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2016 MLB Draft Follow Lists – MAAC

One of my great regrets in doing conference lists rather than team profiles is the unfortunate inevitability of the prospects outside a conference’s top few names getting short shrift. With team profiles, there’s more time and space to get into some of the lesser prospects that are still fun to discuss as potential late-round sleepers. So without any huge names that I can see in this year’s class of MAAC draft prospects, let’s take a look at some of the prospects who would have gotten profiled in a team-by-team look instead.

Jose Carrera is listed at 5-6, 145 pounds, but nobody who has seen him believes he’s really that big. He struggled with the stick last season (.190 BA), but found other ways to contribute offensively: his 14 BB/9 K ratio led to a .358 OBP, his lack of size didn’t get in the way of some surprising pop showing through (168 ISO), and his above-average speed and smart base running was evident in his 15/16 success rate stealing bags. Carrera is one of my favorite college players already. I’m all about him as a 2017 senior-sign. For those of you who don’t want to wait another year for a senior-sign to love, there’s Lou Iannotti of Quinnipiac. Iannotti has great size (6-3, 200), above-average speed, a strong arm, and really impressive defensive instincts. It’s not the usual package one would expect out of a potential late-round senior-sign MAAC catching prospect, but Iannotti makes it work.

Kyano Cummings is a rarity as a lefty with a legit plus splitter. How rare is a lefthander who throws a split? Quick research revealed only five big league lefties even attempted the pitch last year: Jeremy Affeldt, Matt Reynolds, Ken Roberts, Andrew Faulkner, and Manny Parra. Fellow lefthanders Anthony Ciavarella (curve) and Frank Trimarco (change) don’t throw splitters (to my knowledge), but both have an out pitch of their own that they can rely on to miss bats.

Meanwhile, at the top of their respective lists sit Jake Lumley and Iannick Remillard from Canisius. Lumley is a reliable glove with above-average speed and a sound approach at the plate. Remillard has always been able to get swings and misses from his three-pitch mix headlined by a heater up to 93 MPH. Below them are real draft prospects that I can’t help but like such as Christ Conley (athletic catcher who can hit), Shaine Hughes (promising bat that could rise this spring with more exposure), Christian Santisteban (an all-caps FAVORITE as a hitter), Alex Vargas (undersized righthander with a really quick arm), Thomas Jankins (a crafty righty who can throw any one of his top four pitches in any count), and Bryan Goossens (intriguing senior-sign reliever option up to 94).


  1. Canisius JR 2B/SS Jake Lumley
  2. Canisius JR C Christ Conley
  3. Monmouth rSO 3B/1B Shaine Hughes
  4. Manhattan SR 1B/OF Christian Santisteban
  5. Niagara SR 1B/2B Michael Fuhrman
  6. Siena JR OF Dan Swain
  7. Quinnipiac JR SS/2B Matt Batten
  8. Canisius SR 2B/SS Anthony Massicci
  9. Marist SR OF Graham McIntire
  10. Quinnipiac SR OF Rob Pescitelli
  11. Marist SR 2B Joey Aiola
  12. Marist rSR 1B/OF Steve Laurino
  13. Iona rJR 2B/SS Matt Byrne
  14. Manhattan JR SS Jose Carrera
  15. Quinnipiac SR C/1B Lou Iannotti
  16. Siena SR C Dave Hoffmann
  17. Siena JR OF Ryne Martinez
  18. Fairfield SR 1B Brendan Tracy
  19. Quinnipiac SR OF Mike Palladino
  20. Fairfield SR OF/SS Jake Salpietro
  21. Monmouth SR OF Dan Shea
  22. Marist JR OF Tyler Kirkpatrick
  23. Marist SR OF Matt Pagano
  24. St. Peter’s SR OF Rob Moore
  25. Rider SR OF James Locklear
  26. Quinnipiac SR 3B/RHP Joseph Burns
  27. St. Peter’s SR SS Jon Kristoffersen
  28. Siena SR 1B/OF Fred Smart


