Baseball: Giants select Jewish Community’s Sosnick in MLB Draft

Jewish Community senior Benny Sosnick slides in for a run past Latino College Prep catcher Jose Martinez on May 9 at Jackson Playground. (Photo by Devin Chen)

By Jeremy Balan

Only two players were selected in this year’s Major League Baseball draft with San Francisco high school ties.

The first, former Washington High School and Sonoma State star O’Koyea Dickson, was a lock, but the second came from maybe the most unlikely source — Jewish Community High School of the Bay.

The Giants selected Jewish Community senior Benny Sosnick in the 49th round (1,497th overall) on Wednesday, marking one of the most noteworthy moments in the school’s 10-year history. Sosnick is the first player from Jewish Community ever taken in the draft.

Along with his baseball talents, Jewish Community senior Benny Sosnick (left) was a standout on the basketball court for the Wolves this season. (Photo by Doug Ko)

“I’m still kinda shocked. I would have never imagined this could happen,” Sosnick said. “I’m just so happy for the school and to get them some recognition. The experiences I had this year…I wouldn’t give them up for anything.”

Playing in the Private School Athletic League, Sosnick led the Wolves in nearly every offensive category this season and led the entire Central Coast Section with a .583 batting average. The Giants drafted him as a second baseman, but Sosnick primarily played pitcher, catcher and shortstop for the Wolves this season. He was also a standout forward on the Jewish Community basketball team, averaging 12.9 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game.

“I didn’t see all the big schools play, but he would have been a good player at Washington, [St. Ignatius], [Sacred Heart Cathedral] or any other team in The City,” said Jewish Community athletic director and baseball coach Tim Kjar. “He’s a good player. Nothing flashy, but he just does everything well.”

What makes the selection even more impressive is the fact that the Wolves only played their first full varsity season in 2007.

The Giants have not offered a contract to the 6-foot-1 senior, but tabbed him as a “summer-follow guy,” to keep track of his progress in a summer league.

Sosnick’s brother Matt, a sports agent who represents several major league players, including Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez, may have been an influence, but Giants scouts were at multiple Jewish Community games this season to get a look at him.

Sosnick will be attending the University of Oregon in the fall, but did say baseball is not a priority. He is thinking about trying to walk on for the Ducks, but said he would have to gauge his academic obligations first.

“At Oregon, I may try to walk on, but we’ll see how the summer goes,” Sosnick said of his potential baseball career. “I’m just going to take it day by day.”

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  1. Christian Suarez says:

    this is ridic. he defently shud have not been drafted. kid played on a terrible team in a terrible leauge….

    • You Wish says:

      i don’t see you hitting .583. you wish you could do that well, and i doubt you’ve even see him. YEE benny and tyler goeddel…two hillsborough boys making it big in baseball. finally. putting the bay area on the map!

      • Ryan says:

        I played in the same league as him and I hit .521. My school played Jewish Community and I was not that impressed. He is an average hitter who would split time in a better league. His connections are all that got him drafted.

        • shh ryan says:

          ryan he batted 80 points higher than you and we beat you both games

          • ya shh ryan says:

            ya im sorry that your still upset that we beat you, but your really railing on the kid because your not so impressed with the baseball team that went down to your place and beat you twice…i also seem to remeber that he went 5 for 8 in those games…

            • Ryan says:

              Congrats you guys beat a .500 team i’m sure that’s a big deal for you, but lets be honest there’s no way this kid should have been drafted. You were a third place team in a crappy league and if hes so good then why wasn’t he the MVP of our league? Sure congrats to him but Ive played with several other catchers with way better defense and who could hit with more power so there’s no way this guy was drafted off talent.

    • Benny's Boy says:

      I mean if we are going to get personal Christian Suarez you batted .077. That’s less than one hit every 10 at bats. I don’t play baseball, but I understand that isn’t very good.

  2. What???? says:

    His brother is an agent, he plays for jchs, he only hit 580 in that horrilble league…wow!!!

    • jbalan says:

      I’ll take .583 in any league…

      • Christian Suarez says:

        wud u take .583 in the same leauge as a deaf school, and a school were there best pitcher throws a fastball resembling a slow pitch softball lob….i played in this leauge and against him, this kid only got drafted because of his connects….if it wasnt true, dont u think they wud have offered some sort of contract?

  3. Swag Mode says:

    ^shutup thats why your typing through a computer screen and this kid is out celebrating

  4. Congrats! says:

    This kid is honestly fantastic at every sport he plays – he deserved this recognition. Congrats Benny, you make SF proud!

  5. What???? says:

    How does this happen. I just don’t understand

  6. What???? says:

    why would this kid be out celebrating??? he hasnt even been offered a contract!

  7. agent says:

    his brother also represents scott cousins

  8. What???? says:

    They practice on a patch Of grass !!!!!!!

    • Go Benny says:

      Yeah. A patch of grass with some dirt, bases, and a mound. It’s called a field. That’s what they practice on. I would know. Nice try, though.

      • Old School says:

        What does practicing on a patch of grass have anything to do with his talent. He played in a weak league (not his fault) but 580 is pretty damm good, even in softball. Also, I’ve been around baseball for many years which includes pro ball, scouts look for potential. Potential meaning how fast he runs, how strong his arm is, and the size of his body. At 6′-1, projected to play 2nd base is not bad.

        Guys, please dont knock this guy, just be proud of him for representing SF.

