Boston High School: MLB draft

Justin Blood joked that it’s like someone holding a BB gun, “and then all of a sudden it’s a rocket launcher.”

When the former UConn pitching coach came 30 miles west to assume the head coaching position at the University of Hartford in 2011, he inherited an incoming freshman with just one Division 1 offer, from the aforementioned Hawks. Middleborough High graduate Sean Newcomb was just a raw and lanky lefty at 6-foot-4, with mid-80’s velocity and a modicum of college football interest as a tight end.

Three years, one inch and 35 pounds later, the 6-foot-5, 240-pounder has allegedly hit triple-digits several times this spring, to go along with what Insider Keith Law calls an “above-average curveball and a vastly improved changeup,” and is the program’s highest-profile pro prospect since Jeff Bagwell. When the first round of the MLB Draft commences Thursday night, Law projects that Newcomb will be gone within the first 15 picks.

[+] EnlargeSean Newcomb
Brendan Hall/ Sean Newcomb, pictured here in high school, could be a top 10 pick in the MLB draft.
“Six-foot-5 lefthanders who touch 98 and have four pitches don’t grow on trees,” one National League scout told “As far as what you look for and what you hope for, you don’t stumble on those guys very often, guys who have gone out and performed at a very high level, and have done it for a couple of years now. He’s proven that he’s deserving of taking the next step.”

Blessed with a four-seam fastball that regularly clocks around 95 mph, a low-80’s changeup, a 78-mph curve and a cutter he developed last summer that Blood said “can be devastating”, Newcomb came into the spring regarded as one of the Northeast’s top prospects, following a breakout sophomore season and summer with the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League. He captivated the region this spring with a dominant start to the season.

Through the first half of the 2014 season, Newcomb led the nation with a 0.00 ERA -- including a no-hitter on March 29 -- not allowing an earned run until his seventh start of the year against Maine on April 6. His final start of the season -- a May 22 win over Binghamton -- might have been his best of the year, racking up a season-high 14 K’s and allowing just two hits.

At season’s end, Newcomb re-wrote the history books at Hartford, becoming the first player in school history to amass 200 career strikeouts and first to be named Pitcher of the Year in the America East Conference. He finished eighth in the nation in ERA (1.25) and 20th in strikeouts (121).

How did it all happen so quickly? Sometimes the big guys just take a little bit longer to develop. For Newcomb, filling into his body was one major factor, along with an emphasis on lower-body weight training.

“I grew about an inch taller, and then I started to lift a lot more than in high school,” he said. “And then on top of eating more in college and stuff, I guess it all kind of added up.”

Even that summer going into his freshman season, Newcomb had begun to pick up three or four miles of velocity. When Newcomb first arrived at Hartford in the fall of 2011, Blood saw a good piece of clay to work with.

“The first day I saw him playing catch, you could just tell playing catch, the way the ball came out of his hand, the arm action,” Blood recalled. “I can honestly say before he stepped on the mound, my pitching coach and I were confident we would have a pretty good arm to work with at least.”

For Blood, who helped develop 2011 Red Sox first-round pick Matt Barnes at UConn, Newcomb’s sudden bloom was a matter of everything clicking at once.

“When these kids have good arm action and have some size, they get a little mass on that length and learn to use their legs better, they’re gonna have a velocity jump,” Blood said. “Sean has almost as perfect a combination you can ask for -- very easy arm action, great size, great strength. The big difference for him is figuring out how to harness all these things.”

Those comments run similar to the view of scouts, who view his fluid, clean delivery as a very desirable trait.

“He’s shown to have durability and easy motion,” said an American League scout. “There are some things to correct going forward, but the effortless delivery with a lot of velocity without a lot of stress, along with a lot of spin on his breaking ball, he checks off a lot of boxes.”

Locals taken in MLB Draft

June, 7, 2013
The Major League Baseball Draft began Thursday night with the first two rounds, and runs through Saturday. Here's a quick rundown of the New England natives chosen, round by round.