  1. Canisius SR RHP Iannick Remillard
  2. Quinnipiac JR RHP Alex Vargas
  3. Quinnipiac JR RHP Thomas Jankins
  4. Siena SR RHP Bryan Goossens
  5. Marist rSO RHP Scott Boches
  6. Monmouth JR RHP Ricky Dennis
  7. Siena SR LHP Kyano Cummings
  8. Monmouth SR LHP Anthony Ciavarella
  9. Monmouth SR LHP Frank Trimarco
  10. Rider rJR RHP Vincenzo Aiello
  11. Manhattan JR RHP Joey Rocchietti
  12. Quinnipiac JR RHP Greg Egan
  13. Manhattan JR RHP Matt Simonetti
  14. Manhattan SO LHP Tommy Cosgrove
  15. Siena JR LHP Chris Amorosi
  16. Canisius SR LHP Alex Godzak
  17. Manhattan JR LHP Joe Jacques
  18. Iona JR RHP Vinny Martin
  19. Marist rSR RHP Evan Davis
  20. Iona rJR LHP Andrew Pucillo
  21. Iona JR LHP Andrew Camiolo
  22. Marist JR RHP Tyler Dearden
  23. Quinnipiac rSR RHP Matthew Lorenzetti
  24. Quinnipiac JR LHP Matthew Osieja
  25. Quinnipiac SR LHP Justin Thomas
  26. St. Peter’s SR RHP John Leiter


SR RHP Iannick Remillard (2016)
SR LHP Alex Godzak (2016)
JR RHP Josh Shepley (2016)
SR 2B/SS Anthony Massicci (2016)
JR 2B/SS Jake Lumley (2016)
JR C Christ Conley (2016)
SO LHP JP Stevenson (2017)
SO RHP Tyler Smith (2017)
SO 1B/3B Ryan Stekl (2017)
SO OF Adam Tricarico (2017)
SO C Jack Massa (2017)
SO 2B Ryan Creps (2017)
SO 2B/SS Alex O’Donnell (2017)
FR RHP Andrew Kneussie (2018)

High Priority Follows: Iannick Remillard, Alex Godzak, Anthony Massicci, Jake Lumley, Christ Conley


SR RHP Aaron Howell (2016)
JR LHP Mike Bonaiuto (2016)
JR RHP Kyle Dube (2016)
SR OF/SS Jake Salpietro (2016):
SR 1B Brendan Tracy (2016)
JR OF Dan Hopkins (2016)
JR OF Troy Scocca (2016)
FR 3B Jack Gethings (2018)
FR OF Tim Zeng (2018)

High Priority Follows: Jake Salpietro, Brendan Tracy


rJR LHP Andrew Pucillo (2016)
JR RHP Vinny Martin (2016)
JR LHP Andrew Camiolo (2016)
rJR 2B/SS Matt Byrne (2016)
SR C Carmine Palummo (2016)
JR C Alex Beckett (2016)
SR OF Travis Mistretta (2016)
SR SS Vinny DeMaria (2016)
SO RHP Patrick Ryan (2017)
SO RHP Joe DeRosa (2017)
SO OF Seth Hoagland (2017)
FR 2B Sean Breen (2018)

High Priority Follows: Andrew Pucillo, Vinny Martin, Andrew Camiolo, Matt Byrne


JR RHP Joey Rocchietti (2016)
JR RHP Matt Simonetti (2016)
JR LHP Joe Jacques (2016)
SO LHP Tommy Cosgrove (2016)
JR SS Jose Carrera (2016)
SR 1B/OF Christian Santisteban (2016)
SO OF Brendan Bisset (2017)
FR RHP Ryan Takacs (2018)

High Priority Follows: Joey Rocchietti, Matt Simonetti, Joe Jacques, Tommy Cosgrove, Jose Carrera, Christian Santisteban


rSO RHP Scott Boches (2016)
rSO RHP Sean Keenan (2016)
JR RHP Ryan Thomas (2016)
rSR RHP Chris Napolitano (2016)
rSR RHP Evan Davis (2016)
JR RHP Tyler Dearden (2016)
SR RHP Erik Bauer (2016)
SR OF Matt Pagano (2016)
SR OF Graham McIntire (2016)
SR 2B Joey Aiola (2016)
JR OF Tyler Kirkpatrick (2016)
SR SS John Brucker (2016)
rSR 1B/OF Steve Laurino (2016)
rJR OF Zachary Racusin (2016)
rSR C Mark Swertfager (2016)
SO RHP Michael Hunter (2017)
SO LHP Charlie Jerla (2017)
SO LHP Tony Romanelli (2017)
FR SS Jack Shirk (2018)

