NYC HS Baseball Players Wesley Rodriguez, Anthony Toribio Eye MLB Draft
It’s not often that New York City produces high school baseball players who garner major league draft interest, especially from the public school ranks. The last players I can think of is Williams Jerez (Grand Street Campus/2nd round-Red Sox-‘11) and Dellin Betances (Grand Street/8th round—Yankees—‘06).
This season, there are two players included in draft talks: Anthony Toribio of Norman Thomas and Wesley Rodriguez of George Washington.
Toribio is an 18-year-old catcher who can hit for power, and has impressed with his strong arm behind the plate. The right-handed batter slugged .583 with four home runs and 22 RBI in 38 at-bats this season. Major league scouts also like his ability to man third base, according to the New York Daily News.
NYC high school baseball insiders expect Toribio to go high in the second round of the MLB amateur on June 6.
As for Rodriguez, he throws a potent arsenal of pitchers, which includes two-seam and four-seam fastballs, a sinker, a slider, a curveball and a changeup. But it’s the gas, clocked as high as 98 mph, which has been exciting scouts, and striking fear in the opposing hitters’ hearts.
This year, he posted a 4-0 record with 56 strikeouts along with surrendering just two earned runs and three walks in 21.40 innings of work.
He also plays shortstop and catches, and can flat-out rake, smashing .535 with five long balls and 23 RBI during the regular season. The 5-foot-11-inch, 200-pounder went 4-4 with a homer and two RBI in a 12-2 first round playoff victory over Stuyvesant Monday at home.
Longtime Trojans coach Steve Mandl believes he’s one of the school’s best hitters in its rich baseball history, which includes former Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez.
Rodriguez, a University of Pittsburg-commit, would go pro if he’s drafted high enough, according to the NY Daily News. And if the rest of the season goes accordingly for the right-hander, he could find himself high on an organization’s draft board, disappointing the Panthers baseball team when his name is called.