Players Perform – June 2010

June 20, 2010

It is now Mid-June and well in to the second half of the baseball season. Following players stats a little bit and talking to parents, I have received updates on how many players that come through We Drop Bombs are progressing.

For the 9 year old’s, Ryan Graham is hitting a solid .650 going 39 for 60 with 6 doubles and 11 triples. Matt Christopher is 31 for 57, hitting .544. Cole Shontz is 23 for 47 making his avg .489 John Adams has a .391 batting average with 5 doubles. Jonah Mikulski is currently at the .385 mark with 2 doubles.

Ryan Feig of Columbus, NJ is an impressive 63 for 106 on the season with a .594 average. He has 14 doubles, 4 triples and a home run. Ryan also carries 22 walks with him.

In a total of 26 games, Garrett Carella is 36 for 62 on the season. These stats are combined from 3 teams he has played on. His average is at .580. He has 18 doubles and 2 triples. He also has 16 walks.

EJ Mangione plays a filthy 2nd base and catches behind the plate with ease. His hitting has improved tremendously this season. He has shown an increase of power driving the ball over 200 feet. His batting average remains near .400 while playing for the 9 year old Arsenal squad.
10 year old Kyle Quagliero is 46 for 105 in the 2010 season combined with two teams. He has 38 RBI’s, 9 doubles, 3 triples and 1 home run.

Tripp Miller is now 35 for 70 with a .500 avg and 7 doubles. On the same team Tim Schroeder is 24 for 66 putting his avg at .364

For the 12 year old Medford Renegades Zach Amisano is at .342 with a home run while teammate Ryan Bailey is hitting .350 with a home run. Teammate Jake Guertin is hitting .494 with 8 doubles and 10 home runs. Tucker Byrne is at .302 with 3 doubles, a triple and 3 home runs.

12 yrd old John DeSantis from Southampton has 10 home runs on the season and is hitting over the .500 mark. On the same team Cole Bowman is hitting .333. Devon Gilbert is at .435 with 3 doubles and a home run. Conner Klein is hitting near the .400 mark with 4 doubles and about 10 home runs on the year. Garrett Merski is at .378 with 3 doubles and a home run. Andrew warren is hitting .312 with 4 home runs.
Andrew Cannuli of Moorestown has a smashed a fair amount of doubles and planted quite a few bombs over the fence this season…but nothing will be comparable to his outstanding performance on June 19th in a tournament against GVAA. Andrew stepped to the plate three times and launched back to back to back home runs. His first 3 home run game of his career. His swing has become quite powerful for being one of the smallest guys on his team as he is maximizing his power with near perfect mechanics.

12 year old Matt Hare is reporting 2-3 times better stats this season than last season.
13 year old Chase Bromley is 26 for 60 placing his average at .433 and 13 year old Ryan Lange for Medford Old School is now hitting .327. Alex Gambino, playing for Pro-Skills is now hitting over the .600 mark while pounding doubles in to the gaps with ease.

Eric Frain had a .402 batting average for Archbishop Ryan of Philadelphia. He collected 7 doubles, 3 triples and 1 home run. He was named 1st Team All Philadelphia Catholic League at Shortstop. He was selected as a Carpenter Cup Selection and was named one of the top Shortstops in Southeastern Pa. Also awarded “Most Versatile Player” of 2010 by Coaches

Slugging Away for Southampton

May 15, 2010

Matt Christopher of Southampton, NJ started his training prior to the 2009 season and continues to work at it every week with Al. After just a few sessions, Matt caught on and started slugging the ball with authority to deep parts of the park. Shortly later he slammed his first home run of the season followed by another and another and another. In 2009, Matt (8 yrs old) blasted 16 home runs from spring through fall. Just as 2009 was successful, 2010 is starting off on a hot note. Matt’s team, the 9 year old Southampton Warriors, traveled to Cal Ripken stadium the weekend of May 1st. The tournament consisted of 12 teams. Over the course of the weekend, their record was 6-0. Their team record is now 11-1. On this team Matt is 21 for 32 giving him a .656 avg. He has 3 doubles a triple and a home run. Matt Christopher took home the tournament M.V.P. as I expected nothing less of him. He has the ability to dominate in every game that he plays.

Through 20 games between two teams, Matt is 34 for 55, leaving him with a .620 batting average. He has 8 doubles, 3 triples and 2 home runs.

The scouting report on Matt is simple:

Good size. Flexible and quick. Plays hard every game. Fast hands – Great eye hand coordination. Has the best mental approach out of any 9 year old. Has confidence and relaxation down pat. Powerful swing. Strong arm with good arm slot. Has 4.5 out of the 5 tools. May develop in to a dominate pitcher as well. Needs to listen a little bit better in minor areas.