High Priority Follows: Scott Boches, Evan Davis, Tyler Dearden, Erik Bauer, Matt Pagano, Graham McIntire, Joey Aiola, Tyler Kirkpatrick, Steve Laurino, Mark Swertfager


SR LHP Anthony Ciavarella (2016)
SR LHP Frank Trimarco (2016)
JR RHP Ricky Dennis (2016)
rSO 3B/1B Shaine Hughes (2016)
SR OF Dan Shea (2016)
SR C Cary Jacobson (2016)
SR SS Robbie Alessandrine (2016)
JR 2B/SS Grant Lamberton (2016)
JR OF Chris Gaetano (2016)
JR C/1B Ryan Bailey (2016)
SO LHP Justin Andrews (2017)
SO LHP Mike Brambilla (2017)
SO INF Justin Trochiano (2017)
SO OF Pete Papcun (2017)
FR RHP Joe Molettiere (2018)
FR INF/RHP Jordan McCrum (2018)

High Priority Follows: Anthony Ciavarella, Frank Trimarco, Ricky Dennis, Shaine Hughes, Dan Shea, Robbie Alessandrine, Chris Gaetano, Ryan Bailey


SR RHP Ben Zaccagnino (2016)
JR RHP Kevin Lucas (2016)
JR RHP Daniel Procopio (2016)
JR LHP Michael Bucci (2016)
rJR RHP Matt McCuen (2016)
SR 1B/2B Michael Fuhrman (2016)
rSR OF Taylor Hackett (2016)
rJR 3B Greg Rodgers (2016)
rJR OF Hayden Coll (2016)
JR C Joel Brophy (2016)
SO RHP Zachary Kolodziejski (2017)
SO OF/3B Tanner Kirwer (2017)
FR SS Greg Cullen (2018)

High Priority Follows: Michael Bucci, Matt McCuen, Michael Fuhrman, Hayden Coll


JR RHP Alex Vargas (2016)
SR LHP Justin Thomas (2016)
JR LHP Matthew Osieja (2016)
JR RHP Thomas Jankins (2016)
JR RHP Greg Egan (2016)
SR RHP Joseph Scaglione (2016)
rSR RHP Matthew Lorenzetti (2016)
SR 3B/RHP Joseph Burns (2016)
SR OF Mike Palladino (2016)
SR OF Rob Pescitelli (2016)
SR C/1B Lou Iannotti (2016)
SR 2B Ryan Nelson (2016)
JR C Matt Oestreicher (2016)
JR SS/2B Matt Batten (2016)
SR OF John Bodenhamer (2016)
SO RHP Robert Hitt (2017)
SO RHP Taylor Luciani (2017)
SO LHP Wyatt Hamilton (2017)
SO 1B/RHP Ben Gibson (2017)
SO OF Julius Saporito (2017)
FR OF Brian Moskey (2018)

High Priority Follows: Alex Vargas, Justin Thomas, Matthew Osieja, Thomas Jankins, Greg Egan, Matthew Lorenzetti, Joseph Burns, Mike Palladino, Rob Pescitelli, Lou Iannotti, Matt Batten


rJR RHP Vincenzo Aiello (2016)
JR RHP Josh Sharik (2016)
SR OF James Locklear (2016)
SO LHP Nick Margevicius (2017)
SO OF Brian Uliana (2017)
FR RHP Brett Kosciolek (2018)
FR 1B Richie Tecco (2018)

High Priority Follows: Vincenzo Aiello, James Locklear


SR RHP Bryan Goossens (2016)
SR LHP Kyano Cummings (2016)
JR LHP Chris Amorosi (2016)
JR OF Dan Swain (2016)
JR OF Ryne Martinez (2016)
SR 1B/OF Fred Smart (2016)
SR C Dave Hoffmann (2016)
SR OF Alex Tuccio (2016)
SR C Dave Hoffman (2016)
SO RHP Ryan Bellomo (2017)
SO 2B/SS Jordan Bishop (2017)
SO 1B Joe Drpich (2017)
FR LHP Tommy Miller (2018)
FR RHP Dylan D’Anna (2018)
FR 3B Jordan Folgers (2018)

