Alex Santos allowed no earned runs over four innings during the Fayetteville Woodpeckers’ 3-2 victory over the Charleston RiverDogs on Wednesday night.
The Mount St. Michael Academy graduate surrendered two hits and two walks, and struck out four for the Woodpeckers, the High A affiliate of the Houston Astros.
For the season, Santos is 0-2 with a 4.76 earned average.
Santos, 20, was the 72nd overall pick of the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft by the Astros, who received the compensation pick for the New York Yankees signing Gerrit Cole.
St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School graduate Ricky DeVito picked up his first victory of the season in leading the Greensboro Grasshoppers to a 4-3 victory over the Aberdeen IronBirds.
The Grasshoppers are a High-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
DeVito, who was the Big East Conference Pitcher of the Year while at Seton Hall, allowed an earned run on three hits and two walks over two innings. He struck out two.
For the season, DeVito is 1-1 with a 2.89 earned run average.
St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC) congratulated Jim Kaat for his election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kaat, a former pitcher and broadcaster, received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from St. Thomas Aquinas, where he was accompanied by his wife, Margie.
Kaat won 283 games, 16 consecutive Gold Gloves, and posted a 3.45 earned run average over 25 seasons before broadcasting Yankees games for the Madison Square Garden and YES networks.
“We congratulate 2019 STAC Honorary Degree recipient Jim Kaat on his well-deserved election to the Baseball Hall of Fame,” said Ken Daly, president of St. Thomas Aquinas. “Mr. Kaat’s incredible 25-year playing career provides a shining example of perseverance and durability for our STAC Spartan baseball and softball teams, while Mr. Kaat serves as a role model to all STAC students for his work ethic and commitment to excellence. We look forward to inviting Mr. Kaat back to campus so that our students and the STAC community can congratulate him and celebrate in person.”
PHOTO OF JIM AND MARGIE KAAT COURTESY OF ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
Four more John F. Kennedy Catholic Preparatory seniors signed to play baseball in college, the school announced.
Left-handed pitcher Louis Marinaro of Croton is heading to St. John’s University, and Nick Mazzotta of Katonah will play at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Ryan Boyd of Millwood and Eddie Galvao of Yorktown Heights will compete for Utica College and Skidmore College, respectively.
Eight Kennedy Catholic seniors have announced they will play baseball in college. All eight were members of the 2020 Kennedy Catholic team that lost in the CHSAA City Championship game to St. Joseph by-the-Sea.
Our Lady of Lourdes High School senior Ryan VanDeWater signed a National Letter of Intent Nov. 23 to play baseball at the University of Connecticut.
The Hyde Park resident grew up playing in the Hyde Park Little League and with The Bronx Bombers travel baseball program. He pitched and played first base at Lourdes, and chose UConn after receiving offers from Georgetown, St. Thomas Aquinas and Pace.
VanDeWater plans to major in financial risk management at UConn.
“I plan to play the game of baseball as long as I possibly can,” he said. “If that takes me to professional baseball, I plan on playing at the highest level that I can. Eventually, when the game passes me by as a player, I hope to teach and instruct younger players in their pursuit of excellence in the game of baseball.”
PHOTO COURTESY OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES HIGH SCHOOL
The New York Yankees recalled Fordham Prep graduate Andrew Velazquez from Scranton for the final two games of the regular and he’ll likely remain on the roster through the American League Division Series with infielders Luke Voit and D.J. LeMahieu being placed on the injured list in the final days of the regular season.
The Yankees play the Boston Red Sox in the American League wild-card game in Boston on Tuesday night with the winner facing the Tampa Bay Rays in the divisional series. New York just swept Boston at Fenway Sept. 24-26.
LeMahieu was placed on the 10-day injured list and can return for the American League Championship Series if the Yankees advance to that round. Voit is done for the season.
The Yankees closed the season with six infielders, including Tyler Wade and Velazquez. Wade is used as a defensive replacement on the infield, pinch runner and also is the team’s fourth outfielder with Giancarlo Stanton being used as the designated hitter. Velazquez adds speed and defense to the roster.
Velazquez finished the regular season with a .224 batting average, one home run, six RBI, 11 runs scored and four stolen bases. The 27 year old had two hits in his final 14 plate appearances with the Yankees this season.
Matt Mikulski, a former player at John F. Kennedy Catholic in Somers and Fordham University in the Bronx, was selected by the San Francisco Giants with the 50th overall pick in the second round of the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft.
Mikulski pitched four seasons at Fordham, finishing with a 21-12 record and a 3.17 earned run average.
It was after his sophomore season that his career reached new levels. He pitched in the summer of 2019 for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League, going 1-1 with a 1.86 ERA and earning a spot in the league’s all-star game.
In a shortened junior season due to Covid-19 in 2020, he was 2-1 with a 1.29 ERA at Fordham. As a senior, he was 9-0 with a 1.45 ERA, allowing 11 earned runs on 29 hits and striking out 124 in 68 ⅓ innings.
Iona Prep graduates Anthony DeFabbia and Samuel Bello are both spending their summer competing in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
The Cape Cod Baseball League is considered the top collegiate wooden baseball league in the nation with many of its players later competing in Major League Baseball.
DeFabbia is playing for the Falmouth Commodores and has a 1-0 record with a 1.00 earned run average and 10 strikeouts in nine innings. He will be entering his sophomore year at Stetson University in Florida.
Bello earned a save for the Brewster Whitecaps by allownng no runs and no hits in one inning of work during a 2-0 victory over Cotuit. He will be a junior at the University of Maryland.
Mount St. Michael Academy graduate Alex Santos was assigned last week to the Fayetteville Woodpeckers by the Houston Astros.
The 2019 second-round picks of the Astros is 0-1 with a 4.91 earned run average. He’s pitched in two games, one as a starter, and has allowed two earned runs and struck out five in 3 2/3 innings.
COURTESY PHOTO/ALEX SANTOS
The Archbishop Stepinac High School varsity baseball team raised over $8,500 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s vs. Cancer campaign to defeat childhood cancer.
“Our team not only exceeded its goal of $5,000 but also placed first among the regional schools that participated,” Stepinac coach Keith Richardson. “We are ecstatic with the results that were made possible by the generosity of the Stepinac family comprising friends, family and fans and the community service spirit of the student athletes who mobilized for this great cause.”
The campaign funds are being used to help child life programs at local hospitals, assist families dealing with a pediatric brain tumor diagnosis and conduct research to cure pediatric brain tumors.
New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital’s pediatric oncology unit received a portion of the funds raised by the Crusaders.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ARCHBISHOP STEPINAC HIGH SCHOOL