        • this is ridiculous says:

          Sure 580 in s softball league is good for a softball league, but not major league baseball good. Im sorry but this is ridiculous. This kid isnt even in the top 50 highschool players in the city. Every kid from SI SH and Riordan are better then him.

  9. What???? says:

    Imagine how the guys who where drafted after he he was felt???

  10. What???? says:

    I hear his fastball is off the chart!

  11. What???? says:

    A 583 average in his league is not even impressive. It’s really not that impressive in the aaa

  12. Anonymous says:

    Sosnick is the real deal. The majors are a long shot, but he should have access to training as fine as anyone with his connects. He holds a frame that could develop into a solid utility player and his natural instincts to generation surprising plays is uncanny. He quickly adjusts to new settings and might just be a late round steal that could spark something in the future.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Congrats to him, but this is obviously not a serious pick. I’ve heard of GMs who spend late round picks on the daughters out of high school, so this isn’t that unreasonable. Don’t know this kid but from what I know about JCHS, I doubt he’d have been a good player on a real baseball team.

  14. jbalan says:

    I have a question for all of you…

    Why is it that every time we post a story like this, it turns into a hate-fest? Why can’t so many of you just be happy for the people involved?

    It’s a sad thing that this has to happen with so many stories on this site and it says a lot about those who participate in it. Frankly, it’s a little depressing.

  15. AAA alum says:

    could this story be in part of the Brian Sabean- Scott Cousins drama? sanfranpreps could be in the national spotlight

  16. Anonymous says:

    All of you haters need to stop. Sure, his league is a little weaker, but he got drafted. At least this kid is smart and knows to pursue his academic interests instead of baseball. For anyone getting drafted, a career in baseball is really slim and you’d be better off going to school. He’ll be able to brag about being drafted later in life. Just don’t hate on him cuz he got drafted, be happy for a small school having a proud moment.

  17. sfpatriot says:

    Congrats to Sosnick. That’s a terrific batting ave in any league. I hope you do go out and play for the Ducks. Good luck in the future and I’m sure you’ll represent the 415 well.

  18. this is ridiculous says:

    he wont make oregons team….

  19. Adafghgsh says:

    Wouldn’t it be funny if this no name avg high school player makes the MLB but then sits out every saturday for shabat? Say your prayers kid!! Lawl

  20. Adafghgsh says:

    Tom ” What size should we get? A small or a medium”

    Joel ” How about a large?”

    Tom ” WHAT?” The boys couldn’t finish that!”

    Joel “Needz moar capital letterz!

  21. Adafghgsh says:

    Now batting, # 24, Jose Guillen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Adafghgsh says:

    I’d have these stats:

    G- 162 HR- 0 AVG-. 560 SB-460

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  23. What???? says:

    Why are we even getting hyped up??? The giants aren’t gonna offer him a contract anyway!!!

  24. Swag Mode says:

    Jbalan what you have to understand is that your audience is mainly High School kids and believe it or not HIGH SCHOOL KIDS ARE JERKS, that’s just the way we are. if you can’t handle the heat get out of the kitchen

    • jbalan says:

      It’s my kitchen. I’ll determine what I want the heat to be.

      • WCAL Alum says:

        If Im the kid, I am blaming the brother for the serious misguided attempt at being nice (without looking at all the consequences) and calling in a favor.

        First of all just enjoy being a student at University of Oregon – it is compliment enough to get admitted.

        Leave the kid alone. Besides, it may be a nice first line when meeting a cute co-ed someday (and Oregon has plenty of them).

        • this is ridiculous says:

          WCAL alum, whatever you say im going to agree with. You played in the toughest league in the nation and i think you would understand how insane this is. It insults me and the rest of my sacred heart team. Not to mention our rivals SI and Riordan. I have faith that every single player on my team deserved this more then him. Its not his fault he played in a bad league but he wouldnt be able to handle the WCAL

          P.S. he wont make oregons team.

  25. What???? says:

    It’s my kitchen JBalan!!!!

  26. we out here says:

    jbalan is dirk. he can handle the heat..

  27. Roll Cats says:

    saying that .583 isn’t that great is ridiculous. most guys could barely hit .583 in batting practice without fielders so the fact that there are 9 defenders preventing him from getting hits is pretty darn good. Congratulations and it’s great to see anyone from San Francisco have this type of success and notability. Good luck in the future!

  28. What???? says:

    Everyone is hating on Ben because they know/think he isn’t a good ball player. And nobody has posted one bad thing about okoyea because he’s a real ball player.

  29. Mrs. Baseball says:

    Shame on you Christian Suarez to imply that a “deaf school” is somehow inferior to other schools. You might want to get out to some of their games, as well as their track & field events. You should be so lucky as to get to be in the same venue as those kids. No, I’m not related to anyone from that school. Just want to point out to you that you will not go very far in life with that attitude about people with physical differences.

  30. What???? says:

    I believe what Christian Suarez is trying to say is that the deaf school is not a very good team. That ha nothing to do with them being deaf, they are just not a good baseball team.

  31. GCJ 01 says:

    Way too much hating going on. Be happy for the kid. Obviously the Giants saw something in him. They know what they are doing. They took risks last year and won the World Series. Stop being jealous and envious and just wish the kid the best of luck! GOOD JOB SOSNICK!!!!!

  32. Nooo says:

    Sosnick wouldn’t Even start at a 2 year college……FACT.

  33. don't matter says:

    Thats why a sophmore starts over suarez!

  34. Anonymous says:

    i bet you he doesnt even hit 400 in bcl

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