High school baseball: Players to watch

March 22, 1993|By Pat O'Malley

* Brandon Agamennone, Arundel, Jr., right-handed pitcher -- After going 5-2 with a 2.39 ERA as a sophomore and pitching a full summer with Mayo Post No. 226 Legion, Agamennone should emerge as one of the area's top pitchers.

* Mike Bussey, Old Mill, Jr., right-handed pitcher -- A hard thrower, Bussey developed into one of the top pitchers on the Mayo Legion team last summer and should be ready to make his mark in varsity baseball.

* Bob Christopher, North County, Jr., left-handed pitcher/outfielder -- This lefty walks people but has a heavy fastball, a good slider and doesn't give up many hits or runs. He also will be one of the top hitters. He was 8-0 and batted .395 for the Little Orioles' summer team.

* Matt Criscimagna, Annapolis, Sr., outfielder -- After hitting .424 last spring and over .300 for Annapolis Post No. 7, Criscimagna will be one of the county's top outfielders.

xTC * Ryan Dempsey, Old Mill, Sr., first baseman -- This 6-foot-4, 195-pound slugger does an adequate job around the bag but stands out with the bat and is quick.

* Byron Druzgal, Severna Park, Sr., pitcher/third baseman -- Druzgal was 4-0 as a junior and hit .535 as an occasional DH for the Falcons. He will be the third baseman because of his bat and team with John Ritter as the Falcons' top hurlers.

* Tim Giles, Arundel, Sr., first baseman/pitcher -- He will be one of the team's top pitchers but is a pro prospect as a left-handed power hitter (.400) and first baseman.

* Lee Haney, Old Mill, Sr., left-handed pitcher -- A finesse pitcher, he was 6-1 as a junior and should be the county's top left-hander. He pitched for Mayo and the Little Orioles' fall team.

* Jeff Hedrick, Arundel, Jr., shortstop -- An All-Metro selection in football and basketball, he is a pure athlete. He batted .454 last spring and was the starting shortstop for Mayo Legion.

* Wayne Hudson, Northeast, Sr., right-handed pitcher -- Went 6-1 with a no-hitter for the state 2A champion Eagles and sparkled in summer for Severn Post No. 276.

* Chris Kelly, Northeast, Sr., right-handed pitcher -- He is a hard thrower who was also 6-1 with a no-hitter and had an 0.96 ERA for the state champs.

* Todd Locklear, Glen Burnie, Sr., outfielder -- Batted over .300 with 16 RBI for the Gophers and played during the summer for Severn Post.

* John Milisitz, Severna Park, Sr., catcher -- He is the best catcher in the metro area and a pro prospect with a strong arm and quick bat (.508, defending county batting champ). He led the Falcons to a 17-3 season, Severna Park Post No. 175 to a local title and was No. 1 catcher for the Oriolelanders.

* Jeff Paxson, Spalding, Sr., pitcher/infielder -- One of the top hitters (.422, 36 RBI, All-County 2B) in the metro area, he will play second base at Towson State but will pitch and play shortstop for the Cavs.

* Kenny Pumphrey, Old Mill, Jr., right-hand pitcher -- Considered by scouts to be one of the top juniors in the state, this 6-5 hard thrower pitched summer ball for the Glen Burnie Patriots.

* John Ritter, Severna Park, Sr., right-handed pitcher -- As a junior, he was 7-2. He has good velocity (low 80s) and mixes his pitches well.

* Jay Sponaugle, Glen Burnie, Soph., right-handed pitcher/infielder -- He won three games as a freshman and was clocked at 83 mph at the Orioles' tryout camp last summer at Camden Yards. The Gophers' ace was 9-0 and batted .358 for the Little Orioles' summer team.

* Jason White, Chesapeake, Jr., left-handed pitcher/first baseman -- He saw limited action on the varsity but should emerge as an outstanding pitcher and hitter. He sparkled for the Glen Burnie Patriots.

* Ryan Wood, Old Mill, Soph., third baseman -- The top player on the Pats' JV as a pitcher-infielder, he has a lot of pop in his bat and a great arm for his 5-9, 150-pound frame.

* Mike Wooden, North County, Soph., right-handed pitcher/third baseman -- He won only one game as a freshman, but was a starter for a 6-14 club. He went 15-1 with 222 strikeouts in 113 innings and batted .488 with 74 RBI for the Little Orioles' summer team.

* Joe York, North County, Sr., right-handed pitcher/outfielder -- He had 60 strikeouts for the Knights last season.

* John Young, Chesapeake, Sr., right-handed pitcher/shortstop -- He will be one of the top players in the county and the catalyst for the Cougars with his strong arm and potent bat (.492, 19 RBI, All-County).

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