Florida Collegiate Summer League 2006 Annual Report www.floridaleague.com Winter Park Diamond Dawgs Win FCSL Championship August 6 at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg 2006 FCSL Overview • Summer wood bat baseball league for collegiate players in Central Florida Baseball America named FCSL as one of top summer college leagues in the U.S. Affiliated with NACSB, an alliance of Summer College Leagues under NCAA rules 35 game season, Playoffs and Championship Game (June 8th through August 6th) July 16th All Star Game, Scout Showcase, HR Derby well attended by MLB Scouts and fans Player-focused Summer College Baseball Experience Players from top rated colleges (SEC, ACC, Conference USA, Sun Belt, Big 12) Excellent college and ex-professional coaches Minimal travel time between fields Summer job and summer college class opportunities Championship Game played on Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ Tropicana Field Eight players per team from out of state, housed with local families Community-friendly - High quality, festive, family atmosphere First-rate ballparks (several pro stadiums) Festivities for fans between innings (musical chairs, dizzy bat race, trivia questions) Players gave back to their team’s towns through community service and youth camps Promotional nights- civic groups (Police, Fire, Zoo, Health) Strong support from media, community (drew up to 1,900 fans per game) Partially funded by Major League Baseball (one of 9 Leagues MLB supports) Twelve of our players were drafted in 2006 • • • 2006 FCSL Teams Altamonte Springs Snappers Lake Brantley HS Patriot Field, 991 Sand Lake Rd , Altamonte Springs FL Head Coach Bryan Peters (Stetson University) Asst. Coaches Justin Varitek (Rollins College), Ken Hopkins (Rhode Island CC) Orlando Shockers, Tinker Field , 287 South Tampa Ave, Orlando FL Head Coach Chuck Stegall (Neosho County CC, Kansas) Asst Coach Joey Russell (Colonial HS) Orlando Hammers (Athletes –in-Action) Orel Hersheiser Field, The First Academy, First Baptist Church of Orlando, 000 S John Young Prkwy, Orlando FL Head Coach Josh Milner (Wayland Baptist) Asst. Coach Mike Aggen (Calvin College) Sanford River Rats Sanford Memorial Stadium, 1201 S. Mellonville Avenue, Sanford FL Head Coach Kenne Brown (Winter Springs HS) Asst Coaches Andy Neufeld, Harold Hitt Winter Park Diamond Dawgs Rollins College Alfond Stadium Harper-Shepherd Field, 801 Orange Ave. in Winter Park FL Head Coach Scott Makarewicz Asst. Coaches Josh Holt (Lake Sumter CC), CY Youngberg (Newberry College) Winter Pines Warthogs Winter Park HS, 2100 Summerfield Road in Winter Park, FL Head Coach Rich Wallace (University of Central Florida) Asst. Coaches John Fulgham, Ralph Albano Florida Collegiate Summer League 1778 Park Avenue North, Suite 201, Maitland FL 32751 321-206-9174 phone 407-574-7926 fax Board of Directors Sean Connolly Salvatore Lombardo Ian Nathanson Dan Ping Joe Russell Macauley Whiting, Jr Sara Whiting Honorary Advisors Jay Bergman Dante Bichette Sal Butera John Castino David Eckstein Rick Eckstein Chipper Jones George Martin Tim Raines Sr. Mike Stanley Frank Viola Vic Zollo League Operations Sara Whiting, Presidnet Rob Sitz, Vice President Pepi Ribley, Business Operations Mack Whiting, Financial Operations Brian Smith, League Statistician Dennis Macomb, Umpire-in-Chief Photographers Jim Hogue (jimhoguephotos.com) Chris Shubert (picturechris.com) FCSL Players in 2006 MLB Draft Player Bridger Hunt Lee Cruz Mike McClendon Orlando Rosales Ty Pryor Dylan Lindsey Kyle De Young Drew Shetrone Marquez Smith Nick Di Yorio William Jackel Ryne Malone Chris Kemp Jared Incinelli MLB Team Los Angeles Dodgers Chicago White Sox Milwaukee Brewers Houston Astros Cleveland Indians LA Angels of Anaheim Houston Astros Colorado Rockies Chicago Cubs New York Yankees Florida Marlins Chicago Cubs Texas Rangers LA Angels of Anaheim Round College 9 10 10 19 26 31 31 33 35 38 43 49 FA FA Current Team Central Missouri State Columbus Catfish University of Tampa Great Falls White Sox Seminole CC Helana Brewers Univeristy of Tampa Greeneville Astros University of Tennessee Garrett Community College Florida Southern Tri-City Valley Cats Cumberland Casper Rockies Clemson Florida Southern GCL Yankees Tallahassee CC Florida State Peoria Chiefs University of Tennessee Spokane Indians U. of North Florida Orem Owlz 2006 FCSL Season Summary The third season of Florida Collegiate Summer League baseball is now in the books, and a third different team has earned the distinction of being called league champion. Despite the addition of three new teams in the FCSL, the 2006 Champions are the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs, one