June 14, By Jason Cohen
Two baseball players from an East Elmhurst high school were selected in the MLB Draft this week, becoming the first duo from the same New York City high school to be taken in the first 10 rounds since 2004.
Quentin Holmes and Charlie Neuweiler, who both attend Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School, were selected by the Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals respectively.
Nick Melito, who has been coaching the high school team for the past 17 years, said that these were the first players he’s coached to be drafted.
“It makes me proud because of who these kids are,” Melito said. “They are outstanding men.”
Holmes, who is 6’ 2” and 180 pounds, was a highly-rated outfielder heading into the draft. Known for his speed and defense, MLB Pipeline listed him as the 33rd best prospect.
He was recently named the 2016-17 Gatorade Player of the Year for New York, batting .420 with seven homers, 18 extra-base hits and 33 runs during his senior year. Holmes also stole 22 bases in 23 attempts.
Holmes signed a National Letter of Intent with Mississippi State University, but according to reports, will likely sign with the Indians and make his pro debut at the rookie level in Arizona later this year.
Neuweiler’s selection, meanwhile, was more of a surprise. His coach explained that as scouts flocked to watch Holmes, they took notice of the hard throwing pitcher.
Neuweiler, who is 6’ 1” and 205-pounds, throws a fastball in the upper 80s and lower 90s, and is known for his breaking and curve balls. This past season he was 7-2, with six of the wins being shutouts.