Baseball Inks Seven to National Letters of Intent
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan second year head baseball coach Jim Duffy signed seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent who will join the two-time defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) champion Jaspers next fall. Outfielders Evan Brown (Ashburnham, Mass./Cushing Academy/Bridgton Academy) and Jason Patnick (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central), infielders Jose Carrera (Miami, Fla./Saint Brendan) and Elias Monsalve (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep) and pitchers James D'Angelo (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains-Fanwood), Joey Rocchietti (Green Brook, N.J./Watchung Hills Regional) and Matt Simonetti (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) will bolster the Jaspers' roster for the 2014 campaign.
"I am absolutely thrilled to welcome this group of young men to both the Manhattan College community and our baseball program," said Duffy. "They are strong, competitive student-athletes who all come from successful programs. Our assistant coaches Rene Ruiz and Elvys Quezada did a tremendous job identifying the type of players we want associated with our program."
Brown is a 6'0", 200-pound left-handed outfielder who will come to Manhattan after one year of prep school at Bridgton Academy in Maine. Last season, he led Bridgton with a .420 batting average and 20 RBI, and he posted a .560 slugging percentage playing for head coach Aaron Izaryk. Brown helped Bridgton win the North Division of the New England Club Baseball Association (NECBA) with a 9-3 record and win the NECBA Championship. Prior to Bridgton, the Ashburnham, Mass. native played at Cushing Academy where he was a First Team Central New England All-League selection. Brown was a two-sport athlete at Cushing also lettering in football. He was named a Bobby Valentine All-America during summer ball in 2010 and 2011.
Patnick, a 6'2", 195-pound outfielder from Pennington, N.J., lettered four years on varsity at Hopewell Valley Central for head coach Ken Harrison. The three-time All-County selection helped Hopewell Valley to a 19-9 record last season and advance to the Central Jersey Group III semifinal. Patnick was a two-time selection to the Mercer County Carpenter Cup roster. Patnick tossed a no-hitter as a sophomore against Hamilton, and later that year helped Hopewell Valley advance to the NJSIAA Group III state semifinals. Patnick served as team captain at Hopewell Valley. He also received the Inaugural Diamond Jacks Scholarship honoring Kevin Gilbert, an award given to five recipients who represent the 'best of the best' - a person of integrity who exhibits strong leadership skills both on and off the playing field. Patnick currently attends prep school at IMG Academy in West Bradenton, Fla.
Carrera comes to Manhattan from Saint Brendan High School in Miami. The 5'6" switch hitting second baseman posted a .539 batting average with four home runs, 14 RBI and 25 stolen bases last season. Carrera garnered First Team All-Dade by the Miami Herald and was named the Sabres' Most Valuable Player.
Monsalve is a 6'4" 185-pound infielder from Miami who helped lead Belen Jesuit Prep to the 2012 District Championship last season, advancing to the 6A Regional Semifinal. The Wolverines posted a 20-9 overall record and 12-1 district record under head coach Jerry Albert. Monsalve hit .475 with 14 RBI, 10 stolen bases and two home runs, and he had a .700 slugging percentage as a junior.
D'Angelo, a 6'3" 175-pound right-handed pitcher from Scotch Plains, N.J., is a four-year varsity letter winner at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School for Tom Baylock. D'Angelo enters his final season at Scotch Plains-Fanwood with an 11-2 career record. He was named Third Team All-State by the Newark Star Ledger following a junior campaign when he posted a 7-1 record helping the Raiders advance to the New Jersey sectional quarterfinals. D'Angelo set a single season school record last year striking out 66 batters in 55 innings. He hit .377, driving in 33 runs with 11 doubles and two home runs, while leading the team in RBI and extra base hits. D'Angelo was a First Team All-Watchung Conference honoree as a junior and selected to the Union/Essex County All-Star Game for the second straight year.
Rocchietti is a 6'3", 210-pound right-handed pitcher from Green Brook, N.J. Over his career at Watchung Hills Regional High School playing for head coach Mario Diez, Rocchietti has posted a 13-4 overall record and enters his senior year tied for seventh on the program's career wins chart. As a junior, Rocchietti posted a 1.11 ERA, which was the sixth lowest for a single season in Watchung Hills history. He pitched 60 innings and yielded only three walks, while also leading the team with a .452 batting average. Rocchietti was named First Team All-Skyland Conference, All-Somerset County and Second Team All-Group 4 last season. He was an All-State Honorable Mention by MSG Varsity. Rocchietti also collected Second Team All-Skyland Conference and All-Somerset County honors as a sophomore.
Simonetti is another right-handed pitcher with good size at 6'2", 180-pounds who hails from Manalapan, N.J. As a junior, Simonetti helped lead Manalapan to its second straight New Jersey Group 4 Championship under head coach Brian Boyce. He pitched 30.1 innings posting 25 strikeouts and finished with a 5-3 overall record with two saves. Simonetti was named Manalapan's Pitcher of the Year as he recorded a 2.31 ERA.
The Jaspers will graduate eight seniors in 2013, including three All-MAAC selections. Manhattan begins its run for a conference record third straight MAAC Championship on Feb. 22 with a season opening series at Florida International.