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April 12, 2015 - photo frame

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The series of Staten Islanders among a maestro turn ranks keeps on growing.

With another 5 Island-associated players taken in final year’s pledge breeze adding to a record 6 players with Island ties drafted in 2013, there are copiousness of internal immature ballplayers to base for.

While many of a players with Island ties are strong in a reduce levels of a teenager leagues, 3 pitchers are expected to toss innings in a vast leagues this year.

Prince’s Bay resident Jason Marquis, who won a mark in a Cincinnati Reds’ rotation, and Curtis High School connoisseur Anthony Varvaro, a member of a Boston Red Sox bullpen, already have thrown for their particular squads.

Andrew Bailey, a Wagner College product and former American League Rookie of a Year, is on a teenager joining rehab army with a Yankees following shoulder surgery, though could be behind in a bigs if he can get healthy.

Read short bios for all 11 of a Island’s pro turn players below:

Jason Marquis, RHP, Cincinnati Reds

A volatile Jason Marquis done his initial vital joining coming in some-more than 20 months on Friday, starting and earning a no preference in a Cincinnati Reds’ 5-4 win over a St. Louis Cardinals.

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Jason Marquis throws opposite a St. Louis Cardinals in a initial inning of a turn game, Friday, Apr 10, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl) 

He authorised 3 warranted runs in 6 innings of work, distinguished out 7 Redbird batters.

The Tottenville High School connoisseur beat out maestro lefty Paul Maholm for a mark in a Reds’ starting revolution this spring after signing a minor-league understanding with Cincinnati this offseason.

A former first-round breeze pick, Marquis has pitched for 8 opposite teams over his 14-year vital joining career.

The 36-year-old righty pitched 46 innings for a Philadelphia Phillies’ Triple-A associate in 2014, though unsuccessful to moment a vital joining register in his quip bid from Tommy John surgery.

Over a march of his career, Marquis has a 121-114 career record and is one of usually 6 vital joining pitchers to have won during slightest 11 games each year between 2004 and 2009. He won a World Series with a St. Louis Cardinals in 2006 and was named an all-star in 2009.

Marquis played on a South Shore Little League group that finished third in a 1991 Little League World Series. 

Anthony Varvaro, RHP, Boston Red Sox

A Curtis High School and St. John’s University product, a 30-year-old Varvaro was one of usually dual local Staten Islanders who started Opening Day on a vital joining roster. 

After spending a past 4 seasons pitching out of a Atlanta Braves’ bullpen, Varvaro was traded to a Boston Red Sox for a teenager leaguer this offseason and secured a mark in their bullpen this spring.

Boston Red Sox’s Anthony Varvaro throws during a bullpen event during open training in Fort Myers Fla., Saturday Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

He’s done dual scoreless appearances so distant on a immature season.

The hard-throwing righty, who established himself as a arguable center reliever in Atlanta over a past dual seasons, increasing his strikeouts and cut down his walks and hits authorised final year, his best nonetheless in a vital joining uniform.

Varvaro was drafted by a Seattle Mariners in a 12th turn of a 2005 pledge breeze and made his vital joining entrance with a bar in 2010.

Atlanta claimed Varvaro off waivers a following Jan and he remained with a classification until Dec when he was designated for assignment and traded to Boston for teenager joining pitcher Aaron Kurcz.

Andrew Bailey, RHP, Tampa Yankees (Class A)

Bailey, a Wagner College product who is returning from shoulder surgery, non-stop a deteriorate with a Yankees’ A-ball club, though could strech a majors during some indicate this year if he stays healthy. 

The 6-foot-3-inch, 240-pound righty missed all of 2014 after undergoing season-ending shoulder medicine in Jul 2013, while a member of a Boston Red Sox.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Andrew Bailey delivers opposite to Miami Marlins Chris Coghlan during a sixth inning of a open training turn diversion in Fort Myers, Fla., Monday, Mar 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The Yankees sealed Bailey to a teenager joining understanding final February, though a two-time All-Star and 2009 American League Rookie of a Year has nonetheless to representation a diversion in pinstripes due to countless damage setbacks.

