Caputo, Handley named to summer league all-star games

Toby Handley

July 16, 2014

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Members of the Stony Brook baseball team are turning heads with their play in numerous summer leagues across the country, none more than sophomore infielder Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario), freshman outfielder Toby Handley (Whitbey, Ontario) and freshman utility man Casey Baker (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.), who were each named to their respective summer league all-star games.

Handley, who played in 36 games for the Seawolves as a freshman, is shining for the Mystic Schooners of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL). Through 23 games, he ranks in the league's top-10 in batting average (.333), runs (20), hits (30), doubles (7) and stolen bases (14). He is set to participate in the 21st annual NECBL All-Star Game on Sunday, July 20, at MacKenzie Stadium in Holyoke, Mass.

Caputo has played a vital part in the Morehead City Marlins recent turnaround. After finishing the first half at the bottom of the standings with a 5-22 record, the Marlins, behind Caputo's big bat, lead the second-half standings with an 8-2 record. Caputo's five home runs are one behind the league leaders and his 22 RBI lead the club by a wide margin.

For his efforts, Caputo was named one of three Marlins to represent the club in front of the home fans in the Coastal Plains League (CPL) All-Star Game last week. He went 1-for-2 in a 7-5 loss. Perhaps even more of a thrill was his selection to the CPL Home Run Derby. Although he failed to make it out of the first round, he did belt two majestic home runs to left field to the delight of the home fans.

"Playing in front of the fans was a great experience," Caputo said. "It was the first time I have ever been a part of something like that, and I got to experience it in front of Morehead City's great fans."

Baker, a 2014 NCBWA first-team freshman All-American, is proving his success was not a fluke by hitting .310 in 29 games for the North Fork Ospreys in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League (HCBL). Like Caputo, he has already participated in his all-star game, helping the North to a 7-2 victory over the South in the HCBL All-Star Game on Juy 12. 

Other notable Seawolves performers this summer include Handley's teammate with the Schooners, sophomore Nick Brass (Shirley, N.Y.), and sophomore outfielder Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) of the Vermont Mountaineers. 

Brass has made seven appearances out of the bullpen, striking out 10 hitters over nine innings of work to boast an impressive 1.00 ERA. Parenty is hovering right around the .277 batting average he recorded in his sophomore campaign with the Seawolves, batting .282 with the Mountaineers.