Let the Games Begin

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

The Division I baseball season kicked off yesterday and a number of highly ranked PA Class of 2012 players made an impact on the opening day rosters of some of the elite programs in the country. Following is a look at how last year's top 12 prospects did on opening day.

1 Joe DeCarlo PA Garnet Valley 2012 3B Georgia
2 Jake Drossner PA Council Rock North 2012 LHP University of Maryland
3 Karl Keglovits PA Nazareth 2012 RHP North Carolina State
4 Kenny Koplove PA William Penn Charter 2012 SS Duke
5 Jared Price PA Twin Valley 2012 RHP University of Maryland
6 Scott Williams PA Conestoga 2012 C Virginia
7 Danny Rosenbaum PA Chestnut Hill Academy 2012 3B Louisville
8 Christian Helsel PA Altoona Area 2012 3B Ole Miss
9 David Rosenberger PA Allentown CC 2012 LHP Virginia
10 Matthew Smith PA Seneca Valley 2012 RHP Georgetown
11 Joe Ravert PA Malvern Prep 2012 RHP LaSalle
12 John Sansone PA Neshannock 2012 SS Florida State


  • No. 1 ranked Joe DeCarlo did not play because he was selected No. 64 overall by the Mariners in the 2012 MLB amateur draft and opted to sign for $1.3 million. DeCarlo hit .236 in the Arizona Rookie League with four home runs and 31 RBI in his first season of professional baseball.
  • No. 2 ranked Jake Drossner and No. 5 ranked Jared Price did not appear for the Terps in Maryland's 1-0 loss to LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisana. Both pitchers are fighting for a spot in a young pitching rotation.
  • No. 3 ranked Karl Keglovits did not appear for N.C. State in the Wolpack's 6-3 opening day loss to Appalachian State in Raleigh, NC.
  • No. 4 ranked Kenny Koplove did not appear in the Blue Devils' 4-3 win in Gainesville, FL over the Florida Gators.
  • No. 7 ranked Danny Rosenbaum was the starter at first base for Louisville in a 2-0 loss to Indiana in Dunedin, FL. Rosenbaum went 0-3 in his first college appearance.
  • No. 8 ranked Christian Helsel did not appear for Ole Miss in the Rebels' 1-0 victory over TCU in Oxford, MS. Helsel had originally verbally committed to TCU and later changed his commitment to Ole Miss.
  • No. 9 David Rosenberger pitched the final two innings for Virginia in the Cavaliers' 14-4 win over East Carolina in Greenville, NC. He gave up one hit and one run while striking out two. No. 6 ranked Scott Williams did not appear for the Cavaliers.
  • No. 10 ranked Matthew Smith did not appear for UCONN in their 11-8 opening day loss to Purdue in Dunedin, FL.
  • No. 11 ranked Joe Ravert went 1-for-8 with a double and an RBI, getting the start at 1B for La Salle in both ends of a double header in Cary, NC. The Explorers beat Toledo 8-7 before falling 9-5 to Wright State.
  • No. 12 ranked John Sansone was the opening day starter at 2B for Florida State. Sansone went 0-1 with two walks, got hit by a pitch and scored two runs in the Seminoles opening day victory over Rhode Island.