2015 Team Preview: Phillips Andover Academy

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By Dennis Healy and Dylan Hefflinger
Massachusetts Scouting Director and Editor in Chief

From now until the start of the 2015 season, Prep Baseball Report Massachusetts will bring you in-depth team previews throughout the entire state. If your coach has not filled out the survey please have him do so through this link.

Along with the team previews, the 2015 Team Rankings will be releasing sometime late February and we hope to bring a Q&A session to discuss the rankings.

Also, we will be releasing the preseason All Massachusetts Teams sometime in early March.

2015 Team Preview: Phillips Andover Academy

School Name: Phillips Andover Academy
Coaches Name/Record: Kevin Graber, 54-39
2014 Record: 10-9
Conference: Central New England Prep School Baseball League
Conference Record/Finish: 5-5
Division Level: Class A Prep School

Postseason Accomplishments:

  • Central New England Prep Champions 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2012, and 2013.

Key Players Lost From 2014:

  • Kevin Superko, RHP- Georgetown
  • Andy Hamel-LHP - Stevens Tech
  • Chris Holstein- SS- Davidson

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 7/5

Strengths of Team:

  • Excellent pitching depth with four Division 1 bound seniors, (Thomas Lane, Tim Salvadore, Matt Hosman, and Jake Nelson).

Weaknesses of Team:

  • Do not return much power at the plate

Top Prospects in Class of 2015:

  • Tim Salvadore (RHP, Sr., 6'3"-185 lbs., R-R. Virginia Tech Commit. Ranked 10th in 2015 class)
  • Jake Nelson (RHP, Postgrad, 6'3"-217 lbs., R-R. Penn commit. Ranked 18th in 2015 class)
  • Thomas Lane (RHP, Sr., 6'5"-240 lbs., L-R. Boston College commit. Ranked 6th in 2015 class)
  • Matt Hosman (RHP/inf., Sr., 5'10"-175 lbs., R-R. UMass Amherst commit. Ranked 26th in 2015 class)
  • Ben Reinisch, (SS, Postgrad, 5'11"-175 lbs., R-R. Trinity College commit)

Top Prospects in Class of 2016:

  • John Simourian (C, Junior, 5'9"-175 lbs., R-R. Talking to Ivy league schools, Georgetown, Duke, led team in batting as a soph. at .378)
  • Payton Jancsy (Util, Junior, 5'11"-185 lbs., R-R. Division 1 hockey prospect, batted .306 as a soph. with team-high 9 stolen bases)
  • Matt Whalen (INF, Junior, 5'10"-170 lbs., R-R. Ivy League and NESCAC prospect.

Top Prospects in Class of 2017:

  • Rob Cerulle (RHP/1B, Sophomore, 6'1"-185 lbs., R-R
  • Taylor Beckett (OF/Inf., Sophomore, 5'11"-185 lbs., R-R
  • Cam Garfield (RHP, Sophomore, 6'2"-188 lbs., R-R

Top Prospects in Class of 2018: 

  • Travis Lane (RHP/1B, Freshman, 6'1"-210 lbs., L-R. Younger brother of Thomas Lane '15)
  • Joe Simourian (CF, Freshman, 5'9"-150 lbs., L-L. Younger brother of John Simourian '16)

Notable College/MLB Alumni:

  • George H. W. Bush (class of 1942), 41st President of the United States.
  • George W. Bush (class of 1964), 43rd President of the United States, who owned a share of the Texas Rangers from 1989 to 1998.
  • A. Bartlett Giamatti (class of 1956), former Commissioner of Major League Baseball.
  • Bill Veeck (class of 1932), former owner of the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, and Chicago White Sox.
  • Bill Vinton (class of 1884), who struck out 100 batters as a senior captain and went on to pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • William Clarence Matthews (class of 1901), shortstop at Andover and Harvard, later barred from Major League Baseball because he was African-American, for whom the Ivy League Baseball Championship Trophy is named.
  • Bill Belichick (class of 1970), head coach New England Patriots.
  • Zak DeOssie (class of 2003), long snapper New York Giants.
  • Matt Hyde (class of 1992), northeast area scout, New York Yankees.
  • Gus Quattlebaum (class of 1993), assistant director of professional and international scouting, Boston Red Sox

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