05/23/2019 2:25 PM
Celebration on the field after Championship!
The West Boca Snappers are the reigning SFCBL Champions and finished the year ranked #17 nationally on the college summer ball poll. Last year they finished a stellar 2018 season with a 28-15 record giving them the most wins in the league. This years team looks to be in a prime position to repeat as league champions in 2019 as they have 11 returning players from a year ago. “It says a lot about our program and the nature of the players we recruit to have that many guys want to come back,” says GM Ryan Lamb.
The Snappers will turn to a new skipper this year in Ryley Maceachern, who formerly a pitched at Stony Brook University and with the Miami Marlins. Maceachern made his way into the league last summer as a pitching specialist for the Boca Blazers and is eager to get his first head coaching job. The Snappers manager had this to say about his team, “Well you really can’t ask for a better situation to walk into in my opinion. We have a solid roster from top to bottom with the ability to pitch, hit and play defense at a high level. To say I am excited may be an understatement!” The Snappers however are quite excited to announce their final roster for the 2019 summer season.
They will once again boast a very strong infield this year that includes 2018 All-Stars Derek Cartaya (Florida International University) and Francisco Urbaez (Florida Atlantic University). Both of whom have put together extremely impressive seasons this spring at their respective schools. Cartaya batted at the top of his lineup everyday finishing the year hitting .316 with 20 stolen bases. While Urbaez sat in the three hole for most of the year and is currently hitting .325 with 37 RBI, 10 doubles and 10 home runs. Last season for the Snappers Urbaez was ranked 3rd in the league in batting average, hitting .397 on the year. Urbaez is putting together quite a collegiate career having won two National Championships at Chipola College and now having success at the Division 1 level. This combined with his great off the field character has him moving up on a lot of MLB teams draft boards.
Having this strong veteran talent and leadership at the plate is going to be integral to ensuring the new players coming in can play up to their full potential. One new face to keep an eye on in the infield is Brandon Dorsey (Wallace-Dothan Community College). He will look to have an immediate impact on the middle of the Snappers order and make his name known around the league. Dorsey hit .366 with 7 home runs and 37 RBI in 55 games this year at Wallace. “We are very excited to have Brandon with us this summer as he’s an everyday middle of the order bat who can play either corner on the infield,” says Lamb.
The Snappers also have a stacked pitching staff this season as they bring back some great arms from 2018. LHP Erick Vargas (Keiser University) and LHP Gavin Gillespie (Broward College) are among the returning members who both had a great seasons last summer. Gillespie had 4 wins on the season, and was ranked 3rd in the league in strikeouts (51) and 5th in ERA (3.07). Vargas is a MLB draft prospect who pitches at 91-93 touching 95 MPH with a plus change up. He had 29 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.38 last season for the Snappers.
A trio of 2018 SFCBL All-Stars from other teams will also be joining the team in 2019. Led by Gabriel Sevillano (Florida State College at Jacksonville) a LHP who previously played for the Palm Beach Diamond Ducks. Sevillano had 25 strikeouts and an ERA of 4.03 in 29 innings pitched this spring. Along with Sevillano comes LHP Emanuel Fernandez (Santa Fe College) and RHP Justin Ricard (Florida International University) who both played with the Ft. Lauderdale Royals in the 2018 season. Fernandez compiled 27 strikeouts with a 2.67 ERA, 3 saves and a 3-1 record in 30.1 innings at Santa Fe. He is very projectable as he has a big frame with a loose arm and can pitch at 91-92 MPH with a hard slider.
Head Coach Ryley Maceachern had this to say about the Snappers pitching staff, ”When you look at our bats it’s impressive but as a former pitcher I am really excited to see our arms go out and compete this summer!” With excitement comes expectations and Maceachern is embracing that motivation to be back to back champs with a continued focus on developing the young players on the roster.
The 2019 Snappers have a great mix of veteran talent with some fresh faces that are hungry to prove themselves in the South Florida Collegiate League. One thing that is for sure is it’s definitely going to be an exciting team to watch. Be sure to check out the full 2019 roster here on our site.