POTSDAM -- Clarkson University baseball team member junior Jerry Coleman of Potsdam is catching the eye of baseball scouts this summer.
Coleman ranked among the league leaders this summer in the Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League (ABCCL) with a .353 batting average.
Coleman, who played for the Ocean Sports Academy Marlins in the eight-team ABCCL, ranked 12th in the league in batting among players with at least 60 at bats and also posted a .438 on-base percentage and .456 slugging percentage through the first 22 games of the season. He added 16 runs and 13 RBI with five extra-base hits.
Clarkson’s sports watchers say Coleman is gaining more and more recognition from professional scouts.
The ABCCL is one of many collegiate summer leagues giving players an opportunity to play against tougher competition in front of scouts, using wooden bats instead of the aluminum bats widely used in the collegiate ranks.
Coleman has been invited to participate in several tryout camps in the coming weeks in New Jersey for scouts to get an early look at candidates for the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.