of the original four FCSL teams from the inaugural 2004 season. They won their title in thrilling fashion when, with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning and his team trailing by a run, Robby Perez (Le Moyne) smacked a pitch into the right field bleachers, giving his team a 4-3 lead over the Altamonte Springs Snappers and, after another half inning, the Championship. Perez was not the only Diamond Dawg player who wielded a hot bat this summer, as the team led the FCSL in batting average (.277), home runs (18), and slugging percentage (.379). Four players batted over .300 for the season, including Perez at .353, Andrew Turner (Georgia) at .308, Duane Bailey (UCF) at .302 and Jonathan Lucroy (Louisiana-Lafayette) who hit .300 and led the team in slugging percentage with a mark of .527. But no team wins a championship without solid pitching, and Winter Park had one of the best staff’s in the league. Led by League Cy Young Award Winner Ryan Horton (Seminole CC), who finished the season 6-1 with a 1.36 ERA, they finished with a team ERA of 2.67 and allowed opponents to bat only .230 against them. The strength of their staff was found in the bullpen, where Jaager Good (UCF), Jonathan Holt (Tampa) and Andrew Laughter (Louisiana-Lafayette) combined for 9 saves and a paltry ERA of 1.60. Although they ended up losing the championship, the Altamonte Springs Snappers finished the regular season with the best record in the entire league, and their 24-7 record was 4.5 games better than second place. Their offense was led by the dynamic middle-infield duo of Avery Barnes (Florida) and Anthony Ottrando (Kentucky). The shortstop half of this star SEC pair, Ottrando, was named the Chipper Jones League MVP after leading the league with a .390 batting average and clubbing 10 doubles and 25 RBI. Barnes was no slouch with the bat himself, seeing as how he hit .361 on the season, and he proved to be very disruptive on the basepaths by stealing a league high 24 bases. Their pitching staff was deep, talented, and solid from start to finish. Their starters were all solid, but were led by a pair of aces in Chas Spottswood (Florida), who was 4-0 with a team best 1.02 ERA, and Ray Garcia (USF), who finished the season 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA and led the league with 58 strikeouts in only 39 innings, for an unbelievable average of 13.38 strikeouts/ 9 innings. Their closer, JJ Crumbley (Florida Gulf Coast) appeared in a league high 20 games and has 6 saves to go with a 1.17 ERA. Regular Season Ranking The Orlando Shockers improved all the way to 3rd from last year’s Team W L last place finish, a feat primarily attributable to a pitching staff that featured 1st Altamonte Springs… 24 7 some of the league’s top talent. Clemson’s Alan Farina was the team’s number 2nd Winter Park….. 20 12 3rd Orlando Shockers….. 17 14 one starter, finishing the year with a 3-1 record and 2.11 ERA along with an 4th Winter Pines….. 14 16 average of more than 1 strikeout per inning, with Scott Chapman (Tampa) and 5th Sanford….. 15 18 his 5-1 record close behind. Those two, along with Bo O’Dell (Florida State), 6th Orlando Hammers….. 5 28 were the only pitchers to be called starters, as the rest of this deep staff shared both duties and included 11 pitchers with at least 1 start and 7 pitchers with at least 1 save. These pitchers could be confident in their outstanding defense, as the team committed only 45 errors and had a fielding percentage of .965, both tops in the league. However, the offense was up and down throughout the season. Will Breslin (Belmont Abbey) led the team with a .292 batting average, while Timmy Russell (UCF) displayed some nice power, knocking 2 home runs and 16 RBI, and a keen eye at the plate with at team best .423 on-base percentage. Mycal Jones (UNF) and John Morgan (Samford) did their best to distract opposing pitchers by stealing 17 and 16 bases respectively. Ultimately, the team could not piece together enough timely hitting and fell to the Diamond Dawgs one game short of the Championship. Last year’s Winter Haven team moved closer to Orlando to become the Winter Pines Warthogs, and they brought their home run bats with them. Playing at hitter-friendly Winter Park High, the team belted 17 home runs, good for second in the league, and were led by Kent Matthes (Alabama) who hit a league high 7 home runs. Cody Wheeler (Florida) led the team with a .299 batting average and hit 2 home runs, but it was catcher Dave Golliner (Stetson) who most perfectly represented his team by being one of the most up-and-down players in the league. On the up side, he hit 3 home