Prep Baseball Report

New York Draft Preview

Jared Carrier
New York Director of Scouting

The 2019 MLB Draft will take place June 3-5. To get you ready, Prep Baseball Report is releasing state previews with notes on high school draft prospects in its comprehensive coverage area. For more information on the prospects included in the High School Draft 100, click on the links to the players’ profiles to view comments, news and videos.

Michael Limoncelli, RHP, Horseheads HS, NY (Coastal Carolina)

OTHERS TO WATCH:RHP Sam Bello (Iona Prep HS, NY) has dominated hitters in the competitive CHSAA the last few years with immaculate numbers. The Maryland recruit works in the 89-91 mph range with fastball command down in the zone and has an advanced frame. RHP Jack Scanlon (Suffern HS, NY), a Texas Tech recruit, projected as catcher or first baseman in his early days, but has emerged on the mound over the last year with a cleaned up arm path and fastball that hovers in the 88-90 range. His breaking ball will need work but with a leaner, more conditioned frame at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, he may have opened some scouts eyes on the mound. At the plate the left-handed hitter still shows pull side pop and can crack the sub-2.0 mark on his pop times. RHP/IF Joe Biancone (John Jay-Cross River HS, NY) was the talk of the this year's Super 60, producing one of the top fastballs (up to 94) and spin rates. The George Washington recruit, much like Scanlon, has low mileage when it comes to the mound and his ultra-athletic frame would leave one to believe that there is more in the tank. IF Luke Gold (Ballston Spa HS, NY) is well put together at 6-foot-1, 208 pounds and consistently runs sub-7.0 60s. A Boston college recruit, he could project as an offensive second baseman at the pro level with enough arm to see time at third base collegiately. Another big body that has always been known for his power is 6-foot-6, 245-pound 1B/RHP Avery Cook (Whitesboro HS, NY), who put on a show at last year's Call to the Hall event in Cooperstown. In early April Cook, a St. John's recruit, was up to 92 in his first league outing, showing a cleaned up delivery and feel for the slider. The parade of late bloomers continues with RHP Alexander Johnson (McKinley HS, NY), who has emerged out of the Buffalo area. The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder has been in the 88-91 range this spring. Like many of his Northeast counterparts the wear and tear has been limited and would make for an intriguing project at the pro level. New York City Public Schools are famous for a pop-up player in every year's draft and this year's candidate could be RHP Carlos Anziani (James Monroe HS, NY). Anziani features a strong frame at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds with some effort to his delivery. He was 87-89, touching 90, at the Northeast ProCase this past February. Like Johnson, his fastball command and secondary offerings will need some refinement, but the ceiling for both is high. C Gus Sosa (Tottenville HS, NY) features an above average arm behind the dish, has improved with the bat and possesses a frame that has room for strength gains.