Alex Robinson Named Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year

05/30/2012, 8:00am (EDT)
By Press Release
Alex Robinson

Holy Trinity High School’s Alex Robinson has been named the 2011-2012 Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year for New York State.

The “Gatorade Player of the Year” award is given to athletes who show athletic excellence. academic achievement, and exemplary character. The award seeks to honor America’s elite high school athletes who show those characteristics.

Alex will be attending the University of Maryland in the Fall.

Alex Robinson
Holy Trinity’s Alex Robinson was named 2011-2012 Gatorate State Baseball Player of the Year

Memorial Weekend and Baseball

05/28/2012, 9:22pm (EDT)
By Jeff Noreman (photos by Jeff Noreman)

Memorial Day weekend activities vary, but nearly everyone’s weekend includes the outdoors, local community events, and baseball. And so it was on Sunday at Heritage Park, built on the site of the old Yankee Stadium.

The main event was a game organized by Cesar Presbott, Area Scout for the New York Yankees. It featured a team of players selected by Presbott as a pre-draft game, to allow several scouts to get a look at some local talent. Presbott’s team was managed by Baruch College Head Coach Jose Torres. Their opponents were the very talented Bronx-based Macombs Cyclones, coached by the dynamic Gabriel Barcacel.

As the field was made ready from the early morning rains, Presbott (through his Cesar Presbott Foundation) donated hundreds of baseballs to a number of local teams. A contender for the local State Senate district, Manny Tavares, told the crowd about one of his goals being to support local sports, primarily baseball. Additionally, Tavares and Presbott both spoke of their desire to get Major League Baseball to put a baseball academy in the Bronx. There are dozens of academies located internationally, and four currently active or under construction in the U.S.

After the speeches, it was time for baseball. The Cyclones players were mostly Bronx residents, and Presbott invited ballplayers he wished to see from Long Island, New York City, Westchester, and New Jersey who play in high school or colleges. Colleges such as Adelphi, Baruch, Colby, UVA, Wallace, Westchester Community, and high schools like Millville, Pennsauken, Plainview JFK, St. Dominic were represented among the players.

The final score of the game will not be recorded anywhere. But notes were taken about a number of players on the field, who will be “followed” and perhaps called back for further review by some major league baseball clubs. It’s another step towards fulfilling a ballplayer’s dreams.

Photos from this event are available here.

USA Baseball National Team Identification Series Tryout Dates Announced

05/28/2012, 11:11am (EDT)
By USA Baseball & Brandon Kurz – North Atlantic Regional Coordinator, Photo by Ellen Schuerger

Team North Atlantic Will Compete At The USA Baseball NTIS Regional Championship in Cary, N.C. with the opportunity to play for their country.

• 2012 NTIS women’s division general/registration information
• 2011 NTIS information | 2010 NTIS information | 2009 NTIS information

The 2012 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) will consist of three separate age groups — 17U, 16U, and 14U. For the first time ever, USA Baseball will be adding a women’s division to the NTIS which will feature a total of 60 players. The 17U and 16U events will be held Aug. 23-26, 2012, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. The 14U and women’s events will be held Sept. 6-9, 2012, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex and adjoining Thomas Brooks Park, respectively.

The three age groups (17U, 16U, 14U) within the 2012 event will be divided based on 2013 National Team and National Team Development Program (18U NT, 17U NTDP, 15U NT) aspirations. The women’s division will consist of 16U players who have future Women’s National Team aspirations. As per international guidelines, players competing in the NTIS in the three age groups and women’s division must conform to the following:

• 2012 17U NTIS: born on or after Jan. 1, 1995, for the 2013 18U NT
• 2012 16U NTIS: born on or after Jan. 1, 1996, for the 2013 17U NTDP
• 2012 14U NTIS: born on or after Jan. 1, 1998, for the 2013 15U NT
• 2012 Women’s 16U NTIS: born on or after Jan. 1, 1996, for the 2013 WNT

From the three age groups, USA Baseball will name a minimum of eight players to the 2013 18U National Team Trials; a minimum of eight players to the 2013 17U National Team Development Program (17U NTDP); and a minimum of 16 players to the 2013 15U National Team Trials.

