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Who is the best prospect in baseball in New Jersey? Our selection, your votes

New Jersey is full of baseball talent.

There are those outstanding pitchers with serious fastballs and nasty off-speed stuff, but also a huge variety of position players looking to dominate at the plate and in the field. You can look anywhere in the state for players capable of taking over games and leading their teams to victory.

As part of our season-long coverage, the NJ.com baseball team will conduct seven polls to determine the best pitcher and position player for seniors, juniors and sophomores, as well as an overall poll for freshmen. These polls take place every week for four consecutive weeks and it's up to you – the readers – to choose the winners.

Do these polls play a role in the selection of postseason awards? NO. This is simply an opportunity for our readers to choose who they think is the best.

Junior polls run until Wednesday May 8th, with voting closing at 12pm.

Here are important facts about player selection:

  • Players were selected exclusively from the NJ.com baseball team.
  • The selection was supported by statistics entered for each game on njschoolsports.com.
  • Players only appear at one position – pitcher or a defensive position.
  • Position players include: first base, second base, shortstop, third base, catcher and outfield.

Scroll down to see the candidates and then cast your vote for the best young player.

Max Adelizzi, Middle Township, 1B

Alex Adornato, Governor Livingston, OF

Chris Ahrens, Shawnee, OF

Eduardo Alcantara, Paterson Eastside, UTL

Jesse Allen, Hunterdon Central, C

Alex Almonte, St. Mary (Ruth.), UTL

Andy Aviles, New Milford, INF

Kole Bagnell, Hammonton, SS

Trent Bantle, Audubon, UTL

Casey Baratta, Wayne Hills, UTL

Demetrios Bardatsos, Ridgefield, C

Nathan Baris, Newark Academy, INF

Jake Bartletta, Rancocas Valley, OF

Sean Bauer, Butler, UTL

Luke Baumann, Delran, OF

Don Bosco Prep's Nick Becker (22) hits an RBI double during the baseball game between Old Bridge and Don Bosco Prep at Carl Sundberg Middle School in Old Bridge, NJ on 4/5/24.

Nick Becker, Don Bosco Prep, INF

Shawn Bellenger, Lyndhurst, INF

Sam Berk, Madison, INF

Liam Block, New Milford, UTL

Derek Brand, DePaul, UTL

Michael Bravette, Seton Hall Prep, INF

Jason Brown, Cherokee, SS

Will Buchan, Spotswood, INF

Austin Buchanan, Delsea, OF

Devin Buntzen, St. Joseph (Mont.), 1B

Jake Buonanno, Mahwah, OF

Chase Burchfield, Pennsville, OF

Jacob Cagna, Egg Harbor, INF

Anthony Calantoni, Edison, INF

Jean Carlo Calderon, Union City, INF

Zac Calveric, Columbia, INF

Chase Camac, Mainland, OF

Adrian Capellan, Pennsauken, INF

Joey Capizzano, Wayne Valley, INF

Jake Capra, Leonia, INF

Anthony Carrea, Midland Park, UTL

Matthew Caruso, Passaic Tech, UTL

Max Casazza, Hoboken, SS

Eliezer Cepeda, Elizabeth, INF

Brett Chiesa, Cherokee, 3B

Bobby Christensen, St. Joseph (Met.), INF

Curtis Chropuvka, Ranney, UTL

Zack Clarken, Wallkill Valley, INF

Blayze Conte, St. Mary (Ruth.), INF

Edward Cooper, South Hunterdon, 1B

Alex Cruz, Fair Lawn, UTL

Frank Dasti, Dayton, INF

Matias De Alba, Dwight-Englewood, C

Max De Lagarde, Wayne Hills, OF

Eddie Deckert, Kittatinny, UTL

Caleb Delaney, West Deptford, OF

Tommy Demers, Butler, UTL

Gavin Dillard, Glassboro, C

Sam Dorian, Montclair, OF

Joe Erace, St. Augustine, SS

Will Fahey, Christian Brothers, OF

Franklin Fernandez, Pennsauken Tech, UTL

Nick Filipponi, Northern Burlington, C

Dylan Fitzsimmons, Morris Knolls, OF

Ryan Fleming, Midland Park, OF

Grant Fournier, Cherry Hill West, OF

EJ Frayne, Livingston, OF

Angelo Fusaro, Pompton Lakes, OF

Max Garcia, West Essex, INF

Rayner Garcia-Marceliano, Dickinson, INF

Nicholas Gilpin, Don Bosco Prep, UTL

John Gleason, Saddle Brook, UTL

Sean Greene, Gateway, C

Christopher Gregory, Ridgefield, OF

Andrew Guffanti, Whippany Park, OF

Luke Guire, Bordentown, SS

Peter Hammerle, Lakeland, UTL

Jack Hancsin, Delaware Valley, OF

Noah Harvey, Cinnaminson, SS

Enrico Hatz, Schalick, C

Sean Heffernan, Burlington Township, INF

Eli Higby, Hawthorne Christian, UTL

Bradley Higgins, St. Mary (Ruth.), UTL

James Hintenach, Delaware Valley, UTL

Josue Holloway, Cherry Hill West, OF

Cole Hudson, Delsea, 3B

Allentown's Dom Inzilla (3) during a shot against Lawrence, Thursday, April 18, 2024. Allentown won 4-0.

