AMSTERDAM - Amsterdam Mohawks pitchers Rocky McCord and Chandler Shepherd each recently earned a "Top Prospect" nod for their respective summers of work in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.
McCord, a native of Spanish Fort, Ala., was pegged as the PGCBL's top professional prospect by Perfect Game USA, a baseball scouting service associated with the Mohawks' league. A sophomore at Auburn University, McCord went 4-0 with a 1.71 ERA in the regular season, while striking out more than a batter per inning.
Shepherd, a sophomore at the University of Kentucky from Louisa, Ky., was named the player to watch from the PGCBL from Baseball America. The right-hander went 7-0 with a 1.31 ERA in the regular season, and was named the PGCBL Pitcher of the Year in August. In the playoffs, Shepherd earned two more victories, including the win in the Mohawks' PGCBL Championship Series-clinching triumph.
Rocky McCord pitches for the Amsterdam Mohawks against the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs on Aug. 3 at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam. McCord recently was named a top professional prospect by Perfect Game USA.
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In addition, Perfect Game USA released a top-30 prospects list of players from the 2012 PGCBL season. After McCord at No. 1, Shepherd was second, with eight other Mohawks - Matt Gage (10), Demarcus Henderson (12), Matt Pirro (14), Mark Leiter Jr. (19), Connor Kaden (24), Nathan Gomez (26), Jeff Boehm (27) and Ed Charlton (30) - also making the cut.
The league champion Amsterdam Mohawks, who finished the summer ranked third in the country, topped the All-PGCBL all-star team and the Rising Stars team - only for freshmen - with 10 selections.
Amsterdam all-league picks included first-team choices Shepherd, McCord, Ed Charlton (NJIT), Zak Colby (Faulkner) and Chase Green (SIU Edwardsville), and second-team honorees Mark Leiter Jr. (NJIT) and Evan Stephens (Wake Forest). Mohawks named only to the Rising Stars team were Jeff Boehm (Kentucky), Chase Williamson (Auburn) and Matt Pirro (Wake Forest).