runs and led the team with 22 RBI. But on the down side, he hit just .223 and struck out 25 times in only 94 at bats. Their pitching staff, which struggled most of the year, definitely had some bright spots as well. Chris Radcliff (Central Missouri) pitched mostly in relief, and was 2-0 with 2 saves and a sparkling 0.61 ERA. Bradley Jackson (Flagler) led the staff with 15 appearances and 4 wins, and Andy Campbell (Mercer) finished with a 3.83 ERA in his 7 starts. Last season’s League Cy Young Award winner Ty Pryor, went 2-5 with 42 walks in 49.1 innings. In the end, neither the hitting nor the pitching was consistent enough to contend for the title, and the Warthogs finished in 4th place. The Sanford River Rats were like this season’s Orlando Shockers taken to an even greater extreme. They struggled with their hitting at times this season, finishing with only a .237 team average, but they made up for it with an outstanding pitching staff that finished with a league best 2.55 ERA. Unfortunately, this low ERA did not often translate into wins, and their were several hard luck cases like Chris Smith (Ohio Dominican), who finished with a 2-4 record despite a miniscule 1.74 ERA, and Brian Kelley (Florida State), who had a record of 2-2 despite a 2.77 ERA and a .208 opponents batting average. Perhaps their best two pitchers were starter Sean Bryant (South Florida CC), who managed to secure a winning record of 3-2 to go along with his 2.18 ERA, and Benji Waite (Samford) who, when he wasn’t playing first base, managed to rack up 6 saves without allowing a single run in his 11 appearances. And despite the low team batting average, three Rats players managed to have very good offensive seasons. Michael Marseco (Samford) proved that he was more than just a slick fielding shortstop by hitting .298 and knocking out a team high 40 hits, good enough for 3rd in the league. Chadd Hartman (UCF) came back from an injury to hit a team high .329, and slugging first baseman Austin Pride (Florida) led the league with 19 extra base hits (12 doubles, 3 triples, 4 homers) and a .536 slugging percentage. The one completely new team in the FCSL this season was the Orlando Hammers, who were run in partnership with Athletes in Action who fields teams in several collegiate summer leagues around the country. The Hammers initially struggled to find their winning form. But the team never stopped trying their hardest, and even though they lost their first 14 games they were still competitive in most of the games this season. Their offense was led by shortstop Matt Floyd (Santa Barbara), leading the team with a .300 batting average, 10 walks and 14 RBI. BJ Myers (Northwestern State) also came up big for the Hammers, as he hit one of the team’s 2 home runs on the season and stroked 5 doubles. The pitching staff had some standout performances as well, includiing All-Star Matthew Bauman (Freedonia State), who started off the season strong and earned the save in 3 of his team’s victories, and Jordan Purington (SUNY-Stony Brook) who led he staff with 10 starts and 2 wins. Don’t underestimate this team after one season, chances are good that they will come out firing next season and surprise a few teams early on. 2006 FCSL Baseball America Top 10 Prospects posted August 9, 2006 1. Jon Lucroy, c, Winter Park (Louisiana-Lafayette) 2. Ty Pryor, rhp, Winter Pines, (North Florida) 3. Alan Farina, rhp, Orlando, (Clemson) 4. William Jackel, rhp, Winter Park, (Tallahassee CC) 5. Gene Howard, util, Winter Park, (Rollins College) 6. Andrew Laughter, rhp, Winter Park (Louisiana-Lafayette) 7. Kent Matthes, of, Winter Pines, (Alabama) 8. Avery Barnes, 2b, Altamonte Springs (Florida) 9. Mark Gildea, of, Altamonte Springs, (Florida State) 10. Mike Marseco, ss, Sanford (Samford) 2006 All Star Game, July 16 Stars Shine Brightly on Signature Night Daniel Paulling, FCSL Intern, Rollins College On the Florida Collegiate Summer League’s signature night, several players from different teams showcased their talents for scouts, fans, and everyone else in attendance at Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium. Many players began the day by performing in the FCSL Scout Showcase for scouts interested in recruiting the next big thing. Speed is one of the first things measured, as it is completely natural and can’t be taught. With an unrelenting sun above, several players ran a sixty yard dash. Scouts came away impressed with the results. “We’d like to see guys under 7, but it depends on what position they play,” one scout said. “The fastest was [Dwayne] Bailey [University of Central Florida], a 6.7.” Next was the throwing segment of the event. “There are