Matt’s teammate Ryan Graham started at We Drop Bombs in early January and so far this season he is 25 for 35 in 12 games played. His average is .714, but that’s not the most impressive stat. Not only does he have 14 extra base hits but 10 of them are triples, leaving the remaining 4 to doubles. Ten triples in 12 games has to be a record. I’ve never heard of that before.

Cole Shontz is hitting .581. He is 18 for 31 so far with 1 double and 2 triples.

On another team, Christopher’s teammate Hunter Klein is also pounding the ball, hitting .625 with 3 doubles, a triple and a home run.

On the 12-U team John DeSantis is hitting .480 with 3 doubles, 1 home run and 14 rbi’s. Conner Klein is hitting .437 with 3 doubles, a home run and 8 rbi’s. Devon Gilbert is hitting .444 and Garrett Merski is hitting .429. Andrew Warren is also hitting .350.

Players Perform – May 2010

May 2, 2010

Even with a difficult schedule, I try to find some time on Saturday’s to get to a few games of some of the players that come through We Drop Bombs Baseball Academy to scope out their progress. According to parents and coaches, It seems as if 90% of our hitters are hitting a lot better this season than ever before. Many parents have been emailing and calling about their kids great success in recent games. Since January 2nd we have had hundreds of players come through our Academy.
One player that stood out on the weekend of April 10th and 11th was 10 yr old Kyle Quagliero who put a charge in to the start of his season going 6 for 7 on the weekend with an inside the park grand slam. Over the last year, Kyle has developed some of the best mechanics I have seen coming from a 10 year old.
As of April 12th, Dylan Johannink (pictured) for Shawnee, has been on fire going 5 for his last 7 with 2 home runs, a double, and four walks in his last 3 games. Dylan, a junior at Shawnee High School, has established more of a powerful swing this past winter focusing on his load, upper half and hips exploding through the ball.
On Saturday April 17th, Jamie Kenney had a triple and inside the park home run collecting 3 rbi’s on the day.
Through April 21st, Kevin Boswick of Shawnee’s JV squad is hitting 4 for 8 with one home run. On the mound at the varsity level he is 3-0.
On Saturday April 24th, Evan Welsey had a big game. Evan collected 4 hits including a triple and an inside the park home run.
Through April 30th, Garrett Carella is hitting .633. He is 19 for 30 on the season in Travel and Rec combined, with 9 of those hits being doubles and one a triple.
Michael Johnson is hitting a team high .750 with 2 doubles and a triple through May 3rd.
Through May 8th, Tucker Byrne, on the U-12 AAU is hitting .435 with 3 doubles, a triple and 2 home runs through 13 games.
Andrew Rizzo of Shawnee is hitting 19 for 37 which is a .514 batting average with 6 doubles and a home run.
Ryan Lange and Jeremiah Sabo, who recently made the adjustment to the larger field, are starting off their seasons on a high note. Both are dropping bombs. Sabo has almost left the yard on a few occasions, driving the ball over 300 feet earning doubles and triples. Lange is 11 for his last 14 with a few doubles.
EJ Mangione is shining for the U-9 Arsenal. He is driving the ball to all fields earning singles, doubles and triples. His work ethic behind the plate is extraordinary. He is also throwing base runners out left and right while diving all over making the impossible catches.
Through May 11th, Tripp Miller is 17 for 32 making his average .630 with 4 doubles and a 1.497 slugging percentage.
Hopefully the success for all of these young men will continue on through the rest of their seasons. If any other current We Drop Bombs baseball players have had some recent success, feel free to share it with me via email.

Players Perform – April 2010

April 15, 2010

Over the past week or two, baseball teams have started playing their regular season games. Without having at least 10-12 at bats it is tough to evaluate yourself on your mechanics and your results. The 10-12 at bats are needed to adjust to live pitching. Getting outside and timing the ball in to the strike zone coming from the proper distance is not easy on your first few games.

Even with a difficult schedule, over the past week I have been able to get to a few games of some of the players that come through We Drop Bombs Baseball Academy to scope out their progress. Three players that stood out were 10 yr old Kyle Quagliero who put a charge in to the start of his season going 6 for 7 on the weekend with an inside the park grandslam. When kyle is on the top of his game, he carries some of the best mechanics I have seen coming from a 10 year old.

Turning the page to high school baseball, Dylan Johannink (pictured) is on fire going 5 for his last 7 with 2 home runs, a double, and four walks in his last 3 games. Dylan, a junior at Shawnee High School, has established more of a powerful swing this past winter focussing on his load, upper half and hips exploding through the ball.

Eric Sellitto battled through the first few games with a weak mental approach but recently made a visit to the academy on Sunday. He left with a new positive attitude and new approach at the plate. Monday, Shawnee played against Triton. Eric broke out his bat going 3 for 4 with a single, a double and a home run. Eric however is used to this kind of success while blasting 11 home runs last year as a junior.

Hopefully the success for all of these young men will continue on through the rest of their seasons. If any other current We Drop Bombs baseball players have had some recent success, feel free to share it with me via email.

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