Baseball Honor Roll: 18 NJ.com Player of the Year candidates for 2018
By Joe Zedalis, Richard Greco and Kevin Minnick | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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The 18 finalists for the NJ.com Player of the Year award were selected by NJ.com baseball writers Kevin Minnick, Richard Greco and Joe Zedalis. If a pitcher is selected as Player of the Year, NJ.com will also choose a Hitter of the Year. If a non-pitcher is picked as Player of the Year, NJ.com will name a Pitcher of the Year. The Player of the Year award will be selected after the completion of the state finals on June 9-10. Roll through the list of finalists and share it with your baseball-loving friends.
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Jake Andrey, Kings Christian, SS-P, Jr.
• Height: 6-0
• Weight: 200
• College commitment: Uncommitted
• At-bats: 78
• Hits: 51
• Average: ,654
• RBI: 34
• Runs: 31
• HR: 2
• Triples: 2
• Doubles: 11
• Walks: 11
Andrey’s case: Why Andrey? Why not? After Wednesday’s game, Andrey has hit in 26-straight games for Kings Christian, a non-public school in Cherry Hill. A transfer from Cherry Hill East, Andrey not only drives in runs, he scores them. He has 20 more hits than anyone else on his team. As a pitcher, he threw 90 mph on Wednesday in a 3-1 win over Trenton Catholic. He has a scholarship offer on the table from Rider University and he has been invited to play in the Underclass All-Star Game at Diamond Nation in June.
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Ryan Cardona, Livingston, P, Sr.
• Height: 6-0
• Weight: 170
• College commitment: Marist
• Innings: 56.2
• Hits: 31
• Earned runs: 7
• Walks: 16
• Strikeouts: 75
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