By: David Driver/Special Consultant
May is the sixth-highest Chanticleer taken in the MLB Draft
#11 Tommy La Stella
5-11, 185, 2B, L/R, Jr.
Closter, N.J. / St. Joe's Montvale HS (St. John's Univ.)
Ranked 47th-best player in NCAA Division I on the 2011 Preseason College Baseball Daily Top 100.
2010 (RSo.): First team All-Big South ... Big South All-Tournament ... Led Coastal in hitting with a .378 batting average, ranking fifth (tied) in the Big South ... His 93 hits ranked second in the Big South and fourth on the CCU single-season list ... Only struck out 15 times in 246 at bats to rank 29th in the NCAA in "toughest to strikeout" (once every 16.4 at bats) ... Played in 64 games (all starts) to tie for seventh on the CCU single-season list ... Had 246 at bats, ranking seventh on the CCU single-season list ... His .977 fielding percentage was a CCU single-season record for a second baseman ... Belted 14 home runs to tie for sixth-best in the Big South ... Added 14 doubles and two triples to rank second in the Big South in total bases (153) ... Had a .622 slugging percentage - fifth-best in the Big South - and his 66 RBI was second-best on the team, ranking 10th on the CCU single-season list ... Scored 64 runs to rank fourth in the Big South - third-best on the team ... Batted .442 in conference play with a team-high nine home runs and 34 RBI versus Big South competition ... Posted a .421 batting average in the postseason (Big South Tournament, Regional and Super Regional) with four doubles, three homes runs, 14 RBI and the only Chant not to strikeout with a team-high 13 walks ... Hit for the cycle in the 29-13 win over Charleston Southern (March 20) ... Doubled in the first, singled in the sixth, tripled in the eighth and capped the cycle with a grand slam in the ninth ... Ended the day going 4-for-6 with a career-high seven RBI and four runs scored ...Put together an impressive four-game streak (April 3-9), going 11-for-17 with 11 runs scored and three home runs ... Had a career-high five hits (six at bats) with a double, home run, three RBI and four runs scored in a win over Gardner-Webb (April 18) ... Was 7-for-14 in the series versus the Bulldogs with seven RBI ... Went 4-for-5 with an RBI double in the series finale at VMI ... In the Big South Tournament, was 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in the win over Radford ... Followed that game by hitting a home run in the win over High Point ... Was 2-for-2 with three RBI, including a two-run single to give CCU a 5-2 lead, and three walks in the second South Carolina game in the Super Regional ... Had at least two hits in four of the seven NCAA games (regional and super regional).
2009 (So.): Practiced but did not participate in games due to the NCAA transfer rules, taking a redshirt.
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Played one season for St. John's ... 2008 (Fr.): Hit .320 with two doubles and six RBI in 20 games, getting four starts ... St. Joe's Montvale HS: Was a first team All-New Jersey selection his senior season ... A two-time Parochial All-State selection ... Named third team All-State selection as a junior ... Hit .525 with six home runs and 38 RBI his senior season for the Green Knights ... Was a two-time first team All-Bergen County and All-North Jersey honoree ... Was a three-time first team All-Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League selection ... Had five home runs and a .542 average his junior season ... Was the Ridgewood News Sophomore of the Year in 2005.
Personal: Born Jan. 31, 1989 ... Son of Phil and Jane La Stella.
La Stella's Career Statistics
Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO OB% SF SH SB-Att PO A E FLD% 2008 % .320 20-4 25 2 8 2 0 0 6 10 .400 3 2 3 .419 1 0 0-0 0 6 0 1.000 2009 - Redshirted - 2010 .378 64-64 246 63 93 14 2 14 66 153 .622 32 5 15 .450 6 5 6-6 82 126 5 .977 CAREER .373 84-68 271 65 101 16 2 14 72 163 .601 35 7 18 .447 7 5 6-6 82 132 5 .977 % - at St. John's Univ.