several things we’re trying to weigh here,” one Major League scout said. “Arm strength is important, as is co-ordination, projectability, and whether or not we could consider them pro material.” Bailey looked very good at short, while Mark Gildea (Florida State) and Robby Perez (Le Moyne College) received top honors in the outfield. Behind the plate, multi-talented Jonathan Lucroy (University of Louisiana – Lafayette) looked great. After the offensive players took batting practice for the scouts, pitchers had a chance to strut their stuff on the mounds in the backfield. Andrew Laughter (University of Louisiana – Lafayette), pronounced “Law-ter,” blazed the radar guns with a speedy 92 mph fastball. Bill Bradley (Rollins College) and Calvin Brutus (South Florida Community College) both showed great breaking stuff, and several other pitchers had good outings. “The first thing we look at is velocity, because we can’t teach that,” one of the scouts said after the pitchers were done. “Next is a combination of things including movement, location, rotation on the breaking ball, and feel and movement on changeup. We can’t teach them how to throw harder, but we can make simple adjustments to help them out. Finally, we also take a look at arm action, how the ball comes out of their hand and body (whether or not they’re going to get any bigger), and their age.” Following the pitcher’s showcase was the Celebrity Home Run Derby, but with a slightly different twist: a point system. A ball that didn’t leave the infield was one point, and one that left the infield was worth three points; home runs were worth five. Mike Echan, from MLB.com, and OK Walters, host of “Central Florida Sports Today” on WQTM 740, each had 16 points after the first round. After a fierce second round battle, Mr. Walters walked off with the victory. Austin Pride (University of Florida), playing in his home stadium, swung the lumber well enough to win the FCSL Home Run Derby. Gildea, third baseman Kent Matthes (University of Alabama), and Pride all finished the first round with two home runs, which forced another playoff round. Pride went deep twice on two no doubters. “I was nervous at first,” Pride said after he had won, “but after I hit the first one, I felt good.” The All Star Game itself was a thing of beauty, with over 1200 fans in attendance. Minus two blemishes, the pitchers from both teams produced scoreless work. The starting pitchers were Ryan Horton (Seminole Community College) for the East and Ray Garcia (University of South Florida.) William Jackel (Tallahassee Community College) hit 96 on the scouts radar guns. Westley Spickard (Florida Gulf Coast) took the loss while Sanford’s Steve Miller (Princeton University) won it. Chris Radcliff (Central Missouri) saved the game. The first non-goose egg came in the bottom of the seventh with Spickard on the mound. A walk to Casey Stuart (Mercer) preceded Benji Waite’s (Samford University) two-run home run to right field. “I thought it had a chance when it left the bat, but I felt comfortable when the right fielder stopped running back,” Waite, the All Star Game MVP, said after the game. “When I went up there, I was just trying to make contact. I’m glad to make the fans happy and to represent my team.” With a two run lead, the East didn’t look back. In fact, the team added another run in the bottom of the eighth when Matthes reached first on an error. A Vinny Cucci (University of Central Florida) hit and run play executed to perfection later, Matthes stood on third. A wild pitch and Matthes crossed the plate for the third run of the game. 3-0 would be the final score. 2006 FCSL All Stars Rosters East All-Stars Player Infielders Dwayne Bailey Gene Howard Andrew Turner Vinny Cucci Mike Marseco Austin Hubbard Matt Lopez Outfielders Corey Whiting Austin Pride Ryan Richardson Kent Matthes Catchers Brad Griffiths Jonathan Lucroy Casey Stuart Pitchers Carter Clements Jaager Good Jonathan Holt Ryan Horton William Jackel John Locklear Billy Whitaker Sean Bryant Brian Kelley Steven Miller Benji Waite Ty Pryor Chris Radcliff Hometown/ School Tampa, Fl/ UCF Nahant, MA/ Rollins Powder Springs, GA/ Georgia Winter Springs, Fl/ UCF Sunrise, Fl/ Samford Kissimmee, Fl/St. Leo Oviedo, Fl/ Jacksonville Winter Park, Fl/ Duke Lake Mary, Fl/ Florida Lake Mary, Fl / UCF Orlando, Fl/ Alabama Windermere, Fl/ Polk CC Umatilla, Fl/Louisiana-Lafayette Warner Robbins, GA/ Mercer Eustis, Fl / Saint Leo Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl/ UCF Fruitland Prk, Fl/ Seminole CC Orlando, Fl Seminole CC Kennesaw GA / Florida State Winter Prk, Fl/ Tallahassee CC Winter Garden, Fl Santa Fe CC Lakeland, Fl/ South Florida