58. Kevin Ziomek, LHP, Vanderbilt/Amherst HS - Detroit Tigers

97. Thomas Milone, CF, Masuk HS (Conn.) - Tampa Bay Rays

116. L.J. Mazzilli, 2B, UConn/Greenwich HS (Conn.) - New York Mets
117. Ryan Hortsman, LHP, St. John's/South Hadley HS - Seattle Mariners

194. John Murphy, SS, Sacred Heart/Seymour HS (Conn.) - New York Yankees

239. Neil Kozikowski, RHP, Avon Old Farms (Conn.) - Pittsburgh Pirates
252. Tyler Horan, LF, Virginia Tech/Boston College HS - San Francisco Giants

261. Tom Pannone, LHP, College of Southern Nevada/Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) - Cleveland Indians

386. Kevin McGowan, RHP, Franklin Pierce/Nashua North HS (N.H.) - New York Mets
400. Taylor Olmstead, RF, Greenwich HS (Conn.) - Texas Rangers

420. Steve Hathaway, LHP, Franklin Pierce/Acton-Boxborough HS - Arizona Diamondbacks
424. Michael Johnson, LHP, Dartmouth/Brooks School - Los Angeles Dodgers
429. Mike Yastrzemski, RF, Vanderbilt/St. John's Prep - Baltimore Orioles

447. Eddie Campbell, LHP, Virginia Tech/Bridgewater-Raynham HS - Seattle Mariners

476. Zach Mathieu, 1B, Franklin Pierce/Pinkerton Academy (N.H.) - New York Mets
496. Willie Allen, CF, Western Oklahoma State College/Newton South HS - Washington Nationals

506. John Magliozzi, RHP, Florida/Dexter School - New York Mets

539. Jeff Roy, CF, Rhode Island/Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) - Pittsburgh Pirates
555. Joe Mantoni, RHP, Merrimack/Hopedale HS - Cincinnati Reds

604. Michael Ahmed, LF, Holy Cross/East Longmeadow HS - Los Angeles Dodgers

638. John Farrell, RHP, William & Mary/Andover HS - Tampa Bay Rays
648. Kevin Brown, LF, Bryant/Algonquin HS - Chicago Cubs

654. Andrew Brockett, RHP, Richmond/North Haven HS (Conn.) - Kansas City Royals

691. Chris O'Hare, LHP, Fisher College/St. John's Prep - Philadelphia Phillies

719. Carson Cross, RHP, UConn/Exeter HS (N.H.) - Pittsburgh Pirates

753. Alex Powers, RHP, Southern New Hampshire/Nauset HS - Chicago White Sox
761. John Massad, RHP, Southern New Hampshire/St. John's HS (Shrewsbury, Mass.) - Oakland Athletics

790. Travis Dean, RHP, Kennesaw State/Newton South HS - Texas Rangers

809. Michael Fransoso, SS, Maine/Portsmouth (N.H.) - Pittsburgh Pirates
822. Mike Connolly, RHP, Maine/Bridgewater-Raynham HS - San Francisco Giants

833. Nick Zammarelli, 3B, Lincoln HS (R.I.) - Boston Red Sox

879. Conor Bierfeldt, OF, Western Connecticut State/Torrington HS (Conn.) - Baltimore Orioles

997. Colin O'Keefe, LHP, Virginia Tech/Waterford HS (Conn.) - Los Angeles Angels
1001. Joseph Michaud, RHP, Bryant/Foran HS (Conn.) - Oakland Athletics
1005. Matt Blandino, RHP, Wolcott HS (Conn.) - Cincinnati Reds

1050. Tyler Toyfair, RHP, UMass-Lowell/Agawam HS - Arizona Diamondbacks
1060. Buddy Reed, OF, St. George's School (R.I.) - Texas Rangers

1111. Ryley MacEachern, RHP, Salisbury School (Conn.) - Philadelphia Phillies
1114. Justin Dunn, RHP, The Gunnery School (Conn.) - Los Angeles Dodgers

1185. Manny Cruz, SS, Wolcott HS (Conn.) - Cincinnati Reds

Delano 'speechless' on Sox selection

June, 6, 2012
Pat Delano recalled his first experience at Fenway Park as a six-year-old, sitting along the third base line as his beloved Red Sox took on the Yankees. And like everyone else around these parts, it became a way of life for the Braintree resident, now an 18-year-old righthanded pitcher for Braintree High.

