High-SchoolNew-York: Andrew Zapata

N.Y. Week 8 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 30, 2012
After games on Saturday, May 26

Poly Prep's season ended like just about everyone predicted — with another state title. The Blue Devils rode Andrew Zapata's one-hitter to secure a 4-2 victory against Fieldston and hoist another NYSAISAA crown. With Zapata and several other starters returning next year, a three-peat could be in store.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 17-1 (1)
Wolves easily took care of Environmental Studies and Taft to open the playoffs. Next up: James Monroe.

2. Tottenville (Staten Island) 22-3 (2)
Pirates take on a tough John Adams squad in PSAL Class A quarterfinals on Tuesday.

3. Cardozo (Queens) 23-2 (3)
Judges defeated Murry Bergtraum and Newtown by a combined score of 19-2. Next up: Telecommunications.

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N.Y. Week 4 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 2, 2012
After games on Saturday, April 28

New York City's teams continue to impress as the regular season draws closer to the playoffs. Grand Street Campus has shown its resilience, coming back to beat Telecommunications last week, as well as its scoring potential behind its wealth of talent in the likes of Jose Cuas and Kevin Martir.

The same goes for St. Joseph-by-the-Sea, which saw pitcher Brian Russell fan 17 batters in eight innings en route to a 1-0 win against Cardinal Spelman, and Poly Prep, which looks like the team most expected the Blue Devils to be by winning six straight, including a victory that featured a no-hitter by Andrew Zapata.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 9-1 (1)
Beat Telecommunications and Lafayette to extend its win streak in league play.

2. St. Joseph-by-the-Sea (Staten Island) 6-0 (2)
Brian Russell struck out 17 batters in eight innings to lead the Vikings past Cardinal Spellman 1-0.

3. Xaverian (Brooklyn) 9-2 (3)
Clippers downed Archbishop Molloy behind home runs from brothers John and Louis DeAngelis.

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N.Y. Week 3 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 25, 2012
After games on Saturday, April 21

Entering this season, most eyes were on George Washington because of their powerful tandem in Nelson Rodriguez and Fernelys Sanchez, and Poly Prep because of junior ace pitcher Andrew Zapata. But the Trojans have struggled due to Sanchez being sidelined by injury and inconsistent pitching, while the Blue Devils have been inconsistent in producing offense at the plate.

As a result, teams like Grand Street Campus (led by do-everything player Alex Cuas) have taken the baton and raced to the top of the New York rankings. Of course, the season is still young, so expect plenty more movement in the coming weeks.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 7-1 (2)
Led by Alex Cuas, the Wolves are peaking at the right time.

2. St. Joseph-By-The-Sea (Staten Island) 3-0 (3)
Vikings knocked off rival Monroe Catholic and have been a surprise contender this year.

3. Xaverian (Brooklyn) 7-2 (4)
Clippers welcomed back ace pitcher Blaise Scerbo to the lineup, giving them even more punch.

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Hollon is nation’s top junior right-hander

March, 23, 2012
Clinton HollonCourtesy of Perfect GameWoodford County (Versailles, Ky.) star Clinton Hollon is the nation's top right-handed pitcher in the Class of 2013.
Each week from now until the end of April, we’ll take a look at the elite Class of 2013 baseball prospects by ranking the Top 5 players at each position. This week, we get things started with the Top 5 right-handed pitchers led by Clinton Hollon of Woodford County (Versailles, Ky.), a 6-foot-1, 195-pounder who can throw in the high-90s.
1. Clinton Hollon, Woodford County High School (Versailles, Ky.)
Hollon, a Kentucky commit, has bumped 97 mph on the radar gun. And despite some red flags with his delivery, he has the best arm in the prep class of 2013. He's just 6-foot-1, but he's well built at 195 pounds and offers an upper-80s curveball, a mid-80s slider and a changeup. His slider may be his best shot at an out pitch at the next level.

2. Jordan Sheffield, Tullahoma High School (Tenn.)
Sheffield is a two-sport star and is headed to Vanderbilt, a school that usually keeps its commits rather than losing them to the baseball draft. Sheffield has hit 94 mph with his fastball thanks to terrific arm speed and the pitch has late life. He also employs a power curveball and a slider. Like Hollon, Sheffield is a bit undersized at 6-foot-1 and is just 175 pounds -- great size for a slot receiver on the gridiron, but not ideal for a starting pitcher.

3. Trevor Clifton, Heritage High School (Maryville, Tenn.)
Clifton offers projection from his 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame and a fastball that is in the 89-92 mph range entering his junior year. He complements the four-seamer with a mid-70s slurvy breaking ball and an upper-80s changeup. He’s started this season 2-0 and tossed his first career no-hitter this week.

4. Thomas Hatch, Jenks High School (Okla.)
Hatch has grazed 93 mph with his fastball, pitching mostly in the 89-90 range, and pitches downhill with arm-side ride and a cutter-like slider. His release point is consistent and he repeats his delivery. He's considered a mature arm with a good feel for pitching and above-average command.

5. Matt Vogel, Patchogue-Medford High School (Medford, N.Y.)
Vogel, committed to South Carolina, possesses good arm speed and a fastball up to 92 miles per hour. His secondary stuff includes a curveball and slider -- of which he will likely have to choose one as a pro -- and works both sides of the plate well. Despite the average velocity upon which to build, the pitch is true, which means his lack of ideal height -- he's 6-foot-1 -- makes it difficult to create downward plane. He may need college to work on his delivery.

Others to Watch
Cheyne Bickel, Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
Trey Cobb, Broken Arrow (Okla.)
Dustin Driver, Wenatchee (Wash.)
Steve Farinaro, Head-Royce (Oakland, Calif.)
Sheldon Neuse, Fossil Ridge (Fort Worth, Texas)
Keegan Thompson, Cullman (Ala.)
Andrew Zapata, Poly Prep (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Jason A. Churchill covers scouting, player development and the MLB draft for ESPN Insider, as well as Prospect Insider, where he's the founder and executive editor. You can follow him on Twitter @ProspectInsider and email him at churchill@prospectinsider.com.

New York All-State baseball team revealed

March, 1, 2012
ESPNHS has announced its preseason All-State baseball teams, so feel free to start debating the New York selections.

It's no surprise that Poly Prep ace Andrew Zapata or George Washington power hitter Nelson Rodriguez earned a spot on our first-team squad. But check out the entire list for who else made the list.

Click here for the New York All-State baseball team.

Click here to check out the other All-State baseball teams across the country.

Brandon Parker covers high school sports for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.