High Priority Follows: Bryan Goossens, Kyano Cummings, Chris Amorosi, Dan Swain, Ryne Martinez, Fred Smart, Dave Hoffmann

St. Peter’s

SR RHP John Leiter (2016)
JR RHP Kevin Soriano (2016)
SR OF Rob Moore (2016)
SR SS Jon Kristoffersen (2016)
SO RHP Anthony Assante (2017)
SO OF Nick Ciocco (2017)

High Priority Follows: John Leiter, Rob Moore, Jon Kristoffersen


MAAC 2015 MLB Draft All-Prospect Team

Fairfield SR C Sebastian Salvo
Canisius SR 1B Connor Panas
Canisius JR 2B Anthony Massicci
Quinnipiac SR SS Scott Donaghue
Canisius SR 3B Jesse Puscheck
St. Peter’s JR OF Rob Moore
Fairfield JR OF Jake Salpietro
Quinnipiac JR OF Rob Pescitelli

Canisius SR RHP Devon Stewart
Iona JR RHP Mariano Rivera
Siena SR RHP Ed Lewicki
Fairfield SR RHP EJ Ashworth
Iona JR RHP John Daddino

I’m not sure I’ve had less information for any conference so far than the limited info I scrounged up on the MAAC. That’s not to say that there aren’t hidden gems to be found here; it’s just that the gems are so deeply hidden that they are well past the point of digging that I was able to do. The few players that I do have notes on are actually pretty darn interesting relative to the prospects found at other similarly sized conferences across the conference.

One such interesting prospect is Canisius SR 1B/3B Connor Panas. Panas is a multi-dimensional offensive threat capable of beating you with a single the other way, a deep ball to his pull side, or speed on the base paths (22/26 SB the past two seasons). I don’t know nearly as much as I’d like about his defensive ability, but if he can play a reasonable third base then he’s an even better prospect than I currently give him credit for. I’ve heard from those in the know that even if he can’t play third regularly, he should be athletic and instinctual enough to work as a four-corners utility player in the pros. He’s joined in the Canisius infield with fellow prospects JR 2B/SS Anthony Massicci (steady glove, plenty of arm, nice power/speed/patience offensive blend) and JR 3B Jesse Puscheck (game built on raw strength and physicality).

It’s possible that I’m overrating the Canisius position players seeing as only five hitters from the school have been drafted before, but I don’t think it’s that nuts to imagine a scenario where the three players listed above plus JR 1B/OF Brett Siddall and SR OF Mike Krische warrant serious draft consideration this spring. Add SR RHP Devon Stewart to the mix and you’re looking at a half-dozen total prospects with a shot to sign pro contracts. Even if just the biggest names of the bunch (Siddall, Stewart) and one other Golden Griffin gets picked in June, it will tie the 2011 group of Sean Jamieson, Chris Cox, and Shane Davis as the largest to enter pro ball together.

The alliterative pair of Fairfield SR C Sebastian Salvo and Manhattan SR C Mikey Miranda impressed in limited at bats last year. Interesting power bats like Siena JR 1B/OF Fred Smart, Quinnipiac SR 1B Vincent Guglietti, and St. Peter’s JR OF Rob Moore all could wind up drafted with productive springs.

The aforementioned Stewart’s considerable stuff has never matched his less than stellar results. I think that’s in part because he’s currently asked to shoulder a much larger role as a starter than he’ll be asked to in the bullpen as a professional. In short bursts, his fastball moves from 87ish-92ish up to a far more dangerous mid-90s (95/96) peak. His time as a starter has helped him round out his repertoire, so it’s not uncommon to see him throw an average or better slider or changeup in any given outing. If he can get either pitch to move up half a grade or so in a relief role, then he’ll have more than enough stuff to move quick once the pros get their hands on him.

