Baseball Players Moving On and Update On Past Players
HERKIMER, NY - Herkimer sophomore baseball players have made plans for next year and made commitments to 4 year institutions next season. Nine players have made their commitment for next year and eight of them received baseball scholarship money. Five players will attend DI schools and four players will go the DII route. Sienna and Binghamton University are both coming of trips to the NCAA Regional after winning their conference tournaments. Three players head to Arkansas to help replace Kyle Schwartz a former General who graduated this season from Arkansas-PB after two years as a starting pitcher, including an impressive outing verse the University of Auburn.
- Ben Moxley: Sienna College, NY-NCAA DI-Scholarship
- Rob Hardy: Binghamton University, NY-NCAA DI-Scholarship
- Mike DeCarlo: Univ. of Arkansas PB, AR – NCAA DI-Scholarship
- Chris Burns III: Univ. of Arkansas PB, AR – NCAA DI-Scholarship
- Lonnie Cohen: Univ. of Arkansas PB, AR – NCAA DI
- Kyle Garrison: Adelphi, NY-NCAA DII Scholarship
- Nick Burch: Erskine College, SC-NCAA DII Scholarship
- Denis Lyman: Lee University, TN-NCAA DII Scholarship
- AJ Fabrizio: Erskine College, SC-NCAA DII Scholarship
Herkimer baseball players that moved on to four year schools last season had major impacts on their teams this past season. Joe Kuzia was named All Conference for the Big East after working as the closer for St. John's University. Kuzia worked 30+ innings before giving up his first earned run this season. Brandon Overstreet was named All Conference and All Region for Erskine College after working every day at shortstop. After not playing much his junior year, John LeClair exploded for Mansfield University finishing second in the conference in homeruns and runs batted in. Here is a look at what former Generals did this past season with their new school.
Brandon Overstreet: Erskine College, SC-NCAA DII-Scholarship; As a Junior made 2nd Team All Region and 1st team All Conference. Overstreet was tied for the team lead in home runs with 10, while hitting .348 with 15 doubles and 41 RBI's.
Joe Kuzia: St. Johns Univ, NY– NCAA DI–Scholarship; Was named by Baseball America as the #6 draft prospect in the Big East heading into junior year. Named 1st team All Conference as a junior led the league with 13 saves and has a 0.75 ERA, while finishing the regular season tied for fifth in the league with 27 appearances. The righty has 29 strikeouts and only nine walks, while also allowing just a .171 opponent batting average in 36.0 innings of work. Kuzia had eight saves in BIG EAST action.
Ryan Watson: Utica College, NY – NCAA DIII; Watson earned All Conference honorable-mention honors as a first basemen in his first season at Utica. He led the team in batting average (.341), RBIs (26), and on-base percentage (.431). He played in 26 games, while starting 25 and he recorded nine multi-hit outings. Watson went 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts this year and played a vital role in the field at first base where he finished with a fielding percentage of .989. He also led the team in era with 29.2 innings pitched and only gave up six walks.
Brent Baker: Cazenovia, NY – NCAA DIII; Played 31 games at shortstop and hit .250.
Gerald Iglesias: SUNYIT, NY – NCAA DIII; Played in 23 games and hit .278 with 5 doubles, helped team to 2nd place finish in conference tournament.
Dan Smith: Limestone College, SC-NCAA DII-Scholarship; Redshirted
Willie Gabay: Signed with Tampa Bay Rays 15th Round Pick; Is 2-2 in professional baseball with a 5.40 ERA over 36 innings, was injured in 2013 missed major time. Currently in High A for Tampa Bay.
Hassan Evans: Delaware State, DE – NCAA DI – Scholarship; Named #1 draft prospect in his conference by Baseball America heading into senior year. Finished off senior year playing in 33 games hitting .266 with 7 doubles, 2 homeruns, and 22 RBI’s. As a Junior hit .366 with 8 doubles, 3 triples and 29 RBI over 38 games played with 15 stolen bases.
Kyle Schwartz: Univ. of Arkansas PB , AR – NCAA DI-Scholarship Went 3-6 with a 4.98 ERA over 81 innings his senior year. Lost 2-1 at Auburn University worked 7.1 innings allowing no earned runs 3 hits, 6 strikeouts with 0 walks. As a Junior led team in innings pitched with 79.1 with a 3.74 ERA went 4-6 and was named conference pitcher of the week twice. Was listed in the conference preview by Baseball America and called a “bulldog” which describes him to perfection.
Luke Nethaway: St. Rose, NY – NCAA DII – Scholarship; As a Junior, Luke played in 31 games hitting .254 with 3 homeruns. His Sophomore year started 45 games with 6 doubles, 2 triples, 16 RBI’s and 6 stolen bases.
John LeClair: Mansfield University, PA – NCAA DII – Scholarship; Started 42 games his senior year and hit .321 with 6 doubles, 12 stolen bases and only one error. Hit 7 homeruns and had 43 RBI’s both tied for 2nd place in the conference. As a Junior made seven appearances for the Mountaineers … had a hit in eight at bats for a .125 batting average … scored a run in a win over Lincoln 3/27 … had an RBI in a win over Penn College 4/14 … drew a walk … had a putout and two assists.
Vinny Barbato: Brescia University, KY - NAIA; Played in 45 games his senior year and hit .248 with 4 doubles. As a Junior started in 21 games played in 31. Hit .234 with 4 doubles with 7 RBI and 3 SB as a junior.