D1 Philadelphia Team
The Philadelphia Baseball Review again collaborated with local talent evaluators in the Philadelphia region to spotlight top players across various collegiate levels for our annual All-Philly Region Preseason Selections. This joint effort aims to identify impactful players set to make a difference in the upcoming 2024 season. 
 
Here's a breakdown of key players by position with Philly-area programs at the D-I level: 
 
C/DH - Justin Igoe (SR., Saint Joseph's): Stepped into the starting role, showcasing solidity behind the plate with a .304 average, three homers, and 35 RBIs.
 
1B - Jack O'Reilly (GR., Villanova): Played 51 games, securing 50 starts, boasting a .303 average, a team-best .503 slugging percentage, and contributing 59 hits, including 13 doubles and eight home runs. 
 
2B - Ryan Taylor (SO., Penn): Featured in 48 games, starting 47, led the team in walks (25) and steals (nine), hitting .254 with 30 RBIs and a .392 slugging percentage. 
 
3B - Wyatt Henseler (SR., Penn): Set single-season records with 18 home runs, 63 RBIs, and 142 total bases. Led the team in various categories, including a .321 average, 69 hits, 17 doubles, and a remarkable slugging percentage of .660. 
 
SS - Davis Baker (SO., Penn): Three-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, led the team in doubles (17), posted a .497 slugging percentage, stole seven bases, hit four homers, and finished with 33 RBIs. 
 
SS - Ryan Weingartner (SO., Saint Joseph's): Named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team after hitting .323 with 10 homers and 36 RBIs. Also stole 17 bases.
 
OF - Ryan Cesarini (JR., Saint Joseph's): Topped the Hawks with a .402 batting average, earning Second Team honors in the Atlantic 10. Contributed eight homers and led in doubles with 17. 
 
RHP - Ryan Dromboski (JR., Penn): Dominated in conference play with five Ivy wins, leading in ERA (2.27), strikeouts (54), and opponent batting average (.165). 
 
RHP - Eli Trop (SR., Penn): Notched a 2.37 ERA in 17 relief appearances, maintaining a 4-0 record and one save, with a remarkable 0.95 WHIP. 
 
RHP - Cole Zaffiro (SR., Penn): Led in innings pitched (72.0) among starting pitchers, with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP while limiting opponents to a .211 batting average. 
 
RHP - Carson Ozmer (SR., Penn): Emerged as a shutdown reliever, allowing just two earned runs in 10 2/3 innings during conference play. 
 
LHP - Ryan DeSanto (SO., Saint Joseph's): Named to the 2023 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team, finishing with a 3.99 ERA over 14 appearances, including 11 starts, and holding opponents to a .178 batting average.

2 Comments

Anonymous said…
You title your Top Division I (Baseball) talent in 2024 "All-Philly REGION Preseason Selections". It appears however, that your selections are not actually "All-Philly REGION", since all of your selections come from the only three members of the Big Five who play baseball. In addition to those 3 colleges, the Liberty Bell Classic for Div I includes Delaware, Delaware State, Lafayette, Lehigh, and Rider (defending 2023 Champion). Surely there are players from at least some of those colleges located in the Philly REGION that are also worthy of being 2024 preseason selections. If you persist in excluding players from those 5 colleges, then you should at least change your title to delete "All-Philly REGION" and substitute "All Big Five".
First, I appreciate your comment and for taking the time to read the article. Though I see your point regarding the other programs, we've never strayed beyond the Philly schools - it's been that way since we began doing this back in 2017. It's also tough to say Big Five when it isn't a Big Five. Temple hasn't had a program in a decade or so. La Salle and Drexel are gone.

Tons of talent on those teams you mentioned, for sure. Just not in our coverage area.

Again, I do appreciate you reading and taking the time to leave a comment.
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