DeVito Assigned to Gulf Coast Braves

St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School graduate Ricky DeVito was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Braves, the short-season rookie league affiliate of the Atlanta Braves in the Gulf Coast League.

The Braves opened their 2019 season today at home against the Gulf Coast League Orioles.

DeVito was the eighth-round pick of the Atlanta Braves out of Seton Hall University.

LaSorsa Earns 1st Pro Win

Iona Prep graduate Joe LaSorsa picked up his first professional win in leading the Hudson Valley Renegades to a 5-1 New York-Penn League victory over the Aberdeen IronBirds at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill on Sunday.

LaSorsa allowed one hit and struck out two over three innings of relief. For the season, he has surrendered no earned runs on one hit and struck out four over five innings.

LaSorsa was the 18th round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft out of St. John’s University.


LaSorsa Perfect in Pro Debut

Iona Prep graduate Joe LaSosra pitched a perfect eighth inning in his pro debut for the Hudson Valley Renegades in a 7-3 New York-Penn League loss to the Vermont Lake Monsters in Burlington, Vermont, on Tuesday.

LaSorsa was selected in the 18th round of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, who assigned him to their Class A short-season affiliate in Hudson Valley.

LaSorsa pitched three seasons at St. John’s University before being drafted. He was 6-5 with a 1.66 earned run average in 2019.


LaSorsa Assigned to Renegades

Joe LaSorsa, a graduate of Iona Prep, was assigned by the Tampa Bay Rays to the Hudson Valley Renegades, a short-season Class A affiliate of the Rays in Dutchess County.

LaSorsa, a left-handed pitcher, was drafted in the 18th round by the Rays out of St. John’s University.

The Renegades open their season with a two-game series in Aberdeen tonight. The home opener is Sunday against the Lowell Spinners. On Monday, Cardinal Dolan will be in Fishkill for Catholic Education Night as Hudson Valley hosts Lowell.

Click here to read a Catholic New York story with information about Catholic Education Night and Cardinal Dolan’s upcoming visit to Dutchess Stadium.

Click here to learn more about LaSorsa, and the Renegades.

CHSAA Grads Drafted by MLB Clubs

Students who graduated from Catholic schools in the archdiocese have been selected in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft.

The following players have been selected:

8th round

Atlanta Braves — Ricky DeVito, Pitcher, Seton Hall University, of St. Joseph by-the-Sea graduate

18th round

Tampa Bay Rays — Joe LaSorsa, Pitcher, St. John’s University, Iona Prep graduate

MLB Draft Begins Tonight

The Major League Baseball Draft starts tonight with the first round and it’ll be interesting to see who is selected from the archdiocese.

One player to watch is Ricky DeVito, a junior pitcher from Seton Hall University who was the 2018 Big East Pitcher of the Year and an All-American. He also had a good summer in 2018 competing against college baseball’s top players in the Cape Cod Baseball League.

According to an MLB video, the graduate of St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School on Staten Island has a fastball that tops out at 94 miles per hour and he could be selected in the top five or six rounds of the draft.

Click here to see the video.

Cosgrove Earns Win

Msgr. Farrell High School graduate Tom Cosgrove was the winning pitcher for the Fort Wayne TinCaps in a 3-1 Midwest League victory over the Lake County Captains on Aug. 29.

Cosgrove, who pitched three seasons at Manhattan College, allowed one earned run and struck out four over six innings, improving his record to 3-6 with a 3.87 earned run average. In his last 17 innings, he’s surrendered two earned runs on 13 hits and struck out 22 for the Class A full-season affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

Cosgrove was a 12th-round pick of the Padres out of Manhattan College in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft.