Leandro Emiliani Selected in 1st round by Riverpigs

The Empire League has long been heralded as a breeding ground for baseball’s future stars. With its rich history of nurturing talent and providing a platform for promising players to showcase their skills, the league continues to attract attention year after year. The recent player draft saw the selection of four exceptional talents, each poised to make a significant impact on the league. Let’s take a closer look at the first four picks of the Empire League player draft and what they bring to the table.

1. Sam Franco – Outfielder, Purdue University (Malone Border Hounds)

With the first overall pick in the draft, the Empire League team wasted no time in selecting Sam Franco, an outfielder from Purdue University. Known for his blazing speed and exceptional defensive prowess, Franco has the tools to become a game-changer on both offense and defense. His ability to cover ground in the outfield and his knack for getting on base make him a valuable asset to any team. With a strong work ethic and a passion for the game, Franco is poised to make a seamless transition to the professional ranks and make an immediate impact in the Empire League.

2. Hanley Acevedo – Outfielder, Toronto Blue Jays Minor League System (North Country Thunderbirds)

Selected second overall in the draft, Hanley Acevedo brings a wealth of experience to the Empire League. Having honed his skills in the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League system, Acevedo is no stranger to the rigors of professional baseball. With a powerful bat and a keen eye for the ball, he has the ability to change the course of a game with one swing. His veteran presence and leadership qualities will be invaluable to his new team, providing guidance and inspiration both on and off the field.

3. Leandro Emiliani – First Baseman, Washington Nationals Organization (Tupper Lake Riverpigs)

The third pick in the draft, Leandro Emiliani, is a towering presence at first base. With his impressive size and strength, Emiliani poses a formidable threat at the plate, capable of launching balls into the stratosphere with ease. Having honed his skills in the Washington Nationals organization, he brings a polished approach to the game and a deep understanding of what it takes to succeed at the highest level. Emiliani’s ability to drive in runs and provide stability in the infield will make him a valuable asset to his new team as they strive for success in the Empire League.

4. Francis Florentino – Outfielder, Minnesota Twins Organization (Saranac Lake Surge)

Rounding out the top four picks is Francis Florentino, an outfielder who previously plied his trade in the Minnesota Twins organization. Blessed with lightning speed and exceptional defensive instincts, Florentino is a game-changer in the outfield, capable of tracking down balls that seem destined for the bleachers. With a compact swing and a knack for making contact, he poses a constant threat on the base paths, keeping opposing pitchers on edge at all times. Florentino’s blend of speed and power makes him a dynamic presence in the lineup and a player to watch in the Empire League.

As the Empire League welcomes its newest crop of talent, all eyes will be on these four players as they embark on their professional careers. With their unique skills and unwavering determination, they are sure to leave an indelible mark on the league and carve out a legacy as some of baseball’s brightest stars.

Article by Empire Media