RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College rising sophomore Scott De Jong (North Haledon, N.J./Eastern Christian) has been voted the Player of the Year in the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL), the league announced on Sunday.
The NYCBL is a wood-bat summer league open only to players with collegiate eligibility remaining. More than 100 league alumni can be found on current major and minor-league rosters, including MLB standouts Tim Hudson, Hunter Pence, and Rajai Davis.
De Jong is a 6-foot-4, 235-pound first-baseman who spent the summer with the Wellsville Nitros. He established a single-season NYCBL record with 14 home runs. In 39 games, he batted .310 with league highs of 47 runs scored and 49 runs batted in, and added 14 stolen bases. He posted an on-base percentage of .391 and a .646 slugging percentage.
"It's an honor," De Jong told the blog Pickin Splinters on Sunday. "The history of the league is really strong. When you look at the guys that have come through the league… it makes it special."
Senior-to-be Aaron Brill (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard), a Felician and Nitros teammate of De Jong, was chosen to the NYCBL's All-League First Team. The shortstop hit .317 with 15 extra-base hits, 20 runs and 21 RBI in 30 games.
The Nitros were coached by 2001 Felician graduate Anthony Barone, who was a member of the first two baseball teams in Golden Falcon history. Barone, De Jong and Brill helped guide Wellsville to its first playoff appearance in three years, as the Nitros tied for third place with a 22-18 won-lost record.