Courtesy of Mark Mentone, Felician SID
RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Felician College baseball transfers Phil Messerian (Fair Lawn, NJ/Fair Lawn) and Joel Sanchez (Hialeah, FL/Monsignor Pace) were named two of the top 25 professional prospects in the 2009 Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, according to collegiate summer league rankings by the scouting service Perfect Game USA.
Both players are right-handed pitchers. Messerian has one year of eligibility after transferring from Nyack College. He played for the ACBL's North New Jersey Eagles this summer and is Perfect Game's No. 24-rated prospect in the league. Sanchez played the last two collegiate seasons for Monroe College. He was rated the ACBL's No. 25 prospect after playing for the league runner-up Jersey Pilots.
Messerian, 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, was 2-1 with a 2.32 earned-run average and four saves for the Eagles. Also an infielder, he was an all-region and honorable-mention all-America selection at utility following the 2009 college season, and in his collegiate career, has 178 pitching strikeouts and 126 base hits.
Sanchez went 3-1 with a 2.50 ERA, a shutout, and a save for the Pilots. In his junior college career, the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder had a combined 9-4 record and a 2.21 ERA, yielding 72 base hits in nearly 97 innings. He helped Monroe win back-to-back regional championships.
Felician is a member of NCAA Division II and plays in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. The Golden Falcons posted a 24-24 won-lost record in 2009.