As the 2017 summer league season comes to an end, it is time to roll out CBBSN’s collegiate summer league updates from around the country. Over the next several weeks, our scouts will be sharing how their school’s players have fared over the season, and how they look to project going into fall practice.

During the 2017 season, there was plenty of talent to watch in the Northeast.  Here is a list of a few top players I scouted during the college season and how they performed in the summer.

James Karinchak – Mahoning Valley Scrappers, NY Penn League.

From Bryant University, Karinchak was drafted in the ninth round from the Cleveland Indians.  Karinchak throws a fastball in the low 90s and tops out around 94.  Has a plus 12/6 curveball, and showed plus control in college.  Currently, he is struggling in low-A ball with an ERA over 5 and a WHIP of 1.63.  On a positive note, he does have 20 strikeouts in just 19 innings of work.

Jesse Berardi – Mahoning Valley Scrappers, NY Penn League

The St. John’s star who help lead them to 42 wins and a regional berth at the College World Series, was also drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 10th round.  Berardi, who makes consistent hard contact to all fields, also has a plus eye.  He waits for his pitch or will take the walk.  Defensively, he has plus range and arm strength.  Berardi is continuing his college career as his stat line for his first 112 at-bats is 304/331/393.

Sean Mooney – USA Collegiate National Team

Mooney was a true freshman and the team’s Friday night starter, where he was named the Big East Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year. He has a fastball that tops out around 90 mph with plus control and very good late breaking movement on his cutter that causes weak contact.  Although Mooney did not see any playing time for the CNT, it is a great honor to be selected to be selected as a freshman.  

Josh Shaw – Chatham Anglers, Cape Cod Baseball League

St. John’s second baseman was named to First Team All Big East in 2017.  Shaw has shown good bat speed and makes consistent solid contact.  His gap power now should turn into more overall power.  During his time in the CCBL, he did not show much power, but did bat .283 and had an on base of .331–all leading up to a CCBL All-Star selection.

Jeremy Pena – Chatham Anglers, Cape Cod Baseball League

One of my favorites from this past season was Jeremy Pena of Maine University.  He has plus range and a plus arm, and makes the routine or the highlight reel play.  He has the skills to stay shortstop at the pro level. Offensively, Pena has shown solid bat speed.  I watched his batting practice sessions and he works on hitting the ball to all fields. The sky is the limit when it comes to his defense, while his bat is still a work in progress, as he batted .228 and had an on base percentage of .315.  Pena, showed some power as he belted three home runs and three doubles and was selected to the CCBL All-Star Game.

Gavin Hollowell – Keene Swamp Bats, New England Collegiate Baseball League

Another freshman pitcher from St. Johns, Hollowell had 19 relief appearances where he leads the top 25 teams with an era of 1.65.  The 6-foot-7 righty throws a fastball in the low 90s and has good control. Hollowell should get a chance to start next season at St. Johns after he showed a strong summer with Keene, starting five games going 3-0 with an era of 3.23.  In his 39 innings pitched, he had 42 strikeouts and only five walks.

Cullen Dana – Harwich Mariners, Cape Cod Baseball League

The 6-foot-5 lefty from Seton Hall has a smooth delivery that he repeats on a consistent basis.  His fastball only tops out around 89-90, but his plus secondary pitches and control makes him a solid prospect for the 2018 MLB Draft.  Dana struggled on the Cape with an ERA of 6.  In 15 innings of work, he had 11 strikeouts and eight walks.  However, he did finish on a positive note with his last start for Harwich, where he went seven strong innings, giving up two hits and two runs while striking out five batters to earn the win.

Ryan Ramiz – Mystic Schooners, New England Collegiate Baseball League

The outfielder from Seton Hall has shown strong tools across the board and continued his success this past summer as he was selected to the NECBL All-Star Game.  Ramiz has good range in center field and solid arm strength.  A smart base runner with good speed, Ramiz has stolen 32 bases the last two seasons for the Pirates and added another seven for the Schooners.  Ramiz profiles as a  line drive hitter, with a stat line of 277/378/387 for Seton Hall this past season, and showed similar numbers for the Mystic Schooners, as he batted .260 with 15 walks and 13 extra base hits in 123 at-bats.

Joe Barbella

Scout with CBBSN. Seton Hall University.

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