08/23/2013 1:00 PM
Albany's Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina, front) and Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina, above) were both named the PGCBL Rising Stars Team. Photos courtesy Corey Mansfield/Broken Bat Blog
2013 PGCBL Rising Stars Team
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is pleased to announce its 2013 Rising Stars Team. The full list of selections can be viewed above.
The 30-player “all-star” squad, compiled by the league office, is limited to players that were listed as collegiate freshmen, redshirt freshman and high school seniors in 2013. Only redshirt freshmen no more than two years removed from their high school graduation were considered.
Divisional finals participants Albany, Amsterdam, Watertown and Elmira combined to account for 22 of the 30 selections. The Albany Dutchmen, winners of a franchise record 26 games, topped all 10 league teams with eight players named to the Rising Stars Team. Albany’s selections included infielders Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina), Tyler Orris (Millersville) and Matthew Dacey (Richmond 2013-14), designated hitter Joe Purritano (Dartmouth), outfielder Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) and pitchers Dylan Collett (Keene State), James Davitt (Bryant) and Thomas Belcher (Indiana).
Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) became the first player in league history to earn two-straight selections to the Rising Stars Team. Remillard, a two-time All-Star Game participant, was named to the Rising Stars Team last summer after leading the Dutchmen in nine different offensive categories as a Coastal Carolina pre-frosh. This year, the Cohoes, N.Y., native batted .296 with 48 hits, 24 runs scored, 16 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 44 regular season starts. Zach has amassed 100 hits in two summers with the Dutchmen.
Tyler Orris (Millersville) was one of the top all-around shortstops in the league. Orris paced all PGCBL shortstops in batting average (.315) and fielding percentage (.958). The New Cumberland, Pa., native banged out 46 hits in 47 games and he committed eight errors in 191 defensive chances. Tyler recorded 117 assists and took part in 14 double plays.
Matthew Dacey (Richmond 2013-14) won the PGCBL’s All-Star Game Home Run Derby. The slugging first baseman bashed eight total home runs over the course of the summer, six in the regular season and two in playoff games at Mohawk Valley and Amsterdam. Dacey, who redshirted in the spring at Michigan, appeared in all 48 of Albany’s regular season games. He drove in 31 runs, scored 27 runs, walked 23 times and totaled 17 extra-base hits in 41 total. Defensively, the Wyckoff, N.J., native accrued a .985 fielding percentage in 327 chances.
Joe Purritano (Dartmouth), the 2013 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, was one of three Albany players to hit at least .300. Purritano batted .301 over 28 contests for the Dutchmen and he averaged nearly a hit per game with 25 hits.
Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) was one of Albany’s top offensive weapons. The speedy center fielder led the Dutchmen in batting average (.342), hits (55), runs scored (31) and stolen bases (18). Marks tied for the team lead in sacrifice hits (seven) and he finished second in on-base percentage (.387). The Mountoursville, Pa., native started 40 games for the Dutchmen. The All-Star Game starter was a strong defensive center fielder, he recorded four outfield assists.
Dylan Collett (Keene State) completed the regular season as the PGCBL’s leader among qualifying pitchers with a 1.71 earned run average. Collett, who both started and relieved for the Dutchmen, appeared in 15 games overall. He went 3-1 with two saves and one complete game. The Albany, N.Y., native struck out 47 and walked 14 in 52.2 innings pitched. Opponents against Collett managed a meager .207 batting average. He threw Albany’s first and only complete game shutout of the season against Utica on July 25.
Like teammate Dylan Collett, James Davitt (Bryant) pitched both as a starter and reliever for the Dutch. Davitt was a winner of the PGCBL Pitcher of the Week Award during the regular season after tossing a two-hitter over seven innings against the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Davitt compiled a 2-1 record and a 2.36 earned run average over nine appearances. He struck out 40 batters in 45.2 innings and accrued a .234 opponents’ batting average. Most interestingly, Davitt pitched in the two longest games in PGCBL history against the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. The Wallingford, Conn., native started for Albany at Glens Falls on June 29 and allowed one run on two hits over seven innings in a contest that was eventually won by the Golden Eagles in 16 innings. On the final night of the regular season, the rising sophomore from Bryant came out of the Albany bullpen in the 11th inning against Glens Falls and he pitched six scoreless frames as the Dutchmen went on to defeat the Golden Eagles, 6-5, in 16 innings to capture the final playoff spot in the league.