Roster spots for the women’s division of the NTIS will be filled via open registration. Players will be divided into four teams following the onsite skills evaluation. Each team will play a total of four seven-inning games over the course of the event, with the first game for each team being a coach pitched simulation game. A minimum of 3 age eligible players will earn an invitation to the 2013 USA Baseball Women’s International Friendship Series.

Activities for the 17U and 16U event will start on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 23, and will be scheduled to finish by mid-day on Sunday, Aug. 26. 14U and Women’s NTIS activities will begin Thursday afternoon, Sept. 6, and will conclude by mid-day on Sunday Sept. 9. Each team within the 17U, 16U and 14U age groups will play a total of three nine-inning games. Programming for all age groups will also include USA Baseball instruction. The NTIS will present all participating athletes with great national exposure as well as an opportunity to develop their skills through an unparalleled baseball experience.

Of the participating organizations in the event, 15 of the 16 teams within each age group will be organized on a “regionalized club team” basis, similar to the USA Baseball Championship events (formerly known at the USA Junior Olympic Baseball Championships). Existing baseball programs which have previously entered teams into the USA Baseball Championships and the 2009 and 2010 NTIS have been selected to fill these slots with entry fees defraying some of the costs of the event and the 2013 USA Baseball 18U, 17U NTDP and 15U National Teams. As with the USA Baseball Championships, these various baseball programs will be responsible for identifying and selecting 18-player teams which will participate in the event.

Similar to the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars, USA Baseball will select one of the 16 teams within each age group — as “at-large teams.” USA Baseball will rely on its National Member Organizations, existing events and other entities, as well as its established athlete database to identify players for the USA Baseball at-large team in each age group (three total). As part of this initiative, USA Baseball will encourage the inclusion of all athletes when filling roster spots for the at-large teams.

NTIS Features:

• Identification opportunity for the 2013 USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials; all players must be born 1995 or later.
• Identification opportunity for the 2013 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program; all players must be born 1996 or later.
• Primary identification opportunity for the 2013 USA Baseball 15U National Team Trials; all players must be born in 1998 or later.
• Identification opportunity for the 2013 USA Baseball International Women’s Friendship Series; all players must be born in 1996 or later
• Individual skills testing.
• 17U, 16U, and 14U teams will play three nine-inning games.
• Women’s teams will play four seven-inning games.
• To be announced guest speakers.
• Participants will receive a USA Baseball National Team Trials style uniform.
• College and university coaches and professional scouts will be in attendance.
• Event held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex — the home of Team USA.

NTIS Rules and Regulations:

Field dimensions for the USA Baseball NTIS are as follows:

17U: 60 foot mound, 90 foot bases
16U: 60 foot mound, 90 foot bases
14U: 60 foot mound, 90 foot bases*
Women’s: 54 foot mound, 80 foot bases
*14U field dimensions may vary at regional tryouts

Bat regulations for the NTIS and all regional tryouts can be found here.

NTIS Schedule*:

Men’s events: 17U and 16U

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012
12-6 p.m.: Player registration
7 p.m.: NTIS Symposium

Friday, Aug. 24, 2012
8 a.m.-9:30 p.m.: Individual skills testing/evaluation/games

Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012
8 a.m.-8 p.m.: Games

Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012
8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Games

*Schedule is tentative and is subject to change


Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012
12 p.m.-6 p.m.: Player registration
7 p.m.: NTIS Symposium

Friday, Sept. 7, 2012
8 a.m.-9:30 p.m.: Individual skills testing/evaluation/games

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012
8 a.m.-8 p.m.: Games

Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012
8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Games

*Schedule is tentative and is subject to change


Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012
12 p.m.-6 p.m.: Player registration
7 p.m.: NTIS Symposium

