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Top 100 Long Island baseball players

by Gregg Sarra on
Mon, Apr 2, 2012 8:06 PM

Updated Fri, Apr 13, 2012 1:53 AM
Top 100 Long Island baseball players

Danny Aguilo, Elmont, P, Jr.: Tied a state record with 21 strikeouts in a no-hitter last year as a sophomore. Had a 4-2 record with 66 strikeouts in 40 innings.

Chris Anderson, West Islip, P, Sr.: Part of excellent 1-2 pitching punch at West Islip. Three-year starter who was 4-1 with three saves last year. Had 41 strikeouts in 35 innings.

Anthony Annunziata, Eastport/South Manor, 2B, Sr.: A senior second baseman with great range, who also hit .430 with 23 RBI.

Mat Annunziata, Eastport-South Manor, 3B, Soph.: The All-State selection, who batted .440 with 6 home runs and 30 RBI. Very athletic and hits with power to all fields. He is a D-I blue chip recruit.

Chris Appell, Clarke, P, Sr.: He batted .410 with 15 doubles and 21 RBI. He was also 4-0 on the mound with a 2.74 ERA and 31 K’s in 23 innings.

Matt Ballone, West Babylon, 2B, Sr.: Four-year varsity starter, who hit .435 with 5 home runs and 15 stolen bases. He had three walk off hits last year and helped West Babylon win first league title in 12 years.

Brian Bilello, Lynbrook, C, Sr.: All-Conference who batted .419 with 3 home runs and 29 RBI. Headed to Concordia College.

Joe Booker, Port Jefferson, CF, Jr.: He slammed six home runs and drove in 25 runs as a sophomore.

Nick Bottari, Shoreham-WR, 1B, Soph.: One of Long Island’s blue chip prospects, batted .500 as a freshman with 32 hits, 25 RBI, .812 slugging percentage.

Patrick Bryant, Center Moriches, P, Soph.: Athletic, hard-throwing right with mid 80’s fastball, who can play any infield position.

Ralph Caccavale, Plainedge, SS, Sr.: Moves from second base to shortstop where he made three errors in 104 chances. Batted .365 with 17 RBI and 15 stolen bases.

James Carr, Manhasset, C, Sr.: He hit .410 with 22 hits, 10 stolen bases and 18 RBI for the Indians.

Brian Castles, Sachem East, SS, Sr.: All-County selection, who batted .434 with a 523 on base percentage.

Joe Chiaramonte, MacArthur, P, Sr.: He had a 5-2 record with a 1.41 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 44.2 innings pitched.

Will Cheshire, MacArthur, CF, Sr.: All-County selection that batted .397 with 9 doubles and 3 triples.

John Colby, Hauppauge, CF, Sr.: Quickness helps him cover a lot of ground and he batted .351 with 10 extra base hits. Among the very best OF’s on Long Island this year.

Christian Colletti, South Side, P, Sr.: Struck out 55 in 44 innings with a 2.55 ERA. Transferred from Holy Trinity and flourished.

Mike Columbi, Center Moriches, P, Soph.: Excellent all-around athlete that struck out 32 in 39 innings as a freshman.

Terrence Connelly, Chaminade, SS, Sr. : First player in 14 years and 4th player in 86-year history of Chaminade baseball to play varsity as a sophomore. Batted .371 and made only three errors in 127 chances last season. He’ll attend UNC-Wilmington.

Ryan Craig, Smithtown East, P, Sr.: Hard-throwing righty who will attend Belmont Abbey.

Matt Crohan, Riverhead, P, Sr.: The 6-2, 195-pound hard-throwing lefthander, with a fastball clocked between 85-88 mph. Had a 2-1 record and a 1.50 ERA as a sophomore.

Justin Cusano, Smithtown East, P, Sr.: Another of LI’s outstanding pitchers, who was 5-1 last year. Mixes three pitches and is very smart. Has committed to Adelphi.

Anthony Dedona, Bethpage, C, Sr.: Finished junior season with home runs in three straight games. Had .393 average, 6 homers and 26 RBI.

Joe Devito, St. John the Baptist, SS, Sr.: He batted .385 as a junior and he’s a slick fielder.

Nick DiSanza, West Babylon, CF, Sr.: The four-year starter has tremendous speed, a 6.58 60-yard dash, and can play multiple positions. Will attend Odessa JC in Texas.

Mark Donadio, Mt. Sinai, C, Jr.: All-State selection who batted .388 with 31 hits and 32 RBI and 20 runs scored.

Mike Donadio, Mt. Sinai, SS, Jr.: All-County selection with a .373 average, 24 RBI, 22 runs scored.

