Velazquez Hits 5th HR

Fordham Prep graduate Andrew Velazquez belted his fifth home run of the season for the Los Angeles Angels during an 11-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

Velaquez has five home runs in 200 at bats this year after having one home in his 197 career at bats prior to this season.

His 35 hits in 2022 have produced 22 runs scored, 20 RBI, six doubles and 10 stolen bases.

Velaquez and the Angels finish their series tonight with the White Sox before traveling to Houston for a series with the Astros that begins on Friday night.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SALT LAKE BEES

Santos Stellar in Outing

Mount St. Michael Academy graduate Alex Santos allowed one earned run over five innings during the Fayetteville Woodpeckers 6-1 loss to the Fredericksburg Nationals on Thursday night.

Santos gave up four hits and one walk for the High-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. He struck out four.

For the season, Santos is 0-4 with a 3.96 earned run average and 47 strikeouts in 38 ⅔ innings. In his last nine appearances, he’s given up 10 earned runs.

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.

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Strong Outing for Santos

Alex Santos struck out six over four innings for the Fayetteville Woodpeckers in a 9-5 victory over the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers.

The Mount St. Michael Academy graduate allowed no earned runs, three hits and one walk for the High-A affiliate of the Houston Astros.

Santos is 0-2 with a 3.90 earned run average in 2022. He has 36 strikeouts in 30 innings.

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.

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Velaquez Continues to Hit

Andrew Velazquez has a hit in nine of his last 10 games for the Los Angeles Angels.

The Fordham Prep graduate is 9 for 36 over his last 10 games for a .250 batting average. In Saturday’s 5-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics, Velazquez belted a two-run homer.

For the season, Velazquez is hitting .198 with two home runs, nine RBI, 14 runs scored and six stolen bases.

The Angels begin a six-game homestand on Tuesday with the opener of a three-game set against the Texas Rangers. The Angels will start a three-game series in the Bronx versus the New York Yankees on May 31.

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6-Game Hitting Streak for Velaquez

Andrew Velazquez has a hit in six consecutive games for the Los Angeles Angels entering tonight’s game with the Texas Rangers.

The Fordham Prep graduate is 6 for-22 over his last six games with a home run, three RBI, two runs scored and one stolen base.

For the season, he’s hitting .196 with 12 runs scored, one home run and five RBI.

The Angels claimed Velazquez off waivers from the New York Yankees following the 2021 season and started 2022 season with the Salt Lake Bees, the Class AAA affiliate of the Angels. The 27-year-old shortstop was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the seventh round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.

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Doubleheader at Dutchess Stadium

Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill will be the site of Catholic school baseball doubleheader on Friday, May 6.

Two CHSAA programs–John F. Kennedy Catholic Prep and Archbishop Stepinac– will meet at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m., two NYSPHSAA schools–Albertus Magnus and Our Lady of Lourdes–will compete.

Dutchess Stadium is the home of the Hudson Valley Renegades–the High A affiliate of the New York Yankees. 

Velazquez Joins Angels

Fordham Prep graduate Andrew Velazquez completed his first full week with the Los Angeles Angels after the Angels called him up to the major league club April 12 to replace injured shortstop David Fletcher.

Velazquez is 3 for 20 with a stolen base and RBI for the Angels. He was hitting .313 with the Salt Lake Bees, the Class AAA affiliate of the Angels.

Last season, Velazquez was called up by the New York Yankees in July to replace the injured Gleyber Torres and hit .224 with 11 runs scored, four doubles, one home run, six RBI and four stolen bases.

A seventh-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2012 draft, Velazquez returned briefly to the minors in September but was on the Yankees playoff roster, and started at shortstop in the wild-card game against the Boston Red Sox.

Fletcher is on the 10-day disabled list with a hip strain and is eligible to return on April 22.

The Angels (6-5) open a two-game series tonight in Houston.

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Velazquez Off to Good Start

Fordham Prep graduate Andrew Velazquez was making headlines in 2021 for his defensive gems and big hits in leading his hometown New York Yankees to the playoffs.

Velazquez was claimed off waivers during the offseason by the Los Angeles Angels and is starting the 2022 season with the Salt Lake Bees, the Class AAA affiliate of the Angels.

The 27 year old is hitting .313 with seven runs scored, three doubles, one home run and six RBI in his team’s first five games. He is 2 for 2 in stolen bases and has walked four times to give him a .450 on-base percentage.

Velazquez was called up by the Yankees in July 2021 to replace the injured Gleyber Torres and hit .224 with 11 runs scored, four doubles, one home run, six RBI and four stolen bases.

A seventh-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2012 draft, Velazquez returned briefly to the minors in September but was on the playoff roster, and started at shortstop in the wild-card game against the Boston Red Sox.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SALT LAKE BEES

Fordham Prep Grad in Salt Lake

Fordham Prep graduate Andrew Velazquez is starting the 2022 season with the Salt Lake Bees, the Class AAA affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels.

Velazquez was claimed on waivers by the Angels from the Yankees at the conclusion of the 2021 season. The Angels also picked up former Yankees utility player Tyler Wade, who is on the Angels roster, in a trade.

Velazquez, 27, was in spring training with the Angels where he was 5 for 20 with a home run, four RBI and two stolen bases.

In 2021, the shortstop became a fan favorite in the Bronx after being called up in July and hit .224 with four doubles, one triple, one home run, six RBI and four stolen bases.

Known for his defense and speed, Velazquez was drafted out of Fordham Prep by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the seventh round of the 2012 draft.

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STAC Congratulates Kaat

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