The fireballing righty reliever, who has strike 99 mph on a gun, sports a career 2.64 ERA with 227 strikeouts over 218 innings.

The New Jersey local was a sixth-round collect of a Oakland Athletics in 2006.

Ian Miller, CF, Bakersfield Blaze (Class A-Advanced)

The 23-year-old speedster creates a burst to a Class A-Advanced California League this year, where he’s batting leadoff and starting in centerfield for a Bakersfield Blaze. 

He missed a vast cube of final year with a Class A Clinton Lumberjacks due to injury, though still managed to strike .271 and take 16 bases in 45 games.

Bakersfield Blaze centerfielder Ian Miller (Staten Island Advance/David Saffran)

Miller is 1-for-7 with 5 strikeouts in a early going with a Blaze.

The Wagner College product, who was named a fastest baserunner in a Seattle Mariners’ 2013 breeze class, was drafted in a 14th turn by a Mariners that year.

A local of Downingtown, Pa., Miller was a first-team all-conference preference in his youth year during Wagner, and became a initial Wagner actor drafted after his youth year in over a decade.

He hit .305 with 1 home run and 17 stolen bases in 52 games between dual short-season levels during his initial pro deteriorate and was named to a Rookie-level Appalachian League all-star team.

Zack Granite, CF, Cedar Rapids Kernels (Class A)

Granite, another rapid centerfielder and 2013 breeze collect who spent most of final year on a infirm list, returned to Class A this season, where he’s again manning centerfield for a Cedar Rapid Kernels of a Midwest League. 

Cedar Rapids Kernels centerfielder Zack Granite (Staten Island Advance/Hilton Flores)

The two-time Pirate — Granite played for both Tottenville High School and Seton Hall University — is finally healthy and off to a prohibited start as a Kernels’ leadoff hitter.

He has 3 hits and 4 walks by a team’s initial 3 games.

Granite was taken by a Minnesota Twins in a 14th turn of a 2013 pledge draft — 7 picks forward of Ian Miller. 

He strike .291 in only 79 at-bats for a Kernels during an injury-plagued 2014.

Granite has shown an glorious eye in his immature career. He drew some-more walks than strikeouts in his initial pro deteriorate with Rookie-level Elizabethton and is doing a same early on in 2015.

Kevin Krause, C/RF, West Virginia Power

Another Tottenville High School product, Krause got his pro career off to a crash final summer throwing for a Pittsburgh Pirates’ short-season affiliate. 

Jamestown catcher Kevin Krause watches from a cave during a NY-Penn League turn diversion between a Jammers and Brooklyn Cyclones Thursday, Jul 17, 2014.(Staten Island Advance/Bill Lyons)

The 2014 ninth-round collect out of Stony Brook crushed 7 homeruns and gathering in 32 runs in only 39 games for a Jamestown Jammers before going down with an injury. He was one of a league’s tip energy hitters before to removing hurt.

Krause has an jaunty frame, an normal arm and runs flattering good for a catcher, though is still training a position. He was slated to separate time between catcher and right margin with a Pirates’ Class A Affiliate in West Virginia this season, though is nursing a bruise bend and has nonetheless to get into a game.

The 22-year-old won America East Player of a Year honors in his final deteriorate during Stony Brook, batting .354 with 8 home runs and 51 RBI. 

Dillon McNamara, RHP, Staten Island Yankees (Short-season)

A 27th-round breeze collect of a New York Yankees in 2013, McNamara has stayed home a past dual seasons, pitching for a Staten Island Yankees.

Staten Island Yankees pitcher Dillon McNamara (Staten Island Advance/Bill Lyons)

Despite operative this open with a Class A-Advanced Tampa Yankees, he stays listed on a Baby Bombers’ register and has nonetheless to representation this season.