Side-winding reliever Thomas Belcher (Indiana) was one of the most utilized pitchers in the PGCBL this summer. Belcher, who sat out with a redshirt at IU during the spring, appeared in 20 games for the Dutchmen during the regular season; he finished second in the league in games pitched. Belcher went 4-1 with four saves and a 2.03 earned run average and a .900 WHIP. The Jacksonville, Fla., native struck out 19 and walked seven in 26.2 innings pitched. Belcher carved out a 0.00 ERA in two playoff appearances against Mohawk Valley and Amsterdam. He pitched two scoreless innings in a 6-5 win at Mohawk Valley and then blanked Amsterdam for three frames to earn the victory in Game 2 of the divisional finals.
The league champion Amsterdam Mohawks boasted six selections to the Rising Stars squad. Outfielders Kyle Barrett (Kentucky) and Jordan Ebert (Auburn), infielder John Sansone (Florida State), designated hitter Dylan Smith (Auburn) and starting pitchers Matt Snyder (Temple 2013-14) and Trey Wingenter (Auburn) were all tapped for the Rising Stars Team.
Redshirt freshman Matt Snyder (Temple 2013-14) was a finalist for the PGCBL Pitcher of the Year award. Snyder, a two-year PGCBL veteran who pitched for Albany in 2012, was Amsterdam’s ace during the regular season. The Fulton-Montgomery Community College graduate went 5-0 with a 1.35 earned run average in nine regular season starts. The miserly southpaw conceded just seven earned runs in 46.2 innings and he struck out 43. Snyder was Amsterdam’s MVP during the league playoffs. He beat Albany in Game 1 of the divisional finals and then carried a shutout into the ninth in a Game 3 win over Elmira in the PGCBL Championship Series. Snyder yielded just one earned run in 15.0 postseason innings. He finished the summer with a 1.17 ERA and seven overall victories.
Trey Wingenter (Auburn) placed second among all PGCBL pitchers with 55 strikeouts during the regular season. Wingenter, a converted catcher in his third summer of pitching, averaged 10.46 strikeouts per nine innings in 10 regular season starts. He did not allow an earned run over six innings pitched in wins over playoff participants Newark and Elmira. Wingenter started Game 3 of Amsterdam’s divisional playoff series with Albany and pitched six strong innings to lift the Mohawks to a 9-4 victory.
Amsterdam designated hitter Dylan Smith (Auburn) was one of the top rmashers in the PGCBL. Smith tied for the league lead in RBI (34) and he slugged six home runs which tied for first among the Mohawks and second in the PGCBL. The 10.0 Perfect Game-rated prospect appeared in 35 regular season games for the Tribe. He batted .323 with 40 hits and 24 runs scored. Smith belted out 17 extra-base hits to compile a .556 slugging percentage. The Pinson, Ala., native homered twice in one game against the Cooperstown Hawkeyes on June 26 and then set a new PGCBL record with eight RBI in a single game against the Adirondack Trail Blazers on July 30.
Kyle Barrett (Kentucky) was Kentucky’s starting center fielder and lead-off hitter during the spring; he topped the ‘Cats in batting average and earned Southeastern Conference All-Freshman laurels. This summer, Barrett topped the Tribe line-up card and the team with 18 stolen bases. He finished second among all Amsterdam regulars with a .343 batting average and 47 hits. Barrett’s best regular season performance came in a 7-6 win over rival Glens Falls on July 17. The Douglasville, Ga., native reached base safely five times in five plate appearances. He went 4-for-4 with one walk, one RBI and one run scored. Defensively, Barrett was flawless in both center field and right field with a 1.000 fielding percentage in 51 total chances.
Jordan Ebert (Auburn), like teammate Kyle Barrett, was a Southeastern Conference starter as a true freshman during the spring. Ebert was Amsterdam’s starting left fielder. The Auburn product clubbed five home runs, drove in 27 runs total and batted .318 in 37 games. Ebert registered 41 hits, 29 runs, six doubles, six walks, six HBP, seven stolen bases, two sacrifice hits, two sacrifice flies and a .851 OPS rating. The Foley, Ala., native was one of Amsterdam’s key components in the divisional finals against Albany as he drove in four runs during the three-game series.
