New York Magazine editor/writer Sarah Bernard recently asked the Brooklyn Bulldogs 12U travel team to test several baseball bats. She carted them on a recent Thursday evening to Prospect Park in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where the players used them in a batting-practice session. The following Monday the team went to the magazine’s headquarters in downtown Manhattan for a photo shoot in full uniform. The story and photos on a two-page spread will be included in the issue available on newsstands on Monday, May 11. The 10 of the 12 players photographed for the magazine are:
Dennis Maddocks: A 5′ 11″ 12-year-old flamethrower who’s been clocked at 75 mph. A bopper with the bat, too.
Ian Miller: A slick-fielding 2nd baseman who can also pitch and features a plus fastball and outstanding junk.
Joe Fernando: A switch-hitting shortstop with plus-plus actions and killer speed on the bases.
Danny Bakst: An outstanding 3rd baseman who stops everything at the hot corner. The Number 3 hitter.
Adrian Eacker: A left fielder who can play the middle infield positions, pitch, and catch.
Milo Sklar: THE utility guy. He catches, plays 1st, 2nd, and all three outfield positions.
Nick Dulchin: A pitcher with a plus change. Plays right field, too.
Brandon Leftwich: An outstanding centerfielder with a flair for the acrobatics. Has outstanding speed and daring.
Mark Maguire: A catcher with the ability to nail baserunners. The Number 4 hitter with a potent lefty bat.
Avery Hogue: A right fielder with great speed. A big-game pitcher on the hill.
Players missing from the photo shoot:
Ralfie Quezada: A catcher with the best pure arm in Brooklyn for 12U. Period. Can pitch and hit, too.
Michael De La Rosa: A quiet presence on the team who can pitch, hit, and play the outfield.