CC Ormond Bch, Fl/ Florida State Ocala, Fl / Princeton Madisen, Al / Samford Orlando, Fl / Tennessee Niceville, Fl / Central Missouri West All-Stars Player Infielders Avery Barnes Will Breslin Eric Kallstrom Kiko Vasquez Marc Wassum Ryan Williams Anthony Ottrando Outfielders Westin Rhoads Mark Heineman John Morgan Mark Gildea James Rowe Josh Spivey Catchers B.J. Myers Brad Karns Pitchers Matthew Bauman Scott Chapman Alan Farina Mitch Harold Bo O'Dell Westly Spickard Brett Bordwine J.J. Crumbley Ray Garcia Brad Johnson Ryan Strauss Hometown/ School High Springs, Fl / Florida Daytona Bch, Fl / Belmont Abbey So. West Ranches, Fl/ UCF Sebring, Fl/ UCF Winter Park, Fl / Mars Hill Oviedo, Fl / UCF Ocala, Fl / Kentucky Roswell, NM / So. Mountain CC Hamilton, OH / Indiana Tech Memphis, TN / Samford Tampa, Fl / Florida State Cocoa, Fl/ USF Tampa, Fl / Florida State Bridge City, TX / Northwstrn St Okeechobee, Fl / USF Alden, NY/ Fredonia State Deltona, Fl/ Tampa Oviedo, Fl / Clemson Merritt Island, Fl/ UCF Kissimmee, Fl/ Florida State Lakeland, FL / Fla Golf Coast Melbourne, Fl/ UCF Tampa, Fl / Fla Gulf Coast Sunrise, FL/ USF Tampa, Fl/ UNF Tampa, Fl /Florida State Home Run Derby Player Austin Pride Tim Russell Mark Gildea Brad Karns Josh Spivey Kent Matthes Cody Neer Jonathan Lucroy Hometown/ School Lake Mary, Fl / Florida Maitland, FL / UCF Tampa, Fl / Florida State Okeechobee, Fl / USF Tampa, Fl / Florida State Orlando, Fl / Alabama Orlando, Fl / Florida Umatilla, Fl / Louisiana-Lafayette 2006 Championship Game, August 6 Diamond Dawgs Win FCSL Championship Stephanie Hanisek, FCSL Intern, Rollins College In the Florida Collegiate Summer League Championship game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs defeated the Altamonte Springs Snappers, 4-3, on a two out, two-run homer in the top of the ninth. Robby Perez was the man who came thorough in the clutch, and was later named the MVP of the playoffs, as he finished the game 2-3 with two RBI’s and one run. “It was meant to be,” said Perez. “The two best teams met in the Championship game. We worked so hard and deserved to win.” The Snappers started the night off hitting, just as they had in their previous two playoff games. Avery Barnes, of the University of Florida, smacked a lead off double to left center to get things started in the first. Mark Gildea, of Florida State University, followed up with a line drive single up the center, which scored Barnes. After Gildea stole his sixth base in the post season, League MVP, Anthony Ottrando, chopped an almost foul ball to reach first and advance Gildea to third. Ottrando stole second, and then Gildea scored on a groundout by Brad Karns, of the University of South Florida. After Ottrando scored on a wild pitch , the Snappers had an early 3-0 lead. But the Diamond Dawgs slowly clawed their way back, and initially cut the lead to two in the third inning. Perez advanced to first after being hit by a pitch. Dwayne Bailey, of the University of Central Florida, singled to right center. Corey Whiting, of Duke University, followed up with a single to right center, which advanced Bailey to third. Bailey scored on a single to center by Georgia’s Andrew Turner, who also created the team’s second run with a leadoff home run the top of the sixth. However, things looked very bleak for the Diamond Dawgs entering the ninth inning, as they trailed 3-2 with Snappers All-Star closer, J.J. Crumbley on the mound. Kyle Cushenberry, of Santa Fe Community College, started the Diamond Dawgs’ rally with a single in the infield, advanced to second when the throw to 1st went wild. Steve Stropp then advanced Cushenberry to third with a groundout to the second baseman. With two outs, Perez stepped to the plate on a mission. “I had been just pretty upset with myself all game,” said Perez, who sunk the Snappers with his two run blast to right centerfield. “I kept saying to myself, ‘just let me get up. Give me a chance.’ I was thinking homerun. I really was. It was the perfect ending to a great season.” Besides Perez, the Diamond Dawgs were led by Turner, who finished 2-4 with two RBI’s and one run. The Diamond Dawgs’ bullpen saw a lot of action as they used five pitchers in their win. Four different pitchers, who each pitched only an inning, closed the last four innings. Jaager Good, of the University of Central Florida, earned the win by pitching a scoreless eighth. “I wanted this experience to be a great one,” said Diamond Dawgs’ head coach, Scott Makarewicz. “To play in a stadium like this is a dream for most of these players. I wanted every guy to get in the game that I could manage. Everybody contributed this season and everyone got