John Sansone (Florida State) was one of the top hitting shortstops in the league this summer behind Albany’s Tyler Orris (Millersville). Sansone, a 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates draft pick, batted .288 over 38 games with 36 hits, 23 RBI, 20 runs scored and three home runs. Twelve of Sansone’s 36 hits went for extra bases which translated to a .432 slugging percentage. The rising sophomore from Florida State compiled five RBI in the PGCBL Championship Series.
Western Division champion Watertown came in third with five Rising Stars selections – catcher Collin Theroux (Nevada), third baseman J.J. Wagner (Pacific), starting pitcher Joe Adel (South Florida) and relief pitchers Logan Grant (Creighton) and Cody Culp (Bellevue, Wash.).
Logan Grant (Creighton) was one of the top long relievers in the league. The Millersville-bound hurler posted a .0875 WHIP. Grant went 4-2 with two saves and a 1.97 earned run average over 19 appearances. He struck out 26 and walked five in 32.0 innings pitched. Opposing PGCBL hitters against the Brockville, Ont., native batted .204.
Cody Culp (Bellevue, Wash.) was the closer for the Western Division champions. When he pitched out of the Watertown bullpen, Culp racked up four saves and a 1.17 earned run average; he yielded just two earned runs in relief. Overall, the Anacortes, Wash., native struck out 22 and walked four in 19.1 innings. In his lone start against Utica on June 21 at Donovan Stadiium, Culp struck out eight batters in four frames.
Joe Adel (South Florida) ended the summer among the PGCBL’s regular season leaders in wins. The 6-foot-7 redshirt freshman from the BIG EAST went 5-2 with a 3.95 earned run average over eight starts. Adel won four-straight starts against four different opponents between June 20 and July 6. He earned winning decisions over Adirondack, Glens Falls, Newark and Elmira. His best start came against eventual league finalist Elmira on July 6. In the second game of a doubleheader, Adel spun six innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits; he walked none and struck out four in a 4-2 victory.
J.J. Wagner (Pacific) started at third base for the Rams after manning the hot corner for the Big West’s Pacific Tigers. The mustachioed Wagner finished second among all Watertown regulars in batting average (.293), hits (36) and RBI (21), third in stolen bases (six) and he was fourth in runs scored (22) and walks (18). The Stockton, Calif., native reached base safely 24 times via walk (18) or hit-by-pitch (six). He was one of just two Ram regulars to accrue an on-base percentage above .400 (.403).
Collin Theroux (Nevada) was one of three catchers on the Rising Stars Team. Theroux was a two-way threat for the Silver and Black. Defensively, he cut down 10 runners attempting to steal. At the plate, the San Mateo, Calif., native belted three home runs, drove in 14 runs altogether and he reached base safely via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch 40 times in 75 at-bats – 19 walks, 18 hits and three HBP. Theroux also was responsible for the first walk-off win of the season by any team when he plated teammate Trevor Marino (VCU) from third base on a a walk-off fielders’ choice in a 4-3 win over the Cooperstown Hawkeyes in 10 innings on June 23.
PGCBL Championship Series participant Elmira and divisional rival Adirondack each had three players chosen for the Rising Stars Team. Two-way threats Parker Curry (Samford) and Spencer Henderson (UC Davis) and starting pitcher Tommy Alexander (Old Dominion) represented the Pioneers while the Trail Blazers tapped were by catchers Dominic Fazio (High Point) and Bobby Slagle (Villanova) as well as outfielder Luke Emling (Villanova).
Parker Curry (Samford) was the starting shortstop and closer for Matt Burch’s Pioneers. Curry led all PGCBL batters with 12 sacrifice hits and he finished second in the league among pitchers with six saves. Curry, a PGCBL All-Star Game participant, was most effective on the mound. He went 3-2 with a 2.62 earned run average over 16 appearances. He struck out 18, walked four and held opponents to a .228 batting average in 24.0 innings pitched. In the league playoffs, Curry smashed a three-run home run in a 7-6, 14-inning victory at Watertown.
