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PS2's Arbert Cipion Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers!
Every now and then a talent comes along so good with God given abilities, an unbelievable work ethic and just an all around great human being. That is Arbert Cipion. To think when he first came to workout for us the first time he was 14 maybe 15 years old, 6.6 speed, an A+ arm from the OF and no one had picked him up yet for summer ball, he flew under the radar and a simple phone call made it happen. When he committed to PS2, he committed all the way, he trusted the system and more importantly he trusted his coaches and we are forever grateful for that. This is the type of player that could go play for any program in the country and he chose us.
As the seasons went on he became the leader of our inaugural team just 3 years ago, and we watched him grow as a player and as a man. That special player we saw 3 years ago still flying under the radar had one dream and that was to play professional baseball. All of the showcases, college camps, workouts we went to finally paid off - he got offered a 100% scholarship to Southern New Hampshire University. Mission accomplished right?! No!! PS2 Founder Tommy Barbella remembers when Arbert looked at him one day going into his senior season and asked, "Coach, do you think I can get drafted?" Tommy told him, "you keep doing what you're doing and I believe you can. Physically, you have all the tools, you have to be mentally prepared." We knew he was ready and now we had to get the scouts to know.
Still flying under the radar but making noise on the field, a friend comes calling, who happens to be an area scout for a pro team (who we are forever grateful for the work he put in with Arbert) and he loves Arbert and tells me "he's 100% draft-able, he has things you can't teach, SPEED, work ethic, great attitude!" Word starts to spread from area scout to area scout, 2 in particular. Then at 5:33 pm on June 5th the Milwaukee Brewers in the 9th Rd made Arbert's dreams come true by choosing him 275th overall, the 2nd HS player in NJ to get drafted up till that point.
Here is a young man who did everything right, worked hard every day on and off the field, trusted the system at PS2, came to all the workouts, started early and stayed late and gave 2 young and upcoming coaches at PS2 Academy a chance and now he's getting his chance...there was no hype on social media previously, there wasn't a national ranking, even though he's one of the best in country. There was hard work, early morning workouts, late night discussions and training and believing in himself. This is a testament that dreams do come true and it all started with a love for the game and a phone call...
Congratulations to our boy Arbert Cipion! Words cannot describe how we feel about you and how happy we are for you. This is just the beginning, nothing changes, nothing stops, be the hardest worker on and off the field and good things will always happen!
Nilo Rijo Signs with the Boston Red Sox
Congratulations to Nilo Rijo who was signed by the Boston Red Sox at PS2 Athletic Facility on March 22. Nilo has been on the Sox radar for a while now and his hard work and dedication has paid off! Follow Nilo on Instagram @thejuicebro_7 and watch his incredible journey unfold.
Mets greet cancer survivor with scouting session
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Joshua Cohen grimaced on the slope of the mound, watching with a critical eye as his changeup popped into catcher Jeff Glenn's mitt.
"What didn't you like about it?" Frank Viola asked.
The pitch hung too far up in the zone, Cohen bemoaned.
With the amount of movement he put on the ball, Viola assured him, the location was more than fine.
Cohen smiled, toeing the rubber to continue his bullpen session at the Mets' Spring Training complex. As Cohen worked in a Mets jersey with his name stitched across the back, Viola stood nearby, watching alongside several other Minor League pitching coaches. At one point, general manager Sandy Alderson stepped outside from the clubhouse to watch. Behind the mound, Yankees scout Ben McIntyre perched, taking notes on Cohen's performance.
Prior to the session Wednesday morning, McIntyre had approached Cohen, urging him not to be nervous. There were no big league jobs at stake, despite the VIPs on hand to watch. But for Cohen, it was nonetheless the opportunity of a lifetime, a chance to demonstrate how thoroughly he had won his fight with cancer.
In July 2016, doctors diagnosed Cohen with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that invaded his right cheekbone. Cohen underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatments, which eradicated the disease but sapped his body of strength. It was worth it. As he toed the pitching rubber on Wednesday, inside a roofed structure that guarded against the rain outside, Cohen was cancer-free for 10 months.
"I had to go through hell and back," said Cohen, now 17 years old and a junior at Indian Hills High School in Oakland, N.J. "But I made it."