Bloodlines can be overrated, but I’m buying the potential benefits that Iona JR RHP Mariano Rivera has and will continue to reap as the son of baseball’s all-time best closer. Senior was known for many things such as piling up 652 saves, finishing his career with an inconceivable 205 ERA+, and throwing arguably the greatest singular pitch known to man; while awesome, none of those things (well, maybe some of that cutter magic could rub off…) will translate to helping Junior achieve success on the diamond. It is fair to believe that the insane work ethic and preternatural ability to make adjustments on the mound could be traits passed down from father to son. For now, Rivera is a nice looking relief prospect with enough fastball (88-92, 94 peak) and an above-average slider to compensate for his lack of size and middling track record to date. To a man, every person I spoke to remarked that they believed Rivera would be a better professional than college player.

Siena SR RHP Ed Lewicki is a an all-caps FAVORITE thanks to his plus low-80s changeup, a mid-70s curve that can be an out pitch at times, and a plenty of projection left in his 6-4, 185 pound frame. Iona JR RHP John Daddino’s name doesn’t come up much in my notes, but pitchers who strike out 15.88 batters per nine in a season get special priority here. He’s high on my list of players I want to know more about this spring. I’m not sure if he’ll be drafted or not, but Rider SR RHP Kurt Sowa deserves credit for pitching well over the years while also making such fine films as Seven Samurai, Rashomon, and Drunken Angel. That’s talent.

2015 MLB Draft Talent – Hitting 

  1. Canisius SR 1B/3B Connor Panas
  2. Canisius JR 2B/SS Anthony Massicci
  3. Canisius JR 1B/OF Brett Siddall
  4. Canisius SR 3B Jesse Puscheck
  5. Siena JR 1B/OF Fred Smart
  6. Quinnipiac SR 1B Vincent Guglietti
  7. Fairfield SR C Sebastian Salvo
  8. Rider SR 3B Nick Richter
  9. Niagara JR 2B Michael Fuhrman
  10. Rider SR 1B/OF Justin Thomas
  11. St. Peter’s JR OF Rob Moore
  12. Fairfield JR OF/SS Jake Salpietro
  13. Manhattan SR C Mikey Miranda
  14. Quinnipiac JR OF Rob Pescitelli
  15. Manhattan JR 1B/OF Christian Santisteban
  16. Quinnipiac SR SS Scott Donaghue
  17. Marist SR 1B/OF Steve Laurino
  18. Canisius SR OF Mike Krische
  19. Fairfield JR 1B Brendan Tracy
  20. Iona SR OF Jimmy Guiliano

2015 MLB Draft Talent – Pitching

  1. Canisius SR RHP Devon Stewart
  2. Iona JR RHP Mariano Rivera
  3. Siena SR RHP Ed Lewicki
  4. Fairfield SR RHP EJ Ashworth
  5. Iona JR RHP John Daddino
  6. Marist SR LHP Rich Vrana
  7. Monmouth JR LHP Anthony Ciavarella
  8. Rider JR RHP Vincenzo Aiello
  9. Siena JR RHP Bryan Goossens
  10. Siena JR RHP Rick Morales
  11. Monmouth SR RHP Adam Yunginger
  12. Rider SR RHP Kurt Sowa
  13. Marist SR RHP Chris Napolitano
  14. Monmouth SR RHP Chris McKenna
  15. Quinnipiac JR LHP Justin Thomas

2015 MLB Draft Prospects – MAAC Follow List


JR 1B/OF Brett Siddall (2015)
SR 3B Jesse Puscheck (2015)
SR 1B/3B Connor Panas (2015)
SR OF Mike Krische (2015)
JR 2B/SS Anthony Massicci (2015)
SR RHP Devon Stewart (2015)
JR LHP Alex Godzak (2015)
JR RHP Iannick Remillard (2015)
SR LHP Eric Stolzenburg (2015)
SO RHP Josh Shepley (2016)
SO SS Jake Lumley (2016)
SO C Christ Conley (2016)
FR INF Ryan Stekl (2017)
FR LHP JP Stevenson (2017)


JR OF/SS Jake Salpietro (2015)
SR OF Alex Witkus (2015)
SR C Sebastian Salvo (2015)
SR OF Billy Zolga (2015)
JR 1B Brendan Tracy (2015)
SR RHP EJ Ashworth (2015)
SR RHP Jeremy Soule (2015)
JR RHP Mike Wallace (2015)
JR RHP Aaron Howell (2015)
SR LHP Tucker Panciera (2015)
SR RHP Andrew Gallagher (2015)
SR RHP Anthony DiMauro (2015)
SO LHP Mike Bonaiuto (2016)
SO RHP Kyle Dube (2016)
SO OF Dan Hopkins (2016)


