The Amsterdam Mohawks, proud members of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, have signed five outfielders for the 2012 season. The Mohawks outfield will consist of Maine’s Scott Heath and Brian Doran, Jeff Boehm from Kentucky, Wake Forest’s Evan Stephens and Ed Charlton from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Four of the five players are current collegiate freshmen and a fifth is a sophomore.
The veteran of the five-man outfield group is Evan Stephens (Wake Forest), a sophomore from Lexington, Ky. The first-year starter has been one of the top hitters for the Demon Deacons this spring with a .302 batting average, 43 hits, 39 runs scored, 16 RBI, 24 walks, 11 stolen bases and a .424 on-base percentage. Stephens leads Wake with eight sacrifice hits and he has played in 51 of Wake Forest’s 52 games. He missed most of his freshman season due to injury. Evan was an all-state and all-city honoree as a senior at Lexington Christian Academy. The 6-foot-3 left-handed hitter batted .460 as a senior with 25 RBI and led LCA to the Kentucky state tournament.
Ed Charlton (NJIT) is a freshman from Egg Harbor Township, N.J. He is the starting center fielder and leadoff hitter for the Highlanders of the Great West Conference. Charlton has played and started every game for NJIT as a freshman and he is among the team leaders in batting average (.319), hits (55), runs scored (35), doubles (13), runs batted in (27), total bases (75) and slugging percentage (.426). The rookie leads the team in thefts with 14 stolen bases on 17 attempts. He was accumulated 18 multi-hit games and earlier this season he registered a team high 15-game hitting streak. Prior to NJIT, Charlton was a 2011 Newark Star-Ledger All-State first team outfielder at St. Augustine Prep. He was chosen as the Area Player of the Year by the Press of Atlantic City and the Daily Journal. The three-time selection to the all-conference team led St. Augustine to the 2011 New Jersey Non-Public A championship.
Scott Heath (Maine) is a freshman from Westbrook, Maine. He was the 2011 Gatorade Maine High School Baseball Player of the Year and the 2011 Maine Sunday Telegram Baseball Player of the Year. Heath earned three all-state and all-conference selections (2009, 2010, 2011) over a four-year prep career. As a senior pitcher, he did not allow an earned run and went 5-0 with 42 strikeouts in 32.0 innings. The southpaw utility man is expected to play in the outfield and possibly pitch for the Mohawks. He underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of his senior season and just recently starting throwing off of the mound. This spring, Scott is Maine’s cleanup hitter and is batting .295 with one home run and 18 RBI.
Brian Doran (Maine) is a freshman from Ayr, Ontario. He was ranked as the fifth-best professional prospect in the Canadian Class of 2011 by the Canadian Baseball Network. The 6-foot-3 southpaw played in the 2010 Canada Cup for Team Ontario and was a member of the Canadian Junior National Team during a Fall Instructional Camp that was held in Orlando, Fla. Doran has a .266 batting average in his first season with Maine.
Jeff Boehm (Kentucky) is a freshman from Lansing, Ill. Boehm (pronounced BOW-hmm) is an outfielder and pitcher for the second nationally-ranked Wildcats. He has seen limited action on a veteran-heavy team this spring though he holds a .333 batting average (4-for-12) and has scored four runs. On the mound, Boehm has hold opponents to a .071 batting average and has struck out four in 3.2 innings. The Lansing, Ill., native was an all-state selection in 2011 by the Chicago Sun-Times. The Mount Carmel High School graduate is a product of the Chicago Catholic League. He launched 16 home runs over his final two varsity seasons and led his team to the Illinois 4A state semifinals in 2011.
NOTES: Taylor Lewis (2010) was the last Mohawk to come from the University of Maine. He was a 10th-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2011 MLB draft…Brian Doran is the first Canadian-born player to suit up for the Tribe since Ian Choy (Mississauga, Ont.) in 2009…Jeff Boehm hails from Lansing, Ill.; the same hometown that produced former Mohawks star Braden Kapteyn (2009)…Boehm will be joined in Amsterdam by UK teammates Sam Mahar and Taylor Martin…Stephens is one of several Demon Decons that will descend on the Carpet City this summer; the others are Connor Kaden and Matt Pirro…Ed Charlton’s collegiate teammates include former Mohawks Mark Leiter Jr. (2011) and Bryan Bleakley (2011).
The Amsterdam Mohawks open their 2012 season on Wed., June 6, against the Cooperstown Hawkeyes at historic Doubleday Field. The Mohawks play their home opener on Thurs., June 7, against the Albany Dutchmen. First pitch at Shuttleworth Park is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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