-year-old Cape League each summer. On that score, the fledgling, young Hamptons League still has its work cut out for it.


Year League Established:
2013 (NOTE: Hampton Collegiate Baseball teams operated in Atlantic College League, 2008-12)
States Represented in League: New York
No. of Teams in League: 7
Regular-Season Co Champions: Westhampton Aviators; Sag Harbor Whalers (24-16)
Post-Season Champion: North Fork Ospreys
Teams, Perfect Game Summer 50/Final Ranking: No. 44 North Fork Ospreys
No. 1 Prospect, 2012/Atlantic Collegiate League (per Perfect Game): Paul Paez, lhp, Southampton Breakers (Rio Hondo, Calif., CC; Mets/38th round, 2013 draft)
First 2012 Player Selected, 2013 Draft/Atlantic Collegiate League: Kyle McGowin, rhp, Sag Harbor Whalers (Savannah State; Angels/5th round)

Most Valuable Player:
J.C. Brandmaier, c, Westhampton Aviators (Dowling, N.Y.)
Most Outstanding Pitcher: Jonathon Mulford, rhp, Sag Harbor Whalers (Adelphi, N.Y.)
Top Prospect (as selected by league): Nick Heath, of, North Fork Ospreys (Northwestern State)


Batting Average:
J.C. Brandmaier, c, Westhampton Aviators (.375)
Slugging Percentage: J.C. Brandmaier, c, Westhampton Aviatoirs (.569)
On-Base Average: J.C. Brandmaier, c, Westhampton Aviators (.471)
Home Runs: Three tied at 6
RBI: Jim Pjura, of, North Fork Ospreys (31)
Stolen Bases: Jack Sundberg, of, Riverhead Tomcats (35)


Jonathon Mulford, rhp, Sag Harbor Whalers (6)
ERA: Brendan Mulligan, lhp, Riverhead Tomcats (1.49)
Saves: Jacob Bodner, rhp, Sag Harbor Whalers (14)
Strikeouts: David Jesch, rhp, North Fork Ospreys (52)


Best Athlete:
Trevor Simms, rhp/of, Shelter Island Bucks
Best Hitter: Justin Montemayor, 1b/3b, Sag Harbor Whalers
Best Power: J.C. Brandmaier, 1b/3b, Westhampton Aviators
Fastest Base Runner: Nick Heath, of, North Fork Ospreys
Best Defensive Player: Charles Galiano, c, Center Moriches Battlecats
Best Velocity: Jacob Bodner, rhp, Sag Harbor Whalers
Best Breaking Ball: Alex Katz, lhp, Shelter Island Bucks
Best Command: T.J. Pecoraro, rhp, Southampton Breakers


1. NICK HEATH, of, North Fork Ospreys (Northwestern State/RS-FR in 2014)
For a player who was red-shirted as a freshman at Northwestern State, Heath’s performance on the summer for North Fork was eye opening. He hit .326-2-18 and played center field on a daily basis for the league-champion Ospreys, but his real impact came in his role as a leadoff hitter for the team as he led the Hamptons League with 35 runs, four triples and 33 walks, while finishing one off the league lead in stolen bases, with 34 bags in 40 attempts. Heath was second in the running for league MVP, but earned the nod in the playoffs by leading the Ospreys, who were dead-last in the league at one point in the second half, to an unexpected title. He went 5-for-11 in the best-of-3 championship series, and scored both runs in his team’s dramatic 2-1 win over Center Moriches in the third and deciding encounter, with the winning tally coming in the bottom of the eighth inning when he reached base on an infield single, stole second and scored on a double. Heath was easily the best and most dangerous player in the league by the end of the season. The 6-foot, 170-pound Kansas product most impressed scouts with his game-changing speed, which impacted all areas of his game in positive ways. He was clocked in the 60-yard dash at the league all-star game in a lightning-quick 6.44 seconds, but was hardly a one-dimensional talent as he also showed sound hitting ability, line-drive power, solid base-running skills and an ability to run down balls in the outfield. Heath still remains raw in several areas of his game. He will need to work on shortening his swing, particularly in two-strike counts, while improving his instincts both on the bases and in the field. Most of the issues he needs to work on should be addressed by simply playing the game on an everyday basis over the next two college seasons.

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