John Dondero, East Islip, CF, Sr.: Speedy centerfielder, who batted .370 with 22 RBI last year. Will attend Queens College.

Nick Duarte, Port Washington, C, Jr.: One of Nassau’s outstanding backstops, who batted .316 last season as a sophomore.

Gregg Egan, St. John the Baptist, P, Sr.: One of top pitchers in CHSAA. Opened season with 1-0 shut out of Chaminade.

James English, Smithtown West, P, Sr.: The Suffolk League III Pitcher of the Year as a junior. Overpowering fastball.

Jake Faraci, Plainview JFK, P, Sr.: Four-year varsity starter who had a 1.17 ERA as a junior.

Brandon Fischer, Northport, P, Sr.: The righty was 5-1 with an ERA of 2.05. He’ll be the staff ace.

Chris Gaffney, St. John the Baptist, C, Jr.: Considered by many to be a top defensive prospect. Quick release, blocks and receives well.

Charles Galiano, Commack, C, Sr.: The All-Suffolk backstop batted .368 with 5 home runs, 12 doubles and 22 RBI. He has excellent blocking and receiving skills.

Andruw Gazzola, Longwood, SS, Soph.: All-League I as a freshman, hits to all fields, batted .355 with 14 RBI. Soft hands in the infield with plus arm.

Jordan Goldman, West Babylon, SS, Sr.: Rangy middle infielder with strong arm, who batted .345 last season for Suffolk League IV champions.

Billy Goncalves, Eastport/South Manor, P, Sr.: The 6-5, 255-pounder slammed 4 home runs and hit .355 for the Sharks. He is also imposing on the mound. He’ll attend Dowling College.

Dave Groeneveld, St. Anthony’s, 1B, Sr.: Batted .370 with two home runs as a junior. He has power to all fields.

Joe Guercio, Kings Park, P, Jr.: The 6-3, 185-pound righthander finished with a 7-1 record and one save while compiling a 1.58 ERA. Struck out 47 in 53 innings.

Robbie Healey, East Meadow, SS, Sr.: All-County selection, who batted .465. Excellent range and strong arm at shortstop.

Matt Hinchy, Miller Place, SS, Sr.: He was hitting over .500 when his season ended due to injury. Big time athlete.

Sam Ilario, West Islip, OF, Soph.: A dynamite hitter, with a .423 average and 20 RBI as a freshman.

Mike Jeannetti, Island Trees, P, Sr.: He’s a three-year starter who batted .341 with 3 home runs and 18 RBI. Had a 7-3 record with 66 innings pitched, a school record, 80 strikeouts and 1.79 ERA.

Cody Johnson, North Shore, P, Sr.: Recorded a 10-4 record with 114 strikeouts in 92 innings and a 1.17 ERA. Struck out 17 in a one-hit win over Manhasset. He is headed to Fordham University.

Alex Katz, Herricks, P, Sr.: The hard-throwing lefty struck out 49 batters in 23.2 innings. He struck out 15 in six innings a one-hit performance over MacArthur. He is headed to St. John’s University.

Nick Kaywood, MacArthur, 3B, Sr.: Led the Generals with 28 RBI and a .354 batting average.

Bryce Keller, Port Washington, P, Jr.: Had a 1.89 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 37 innings and three complete games as a junior.

Doug Kraeger, Kellenberg, 1B, Sr.: Power hitter at 6-3, 210 pounds, who batted .293 with 13 RBI as a junior. Will attend the University of Richmond.

Alex Kucich, Friends Academy, C, Sr.: Team captain who batted .380 as a junior for Quakers.

Jake Kurz, St. Anthony’s, P, Sr.: Hard-throwing righty with command of three pitches, the staff ace.

Brian Lau, Oceanside, C, Jr.: Batted .295 as a sophomore and lauded for his defensive skills.

David Leiderman, Bellmore JFK, 2B, Sr.: He batted .470 with 21 RBI and three game-winning hits. He is headed to Hofstra University.

Vin Maietta, St. Mary’s, SS, Sr.: Sure handed middle infielder with strong arm. Range is biggest asset.

Tyler Manez, Plainedge, P, Sr.: A Newsday All-Long Island second team selection, struck out 81 in 41 innings and had a 6-1 record. He will play at Elon University in North Carolina.

Anthony Martelli, Valley Stream North, SS, Jr.: Leader of a young team, had three wins as a sophomore, and a .335 batting average.

Lenny Martinez, Division, 2B, Sr.: Hit .309 with 18 RBI as Division earned the LI Class A title.