But now, like only a few dozen other hometown kids have gotten the chance to, the burly 6-foot-7 fireballer has the option to experience that way of life first-hand. Delano was just coming home from his job doing landscaping and construction when he got the phone call from the Sox letting him know he'd been taken with their 35th round pick in the third and final day of the Major League Baseball Draft.

"I was speechless," Delano said. "I didn't know what was going on, but it's such a good feeling. I can't even really put it into words. You watch the Red Sox so much, and you go to so many games at Fenway, and to hear you get picked...I don't know how to explain it. It's surreal."

He is now the 12th high school player from Massachusetts since 1999 to get drafted by the Red Sox, joining John Gorman (Catholic Memorial, 2011), Dan Kemp (2009, Tantasqua), Mike Yastrzemski (2009, St. John's Prep), Jason Smith (2003, Bourne), Chris Farley (2001, Mahar), Antonio Gonzalez (2001, Framingham), Manny Delcarmen (2000, West Roxbury), and the famed 1999 foursome of Rick Asadoorian (Northbridge), Brad Baker (Pioneer), Jordan Remy (Weston) and current Sox reliever Rich Hill (Milton).

Delano was clocked in the low-90's on his fastball as a sophomore with the Wamps, before an arm injury in the Division 1 South playoffs sidetracked his career. He underwent Tommy John surgery from world-renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews that offseason.

Now, nearly two years out from the injury, Delano appears to have his velocity back. He routinely topped out in the 87-89 range in his last start last week, a D1 South first-round loss to Taunton. Braintree head coach Bill O'Connell said two weeks ago Delano topped out at 91.

After an OK start to the season, Delano hit his groove during the second half, capped with being named the MVP of the Bay State Conference's Carey Division. For 2012, he struck out 50 batters in 57 innings, with four wins and a 1.21 ERA, and also belted four home runs from the plate. Delano gave credit to his pitching coach, Jim Mann of the Marshfield-based Atlantic Baseball Club, for his turnaround.

"It's funny, me and my coach [Bill O'Connell] were talking about it the other day, my first two starts I wasn't really where I wanted to be," Delano said. "But after that third start against Mansfield, everything started to come together for me, fell into place with me.

"I think [my fastball] is back to where it was as a sophomore. It's definitely my best pitch. My changeup has been pretty solid, but my curve came back at the end of the season. I was spiking it into the ground the first five or six starts."

Delano now has until the August 15 deadline to decide whether he will honor his commitment to Vanderbilt or sign with the Red Sox. The new draft rules this year are a little confusing, but basically there is a penalty if a team pays a player drafted from Rounds 11-40 more than $100,000. Any amount over $100,000 will come out of the Red Sox pool to sign their picks in Rounds 1-10 (their pool for those 10 rounds is $6,884,800). But it does mean that kids drafted in the later rounds can get bonuses of more than $100,000, as long as the Red Sox have slot money left after they sign their picks in the first 10 rounds.

Asked what his decision will be, Delano said, "I'm not completely sure, I've just got to look things over and see what the best decision is." He added that he doesn't expect a decision to come right at the end, but sometime over the summer.

Lexington's Shaw: 'It's a surreal feeling'

June, 6, 2012
Lexington first baseman Chris Shaw was on his way up to practice this afternoon with the Nashua Knights with the newly-founded Futures Collegiate Baseball League, periodically refreshing the Twitter feed on his cell phone, when finally a tweet came across the screen that nearly floored him at 65 miles per hour.

"I laid on the horn and punched my sun roof -- I probably dented it," he chuckled. "I was going nuts."

Shaw found out from his phone's news feed that the New York Mets had taken him with their 26th round pick in the final day of the Major League Baseball Draft, and then a phone call from the organization several minutes later finalized it.

"I was pumped up, I was really excited," Shaw said. "Whether or not I sign, that's something in your entire life that you work for. You always strive to be a Major League baseball player, and just to even have that option now, it's a surreal feeling. It's awesome."