Once Cohen finished his cancer treatment, he and his parents discussed how to celebrate, how to make the most of his second chance at life. A pitcher at Indian Hills, Cohen's dream was to perform in front of Major League scouts. Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Major League Baseball, that dream became a reality Wednesday at First Data Field, where a sizeable group gathered to watch Cohen pitch. MLB coordinated the event concurrently with the Mets, who provided the venue and the coaching staff, and the Yankees, who flew in an evaluator.
"It was my pleasure to see Josh," said McIntyre, the Yankees' assistant director of amateur scouting, who planned a scouting trip to Florida around the opportunity to watch Cohen pitch. "It's a great story. It's inspirational to see a kid so young go through so much already."
Following his bullpen session, Cohen headed to the main stadium, where he met Jay Bruce, David Wright and Tim Tebow, receiving an autographed bat from the latter two Mets. A lifelong Yankees fan, Cohen then met manager Aaron Boone as he watched his favorite team take batting practice.
Soon, Cohen will head back to New Jersey, armed with notes on how to improve as a pitcher -- advice that, Cohen said, will translate as much to his life as to his changeup or curveball.
"It's amazing knowing some of the best pitchers to play or players to play are giving me information and advice," Cohen said. "It's really cool. I loved it."
Added Viola, a former Cy Young Award winner and longtime supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation: "That puts everything in perspective, to see his face light up to be able to do something he loves to do. And he was pretty impressive doing it, too."
Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.
PS2 Athletics Opens New Indoor Training Facility in Wayne
After a period of tremendous growth, we are proud to announce the opening of PS2 Athletic Facility at 321 Hamburg Turnpike in Wayne, NJ (formerly Overtime Sports). Our facility is already well known for being a great place to train. It's clean, functional and very enticing, and we're adding state of the art equipment in the next coming weeks to make it one of the best training spaces around. It's also climate controlled for those frigid winter training days. There are several cages, a full service gym area, lots of field space, and plenty or room for parents and spectators. We also have a party room for birthdays and other occasions. A huge grand opening is being planned for later in the fall, but there are some great promotional rates active right now. Click Here to see what's being offered right now. We look forward to serving you!
12u Crusaders - Runners Up in the Fall 2017 Bigs League
Congratulations to our 12u Crusaders on a great inaugural season!
17u Crusaders Win the Rutgers University Best of Mid Atlantic Tournament
The PS2 Academy Crusaders 17u team went 4-0-1 to win the Rutgers University Best of Mid Atlantic Tournament the weekend of July 13-15th. Their next stop? They head south to Georgia for the Perfect Game tournament at LakePoint Sports July 21-25.
The day was made extra special by the fact that Joshua Cohen was the winning pitcher for the Championship game... Joshua is a cancer survivor and was still undergoing chemo just 3 months ago! Shown here is Joshua (in the middle) with Coaches Tommy Barbella (left) and Joshua Bini (right). Jeremy Gutierrez got the save. #CohenKsCancer
You've heard the hype - now come see what we're all about! The PS2 Academy is truly your One Stop Shop for serious athletes. Our goal is to prepare our Academy players for the collegiate level and beyond. We offer:
- Expert Trainers & Coaches
- High Profile Tournaments
- College Camps/Tours
- Strength & Conditioning
- Access to Medical Professionals
- Access to MLB Scouts
14u Crusaders Compete at ESPN Wide World of Sports
The 14u Crusaders participated in Disney's International Salute to Baseball tournament the week of July 1-8 at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL. They faced teams from all over the country and the world, including Puerto Rico and Panama. For photo highlights, visit our Instagram page @ps2baseball.
#18 Joshua Cohen Makes His Triumphant Return to the Mound After a 10 Month Battle With Cancer
The PS2 Academy Crusaders made it to the semi-finals at the Perfect Game Super 25 Qualifier the weekend of June 16th in Staten Island. In Game 1, Nick Palumbo threw 6 shut out innings, allowing only 2 hits with 7 strikeouts in an 8-0 win. His fastball was up to 85 mph while spotting his curveball and changeup at will throughout the game.
Game 2 saw the return of Joshua Cohen to the mound after a 10 month battle with Ewing's Sarcoma. Cohen was lights out with 5 shut out innings allowing only 2 hits against a very good 9ers Baseball Club for a 2-0 win. Cohen's fastball was up to 84 mph and his breaking ball kept hitters off balance all game.
