If you’re fortunate enough to be a part of the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series powered by Program 15, there’s just something about the state of Massachusetts that brings back good memories.
Maybe it’s the familiar smells of Rino’s Restaurant wafting through the brisk spring air.
Or maybe, just maybe, it’s that the last two International Week events have been held at Fenway Park — the latter of the two was the first event held at any big league ballpark in 2020 in which fans were permitted to attend, by the way — and that we’re all looking ahead to the Main Event returning there later this year.
Did we mention the inaugural Underclass Elite event is being held at the brand-new Polar Park in Worcester, too?
That’s all the down road, however. Right now? Right now, more of the top amateur talent in the country — players from ten different states will be represented — will be descending onto to Massachusetts once again for the Boston Regional Combine, which is set to be held in nearby Brockton at lovely Campanelli Stadium, home of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League’s Brockton Rox.
“This area is the home of New Balance Baseball, and there’s a deep tradition here with the Red Sox,” said NBBFSS/P15 President and CEO Jeremy Booth.
“I’ve spent a lot of time up there both professionally and personally throughout my life, and it’ll be great to see such a great turnout in Brockton, especially as we look at the road to get the Underclass Elite and Fenway Park.
A large turnout is expected, with a group of nearly 90 players expected to be split into four groups so that one-on-one instruction, field time and exposure can all be maximized. Not only will the player lineup be large, it’ll also be loaded with a significant amount of talent.
As usual, both players with college commitments and without will be in attendance, and there are many notables among players on both of those lists.
Of those already committed, names to watch out for include: Kyle Lavigne C/3B – Austin Peay, Albert Serrano OF/3B – Farleigh-Dickinson, Cole Carbone – C/INF Houston, Jackson Linn – OF Tulane, Gavyn Boyle – Virginia Commonwealth, Aidan Driscoll – C/3B Maryland, Max Marchetti- 2022 LHP Bryant, Boston Flannery – 2023 MIF USF, Davis Johnson – 2023 C Notre Dame and Tommy Turner – 2023 RHP/ OF Houston.
Linn may be of particular interest to keep an eye on for those looking forward to the upcoming 2021 MLB Draft; Prospects Live has him ranked as one of the Top 400 prospects that may get their name called later this summer.
For players who’ve yet to announce where they’re playing college ball, the list is both lengthy and impressive as well, including: Colby Kuzman- 2023 OF, Chris Piscione – 2023 INF, John Mass – 2024 RHP / INF, Miles Fontaine – 2025 (MIF), Peter Ward, Nic Frink – C/INF, Will Perkowski and Kyle Decresce – 3B/RHP.
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