P.J. Martino, Patchogue-Medford, P, Soph: Crafty pitcher with four pitches, who will emerge as No. 2 starter for Raiders.

Louis Matarazzo, South Side, 3B, Jr.: Big time hitter with .475 average, 6 home runs and 31 RBI a year ago.

Dalton McCarthy, Eastport/South Manor, 1B, Sr.: The return of 6-7, 225-pound senior first baseman, who missed all of last season, is a boost to a lineup.

Ryan McCormack, Massapequa, P, Sr.: Power pitcher at 6-3 who can overpower teams. Will play at St. John’s and has much upside.

Brian McKean, Connetquot, P, Jr.: Versatility a plus. Excellent righty with mid 80’s fastball and a plus curveball. Batted .346 as sophomore.

Billy McLean, Wheatley, C, Soph.: Versatile player who hit .400 as a freshman.

Cody McPartland, Miller Place, P, Soph.: He was 6-2 with a 1.36 ERA as a freshman. Big and strong pitcher, with mid 80’s fastball.

Louis Mele, Island Trees, 3B, Jr.: Another standout for the Bulldogs who can swing it to a .400 average and play the hot corner.

Steve Miller, Plainedge, 1B, Sr.: All-County selection batted .527 and set a school record for hits with 39. The big-time hitter had 4 home runs and 37 RBI and will attend York College (PA).

Rob Moore, Longwood, SS, Sr.: Regarded as a natural hitter with a .377 average and 21 runs scored as a junior. Headed to pay for St. Peter’s next year.

Frank Moscatiello, Rocky Point, So., P: Righty with command of three pitches, including heavy fastball and dominant curveball.

Dan Muller, Garden City, OF, Sr.: He hit .392 with 12 RBI and 14 stolen bases.

Mike Napolitano, Hauppauge, C, Sr.: Back from shoulder surgery and hitting with power to all fields. Quick release, one of LI’s better arms.

Seth Noreman, Plainview JFK, DH, Sr.: Had Tommy John surgery but he will hit for the Hawks. Had four home runs and a .310 average as a junior.

Mike O’Reilly, Shoreham-Wading River, P, Sr.: The first team Newsday All-Long Island selection compiled a 9-0 pitching record, 1.93 ERA and struck out 93 in 57 innings. He’s headed to Flagler College in Florida.

Dave Palmer, East Islip, P, Soph.: The 6-4 righty is in his third year of varsity ball, with a mid 80’s fastball and excellent curveball.

Jack Parenty, Holy Trinity, 2B, Sr.: CHSAA Player of the Year who batted .423 with 23 stolen bases. Four-year starter headed to Stony Brook University.

Matt Phillips, Floral Park, IF, Sr.: Three-year starter and All-Conference selection who hit .414 and only struck out three times.

Tyler Piccolo, Rocky Point, SS, Jr.: He batted .410 with two home runs and 18 RBI and 15 stolen bases.

Lukas Pracher, Manhasset, SS, Jr.: All-County selection, smooth infielder with soft hands, who started as a freshman.

T.J. Riccio, Comsewogue, C, Sr.: Excellent all-around catcher will attend New Haven.

Billy Reidel, Glenn, C, Jr.: All-League selection who batted .340 with 25 RBI.

Mike Rizzitello, Connetquot, C, Sr.: Hit .358 with 21 runs scored and 18 RBI as a junior. Will attend Dowling College.

Kevin Roach, MacArthur, P, Sr.: Will be counted on to compliment Joe Chiaramonte in starting rotation that can win county title.

Alex Robinson, Holy Trinity, Sr., P: Big lefty with a 90-plus fastball, who threw a no-hitter against St. Anthony’s while striking out 17. He was 6-1 with 70 strikeouts in 40 innings and an ERA of 1.40. He will play at University of Maryland.

Billy Rombauts, East Islip, OF, Jr.: He hit .340 with 17 RBI and will be a key to the Redmen running to the Suffolk League III title.

Anthony Rosati, Holy Trinity, P, Sr.: Powerful righthander transferred from St. John the Baptist and sat out his junior year. Working with former major leaguer Neal Heaton, has command of a 90-plus fastball, changeup and a curveball. He will play at St. John’s University.

C.J. Schildt, Hauppauge, P, Sr.: He’ll be the staff ace after a 6-3 junior campaign with two saves and a 2.75 ERA. He also batted .427 with 35 hits and 20 RBI.

Noah Shullman, Bellmore JFK, SS, Sr.: One of county leaders with .575 average and seven home runs.

Joey Schultheis, Bethpage, P, Sr.: Hit .439 with 22 RBI and two home runs as a junior.