JR RHP Mariano Rivera (2015)
rJR LHP John Nargoski (2015)
JR RHP Max Bruckner (2015)
JR LHP Andrew Pucillo (2015)
JR RHP John Daddino (2015)
SR OF Jimmy Guiliano (2015)
rSO 2B/SS Matt Byrne (2015)
JR C Carmine Palummo (2015)
SO C Alex Beckett (2016)


SR 3B Joe McClennan (2015)
JR 1B/OF Christian Santisteban (2015)
SR OF Chris Kalousdian (2015)
SR C Mikey Miranda (2015)
SR RHP Michael Scarinci (2015)
SR RHP Sean Abbate (2015)
SO SS Jose Carrera (2016)
FR LHP Tommy Cosgrove (2017)


SR LHP Rich Vrana (2015)
SR RHP Evan Davis (2015)
SR RHP Chris Napolitano (2015)
SR 1B/OF Steve Laurino (2015)
JR OF Matt Pagano (2015)
JR OF Graham McIntire (2015)
SO OF Tyler Kirkpatrick (2015)
SO RHP Scott Boches (2016)
SO RHP Sean Keenan (2016)
SO RHP Ryan Thomas (2016)


SR RHP Adam Yunginger (2015)
SR RHP Jeff Paglione (2015)
SR RHP TJ Hunt (2015)
JR LHP Anthony Ciavarella (2015)
JR LHP Frank Trimarco (2015)
SR RHP Chris McKenna (2015)
SR OF Steve Wilgus (2015)
JR OF Dan Shea (2015)
JR C Cary Jacobson (2015)
SO 2B/SS Grant Lamberton (2016)
SO RHP Ricky Dennis (2016)
rFR 3B Shaine Hughes (2016)
FR OF Tommy Gamble (2016)


JR 2B Michael Fuhrman (2015)
rJR OF Taylor Hackett (2015)
JR 3B Greg Rodgers (2015)
JR C Pavel Chavez-Rusova (2015)
rSO OF Hayden Coll (2015)
JR RHP Ben Zaccagnino (2015)
SO RHP Kevin Lucas (2016)


SR 1B Vincent Guglietti (2015)
SR SS Scott Donaghue (2015)
JR 2B Ryan Nelson (2015)
JR OF Mike Palladino (2015)
SR OF Brian Ruditys (2015)
JR OF Rob Pescitelli (2015)
JR LHP Justin Thomas (2015)
SO C Matt Oestreicher (2016)
SO LHP Matthew Osieja (2016)
SO RHP Thomas Jankins (2016)
SO RHP Greg Egan (2016)
SO 2B/SS Matt Batten (2016)
FR LHP Wyatt Hamilton (2017)


SR SS Mike Parsons (2015)
SR C Eric Strano (2015)
SR 1B/OF Justin Thomas (2015)
SR 3B Nick Richter (2015)
JR OF James Locklear (2015)
SR 2B/SS Greg Fazio (2015)
SR RHP Kurt Sowa (2015)
JR RHP Vincenzo Aiello (2015)
SR LHP Zach Mawson (2015)
SR LHP David Hafer (2015)


SR RHP Ed Lewicki (2015)
SR RHP Matt Quintana (2015)
JR RHP Bryan Goossens (2015)
JR RHP Rick Morales (2015)
JR LHP Kyano Cummings (2015)
SR 1B/3B Brian Fay (2015)
SR 3B Justin Esquerra (2015)
JR 1B/OF Fred Smart (2015)
JR C Dave Hoffmann (2015)
SO OF Dan Swain (2016)
SO LHP Chris Amorosi (2016)

St. Peter’s

SR 1B/3B Nicholas Henriquez (2015)
JR OF Rob Moore (2015)
JR SS Jon Kristoffersen (2015)
SR 1B/OF Chris Hugg (2015)
SR OF Kyle Grimes (2015)