Friday, Sept. 7, 2012
8 a.m.-12 p.m.: Individual skills testing/evaluation
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Teams selected/equipment distribution
3 p.m.: Team meeting
4 p.m.: Warm up for simulated game
5 p.m.: Simulated game

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012
8 a.m.-8 p.m.: Games

Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012
8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Games

*Schedule is tentative and is subject to change

How to get involved:

Click Here To Enroll For the 2012 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series

For general information on the NTIS, please email

Matt Wasserman Will Attend Adelphi University

05/20/2012, 7:10am (EDT)
By Brandon Kurz

The Whalers would like to congratulate Matt Wasserman of Waldorf School of Garden City who has committed to attend Adelphi University this fall.

Matt who is a long time Whaler (from 16U – 18U) committed to Adelphi University on a significant academic scholarship with a guaranteed roster spot.

Matt is an outfielder with dangerous speed and baserunning abilities. He is an offensive catalyst who can spray the ball all over the field. Matt is also an outstanding centerfielder with a lot of range.

The Whalers would like to thank Matt and his parents Alvin and Joan for their participation in the Whalers program. We wish Matt the very best of luck in his baseball career at Adelphi University.

In 2013, it is the Whalers hope to sign him to one of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League teams owned by the Whalers organization, the New York Atlantics and Long Island Shamrocks.

Baseball Player Magazine Names Brian Bilello to BPM Top 100

05/13/2012, 10:42am (EDT)
By Brandon Kurz, Photos provided by the Bilello Family

Baseball Player Magazine is proud to name Brian Bilello of Lynbrook H.S. to Baseball Player Magazine’s Top 100 Players.

Brian, who is a standout catcher and graduates in 2012, made his parents, Al & Marjorie very proud when he committed to Concordia College during the early signing period.

Brian has received many accolades in the past three years earning All League in 2010 (as a sophomore), All Conference in 2011, and All County in 2012.

In 2011, Brian hit .419 with 3 homeruns and a whopping 29 RBI’s, while slugging .621 with a .569 on base percentage.

Most recently, Brian helped lead Lynbrook (2011 Record 10-10) passed New Hyde Park in the first round of the Nassau County playoffs by hitting a game winning double in the bottom of the 7th inning.

Baseball Player Magazine would like to wish Brian the best of luck for the remainder of his 2012 season as well as his future at Concordia College.

South Side’s David Hawley Named to BPM Top 100 Underclassmen

05/09/2012, 12:03pm (EDT)
By Brandon Kurz, Photo provided by the Hawley Family


Baseball Player Magazine is proud to name David Hawley of South Side High School to BPM’s 2012 Top 100 Underclassmen.

David, who lives in Rockville Centre and graduates in 2013, is one of Long Island’s top overall centerfielders. He broke the school record for putouts in a season during his sophomore year.

Hawley is also a superior offensive catalyst, hitting over .300 as a sophomore and leading his team in steals.

“This is the top centerfielder on Long Island or at least that I’ve seen. He can track it with anyone and he is one of the grittiest kids out there,” says his longtime travel coach and family friend Tom Steigerwald.

David and his parents Clyde and Beth are very proud that David was named Honorable Mention to the Pre-Season All American team by Perfect Game.

Baseball Player Magazine will be following David’s career and will check back in on him soon. We wish David the very best of luck.

Alex Katz of Herricks H.S. Named to BPM Top 100

05/05/2012, 7:15am (EDT)
By Brandon Kurz, Photo provided by the Katz family

Baseball Player Magazine is proud to name Alex Katz to the BPM Top 100. Alex is a left handed pitcher with a very live arm and who’s fastball reaches the low 90’s consistantly.

Alex attends Herricks H.S.  where he has averaged over two strikeouts per inning and he earned All League honors in 2011. Perfect Game has him rated the #15 overall prospect in New York State and one of the Top 500 prospects in the United States.