Justin Schwartz, West Babylon, P, Sr.: In Eagles starting rotation since he was a freshman, Was 5-1 last year, including shut out over Hills West.

Joe Siringo, Oyster Bay, P, Sr.: The hard-throwing righty pitched in back-to-back Long Island Class B championships. The Newsday All-Long Island second teamer struck out 153 batters in 74 innings and has a 15-1 overall record over two years. He is headed to Sacred Heart.

Ken Skon, Lindenhurst, 1B, Sr.: He batted .508 with 24 RBI, 23 runs scored as a junior. The big hitter can hit for power to all fields.

Dan Smith, Miller Place, 1B, Sr.: Led Long Island with 9 home runs and batted .476 as a junior.

Harry Smith, Carey, CF, Sr.: He had four home runs and 21 RBI and a .361 average as a junior.

Stephen Stafford, Plainview JFK, P, Sr.: Had a 4-1 record with a 2.13 ERA and opponents only hit .167 against him.

Luke Stampfl, Hills West, P, Jr.: He had an unreal sophomore year batting .506. He added a 1.70 ERA on the hill – major prospect.

Christian Stancavage, West Islip, P, Sr.: Had a 4-3 record, and all three losses were by one run. The three-year starter had a 2.15 ERA.

Dylan Steigerwald, St. John the Baptist, SS, Jr.: Smooth middle infielder, with excellent range and strong arm. A defensive delight.

Anthony Tesoriero, East Rockaway, 3B, Sr.: He struck out 35 in 35 innings and added a .340 batting average with 10 RBI and 19 runs scored.

Tyler Theiss, Deer Park, C, Soph.: Batted .476 with 15 doubles and 23 RBI for Falcons. Cannon for an arm behind the dish.

Dominic Torres, Uniondale, C, Sr.: All-County selection who batted .450 with 27 RBI as a junior.

Chris Tracz, Plainview JFK, C, Soph.: A lefthanded hitting catcher with tremendous power. Rifle arm and excellent receiving skills. A D-I prospect.

Frank Trimarco, Calhoun, P, Sr.: All-County selection who had a 6-1 pitching record as a junior.

Ricardo Tross, Elmont, 2B, Sr.: He had a 5-2 record last season with a 2.97 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 31 innings.

Chris Trotta, Seaford, 3B, Sr.: Three-year starter, who had 20 RBI, 27 hits, 15 runs scored and a .422 average.

Vin Valela, Lindenhurst, 2B, Sr.: Sweet lefty swing, who batted .423 with an on base percentage of .555.

Danny Vargas, Deer Park, C, Soph.: Pure hitter with power to all fields. Moved to Deer Park via Brooklyn. Watch out for this great athlete with all five tools.

Tom Viverito, Calhoun, OF, Sr.: Sweet swinging outfielder, that hit .400 and added a 5-0 pitching record.

Matt Vogel, Patchogue-Medford, P, Jr.: Pre-season All America selection and Newsday first team All-Long Island. Righty with 90-plus fastball and full repertoire, who had a 9-1 record and 0. 34 ERA as a sophomore. Struck out 103 batters in 61 innings. Early verbal commit to Division I powerhouse South Carolina.

Max Watt, Babylon, P, Sr.: Righty Max Watt, who was 5-3 with 4 saves and a 1.98 ERA and had 69 strikeouts in 57 innings.

Craig Weber, Mineola, OF, Jr.: He had 24 hits, a .421 average and 15 RBI. Two-time All-Conference selection.

Alex Weingarten, Lynbrook, P, Sr.: All-Conference selection who was 5-2 with a 1.20 ERA. He went a stretch of 28 innings without giving up an earned run, including a 14 strikeout game against Lawrence. He finished the season with 66 strikeouts in 52 innings.

Greg Weissert, Bay Shore, P, Jr.: Marauders top pitcher with command of four pitches and mid 80’s fastball. Versatile athlete.

Greg Welch, Wantagh, OF, Sr.: He batted .422 and struck out an average of 1.5 batters per inning for the Warriors.

Brad Witkowski, Lindenhurst, SS, Jr.: Had a 5-1 record as a sophomore with a 1.28 ERA and a 0.96 whip. The staff ace for sure.

Steve Woods, Hills East, P, Jr.: He batted .362 as a sophomore but his contributions came on the mound with 23 strikeouts in 18 innings. 

Think a baseball player from your school is deserving? Email Gregg Sarra at gsarra@cablevision.com. Don't forget to 'catch' a list of the Top 25 catchers on Long Island, coming this Easter weekend.


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