Alumni

BV BASEBALL CLUB has been around for quite some time. In our 21 years of putting the top teams in Western PA on the field, we have helped many kids get into college baseball. We have even had a few make it even further and play professional baseball. Please take a look at our very impressive Alumni that are still currently playing.  We have had hundreds of kids play high level college ball, but we simply can not name them all, these players are still suiting up and currently playing the game we all love:

 

Playing MLB:

 

Neil Walker – Currently playing for the New York Mets.  Neil played with BV in our early years.  He was on our BV RED 1998 squad.  Neil was drafted out of High School and played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, becoming a home town fan favorite before the Bucs traded him to the Mets in the 2015 off season.

 

Cory Mazzoni – Currently playing for the San Diego Padres.  Cory played his college ball at NC State.  Cory was a member of BV BASEBALL CLUB from the years of 2002 – 2004.  In 2011, Cory was drafted in the 2nd round by the New York Mets.  In 2015, the Mets traded Cory to the San Diego Padres where Cory made his professional debut.  Cory is a pitcher.

 

In the Minors:

 

Patrick Leyland – Currently playing in Double A for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos – who is an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds — Patrick was a member of the Beaver Valley Baseball Club from 2002 – 2006.  He was a two time Cooperstown Champion and a member of the 2004 BV RED 13U National Championship team!!

 

In College:

Brendan McKay – Currently a Sophomore at Louisville University. Brendan is majoring in Sports Administration!!  BK played with BV BASEBALL from ages 9U – 14U. He was a stud on the mound for our program and at the plate. At Louisville, BK has continued to dominate the competition. He is their top pitcher and when he is not on the mound he plays 1B in the vey competitive ACC Conference!!  Because of his ability to play two ways he won the 2015 John Olerud Award (awarded to the nations top two way player).  In 2015, BK was also named the Baseball America Freshman of the Year.

 

Johnny Sansone – Currently a Senior and four year starter at Florida State University.  Johnny is currently majoring in Sports Management!!  He is proof that hard work and big time ability can lead to great things.  Johnny is currently hitting over .400 and leading his team in RBI’s in the very competitive ACC Conference!!  Look for Johnny to get his shot at the big leagues after this season!!

 

Domenic DeRenzo – Currently a Freshman at Oklahoma University.  Domenic is majoring in Human Relations.  Dom is a true freshman and got the nod as the starting catcher for the Sooners in their season opener.  He is going to be an outstanding catcher in the Big 12, and has professional catching capabilities!!

 

Adam Bleday – Currently a Junior at Penn University.  Playing in the very prestigious Ivy League.  Adam is currently majoring in Biology.  He is on of Penn’s starting pitchers.  Adam was a great athlete and competitor, and he is receiving a great education at Penn.

 

Connor Coward is currently a Sophomore at Virginia Tech University.  Connor is majoring in Engineering!!  He is a member of the Hokie pitching staff, and is logging in an impressive amount of appearances for a true sophomore.

 

Caleb Potter is currently a sophomore at West Virginia University.  Caleb is majoring in Pre Sport and Exercise Psychology.  Caleb played several years for BV (2010 – 2011).  He was one of the most powerful kids we have ever had, he also had great speed for a big player.

 

Brad Gresock is currently a Junior at St. Bonaventure University.  Brad is currently majoring in Finance/Accounting.  He played with BV for several years as a catcher (2005 – 2009) and he is still catching for the Bonnies today.

 

Vince D’Orazio is currently a Freshman at Slippery Rock University.  Vince was an outstanding ball player, and played for BV from 2010 – 2012 (12U – 14U).  He was the starting 2B all those years, and was part of the 14U team that beat East Cobb Astros (5 first round draft picks out of high school is 2015) in Disney in the final four before losing the national championship game by two runs.

 

Ray Scala Jr. is currently a Freshman at Slippery Rock University.  Ray played for our BV BLACK squads for several years.  He played his high school ball at Laurel and finished at Neshannock.  He was a very hard worker, and his hard work has paid off!!

 

Jay Cortese is currently a Freshman at Slippery Rock University.  Jay played for BV for several years.  He was a fantastic athlete, with a very live arm.

 

Matt Gordon is currently a Sophomore at Slippery Rock University.  Matt started his college career at Binghamton University in New York.  He transferred back to The Rock last year.  Matt is a big strong kid and is currently playing two ways for Slippery Rock!!

 

Jamie Switalski is currently a Sophomore at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  Jamie is majoring in business technology administration.  Jamie joined BV from 2011 – 2012 and played 3B for the team that beat East Cobb in the final four of Disney to advance to the National Championship.  We was a fantastic all around player!!

 

Austin Logan is currently a sophomore at California University of Pennsylvania.  Austin is one of the best middle infielders we ever put a uniform on.  He was one of those players that simply loved to play the game.  He played with BV for the whole gauntlet, from 2005 – 2010.

 

Chris Wastchak is currently a sophomore at California University of Pennsylvania.  Chris played BV from 2007 – 2010.  He was an extremely powerful left handed bat, and he was the winning pitcher on the mound in the Cooperstown Championship game in 2008.

 

Adam Ferita is currently a Junior at Seton Hill University.  Adam was famous in the BV circles as hitting baseballs in orbit.  He started playing several years with our BV BLACK program before moving to BV RED for a few seasons.

 

Stefan Mrkonja will be entering his Senior year at Point Park University.  “Stef” was a BV regular for five years, and became one of the top players in his age group.  Mrkonja has had an awesome career at Point Park, and was named the KIAC conference player of the week more than once in his tenure there.  When Stefan was a 12u BV player, he tied a Cooperstown Dreams Park record by hitting 3 homeruns in the Championship game, this record still stands today!!

 

Zach Mathias is currently a Sophomore at Clarion University. Zach was an outstanding catcher and outfielder for our BV RED team that made it to the finals of Disney.

 

Big Name Recruits Still in High School:

 

JJ Bleday is currently a Senior playing for A. Crawford Mosley High School in Panama City, FL.  Originally from Titusville, PA, JJ played for BV BASEBALL for many years.  JJ is flat out smooth left handed pitcher on the mound and throws the baseball in the low 90’s.  He has accepted a scholarship to play for Vanderbilt University next year!!

 

Zachary Kokoska is currently a Junior playing for Latrobe High School.  Zach was an outstanding left handed pitcher and hitter  He has accepted a scholarship to play for Virginia Tech after he graduates high school!!

 

Cole Shinsky is currently a Senior at Knoch High School.  He was the starting pitcher in the State Championship game last year, and he is back to try to do it again this year.  He has accepted a scholarship to play college baseball at Ohio University!!

 

Alex Stobart is currently a Senior at Knoch High School.  Alex is the other half of Knoch’s dynamic duo.  He was a member of the State Championship team from a year ago, and he is going to start his college baseball career at Tallahassee Community College in FL.

 

Trent Vietmeier is currently a Junior at Montour High School.  He is big and throws the baseball in the low 90s.  He is one of the top pitchers in the region.  He is currently being recruited by LSU.

 

Brady Gulakowski is currently a Senior at Chartiers Valley High School.  Brady could flat out hit the baseball.  He has accepted a scholarship to play his college ball at Pitt!!

 

Tommy Pellis is currently a Senior at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.  Tommy is a fantastic athlete and is a Penn recruit to play in the Ivy League!!

 

**We will continue to update this as players make their college decisions!!