a piece of this.” “Tropicana was unbelievable,” said Perez. “This may be my only chance to play in a place like this. It is a once in a lifetime chance for me many of the other guys.” For the losing side, the Snappers were led by Barnes, who finished 3-4 with one run. Despite the game’s outcome Barnes had a great post season. He went 9-12 with six runs and four stolen bases. The Snappers starting pitcher, Ray Garcia, of the University of South Florida, pitched seven complete innings and gave up two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts. He finished the season with 58 strikeouts in six appearances and a record of 5-1. “This was a great game where both teams played hard,” said Snappers’ head coach Justin Varitek. “We gave up a couple hits early and had some errors. Even though we lost it was an awesome game. Every player on the field played hard tonight.” After the game, the Championship trophy was presented to Makarewicz and his team by FCSL President, Sara Whiting. “This season and being at Tropicana for this game was more magical than I ever could have imagined,” said Whiting. “This league is going to blast off. I have such a respect for all the players, coaches, and fans and how hard they work and their dedication. I feel so lucky to be doing this.” 2006 FCSL Awards Chipper Jones League MVP: Anthony Ottrando, Altamonte Springs / University of Kentucky It is no surprise that Altamonte Springs Snappers Team MVP, Anthony Ottrando, is the Florida Collegiate Summer League 2006 Most Valuable Player. Ottrando, who was also named the Dante Bichette League Batting Champ, led his team to a first place finish in the regular season. He led both his team and the league in batting, finishing with a .394 batting average. “You couldn’t ask for a better shortstop,” said Snappers Head Coach Justin Varitek. “He is a great defensive man, he had some big at bats, and he stole some bags when we needed them.” Appearing in only 25 games, Ottrando managed to finish the season in the top ten in every offensive category. Besides leading with his stellar batting average, he finished the season third in the league for hits (37), fifth in the league for runs scored (22), and sixth in the league for RBIs (21). Of his 37 hits, he had two triples (tied for third in the league) and ten doubles (second in the league). He touched 54 bases this summer, the fifth most in the league. He was third in on base percentage (.468), Anthony Ottrando second in slugging percentage (.574). He stole nine bases (of eleven attempts), eighth in the league. Despite being a threat on the field, he is an extremely well liked player of the field. Ottrando is “a solid defensive shortstop that can flat out hit and from all indications is a heck of a nice kid”, said Chuck Stegall, head coach of the Orlando Shockers. “He backs it up by being named the league MVP”. Frank Viola League Cy Young: Ryan Horton, Winter Park / Seminole Community College When a pitcher gives up only 2 earned runs in 36 innings of work, it’s pretty safe to assume that he is having an award winning season. Such is the case for Seminole Community College lefty Ryan Horton, whose spectacular summer season has earned him the Frank Viola League Pitcher of the Year Award. The award is named after our honorary league advisor and former Major League pitcher Frank Viola, who won a pitcher of the year award of his own, a.k.a. the Cy Young, in 1988. Viola would probably see a lot of himself in the way Horton pitches, as they are both lefties who rely primarily on their impeccable control to get hitters out. Horton completely baffled opposing hitter’s right from the start of the season, and his overall season statistics really jump off the page. In addition to his league leading 0.50 ERA, he had an unblemished record of 6-0 and actually won all 6 of the games that he started (he also appeared in one game in relief). In his 36 innings pitched, he also struck out 26 batters and gave up only 17 hits the entire season, which equates to a paltry .134 opponent’s batting average. Though an ERA of 0.50 means you don’t really have any bad outings, Horton’s best start probably came against the Orlando Hammers on June 22nd when he pitched 6 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits while striking out 7, in his team’s 13-0 win. Dante Bichette Batting Champion: Anthony Ottrando, Altamonte Springs / Kentucky Tim Raines Stolen Base Leader: Avery Barnes, Altamonte Springs / Florida League Strikeout Leader: Ray Garcia, Altamonte Springs Snappers / South Florida David Eckstein Sportsmanship Award: Justin Frost, Sanford / Lyon College Altamonte Springs Most Valuable Player: Anthony