BY JAMES FARRELL
Two seniors from East Elmhurst’s Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School are getting the chance to represent Queens in the big leagues.
Quentin Holmes and Charlie Neuweiler were selected in the second and fifth rounds of the draft, respectively. Holmes was picked up by the Cleveland Indians, while Neuweiler will join the Kansas City Royals.
“Having not one kid but…two kids drafted from the same school, it’s pretty good for our school,” McClancy baseball coach Nick Melito told the Queens Tribune. “It says a lot about our school.”
Holmes’ draft was a historic moment in New York City sports. The New York Post reported that his second-round pick made him the highest New York City draft pick in 21 years. Praised by scouts for his speed, Holmes batted leadoff and holds the Monsignor McClancy Crusaders’ school record for stolen bases, Melito said, with 85. He played center field and was a three-year captain for the team. Melito said that Holmes has the build of Detroit Tigers’ outfielder Justin Upton and plays the game like a bigger Kenny Lofton, who was formerly an outfielder for the Indians—Holmes’ draft team.
“All these scouts come and look at you every game, they watch every move you make and you’re 17 years old,” Melito said. “I admire the way he went through this. A lot of kids wouldn’t be able to handle this.”
Melito described Neuweiler as “the most dominant pitcher in Catholic High School,” with seven wins this previous season and six shutouts.
“Charlie—when he pitches—is a bulldog,” he said. “He’s tough, he never caves in and he leads by what he does.”
Melito added that both players were hardworking and great leaders.
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