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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

N.Y. League prospect reports

Patrick Ebert        
Photo: Kris J. Murante - Democrat and Chronicle

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League Strength: **

New York Collegiate League top 15 prospects (list)

The New York Collegiate Baseball League saw significant change from 2010 to 2011. Only seven of the 14 teams that played in the league last year remained: the Allegany County Nitros, Alfred Thunder, Geneva Redwings, Hornell Dodgers, Niagara Power, Oneonta Outlaws and Webster Yankees.

Most of the change was dictated when the other seven teams (Albany, Amsterdam, Cooperstown, Elmira, Glens Falls, Mohawk Valley and Watertown) broke away to form their own league in up-state New York, the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. In the past, most of the best talent in the NYCBL was found on those clubs.

Most of the league’s potential professional talent this summer was concentrated on four teams: Geneva, Oneonta, Utica and Webster. The Oneonta Outlaws, who joined the league in 2010, were particularly loaded, and their talent was evident as they defeated the Webster Yankees in the league championship after knocking out a similarly-loaded Utica Brewers team (new to the league in 2011) in the Eastern Division finals.

Oneonta, which hosted the league's all-star game, not only had the best team on the field, but also blew every other organization away at the turnstiles, drawing more than 1,500 fans per game, while no other team averaged much more than 300.

Local high school star Chris Bostick (Aquinas Institute, Rochester) of the Webster Yankees was the near-unanimous favorite for the league's top prospect. A 44th-round pick of the Oakland A's in this year’s draft, Bostick signed in late July, in the process spurning an opportunity to play for St. John's University, where he likely would have been counted on to replace some of the productivity of first-round draft pick Joe Panik, who signed with the San Francisco Giants.

With long, wiry-strong limbs, good bat speed and game-changing speed, Bostick has exciting offensive tools across the board. He was leading the league in hitting prior to signing, and finished second at season's end. He was the league leader in on-base and slugging percentage.

FAST FACTS

Year League Established:
1978.
States Represented in League: New York.
Level of Competition (1-to-4 Scale, 1 being highest): 2.
No. of Teams in League: 12 (14 in 2010).
Regular-Season Champion / best overall record: Utica Brewers (32-12).
Post-Season Champion: Oneonta Outlaws.
Teams, PG CrossChecker Summer 30/Final Ranking: No. 27 Oneonta Outlaws.
No. 1 Prospect, 2010 (per PG CrossChecker): Mel Rojas Jr., of, Amsterdam Mohawks (Pittsburgh Pirates/West Virginia Power in 2011).
First 2010 Player Selected, 2011 Draft: Taylor Lewis, of, Amsterdam Mohawks (Maine/Pirates, 10th round).

Player of the Year: Chris Bostick, 2b, Webster Yankees.
Pitcher of the Year: Jacob Petitt, rhp, Utica Brewers.
Top Prospect (as selected by league): Unavailable.

BATTING LEADERS (League games only)

Batting Average:
Brenden Costantino, ss, Sherrill Silversmiths (.417).
Slugging Percentage: Chris Bostick, 2b, Webster Yankees (.652).
On-Base Average: Chris Bostick, 2b, Webster Yankees (.503).
Home Runs: Scott Krutel, 3b, Utica Brewers (7).
RBIs: Chase Presley, 2b, Hornell Dodgers (47).
Stolen Bases: Brenden Costantino, ss, Sherrill Silversmiths (63).

PITCHING LEADERS (League games only)
Wins: Jacob Petitt, rhp, Utica Brewers (7).
ERA: Jacob Petitt, rhp, Utica Brewers (0.71).
Saves: D.J. Schwartz, rhp, Hornell Dodgers (8).
Strikeouts: Justin James, rhp, Niagara Power (57).

BEST TOOLS

Best Athlete:
Chris Bostick, 2b, Webster Yankees.
Best Hitter: Chris Bostick, 2b, Webster Yankees.
Best Power: Matt Chavez, c/rhp, Oneonta Outlaws.
Fastest Base Runner: Aaron Barbosa, of, Oneonta Outlaws.
Best Defensive Player: Carlos Asuaje, 2b/3b, Oneonta Outlaws.
Best Velocity: Matt Chavez, c/rhp, Oneonta Outlaws.
Best Breaking Ball: Mike Johnson, lhp, Utica Brewers.
Best Command: Mike Johnson, lhp, Utica Brewers.

TOP 15 PROSPECTS

1. CHRIS BOSTICK, 2b, Webster Yankees (SIGNED/A's)
?SCOUTING PROFILE: Fresh out of Aquinas Institute in neighboring Rochester, Bostick was easily the most talented hitter and overall player in the league playing for Webster, drawing rave reviews for his bat speed and overall athleticism prior to signing with the Athletics in late July as a 44th round pick. He joined his older brother Ben on the Yankees, who has a similar athletic profile, although he is not quite as dynamic as Chris. The younger of the two brothers was leading the league in hitting at the time of his departure (.413) and also led the league in on-base percentage (.503) and slugging (.652), thanks to 17 extra-base hits. He also showed good foot speed, swiping 18 bases in 23 attempts, giving him a well-rounded offensive game. Bostick also excelled in the league's all-star game in Oneonta, one of the league's biggest parks, going 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and three runs driven in. While he shows fluid actions on the infield, his future position is in question, as he may be a better fit in the outfield than up the middle of the infield as he continues to mature and add strength to his wiry-strong build. A few coaches expressed surprise that he signed with the A's as a late-round pick given his commitment to play for St. John's, but it was indicative of his desire to play professionally.


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