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Thursday, August 27, 2009
Mohawks Dominate NYCBL Top Prospect List ; Kapteyn (Kentucky) Named NYCBL Top Prospect

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According to Baseball America and Perfect Game Crosschecker, the Amsterdam Mohawk's dominating 2009 season was no fluke as the Mohawks dominated both publications Top Pro Prospects list. Braden Kapteyn, the Mohawks prolific pitcher and first baseman from the University of Kentucky, was named the League's Top Prospect by both publications. This marks the second straight year that the Mohawks have had the NYCBL's Top Prospect. In 2008, left handed pitcher Logan Darnell, also from Kentucky, claimed stake to that honor. Darnell was recently named the #2 Prospect from this past summer in the prestigous Alaska Summer Baseball League.

MOHAWKS LISTED IN PERFECTGAME CROSSCHECKER TOP 25 NYCBL PROSPECT LIST #1. Braden Kapteyn-RHP/1B-Kentucky #2. Tillman Pugh-OF-Gateway CC #3. Mel Rojas, Jr-OF-Wabash CC #8. Justin Fradejas-OF-Auburn #15. Dave Filak-RHP-Oneonta State #18. Mason McVay-LHP-Florida Int. #21. Sean Bouthilette-RHP-Kentucky #22. Dan Gamache-3B-Auburn

MOHAWKS LISTED IN BASEBALL AMERICA'S TOP 10 NYCBL PROSPECT LIST (WITH PROFILE) #1. Braden Kapteyn-RHP/1B-Kentucky #2. Tillman Pugh-OF-Gateway CC #5. Mel Rojas, Jr-OF-Wabash CC #7. Justin Fradejas-Auburn 1. Braden Kapteyn, rhp/1b, Amsterdam (So., Kentucky) The younger brother of former Evansville righthander Wade Kapteyn (who signed with the Tigers as a 24th-round pick this year), Kapteyn was recruited to Kentucky as a true two-way player, and he filled both roles right away, batting .319/.377/.482 in 141-at-bats while going 5-0, 6.06 in 32 innings of relief as a freshman this spring. He overpowered the NYCBL this summer, going 4-1, 2.47 with 72 strikeouts and 25 walks in 42 innings, almost exclusively in a starting role. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Kapteyn has good sink on his 90-94 mph fastball and has made great strides with his slider, which projects as an average or slightly better pitch. Kapteyn was drafted as a position player in the 39th round in 2008, and he does have legitimate raw power. He hit .319/.387/.458 with four homers this summer, but his pro future is likely on the mound. 2. Tillman Pugh, of, Amsterdam (Jr., Sonoma State, Calif.) Pugh appeared in eight games as a freshman for Arizona State in 2008, then transferred to Gateway (Ariz.) CC for his sophomore year, batting .333/.409/.442 with 21 stolen bases. He was drafted by the Mariners in the 16th round in June but did not sign and will head to Division II Sonoma State for his junior season. Pugh showed some pop in the NYCBL, hitting .276/.360/.469 with four homers in 98 at-bats. His best tool, though, is his plus speed, which allows him to cover plenty of ground in the outfield and plays well on the basepaths. He also has a strong arm and the ability to hit for average, though he needs to cut down on his strikeouts and make more consistent contact. 5. Mel Rojas Jr., of, Amsterdam (Fr., Wabash Valley CC, Ill.) Rojas, the son of the former big league reliever of the same name, hails from the Dominican Republic and took a redshirt this spring while getting his eligibility in order. He played all three outfield spots this summer for Amsterdam and hit .314/.352/.438 with three homers and eight stolen bases. His best tool is his blazing speed?he has been clocked at 6.6 seconds in the 60-yard dash?and he worked hard this summer to make better use of it by improving his bunting and hitting the ball on the ground. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound switch-hitter also did a better job handling inside pitches as the summer progressed, and he could develop some pop as he fills out, though he doesn't profile as a power hitter. 7. Justin Fradejas, of, Amsterdam (Jr., Auburn) Fradejas started 18 games in Amsterdam's crowded outfield but missed a few weeks with a badly sprained ankle. He was impressive when healthy, batting .313/.387/.388 with six stolen bases. The 6-foot, 190-pound Fradejas stands out most for his plus-plus speed; he has been clocked at 6.4 seconds in the 60-yard dash, and his legs allow him to cover plenty of ground in the outfield. He also hit with some authority this spring at Northwest Florida CC, swatting eight homers. Fradejas transferred to Auburn for his junior year.



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