RARITAN TWP., NJ - Six NJ Super 17 players out of Diamond Nation have been named among the Top 25 NJ High School Players since 2000.
Mike Trout, Rick Porcello and Rob Kaminsky, the top three ranked players, respectively, and Anthony DeSclafani, Billy Rowell and A.J. Murray are the six Super 17ers on the Top 25 list.
The Angels’ Trout, considered one of major league baseball’s top players, Porcello, who just improved to 13-2 on the season for the Red Sox, and Kaminsky, a 2013 grad who has progressed to the Double-A level with the Indians, were first round draft picks out of high school.
DeSclafani, a right-handed pitcher from Colts Neck, is having a strong season with Cinncinati. He was tabbed No. 10 on the list. Billy Rowell, a Bishop Eustace grad selected ninth overall in the 2006 MLB draft is No. 15. Rowell saw his professional career with Baltimore come to an end at the Double-A level.
A.J. Murray, an outstanding catcher out of Westfield in 2011, shined collegiately at Georgia Tech. He is playing at the Advanced-A level for Minnesota where he was named a Midwest League All-Star this summer.
Trout hit a state-record 18 home runs his senior season at Millville High in 2009 and concluded a remarkable high school career with 142 hits, 31 home runs, 121 RBI and 70 stolen bases. Trout won the 2014 American League MVP award and finished second in the MVP voting in 2012, ‘13 and ’15. And he is having another outstanding season in 2016.
Porcello was 10-0 his senior season at Seton Hall Prep in 2007. He recorded a 1.20 ERA, struck out 112 and walked 15. Forgotten by some was his remarkable performance at the plate, which would have been enough to earn him All-State alone. He batted .477, hit 11 home runs and drove in a staggering 48 runs. The big righty is just 27 but is in his eighth season in the majors. He boasts a 98-80 career record.
Kaminsky went 8-2 with a 0.20 ERA his senior season for St. Joseph of Montvale, striking out 102 and walking 20. He tossed three no-hitters, three one-hitters and two two-hitters that remarkable senior season. He was drafted by St. Louis and later traded to Cleveland and is in his third full season of minor league ball. The lefthander is 5-6 with a 3.70 ERA in his first season of Double-A ball and owns a 19-17 career record with a 2.63 ERA in the minors.
DeSclafani, a 2008 Colts neck grad, registered 25 wins and a 1.45 ERA in his high school career. He was drafted in the sixth round by Toronto out of the University of Florida in 2011. He is 16-15 in parts of three MLB season and is 5-0 with a 2.50 ERA in eight starts with the Reds this season.
Rowell batted .561 his senior season for Bishop Eustace, lacing 10 doubles, a triple and seven home runs. He drove in 37 runs and stole 22 bases.
Murray batted .540 for Westfield in 2011, hit 9 home runs and drove in 43 runs. He played four years at Georgia Tech and had a memorable 2014 summer in the Cape Cod League before the Twins signed him as a free agent on June 18, 2015.
Trout, Porcello, Kaminsky, Rowell and Murray were New Jersey Gatorade Players of the Year. Not bad for a bunch of kids who played for the same NJ Super 17 program out of Diamond Nation in Flemington.
The Top 25 list was compiled by NJ.com.