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    2012 All-New York City baseball team

    by Dylan Butler on
    Thu, Jun 21, 2012 12:44 PM

    Updated Sun, Jun 24, 2012 10:49 PM
    2012 All-New York City baseball team
    Photo by Photo by Frank LoCascio

    FIRST TEAM

    PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    ANDREW VELAZQUEZ
    Fordham Prep, Sr. SS

    A five-tool, switch-hitting shortstop, Velazquez batted .482 this season with 17 RBIs and 33 runs, helping lead Fordham Prep to the CHSAA Class AA title game where they lost to rival Iona Prep. The 17-year-old was the first New York City player drafted this year, the first ever from Fordham Prep and highest draft pick in the CHSAA in a decade when he was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the seventh round. He signed a National Letter of Intent with Virginia Tech, but instead will begin his professional baseball career after signing with the D-Backs.

    ANDREW ZAPATA
    Poly Prep, Jr. P

    The flame-throwing righty proved he is the city’s best pitcher and he did so against the best teams and in the biggest games, beating George Washington and pitching a one-hitter in the NYSAISAA title game. With a fastball between 88-92 mph to compliment a cutter, slider and change, Zapata has drawn interest from Maryland, Kentucky, Stanford, Duke and Ole Miss.

    SEAN MCNAMARA
    Fordham Prep, Jr. P

    He doesn’t have a fastball that lights up a radar gun or have MLB scouts clamoring behind the cage at every start. But the 6-foot-3 junior right-hander owned the strike zone and the best teams in the CHSAA. McNamara tossed a complete-game, four-hitter against St. Joseph by the Sea to send the Rams into the CHSAA Class AA title game.

    CHRIS FALCONE
    St. Joseph by the Sea, Sr. P

    St. Joseph by the Sea coach Gordon Rugg called Falcone the “best lefty in the city,” and the Felician-bound southpaw didn’t disappoint. The four-year starter was 7-0 and gave up just three earned runs all year. Despite battling back spams in the postseason, Falcone pitched a complete-game, four-hit gem against Archbishop Molloy in CHSAA Class AA elimination game.

    MICHAEL SULLIVAN
    Tottenville, Sr. P

    The left-hander, who drew interest from Rutgers and St. John’s, was 6-0 during the regular season with a 0.19 earned run average, allowing just 15 hits and striking out 55 in 36 innings. His lone loss came in the playoffs, a 3-1 defeat to John Adams in the PSAL Class A quarterfinals. Sullivan also hit .459 with three home runs and 20 RBIs.

    KEVIN MARTIR
    Grand Street Campus, Sr. C

    A flat-out winner, Martir captured the CHSAA Class AA championship with Xaverian as a junior and helped lead Grand Street Campus to the PSAL Class A crown as a senior. The Maryland-bound catcher, who also split time at third base with Ernesto Lopez, hit .395 during the regular season, but exploded in the playoffs with a pair of home runs, two triples and eight RBIs.

    GERRY GONZALEZ
    Grand Street Campus, Sr. 1B

    One of the biggest reasons why Grand Street Campus captured the PSAL Class A title, the senior was as valuable as he was versatile. He hit .444 with a home run, five doubles and 16 RBIs and on the mound the LSU-Eunice-bound senior had three playoff wins, including a four-hitter against George Washington in the championship game at MCU Park.

    JEFFREY VALERA
    John Adams, Sr. 2B

    The Spartans weren’t supposed to win the Queens A West division title and few expected a deep postseason run. They accomplished both and while the pitching received much of the accolades, Valera played a huge role with his consistent and dangerous bat. The senior second baseman batted .469 and was second in the city with five triples.

    ERNESTO LOPEZ
    Grand Street Campus, Sr. 3B

    The senior third baseman/catcher was one of the most underrated and lethal hitters in the PSAL, winning the league’s triple crown with six home runs, 28 RBIs and a .610 batting average. Lopez crushed a solo home run at MCU Park – no small task – to help guide the Wolves to a 2-1 win over George Washington in the title game.

    BASAEL MCDONALD
    Grand Street Campus, Jr. OF

    Meet the PSAL’s version of Ricky Henderson. The junior center fielder batted .550 during the regular season and led the league with 28 runs scored and 41 stolen bases. McDonald, who is one of the top returning players in the PSAL, swiped four more bags in the postseason. If Grand Street repeats as PSAL champs, McDonald will be a big reason why.

    ALEXIS TORRES
    George Washington, Sr. OF

    He wasn’t a household name in the preseason, but by season’s end everyone knew who Torres was. The senior hit .471 during the regular season with three triples, two home runs, 18 RBIs and 20 runs scored. The New Mexico JUCO-bound Torres exploded in the playoffs with two homers and eight RBIs to guide the Trojans back to the PSAL Class A title game.

    HARRISON BADER
    Horace Mann, Sr. OF

    The senior center fielder, who has a gun for an arm and tremendous offensive punch, was a marked man in the Ivy League this year, but it didn’t stop Bader from having a big year. He initially verbally committed to the University of Pittsburgh last summer, but decommitted in April and chose Maryland, joining the Grand Street Campus duo of Kevin Martir and Jose Cuas.

    SECOND TEAM

    BRIAN RUSSELL
    St. Joseph by the Sea, Sr. P

    SHEA SPITZBARTH
    Moore Catholic, Sr. P

    CONNOR DOYLE
    Cardozo, Jr. P

    ANTHONY COLON
    St. Raymond, Sr. P

    NELSON RODRIGUEZ
    George Washington, Sr. C

    JACK SEXTON
    Fordham Prep, Sr. 1B

    MATT BOWERS
    St. Joseph by the Sea, Sr. 2B

    JOSE CUAS
    Grand Street Campus, Sr. SS

    ERIC KALMAN
    Xaverian, Sr. 3B

    CHRIS PITEO
    Archbishop Molloy, Jr. OF

    JOSH ALMOTE
    Long Island City, Sr. OF

    MIKE LEONE
    St. Joseph by the Sea, Sr. OF

    COACH OF THE YEAR
    MELVIN MARTINEZ
    Grand Street Campus

    After another empty trip to the PSAL Class A semifinals, Martinez was ready to call it quits last year, convinced he was the reason why the Wolves hadn’t reached their potential. His players talked him out of retirement and they all talked about how they won the elusive city title for Martinez, who couldn’t hold back the tears after 17 agonizing years of waiting.
     

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