08/12/2019 9:09 PM
2019 SFCBL MVP – Derek Cartaya (West Boca Snappers/Florida International University)
The 2-time SFCBL Champion returns for his 2nd summer in the SFCBL once again having an outstanding season despite a back-injury side lining him for 2 weeks. Cartaya led the league in average this season hitting .395 with 19 runs and 14 stolen bases. Defensively he has a secure glove with smooth hands and quick feet. He has excellent baseball instincts and his ability to read situations shows through his leadership on the field. The past two seasons at FIU, Cartaya has been the starting shortstop and has consistently been a leader in several offensive categories. A true leader, Cartaya is the glue that has held the West Boca Snappers together the last 2 seasons and has led to consecutive SFCBL Championships.
Pitcher of the Year – Corey Martinez (West Boca Snappers/William Patterson University)
When the Snappers started Martinez this year it was a guaranteed win as our 2019 Pitcher of the Year had a perfect 6-0 record which led the league in wins. With a tall, slender, athletic frame, Martinez features a fastball in the 87-90 MPH range with two different breaking balls which he used to keep hitters off balance. The slider is sharp and produced a lot of swing and miss. His curveball has depth, bite and was used more often early in the count. A true pitcher, Martinez has an excellent ability to mix speeds and control all his pitches walking only 14 batters in 42.2 innings while striking out 57 batters.
Rookie of the Year – Nelson Smith (West Boca Snappers/Palm Beach State)
One of the youngest players to play in the 2019 SFCBL season, Smith put up outstanding numbers. Although he is young, he is mature on the mound holding his own against well-seasoned and experienced players. Smith is the definition of projectable standing at 6’5/190 with plenty of room to fill out. An outstanding athlete, Smith played basketball in high school but has now made the decision to solely focus on baseball going forward in his career. Smith has a high ¾ arm slot with a loose smooth arm action. His fastball started out early in the summer in the 86-89 MPH range but by the end of summer he was sitting 90-92 MPH with sinking action. He throws a hard slider in the 82-84 MPH range which induces swing and miss considering he maintains the same arm speed and slot as his fastball. We see Smith with a plus fastball in the near future and really like his arm. Numbers wise he struck out 36 batters in 30.1 innings only walking 7. Given his size, athleticism, ability and projectability, we see Nelson as a solid prospect in the 2020 MLB Draft.
1st Team All-SFCBL
SS Derek Cartaya (West Boca Snappers/Florida International University)
RHP Corey Martinez (West Boca Snappers/William Patterson University)
LHP Gus Carter (West Boca Snappers/Florida Gulf Coast University)
2nd Team All-SFCBL
1B Kyle Olson (West Boca Snappers/Adelphi University)
DH Luis Chavez (West Boca Snappers/Florida International University)