Columbia Slugging Third Baseman AJ DiFillippo Joins Flames

Onondaga, NY November 19, 2017: The Onondaga Flames of the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) announced today that Columbia University sophomore third baseman AJ DeFillipo (@ajdifillipo7) has signed on for the 2018 summer season. DiFillipo joins Lions teammates Jack Chernow and Josh Nicoloff on the Flames roster.

No stranger to summer ball, DiFillipo played for the Seacoast Mavericks of the competitive Futures League last year appearing in 39 games with 160 plate appearances, producing an impressive slash line of .309/.392/.468 with an .860 OPS, including four doubles and 6 home runs.

“We were hoping to sign AJ to round out what promises to be an exceptional infield. Having an accomplished veteran of summer ball is huge for any team – we’re excited to have him.” stated Wayne Walker, team president, “Both of our hot corner guys are former pitchers with strong, accurate arms and big bats – in other words, prototypical third basemen. We couldn’t be more pleased.”

DiFillipo has had a standout baseball career since Little League where he starred for the 2009 Peabody West Little League team that won the New England Regional and played in the World Series.

High School Career Highlights:

  • Four-year member of the varsity baseball team…
  • Named team captain in 2016…
  • Selected Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-America as a senior…
  • Two-time All-ISL first team member…
  • 2016 Perfect Game-Rawlings All-Northeast Region second team…
  • Hit .421 and earned a 5-2 record with a 1.57 ERA in 2016…
  • 2014 and 2015 Perfect Game Underclass honorable mention… Batted .475 and went 7-0 with 38 strikeouts and a 1.08 ERA on the hill in 2015…
  • Earned second team all-league, 16U Perfect Game WWBA All-Tournament Team, IBC All-Tournament Team honors in 2014.

Played in the Little League World Series for Peabody Western in 2009… Also played one year of varsity basketball… Mother, JoAnne, played four years of softball at Salem State University.

About Columbia University Baseball (@CULionsBaseball)
Colombia University is an NCAA Division 1 program located on Manhattan Island. The program has enjoyed a major facilities upgrade and is clearly on a roll. Under Head Coach Brett Boretti, Lions baseball has enjoyed a major revitalization winning five Gehrig Division titles, four Ivy League championships, a number of wins over major programs and four NCAA Tournament victories.

Columbia’s Robertson Field at Sato Stadium has been transformed into one of the best college baseball facilities in the Ivy League and in the Northeast. Other recent upgrades include new batting cages, stadium-style seating, adding to the stadium’s capacity and upgraded dugouts as well as an extended press box. Additionally, a Seasonal Air-Supported Structure opened for the first time in February 2017, allowing the Lions to practice inside a 650,000 cubic-foot dome over the Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium during the winter months.

Over the course of the last six years, seven of Boretti’s players have been drafted by Major League clubs and two have signed as free agents. 

The New York Collegiate Baseball League, founded in 1978, is a summer wood bat development league for professional baseball. Major League Baseball funds a small portion of the leagues annual budget. The league gives college players who have not yet signed a professional contract the opportunity to develop their skills at a higher level of play, gain experience with wood bats, and be evaluated by MLB scouts. The NYCBL is located in scenic Upstate New York.

Teams play a 43 game regular season schedule with games beginning on May 30th and ending in late July. All games are 9 innings, with doubleheaders scheduled as two 9 inning games. The All-Star game is played in mid July, and the League Championship Series concludes in early August.

The New York Collegiate baseball League is the oldest league in New York State – celebrating its 40th season in 2018. The league is a member of the National Alliance of Summer College Baseball (NASCB), a group of non-profit summer collegiate baseball leagues that are each partially funded by Major League Baseball.

Onondaga Flames
The Onondaga Flames are a wooden bat summer league team comprised of top college players from coast-to-coast as well as the best local players..The Flames are operated in a fashion similar to Minor League Baseball (MiLB), providing safe affordable family entertainment with high caliber baseball. The team has a mascot (Blaze), on-field entertainment, raffles and affordable concessions.

The Flames play at the beautiful Onondaga Community College baseball complex, located on Onondaga Hill, home of the Onondaga Nationan original member of the Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois Confederacy, one of the oldest forms of democracy in the history of the world.

As the “Fire Keepers”, the Onondagas continue to be responsible for the gathering of the leaders of all of the Six Nations in Grand Council.  They open and close the councils and sanction the decisions arrived by the Council of Chiefs. The Onondaga Flames are named after the great Onondaga Nation and proudly wear their flame logo..