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June 18, 2009

Around the Horn baseball column: Team of the Decade: St. John's Prep, Peabody or Swampscott?


Edge: The Tanners, slightly.

STAR POWER: What was in the water in Peabody in the early '80s? Four Tanner City natives born in that era are playing professional baseball — though the most successful of the bunch is a 2003 St. John's alum.

The San Diego Padres' Matt Antonelli gives the Prep a big boost as the only player to appear in a Major League game. But his Triple-A status is matched by 2002 Peabody High grad Mark Shorey, who is in the St. Louis Cardinals system and hitting .317 for the Memphis Redbirds.

The Tanners have two more minor leaguers: much-talked about first round pick Jeff Allison, currently pitching in Single-A for the Jupiter (Fla.) Marlins; and 2004 grad Ryan Moorer, who is in Double-A in the Seattle Mariners' system.

St. John's Prep has another notch on its belt in 2001 product Jake Marsello, who played in the Chicago Cubs' system, and recent draftee Mike Yastrzemski.

The Big Blue are not to be forgotten: Tim Kiely was lights out in his first Double-A start this past Monday and enjoyed a very strong spring in his first season for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Edge: Peabody. Quantity over quality, especially considering that for all intents and purposes Shorey has matched Antonelli with half the fanfare. Garrett Greer (2000) was also drafted, and though a disappointment overall Allison is the area's highest overall draft pick at 16th in 2003.

COLLEGE PROSPECTS: Besides those mentioned above, the Prep has sent Chris Carmain and Peter Castoldi to Division 1 Northeastern, in addition to Jeff DeCarlo to Michigan and Conor Burke to Brown. For Peabody, the list is highlighted by UMass Amherst stars Bryan Garrity and Kyle Multner. For Swampscott, Hunter Gordon is headed to Division 1 Boston College, and Jason Blydell went to Dartmouth.

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