The author of one of the best defensive plays in the history of the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series is getting his shot on the big stage.
Isaiah Shivers, currently uncommitted, is set to suit up for the Orange Team at the upcoming Main Event at Fenway Park, set to be played between September 29-October 1.
The Brooklyn native earned that opportunity after a strong showing at the National Combine in Nashville, but truthfully, things had been trending in that direction for a few years now, as he’s continued to prove himself even after his diving, scorpion-finish catch on the hot turf in Lake Charles at the Underclass Combine in 2021.
An athletic outfielder with a strong frame who plays the game hard, Shivers says he’s excited for an opportunity to prove that he’s one of the best pure players in the 2024 grad class.
“(I want to) show that I am a complete baseball player and hitter who can contribute on a championship-level team (and am) ready for the next level, college or pro baseball,” he said.
2024 OF Isaiah Shivers (@isaiahshivers24) former Underclass Elite member making consistent hard contact at our NY/NJ Combine. High ceiling. @NB_Baseball @ftrstarsseries @P15Sports #WeGotNow pic.twitter.com/9b9eUOBjvD
— Future Stars Series Northeast (@fss_northeast) March 5, 2023
The Future Stars Series experience has been a positive one for Shivers, who received valuable national exposure and was able to see just what it’s been like to face competition outside of his own area in participating past the numerous regional combines he’s attended, including the 2021 Underclass Elite and National Combine.
“It has allowed me to face some of the top kids around the country from the National Combine and (signature events) in my class, which helped speed up my comfort and development facing other good players,” he said.
Since a standout showing for the “highlighter” team at Shelby Park, Shivers has continued his development both on and off the field, but has focused on refining his skills at the plate more than anything so he can show he belongs at the next level.
“Being a better hitter consistently so I can get ready for pro or college baseball, as well as being a better person and human being,” he said. “My goal is to play past high school, and I have used these events to compete against top arms and players.”
There may be no better test than the big stage of Fenway Park, and Shivers is excited to share the same field with many of the players he either grew up watching, or heard legendary tales about.
“Being a lefty hitter and being on the same field as the great Ted Williams and Babe Ruth played (is exciting), as well as countless other great players like David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and Mookie Betts,” he said.
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