Spencer Henderson (UC Davis) was part of Elmira’s starting rotation and he saw time in the Dunn Field outfield. Offensively, Henderson tied a league single-season high with a 16-game hitting streak. He batted .329 over 21 games with 24 hits, 11 runs scored, 11 walks and 10 RBI. On the mound, the Big West Conference product struck out 18 and walked three in 26.0 innings as a starter. He earned wins over Newark and Watertown; he out-dueled fellow Big West Conference rookie Jake Jenkins (Pacific) of Watertown with a complete game effort in a 4-2 win on July 23.
Tommy Alexander (Old Dominion) was one of the league’s best pitchers in the first half of the season though an injury sidelined him for the remainder of the summer. Alexander started six games for the Pioneers and went 3-1 with a 2.00 earned run average. He averaged six innings per start and totaled 36.0 innings for the summer. Alexander struck out 16 and walked eight. He won three-straight decisions between June 25 and July 7 with victories over Newark (x2) and Cooperstown.
Adirondack slugger Luke Emling (Villanova) tied a PGCBL single-season record with 10 home runs; he became the first league hitter since 2011 to hit 10 home runs. Emling totaled 28 hits for the summer – 18 went for extra bases with 10 home runs and eight doubles. The Nottingham, Pa., native drove in 28 runs for the Trail Blazers and scored 26. The PGCBL All-Star Game selection hit a three-run home run in his first at-bat of the summer and clubbed the league’s first grand slam of the year one week later.
Catchers Bobby Slagle (Villanova) and Dominic Fazio (High Point) split time behind the plate for the Trail Blazers. Fazio, a former International Power Showcase participant, was second among all Adirondack hitters in home runs (five) and RBI (21). He averaged nearly a hit per game with 26 hits in 29 contests and he drew 15 walks. Defensively, he threw out seven runners attempting to steal. Slagle was one of three Adirondack swingers to finish the summer with a .300 batting average. The All-Star Game participant batted .305 with 25 hits in 25 games played, two home runs and seven RBI. More than 30-percent of Slagle’s hits were extra-base hits.
The Glens Falls Golden Eagles boated two Rising Stars in relief pitcher Matt Eckelman (Saint Louis) and second baseman Bryan Ramirez (UTPA). Eckelman pitched out of the bullpen of the Atlantic-10 tournament champion Saint Louis Billikens during the spring. This summer, he was unbeatable for the Golden Eagles. The Kansas City, Mo., native carved out a miniscule 0.38 earned run average over 17 appearances to go along with a .0972 WHIP and a .225 opponents’ batting average. Matt’s ERA was the lowest among any league pitcher with at least 10 appearances.
Bryan Ramirez (UTPA) played and started all 48 regular season games for the Green and Gold. Ramirez paced the Golden Eagles with 31 runs scored. He compiled 46 hits, 27 RBI, 26 walks, seven stolen bases, five sacrifice flies and a .359 on-base percentage. The Pharr, Texas, native ended what at the time was the longest game in PGCBL history with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 16th inning to defeat the Albany Dutchmen at East Field, on June 29.
Newark, Utica and Mohawk Valley each had one player chosen for the Rising Stars Team. Donald Frew (Young Harris) of the Pilots became just the third pitcher in PGCBL history to record a double-digit number of saves and first since 2011. Frew notched a league high 10 saves over 18 regular season appearances. The PGCBL All-Star Game selection struck out 16 batters in 18.0 innings and conceded just two extra-base hits.
Mohawk Valley’s Keegan Long (Saint Joseph’s, Ind.) finished the regular season third in the league in strikeouts (51) and fourth in earned run average (2.78). Long paced the DiamondDawgs in victories, strikeouts and opponents’ batting average (.234).The Edon, Ohio, native earned his place in league history on June 20 against the Utica Brewers. Long combined with teammate Tyler Bray (ULM) on a one-hit shutout that trumped a no-hitter from Utica’s Eric Brothers (Sioux Falls) in a 2-0 Mohawk Valley win.
Ryan Valdes (Florida State) was Utica’s lone representative on the Rising Stars Team. The Odessa, Fla., native logged a .419 on-base percentage with 29 hits and 21 walks in 36 games for the Brewers. Valdes batted .284 with two home runs, 15 RBI and 12 stolen bases. He recorded Utica’s first and only walk-off hit of the season in a 3-2 win over Adirondack on June 30. Defensively, the rising sophomore at Florida State topped all Utica outfielders with four asissts.
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