Also of note from the weekend - the return of another starting pitcher, LHP Jeremy Gutierrez, who closed out the game against the 9ers with one scoreless inning, displaying life on his fastball and great break on his curveball.
PS2 Academy's Arbert Cipion Shines at Prep Baseball Report's Pre-Season All-State Showcase
If you follow us at all, you know the name Arbert Cipion. Arbert is an exceptional athlete with a very promising future ahead of him. Everywhere he goes, he's noticed.
Here's what PBR had to say about Arbert after their NJ showcase earlier this month: "2018 OF Arbert Cipion (Passaic County Tech HS, NJ) turned heads with his incredible athleticism and quickness. He had the top 60 yard dash time at 6.64. He recorded an exit velocity of 93 mph and hit mostly hard line drives with back spin in batting practice."
We're proud to have Arbert as part of the PS2 family and we can't wait to see what's next for him!
2017 Tournament Schedule Announced
Our PS2 Academy teams have some incredible opportunities ahead of them this spring and summer. Our teams will be competing at high profile tournaments in Florida, Georgia, Virginia and the Dominican Republic. We offer our athletes the best possible opportunities! Tournaments this season include Perfect Game, including the prestigious 17u Evoshield Classic in LakePoint, GA, where "the best amatuer baseball in the country is played", numerous Diamond Nation visits, ESPN's Wide World of Sports in Disney World....and a tournament at UNC. Our ultimate goal is to help our players get to that next level. We can't wait for the 2017 season!
PS2 Academy Crusaders Off-Season College Tours
Our high school athletes have been very busy this off-season, getting looks from a number of D1 and D2 schools. Team camps, special invites - they've done it all. We're so proud of them and our younger athletes are seeing their hard work really paying off!
PS2 Welcomes Coach Rich Anastasi
We are excited to announce the latest addition to our esteemed coaching staff: Pitching Coach Rich Anastasi. Coach Rich has a long history of success on the mound and is well known in the tri-state area as he is a graduate of St. Joseph's Regional High School and Fordham University. Coach Rich is now scheduling private lessons and we are confident you will be blown away by his expertise! Contact us HERE to schedule a lesson. Reach Coach Rich's full bio HERE.
PS2 Academy's Arbert Cipion Attends D1 Univ of Richmond Prospect Camp
It was another great day for 17u Crusader Arbert Cipion as he attended the University of Richmond's Elite Exposure Prospect Camp on November 19th. We're so proud of Arbert and all of our Academy athletes who are putting in the work and getting the looks from D1 schools!
PS2 Academy Crusaders Attend Team Camp at Siena College
Our Academy athletes spent the day at D1 Siena College working out and playing a double header - all while being scouted by the Siena coaching staff. We have several more team and prospect camps planned in the off-season for this group.
St. John's University's Prospect Camp Welcomes 17u Crusader Arbert Cipion
Arbert Cipion, the starting shortstop for the 17u Crusaders, was on fire at the recent prospect camp at St. John's University. He ran a 6.4 60 and had an exit velocity of 90 mph off a tee. His velocity from right field clocked in at 87 mph. Arbert is in his junior year at PCTI in Wayne NJ.
16u Crusaders Finish a Strong 2nd Place in ESPN/Disney Tournament
The PS2 Academy 16u Crusaders had a great run at Disney's Turn Back the Clock Tournament this Labor Day weekend. Facing strong competition, the Crusaders finished 2nd in a hard-fought battle and a well-played Championship Game. Team bonding is at an all-time high and they are ready for the Fall '16 season!
16u Crusaders Win League Championship!
The inaugural season of the PS2 Academy 16u Crusaders was one for the record books. The team went 11-0 capping their undefeated season with a USABL 15/16 Division league championship game win on Friday, August 5th. We can't wait to see what the future holds for this PS2 Academy team!
Joshua Cohen Shines at Perfect Game Showcase
One of our 16u Crusaders, Josh Cohen, gave his all on the mound at the very high profile Perfect Game Sunshine Northeast Showcase recently.
Josh, who enters his junior year in the fall at Indian Hills High School in Oakland, NJ, impressed the scouts and coaches with an 82 mph fastball and a change up that definitely caught their attention! They featured him on their website and you can see his profile by clicking the button below.