At the advice of their area scout Art Pontarelli, the Mets were one of several teams expressing interest in the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder, for his smooth, powerful stroke from the left side of the batter's box. Shaw was invited by Mets National Scouting Director Tommy Tanous to come down to Citi Field last week for a workout, but couldn't make it due to high school graduation.

But like the three other Massachusetts high schoolers taken today, Shaw's draft stock wasn't universally agreed upon. While everyone agreed he certainly had the talent to go in the first 10 rounds, new draft rules under the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement combined with his strong intention to honor his commitment to Boston College meant he would likely fall to day three -- if at all. At the beginning of the spring season, an American League scout projected Shaw as going in the first 15 rounds in a conversation with

Asked about his future, Shaw said, "I'm planning on honoring my commitment," saying the maximum of $100,000 allowed to offer players taken after the 10th round is "not enough to pass up" going to BC.

Shaw, a returning ESPN Boston All-State selection, turned in another decorated season for the Minutemen, hitting .480 with 7 home runs, 27 RBI, and going 5-0 on the mound with 95 strikeouts in 45 innings.

BB&N's Wiseman: 'It is extremely humbling'

June, 6, 2012
Buckingham, Browne & Nichols outfielder Rhett Wiseman took a phone call this afternoon from the Chicago Cubs, letting the Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year know they were taking him with their selection in the 25th round of today's final day of the Major League Baseball Draft, and there was little time to celebrate. The Mansfield resident was getting ready for a prom tonight in Waltham.

Then again, maybe there is some time.

"That's going to be my draft party -- that's a pretty good celebration, all my friends around," Wiseman laughed. "When everyone shows up, I'll just say, 'Oh, you got dressed up too?'"

Heading into this week's amateur draft, Wiseman was projected to come off the board in the first round -- some scouting services had even made late first-round projections. But with the new draft rules enacted under the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement, someone in Wiseman's situation was going to be less attractive as a top-round pick. Hours before the draft, Wiseman told he would be honoring his commitment to Vanderbilt University unless he was taken in the first 40 spots.

"I'm honored, it is extremely humbling," Wiseman said of getting selected. "I'm glad my name was called, there's definitely a little bit of pressure off now, with all of the projections and stuff the past few months. I had no problem with not going at all, but it's definitely nice to have your name called, definitely."

Asked if where he went in the draft was humbling at all, Wiseman countered, "I think it's humbling any time you see your name called in the draft -- whether that's the first round or 40th round. To know someone thinks that highly of you to choose you in any pick is really nice."

Wiseman will be heading to Vandy in the fall, with no regrets, but happy with the team that selected him. The Cubs were among a number of National League teams showing heavy interest in Wiseman, whose bat speed and foot speed are considered natural fits for the Senior Circuit. While he didn't meet with general manager Theo Epstein, he got a chance to meet plenty of folks in the organization, all of whom impressed him with their professionalism.

"I was genuinely impressed with everyone in that organization," he said. "Every single person I met was just awesome. It was a very, very impressive staff. I have nothing but unbelievable things to say about the Chicago Cubs. If there was one team I was exposed to the most, it was definitely the Cubs."

Locals taken on Day 3 of MLB Draft

June, 6, 2012
547. Tim Flight, LHP, Southern New Hampshire (Portsmouth, R.I.) - New York Yankees

581. Nate Koneski, LHP, Holy Cross (Dighton-Rehoboth HS) - Seattle Mariners

644. Steve Perakslis, RHP, University of Maine (Abington HS) - Chicago Cubs
657. Pat Lowery, RHP, Columbia University (Oakdale, Conn./St. Bernard's HS) - Los Angeles Angels

696. Travis Dean, RHP, Kennesaw State (Newton South HS) - Texas Rangers

709. Tucker Healy, RHP, Ithaca College (Needham HS) - Oakland Athletics
718. Drew Leenhouts, LHP, Northeastern University (Franklin HS) - San Francisco Giants

764. Rhett Wiseman, OF, Buckingham Browne & Nichols - Chicago Cubs (STORY)

800. Chris Shaw, 1B, Lexington High - New York Mets (STORY)

852. