Players To Watch

March 15, 2006

Steve Bumbry -- Dulaney, outfielder -- The two-time All-Metro center fielder, who is headed to Virgina Tech, is coming off a huge junior season in which he batted .434 with seven homers, 12 doubles, two triples, 33 runs, 39 RBIs and 32 stolen bases.

Neal Davis-- Catonsville, pitcher -- A pro prospect with a scholarship to Virginia, the 6-foot-5, hard-throwing left-hander was Baltimore County's most dominant pitcher last spring. As a junior, he went 7-2 with an 0.96 ERA, 128 strikeouts and only 10 walks (and 38 hits) in 65 1/3 innings.

Brett Harman-- Westminster, pitcher-infielder -- The Carroll County Player of the Year last season as a sophomore, the 6-5 Harman was 7-1 with two saves and an 0.67 ERA while leading the county in batting (.465) and RBIs (23). He also hit four homers and scored 18 runs.

Corey Overholtzer -- Arundel, center fielder -- A sweet-swinging left-hander, Overholtzer had his junior season shortened because of a groin injury and missed the Wildcats' run to the Class 4A state final. Striking out just once in 43 at-bats, he batted .651 with 24 runs, nine doubles and four triples.

Nick Natoli -- Mount St. Joseph, shortstop-- Natoli, who is headed to Towson University, had an outstanding fall with the Oriolelanders showcase team after batting .313 with six doubles, four triples and 22 runs in the spring with the Gaels.

Jim Plantholt -- North Harford, shortstop-pitcher --Harford County's Player of the Year in 2005, Plantholt was the best all-around shortstop in the county, batting .466 with 39 RBIs. The senior was 1-0 with two saves and a 2.00 ERA as a closer, but is expected to start this season.

Tim Rappazzo-- Gilman, shortstop--A second-team All-Metro pick last year as a junior, the sure-handed Rappazzo, who possesses a strong arm, batted .383 for the Greyhounds, with five doubles, two homers and 20 RBIs. He also was 16-for-16 in stolen-base attempts.

Ryan Rivers-- Eastern Tech, pitcher-first baseman -- A key pitcher and hitter on the Mavericks' Class 2A state championship team last spring, the 6-5 Rivers was 5-1 with a 1.17 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 36 innings. The junior also batted .413 with 22 RBIs and 24 runs.

Joe Velleggia-- Calvert Hall, catcher--The 6-7, 235-pound senior, who batted .485 and led the No. 1 Cardinals in homers (11) and RBIs (52) and tied for the lead in doubles (18), is headed to Old Dominion.

Joe Yermal -- McDonogh, pitcher-infielder -- Yermal, a 6-6, hard-throwing right-hander, held his own as one of the younger pitchers on the Oriolelanders fall team. The junior went 4-4 last spring with the Eagles, for whom he also played first and third base and hit six homers with 24 RBIs.

Other notables -- Andrew Black, Friends; Sean Blake, Westminster; Mike Chase, Archbishop Curley; Kevin Conner, Fallston; Jared Cozart, Pikesville; Jason Daniels, Arundel; Paul DeVito, Archbishop Spalding; Austin Drewyer, River Hill; Dan Ditman, North Carroll; Nick Espinosa, Broadneck; Shawn Fernholz, Old Mill; Kevin Fisher, Bel Air; Daniel Gerjets, South Carroll; Jon Gill, Park; Austin Harclerode, Centennial; Derek Harris, Old Mill; Tyler Hibbs, Arundel; Kody Hines, Archbishop Spalding: Rob Hollasch, Liberty; Chris Huisman, Archbishop Spalding; Ryan Joy, Severna Park; Brandon Katrocune, Digital Harbor; Matt Katuna, Poly; Adam Kemmer, Bel Air; Hunter Kinhens, Glenelg; Robbie Mathias, Liberty; Ryan McDonald, Mount St. Joseph; Brendan McGowan, Archbishop Spalding; Zach Moore, Chesapeake-AA; Sean Nicewonger, C. Milton Wright; Sean Pleffner, Arundel; Jason Rawlings, Liberty; Steve Rice, Century; Adam Sauter, Lutheran; Sammy Sheckells, Severna Park; Sam Spooner, Havre de Grace; Eddie Svec, North Harford; Charles Swenson, Mount Hebron; Scott Swinson, Centennial; Brian Woolford, Northeast.

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