Alex made his parents Adrienne and Gary very proud in 2011 when he officially committed as an early signing to St. John’s University, one of the nation’s top programs.

Baseball Player Magazine would like to congratulate Alex on all of his accomplishments and wish him the best of luck at St. John’s and beyond.

Hamptons Collegiate Baseball Goes Mobile

05/04/2012, 3:21pm (EDT)

We are proud to announce the new Sport Ngin mobile app featuring Hamptons Collegiate Baseball team content, now available as a free download on the App Store!

Personal interaction between coaches, players, and fans are at the core of baseball. With this initial release of the Sport Ngin mobile app, we’ve gone to great lengths to leverage the mobile experience to encourage and enhance Hamptons Collegiate Baseball team communication and sharing. We’ve taken a fresh look at the communication challenges teams face, and designed an intuitive user experience that speaks directly to those challenges. The best part of all- each Hamptons Collegiate Baseball team web page automatically syncs all team data and content to the new mobile app!

Features include:

  • Follow all your favorite Hamptons Collegiate Baseball powered teams within a single app.
  • Keep up with the latest schedules, results, news and statistics.
  • Post team messages and announcements.
  • Share photos and videos right from the game!
  • Enjoy rosters and player profiles, complete with game-by-game statistics.
  • Comment on events, articles, photos and videos.
  • Current standings and team statistics.

The new mobile app is compatible with all Hamptons Collegiate Baseball. Access photos, videos, comments, stats and scores via Sport Ngin on the iPhone or iPod Touch. Go mobile with Hamptons Collegiate Baseball today!

After downloading the app- search by Team ID, which can be found on your team page!

Christian Lauchner Commits to New York Institute of Technology

04/30/2012, 7:58am (EDT)
By Kevin O’Keeffe

The Long Island Whalers are pleased to congratulate Christian Lauchner who committed to attend New York Institute of Technology this spring.

Christian is a senior outfielder/first baseman from Hauppauge H.S. that fell into the Whalers arms last fall at an open tryout. Christian was extremely impressive during the fall season and the same held true over the course of the winter workouts at Performance Factory in Farmingdale.

“Christian was in the cage religiously with the Performance Factory guys as well as attending every Whalers workout. The progress he made this past winter was evident,” said the Whalers Director of Player Development Kieran Black.

Christian was seen by New York Institute of Technology Bears coaches Chris Rojas and Lou Bernardi at the Whalers workouts. “Kieran (Black) lined up a visit and the rest was history. Christian is now headed for a Division I college baseball career,” said the Whalers owner Brandon Kurz.

The Whalers would like to thank Christian for his loyalty to the 18 White team and the Whalers Baseball program. He will move into the Whalers Hall of Fame upon his completion of the 2012 summer and his entrance into NYIT. We also hope to sign him up for our collegiate summer team, the Long Island Shamrocks for 2013.

Matt Crohan of Riverhead H.S. Named to BPM’s Top 100

Matt Crohan, one of the top two way (pitcher/position) players on Long Island, leads Riverhead.

04/30/2012, 7:31am (EDT)
By Brandon Kurz


Matthew Crohan, of Riverhead High School, has been named to Baseball Player Magazine’s Top 100 Players.

Matt who is still only a junior, is one of the top pitching prospects in New York State. He posted a whopping 1.75 E.R.A. in 2011. Meanwhile, Matt is also a highly regarded hitter and centerfielder. He hit .388 as as sophomore while patroling a solid outfield. Matt earned All League in 2011. On a more national level, Matt has pitched over 40 innings in Perfect Game events posting a 0.27 E.R.A.

Matt was also selected for the Pre-Season Perfect Game Honorable Mention All American Team as well as the Summer Rivalry Classic team in Bently Massachusetts.

The best part about Matt is that we still have another year to watch him progress. Baseball Player Magazine wishes Matt the best of luck in the 2012 season and beyond.

For a list of the other BPM Top 100 players, please purchase the BPM 2012 Spring Preview.