Ottrando, SS, University of Kentucky Altamonte Springs Most Valuable Pitcher: JJ Crumbley, RHP, Florida Gulf Coast Jonathan Lucroy Ryan Horton Orlando Hammers Most Valuable Player: Matt Floyd, SS, Santa Barbara City College Orlando Hammers Most Valuable Pitcher: Jordan Purington, LHP, SUNY-Stony Brook Orlando Shockers Most Valuable Player: Will Breslin, Belmont Abbey Orlando Shockers Most Valuable Pitcher: Alan Farina, RHP, Clemson Sanford River Rats Most Valuable Player: Michael Marseco, SS, Samford Sanford River Rats Most Valuable Pitcher: Sean Bryant, RHP, South Florida CC Winter Park Diamond Dawgs Most Valuable Player, Jonathan Lucroy, C, Louisiana-Lafayette Winter Park Diamond Dawgs Most Valuable Pitcher, Ryan Horton, LHP, Seminole CC Winter Pines Warthogs Most Valuable Player, Kent Matthes, OF/3B, University of Alabama Winter Pines Warthogs Most Valuable Pitcher, Andy Campbell, RHP, Mercer Kent Matthes 2006 FCSL Individual Statistics Team Batting Winter Park......... Altamonte Springs... Winter Pines........ Orlando Shockers.... Sanford............. Orlando Hammers..... Team Pitching Sanford............. Winter Park......... Orlando Shockers.... Altamonte Springs... Winter Pines........ Orlando Hammers..... AVG .277 .275 .244 .240 .237 .213 ERA 2.55 2.67 2.84 3.00 4.98 7.34 G 36 34 31 35 36 34 AB 1200 1138 981 1142 1169 1068 R 193 217 145 158 133 112 G 36 36 35 34 31 34 G 28 25 34 23 27 26 33 27 29 H 2B 3B HR RBI 332 53 8 18 170 313 57 9 13 182 239 45 2 17 120 274 51 4 6 128 277 53 11 5 103 228 38 4 2 77 TB SLG% 455 .379 427 .375 339 .346 351 .307 367 .314 280 .262 BB HBP 127 30 138 36 109 26 134 49 120 31 84 30 SO 286 283 296 321 192 136 3B 2 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 1 R 6 3 4 10 7 8 15 10 15 HR 1 2 5 0 0 2 3 0 6 ER 4 3 4 6 6 7 6 9 10 RBI 25 24 20 10 9 15 23 10 30 BB 14 7 4 13 10 9 13 18 12 BB 11 10 10 12 20 19 13 14 6 SO 28 31 34 28 58 47 15 42 34 SO 14 14 26 19 16 14 34 16 12 SO GDP 253 28 255 14 242 24 223 21 290 23 253 13 OB% .356 .369 .332 .344 .322 .288 W-L 16-20 23-13 19-16 26-8 14-17 5-29 CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB 3 3/2 9 310.1 267 133 88 109 1 5/5 9 309.2 266 121 92 85 2 2/2 10 300.2 243 121 95 94 1 6/5 8 294.0 267 126 98 114 3 1/1 3 254.2 261 181 141 138 1 1/0 3 273.1 359 276 223 172 Avg .390 .361 .353 .329 .317 .314 .308 .302 .300 GS 4 0 0 7 6 7 6 7 7 OBpct .458 .413 .400 .432 .462 .445 .400 .409 .341 Slug AB .552 105 .519 108 .522 136 .443 79 .390 82 .500 86 .444 117 .385 96 .527 110 BAvg .225 .207 .250 .172 .174 .201 .220 .182 .294 W-L 4-0 2-1 3-1 6-1 5-0 6-1 2-4 3-1 3-2 R 24 37 29 15 16 19 16 27 14 H 2B 41 10 39 9 48 6 26 5 26 6 27 6 36 7 29 6 33 5 H 29 19 29 25 25 34 26 26 47 Individual Batting (min 2 AB/Gm) 1. Anthony Ottrando ALT...... FR 2. Avery Barnes ALT.......... FR 3. Robby Perez WPARK......... SO 4. Chadd Hartman SAN......... FR 5. James Rowe ALT............ SO 6. Josh Spivey ALT........... JR 7. Andrew Turner WPARK....... FR 8. Dwayne Bailey WPARK....... SO 9. Jonathan Lucroy WPARK..... SO Individual Pitching (min .7 Inn/Gm)G 1. Chas Spottswood ALT....... FR 9 2. Ryan Vaughn SAN........... JR 11 3. J.J. Crumbley ALT......... SO 20 4. Ryan Horton WPARK......... FR 8 5. Ray Garcia ALT............ SO 6 6. Brad Johnson ALT.......... FR 8 7. Chris Smith SAN........... FR 6 8. Alan Farina ORLS.......... SO 8 9. Sean Bryant SAN........... FR 9 ERA 1.02 1.04 1.17 1.36 1.38 1.42 1.74 2.11 2.18 IP 35.1 26.0 30.2 39.2 39.0 44.1 31.0 38.1 41.1 2006 FCSL League Leaders - Batting HITS Robby Perez WPARK........ 48 HOMERUNS Kent Matthes WPINE....... 7 TRIPLES Michael Marseco SAN...... 4 RUNS SCORED Avery Barnes ALT......... 37 DOUBLES Austin Pride SAN......... 12 RBI Jonathan Lucroy WPARK.... 30 STOLEN BASES Avery Barnes ALT......... 24 TOTAL BASES Robby Perez WPARK........ 71 WALKS Corey Whiting WPARK...... 27 ON BASE % James Rowe ALT......... .462 SLUGGING % Anthony Ottrando ALT... .552 2006 FCSL League Leaders – Pitching WINS Ryan Horton WPARK........ Brad Johnson ALT........ INNINGS PITCHED Jordan Purington ORLH.. STRIKEOUTS Ray Garcia ALT............ APPEARANCES Jonathan Holt WPARK...... J.J. Crumbley ALT......... SAVES J.J. Crumbley ALT......... Benji Waite SAN........... GAMES STARTED Jordan Purington ORLH.... SHUTOUTS Sean Bryant SAN........... Ray Garcia ALT............ Jordan Purington ORLH..... COMPLETE GAMES Steve Miller SAN.......... 6-1 6-1 55.0 58 20 20 6 6 10 1 1 1 2 FCSL helps college players hone their skills 08/05/2006 7:50 PM ET By Michael Echan / Special to MLB.com ORLANDO -Baseball is as much a part of Florida as sandy beaches and Disney World. The Sunshine State sends teams to three different World Series -- Little League, college and the Majors -- while producing big-name stars such as Steve Carlton, Tim Raines, Chipper Jones and David Eckstein. Florida is also home to three of the nation's top baseball colleges -- the University of Florida, Florida State University and the University of Miami -- and many of its players are routinely taken early in the amateur draft. To hone their skills in the summer, however, these athletes had to travel as far away as Cape Cod or even Alaska to find a quality wooden bat league to help them prepare for a professional career -- until three years ago, that is. In November 2003, Sara and Mike Whiting, along with friend and area baseball coach Sal Lombardo, started the Florida Collegiate Summer League (FCSL), a sixteam wooden bat league based in the Orlando area for players who might not want to migrate so far from home. Energy and enthusiasm are as hard to find among the Whitings as an orange in Florida. Sara, the 49-year-old mother of two, can be seen at almost every FCSL event, displaying the kind of bubbly enthusiasm you'd expect from the children that fill the stands at the league's games. When she talks about the league, or baseball in general, her tone carries a seemingly endless sense of joy. While the commitment to such a large project wasn't lacking, the funds to support the endeavor were. The FCSL is a nonprofit organization, so there are no reserves to pay for the fields, coaches, umpires, uniforms, concessions or any other costs the league may incur. Despite conducting active fundraising campaigns, Whiting said she had to go back to her primary donors to ask for more money during the first two years. The FCSL, which is affiliated with the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball and follows NCAA legislation, costs about $315,000 each year to operate, with each squad running on $45,000 a season. The teams are located no more than an hour away from each other to reduce travel and are allotted six roster spots for out-of-state players, not only to further reduce costs, but also to emphasize the use of the abundant in-state talent pool. "What you do is focus on the things that are important, and that's where a lot of people mess up to begin with," Whiting said. "You concentrate on getting good coaches, good fields and good players. We have just one bat supplier, one ball supplier and we get good umpires. You focus on what really is important and not on the fluff stuff." The FCSL also relies on the help of about 120 volunteers and college interns who are asked to do much of the day-to-day work, such as soliciting sponsors, organizing fundraising events and running in-game activities. Whiting said that without their help, the league would not have lasted as long as it has. She also credits another volunteer group for helping get the FCSL off the ground: the Cape Cod League. "The Cape League is definitely the one we look at because they're the best. They've been doing it for over 125 years," Whiting said. "They've also been so incredibly helpful. I've called them up, asking every question I could. Sometimes I didn't know what questions to ask and they were still willing to help." One of the Cape League's defining qualities is its star power, as many of the circuit's alumni have become not only Major League All-Stars, but Hall of Famers as well. Obviously, a new league won't be able to boast players like Mike Schmidt or Lance Berkman, but with the abundance of pros living in central Florida, it wasn't hard for Whiting to find a few that were willing to lend their names. Jones and Eckstein are among the current players listed as honorary advisors, as are former Rockies slugger Dante Bichette and '80s speedster Raines. Rick Eckstein, David's brother and current hitting coach for the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs, is also an advisor, and one Whiting often goes to when seeking advice. The former Florida Gator doled out plenty of helpful hints, but none were more important than his take on what the league's primary focus must be: the players. "I'm friends with the Sanford coach, Kenne Brown, and his big thing is to make sure that these kids leave here as better players," Eckstein said. "Winning is important, but if the players don't develop, the league won't survive because the kids won't feel like they've gotten better. Just looking at the rosters, you can tell how strong a league is. I told Sara that it's a test of time... and you'll never know how strong a league is until a few years later when you see where some of your kids are." It has only been three years, but already the FCSL has seen growth that few would have expected so soon.