New York Summer League..Simone's Steady, Leroux Blasting Off, & Ferrer's First Start
The New York Collegiate Baseball League is beaming after this years MLB draft. It made league history and notice should be placed on this league based in upstate New York. Last year, there were 43 N.Y Collegiate League players drafted by MLB. In the 30 years of the leagues operations, that was the most ever seen. What happened in 2010? The league had 36 players drafted this year and the alumni list is looking more like a Major League book of stars. Tim Hudson of the Atlanta Braves was once a member of the league with the Hornell Dodgers, Houston Astros outfielder Hunter Pence was on the now Amsterdam Mohawks, and the perfect game pitcher of the Oakland A’s was once a Hornell Dodgers. Today, the New York Collegiate League is brewing a new batch of ball players. This is a new summer, new hopes for the same dreams prevail and the leagues momentum is once again at full flight.
One of the most exciting players in the league is Jason Simone. A junior out of Suny Cortland University has shown speed, run producing capabilities, and a discipline at the plate that hitters can only be reminded of but not exactly taught. Earlier this year as a Cortland Red Dragon, he had the 2nd best batting average on the team (.437), he had the most at bats (197), the most hits (86), the most triples (5), and fewest strike outs (7). To make matters more interesting he also stole 23 bases which was second best on the team. What’s most important is that he led his team to a 1st place finish in the SUNYAC conference. As a member of the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dogs in the N.Y Collegiate League, Jason Simone is batting .455 and has already stolen 4 bases in his first 5 games.
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With all the respect that Simone has been authenticating this year, a freshman catcher by the name of John Leroux who’s playing with the Albany Dutchmen this summer has started with an enlivened piece of stick. John Leroux leads the league outright with a .471 batting average, and his 3 homeruns and 10 RBI’s are clearly the strongest. With only 8 games into the summer, the horns and trumpets should not come out quite yet. This spring, in his collegiate debut with Northeastern University, Leroux played in 35 of the 55 games and he was in the top 4 on the team with a batting average of .299. There is still plenty of learning he must do as a receiver, and as an offensive threat, this summer may begin what can become a breakout season for the 6’1 210lbs catcher next year.
Another freshman in the league that started in style is pitcher Ryan Ferrrar. As member of the Watertown Wizards, he started his first game this summer. Despite it being a no decision, Ferrar saw 6.2 innings, scattered only 2 hits, struck out 5, without allowing an earned run. His only flaws were 3 walks. Ryan Ferrar started the year with VCU of the Colonial Athletic Association and noticeably toiled the grounds with a record of 4-5 and an ERA of 8.14. It will be interesting to see if Ferrer can redeem himself this summer. After all, that’s what this is for. Its how the good get better and the best blow away others. Summer baseball is underway.
By Adrian Nevarez
DFN Sports Staff Writer