The Moore Catholic and Adelphi University product, who has boasted a discerning invert from his Graniteville home to Richmond County Bank Ballpark in St. George the past dual years, worked as both a starter and a reliever with the Baby Bombers final season.

His 2014 numbers were down a bit from 2013, when he finished 4-3 with a 2.19 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 39 innings for Staten Island. 

The 6-foot-5-inch righty earned All-American honors as a comparison closer during Adelphi, compiling a 0.28 ERA and going 29 2/3 innings before permitting an warranted run. He finished as a school’s singular deteriorate and all-time saves leader.

McNamara had been a ace of Adelphi’s revolution before being diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in 2012 and settling into a bullpen mark while recuperating from surgery. 

Michael Sullivan, LHP, AZL Reds (Rookie)

The 21-year-old Huguenot proprietor was taken by a Cincinnati Reds in a 29th round of final year’s pledge breeze and played with their Rookie turn associate final summer.

Tottenville starter Michael Sullivan, now a pitcher for a AZL Reds, fires to a image vs New Dorp. 4/30/12 (Staten Island Advance/Hilton Flores) 

The Tottenville High School product was widespread in his initial pro season, racking adult 27 strikeouts in only 19 innings to go with a 1.92 ERA.

Sullivan, a 6-foot southpaw whose fastball hits 91 mph, was drafted out of Gloucester County College in New Jersey, where he pitched for dual seasons after graduating from Tottenville.

He should start a year with one of a Reds’ short-season clubs, that don’t start play until June.

Cliff Brantley Jr., CF, GCL Blue Jays (Rookie)

Brantley bears a name of his former vast leaguer father, though plays a opposite position than his pops, who pitched for a Philadelphia Phillies in a early 90s.

The Blue Jays drafted Brantley, a swift-footed centerfielder, out of Adelphi University in a 19th-round final year.

Cliff Brantley, now a CF with a GCL Blue Jays, watches a diversion from a dugout. (Staten Island Advance/Hilton Flores)

He strike .232 and scored 11 runs in 25 games with a Jays’ rookie turn associate final season, and projects to start this year with a short-season team.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Brantley, who eliminated from Wagner following his sophomore year due to miss of personification time, strike .401 for Adelphi and was a 2014 semifinalist for a Tino Martinez Award, given to a nation’s tip NCAA Division II player.

J.J. Franco, 2B, GCL Braves (Rookie)

Another teenager leaguer with a argent turn pedigree, Franco was drafted by a Atlanta Braves in a 38th turn final year.

J.J. Franco, now a teenager leaguer in a Atlanta Braves’ organization, heading a cheers from a dugout. 5/10/10 (Staten Island Advance photo/Hilton Flores)

Just like Brantley, he plays a opposite position than his famous father, former Mets pitcher John Franco.

The 5-foot-9-inch second baseman, who starred in college during Brown University, tore a cover off a turn with a Braves’ rookie joining associate in his initial pro season.

The 23-year-old former Dongan Hills proprietor strike .347 with 1 homerun and 14 RBI in 31 games. He’s nonetheless to seem in a diversion this year and so appears to be slated for a short-season group that will start a deteriorate in late June. 

John Ziznewski, 3B, Great Falls Voyagers (Rookie)

Ziznewski was a initial of 5 players with Staten Island ties to be drafted final year, going to a Chicago White Sox in a eighth round.

John Ziznewski, now a third baseman with a teenager joining associate of a Chicago White Sox. (Photo pleasantness of Rockland Community College)

The 23-year-old converted third baseman strike .243 and gathering in 13 runs for a Great Falls Voyagers of a Rookie Pioneer League final year.

Ziznewski, a South Beach proprietor and St. Peter’s High School grad, played shortstop in college during Long Island University-Brooklyn. He was named a Northeast Conference Player of a Year in 2014, after batting .365 with 9 home runs and 55 RBI.

Based on his age and where he was drafted, Ziznewski should pierce adult to Class A turn this year, though has nonetheless to play a diversion so far. He stays listed on a Voyagers’ roster. 

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