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Baseball players to watch in 2016

Greg Sarra looks at the players to watch in Nassau, Suffolk and CHSAA baseball for the 2016 season.

Brandon Bonanno, Mount Sinai, Senior, P -- He
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Brandon Bonanno, Mount Sinai, Senior, P -- He is a hard-throwing righthander who is committed to Stony Brook University.

Chris Cappas, Kellenberg, Junior, CF/P

He hit .347, stole six bases and struck
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He hit .347, stole six bases and struck out 20 batters while pitching to a 2.19 ERA in 22 1/3 innings.

Anthony Catapano, Carey, Senior, 1B/P

The 2015 Diamond Award finalist hit seven home
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The 2015 Diamond Award finalist hit seven home runs last year.

Nico Doria, Jericho, Senior, C

Doria hit .390 with four home runs and
Photo Credit: James Escher

Doria hit .390 with four home runs and 17 RBIs last year.

Grant Elgarten, Friends Academy, Senior, OF/P

The 2015 All-League selection went 3-3 with 37
Photo Credit: James Escher

The 2015 All-League selection went 3-3 with 37 strikeouts. He also hit .260 and walked 17 times.

Ken Gordon, Babylon, Junior, SS

The 5-foot-9 shortstop hit .467 with 24 RBIS,
Photo Credit: James Escher

The 5-foot-9 shortstop hit .467 with 24 RBIS, 20 runs scored and 23 stolen bases.

Nick Grande, Smithtown West, Senior, SS

The smooth-fielding shortstop is heading to Stony Brook
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The smooth-fielding shortstop is heading to Stony Brook after his fifth varsity season.

Garrett Heaton, Bellport, Senior, SS

The middle infielder hit .370 last season and
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

The middle infielder hit .370 last season and is committed to Stony Brook.

Matt Hogan, Hills East, Sophomore, OF

The 6-foot-1 Vanderbilt commit throws around 88 mph
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The 6-foot-1 Vanderbilt commit throws around 88 mph and hit .329 with 29 RBIs and three home runs.

Jimmy Joyce, Wantagh, Junior, P

The 6-foot-2 Hofstra commit throws in the upper
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The 6-foot-2 Hofstra commit throws in the upper 80s and hit .338 with and 27 RBIs, nine doubles and five home runs.

Shawn Kelly, Smithtown East, Senior, OF

The Cortland commit hit .440 last year.
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The Cortland commit hit .440 last year.

Sam Kessler, Mount Sinai, Senior, P

He is a hard-throwing right hander who is
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He is a hard-throwing right hander who is going to West Virginia.

James Kory, West Islip, Senior, 1B/P

Went 10-0 as a sophomore and led West
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Went 10-0 as a sophomore and led West Islip to the Long Island Class AA championship.

John LaRocca, St. Dominic, Senior, OF

The Monmouth commit was a finalist for the
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The Monmouth commit was a finalist for the CHSAA Player of the Year after batting .391.

Bobby Lewis, MacArthur, Junior, P

He went 5-2 last year, including a win
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He went 5-2 last year, including a win in the deciding game of the county championship.

Kyle Martin, Oceanside, Senior, SS/P

The two-time league MVP hit .452 last year
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The two-time league MVP hit .452 last year and was 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA.

Brian Morrell, Shoreham-Wading River, Junior, P/SS

Morrell hit .420 with five home runs and
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Morrell hit .420 with five home runs and 28 RBIs last season.

Straton Podaras, Chaminade, Senior, C

Podaras, a former Catcher of the Year award
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Podaras, a former Catcher of the Year award winner, hit .333 with 19 runs and 11 RBI.

TJ Rullo, Mepham, Senior, 3B/P

The sweet swinging third baseman hit .458 as
Photo Credit: James Escher

The sweet swinging third baseman hit .458 as a junior.

Kyle Strovink, Rocky Point, Senior, C

He batted .426 with 10 extra-base hits, including
Photo Credit: James Escher

He batted .426 with 10 extra-base hits, including four HR. Committed to Cochise JC in Arizona.

Joe Tardif, Mattituck, Senior, OF

Tardif hit .356 with 36 runs last year.

Tardif hit .356 with 36 runs last year. He also struck out 69 in 62 innings pitched.

Anthony Visconte, East Islip, Senior, P

He earned three wins last year, but Visconte
Photo Credit: James Escher

He earned three wins last year, but Visconte is expected to shoulder more of the pitching load in his senior season.

Marc Wangenstein, Connetquot, Senior, OF

An outfielder with good speed and big-time power,
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

An outfielder with good speed and big-time power, Wangenstein will play at Albany next season.

Bryan Weissert, Bay Shore, Senior, P

The hard-throwing right-hander is committed to Fordham and
Photo Credit: James Escher

The hard-throwing right-hander is committed to Fordham and is expected to keep the Marauders in the hunt for league and county titles.

Rob Weissheier, Kellenberg, Senior, C

The catcher hit .414 with two homers and
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The catcher hit .414 with two homers and 15 RBIs last season and was named an NSCHSAA All-League player.

Kyle Young, St. Dominic, Senior, P

The 6-10 left-hander can touch 90 mph and
Photo Credit: Newsday / Chuck Fadely

The 6-10 left-hander can touch 90 mph and has been compared to the likes of Randy Johnson and Chris Sale. He's a legitimate blue-chip prospect.

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