Santos Signs with Astros

Mount St. Michael Academy graduate Alex Santos signed with the Houston Astros over the weekend.

Santos told Catholic New York he was planning to sign after being selected with the 72nd overall pick and first pick for the Astros in the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft.

The Houston Chronicle reported his signing bonus being $1.25 million, which is more than the $870,700 allotted by Major League Baseball for the 72nd pick of this year’s draft He will receive $100,000 of his bonus this year and the remainder of his bonus in 2021 and 2022.

The Bronx resident had signed a National Letter of Intent to pitch for the University of Maryland if he chose not to sign with the Astros.

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Astros Draft Santos

Mount St. Michael Academy pitcher Alex Santos was drafted with the final pick of the second round of the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft by the Houston Astros.

The Astros received the second-round compensation pick when the New York Yankees signed Gerrit Cole to a free agent deal.

Santos, who lives in the Bronx, was ranked 56th in the Major League Baseball ratings entering the draft. He was one of the top high school seniors in the country and had signed a National Letter of Intent to play in 2020-2021 at the University of Maryland.

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PHOTO: Alex Santos, center, stands in a photo with Mount St. Michael teammates. PHOTO COURTESY OF MOUNT ST. MICHAEL ACADEMY

Draft Night for Santos?

Mount St. Michael Academy senior pitcher Alex Santos is one of the top high school seniors in the nation and could be selected in the first five rounds of the draft.

The first round of the draft is tonight and the final four rounds is scheduled for Thursday. Last month, Major League Baseball announced its annual draft will consist of only five rounds in 2020 instead of 40 rounds in previous drafts.

Santos is projected in mock drafts and publications to be selected in this year’s draft in baseball publications and scouting reports. If he’s drafted, Santos has the option of signing a professional contract or playing baseball at the University of Maryland. If Santos is not drafted, he has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Maryland and will have to play three seasons in college before he’s eligible to be drafted again.

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ABOVE: Alex Santos stands for a photo with Derek Jeter at a camp in Florida in 2019. COURTESY PHOTO

Instruction: Pitching Delivery

Are you looking to fine-tune your pitching delivery as you prepare for your next baseball season?

Baseball Miracles, which brings baseball to children in under-served communities in the United States and around the world, has put together a series of instructional baseball videos.

Brian Sweeney, bullpen coach for the Cleveland Indians and instructor with Baseball Miracles, shares his thoughts on the pitching delivery.

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Bernie Williams Show Postponed

Former New York Yankees great Bernie Williams is ill and his show scheduled for tonight at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture has been postponed.

Williams and the Sheen Center are working out the details to reschedule the show.

Individuals with tickets may request a refund now or hold their tickets until the show is rescheduled. When the show is rescheduled, individuals with tickets can choose to attend the show or ask for a refund.

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Bernie Williams at Sheen Center

An Intimate Evening with Bernie Williams will be presented at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in Manhattan on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.

The former Yankees outfielder, who received a Latin Grammy nomination for “Moving Forward,” will perform as well as be interviewed by Michael Kay, Yankees YES Network broadcaster and host of the Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York Radio 98.7 FM, about his careers in baseball and music.

Tickets range from $45 to $65. A $95 VIP ticket includes a meet and greet with Williams before the show.

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Garay Wins Title With Cyclones

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School graduate Gavin Garay and the Brooklyn Cyclones captured the New York-Penn League championship with a 4-3 victory over the visiting Lowell Spinners on Tuesday night.

Trailing 3-2, the Cyclones scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to win the game.

Garay, 22, hit .253 with five doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI in his third season of professional baseball. He was a 26th round pick of the New York Mets in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft.

The Cyclones are a Class A short-season affiliate of the Mets, and the Spinners are a Class A short-season affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.


CHSAA Matchup in NY-Penn Playoffs

Iona Prep graduate Joe LaSorsa and John F. Kennedy Catholic graduate Gavin Garay are meeting as LaSorsa’s Hudson Valley Renegades and Garay’s Brooklyn Cyclones are competing in a New York-Penn League playoff semifinal.

Game 2 of the best-of-three series is tonight in Brooklyn with the Renegades leading the series, 1-0.

LaSorsa, an 18th-round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft, earned a spot in last month’s NY-Penn League All-Star Game. He’s 5-3 with a 2.23 earned run average for the Renegades, the Class A short-season affiliate of the Rays.

Garay, a 26th-round pick of the Mets in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft, is hitting .253 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 31 games for the Cyclones, a Class A short-season affiliate of the Mets.

Game 3, if necessary, will be in Brooklyn on Friday.

Moran vs. Moran?

Iona Prep graduate Brian Moran earned his first promotion to the major leagues when he was called up by the Miami Marlins on Tuesday as rosters expanded for the month of September.

The left-handed pitcher is waiting for his first action with the Marlins, which may come tonight in Pittsburgh against his younger brother and Iona Prep graduate Colin.

Brian Moran, 30, was 2-3 with a 3.15 earned run average for New Orleans, the Class AAA affiliate of the Marlins in the Pacific Coast League. In 60 innings, he allowed 21 earned runs on 45 hits and struck out 77.

Colin Moran, a former first-round pick of the Marlins before being dealt to the Astros and Pirates, is hitting .286 with 13 home runs and 77 RBIs. The 26 year old is the third baseman for the Pirates.

The Morans, who both played at the University of North Carolina, are the nephews of former major leaguers Rich and B.J. Surhoff.