Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 15, 2007

Familiar faces grace 2007 Princeton Rays


Sonoqui will get a challenge at first base from Central Michigan product Ben Humphrey, who was a 28th round selection. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Humphrey hit .362 with 10 home runs this season, and set a school record with 72 RBIs as a junior for the Chippewas.

Among the third base prospects is Jeffrey Carroll, a free agent signee from Cal State-Los Angeles. Carroll, a Division II All-America, batted .390 with 16 home runs and 76 RBIs, along with 72 runs scored and 26 doubles for the Golden Eagles. He set single season and career records for runs scored.

A quartet of prospects could comprise the middle infield positions. They include Michael Ross, a 34th round selection in 2006 and Robi Estrada, a 19th round pick. Both were draft-and-follow selections, spending one season in junior college before turning professional.

Ross batted .326 and scored 54 runs for Northwest Mississippi Community College, while Estrada hit .352 and scored 45 runs for El Camino Junior College in California. That duo combined to steal 40 bases last season.

That duo will be joined by second baseman Omar Luna and shortstop Jimmy Scholzen. An 18th round selection in 2004, Scholzen has spent the last two years completing a Mormon mission in San Francisco.

Biell will be joined in the outfield by two more draft-and-follow prospects, Kyeong Kang, a 15th round draft choice last season, and Justin Reynolds, who was picked in the 31st round.

Kang is the first South Korean to enter professional baseball through the amateur draft.

They’ll be joined by free agent signee Jeremy Hall and Ronald Edwards, who played three games at catcher for Princeton in 2005 and missed all of last season with a shoulder injury.

Fordham product John Mollicone leads the three-headed catching trio, having batted .325 with nine home runs and 53 runs batted in last season for the Rams. A 27th round pick, Mollicone threw out 43 percent of potential base stealers.

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