Dom Inzilla, Allentown, INF

Anthony Irving, Ramsey, UTL

Jayden Jennings, Hamilton West, INF

Cole Judge, Deptford, INF/OF

Dan Kapsch, South Plainfield, INF

Colin Kassai, Immaculata, OF

Jake Keirstead, Watchung Hills, C

Michael Kisseberth, Jackson Liberty, UTL

Carter Kleszics, Rancocas Valley, 1B

Zachary Kochnover, Demarest, UTL

Chase Kroberger, Moorestown, OF

Jayson Labrador, Immaculata, INF

Evan Lagemann, Glen Rock, UTL

Peter Lagemann, Glen Rock, 1B

Kyle Lamanteer, Vineland, INF

Marcus Lee, Fort Lee, OF

Matthew Lehberger, Bridgewater-Raritan, UTL

Owen Lengle, Hopewell Valley, OF

Jake Lobue, Monroe, OF

Matt Mackey, Mahwah, INF

Seamus MacKinnon, Highland Park, INF

Andrew Maddalena, Hamilton West, OF

Will Mahala, Seton Hall Prep, OF

Gabriel Marandino, McNair, UTL

Yoelbis Marmol, Lincoln, INF

Alexander Martin, Dumont, INF

Felix Matos, Phillipsburg, INF

Bryan McCartin, Matawan, UTL

Jerry McGowan, Cedar Creek, INF

Cole McKenna, West Deptrod, SS

Russell Medlar, Gloucester, UTL

Jayden Mercado, Ferris, UTL

Jaxon Miller, Hammonton, INF/OF

Evan Miller, Sterling, 1B

Kyle Morsel, High Point, INF

Phil Murphy, Gloucester Tech, INF

Jack Mustaro, Gloucester Catholic, OF

Mason Nagle, River Dell, C/OF

Charlie Neal, Camden Catholic, OF

Liam Nesemeier, Holy Cross, OF

Emmanuel Nunez, Elizabeth, UTL

Peyton O'Brien, Pennsville, INF

Jakob Oliver, Bergen Catholic, UTL

Christian Palaez, Hackensack, SS

Aaron Parisi, South Hunterdon, INF

Ranney's Andrew Parisi (21) reacts after an RBI double in the sixth inning during the baseball game between Ranney and Red Bank Regional at Count Basie Park in Red Bank, NJ on 4/6/24.

Andrew Parisi, Ranney, C

Tim Park, Gill St. Bernard's, UTL

Nate Park, Seneca, INF

Dylan Passo, Red Bank Catholic, INF

Jonas Paulino, West Milford, OF

Marcos Perez, North Bergen, SS

Rocco Pierorazio, Old Tappan, INF

Luis Placido, New Milford, OF

Jimi Popp, Brick Memorial, OF

Chris Quick, Brick Township, 1B

Christian Ramirez, Weehawken, C

LJ Renshaw, Indian Hills, UTL

Cairo Reyes, Paterson Eastside, UTL

Owen Reynolds, Middlesex, INF

Dylan Rickards, Kingsway, DH/UTL

Damon Rivera, Hasbrouck Heights, 2B

Izaiah Robinson, Franklin, OF

Andy Rodriguez, Passaic, OF

JR Rosado, Bridgewater-Raritan, C

Julius Rosado, South River, INF

Logan Ruga, Atlantic Tech, SS

Daniel Russo, Christian Brothers, UTL

Nick Russo, Cedar Grove, INF

Luis Santiago, Union City, C/1B

Nano Sarceno, Princeton, INF

Ryan Savitscus, Ridgewood, UTL

Julian Schultz, Livingston, OF

Jacob Shaw, Camden Tech, UTL

Ryder Simpson, Donovan Catholic, UTL

Guillermo Soto, Union City, INF

Benjamin St. Pierre, Montclair, UTL

Freddy Stansfield, Passaic Tech, UTL

Mark Stein, Dunellen, OF

Daniel Storch, Point Pleasant Beach, OF

Rocco String, Woodstown, OF

Joe Tammaro, Pascack Valley, UTL

Adrian Tavera, Hoboken, C

Evan Taylor, Ocean City, 3B

AJ Terry, Randolph, INF

Conner Tongring, Ocean Township, UTL

Teak Toto, Lawrence, OF

Dan Tsimbinos, Christian Brothers, C/1B

Raylin Uceta, Dwight Morrow, OF

Jacob Valverde, Warren Hills, UTL

Christian Varano, Wayne Valley, OF

Jeremy Vasquez, South Amboy, OF

Chase Walsh, Triton, 3B

Anthony Walter, Park Ridge, INF

Brady Wendell, Jackson Memorial, 3B

Tyler Wiltsey, Audubon, SS

Nate Winterbottom, Cedar Creek, INF

Luke Wood, Pennsville, OF

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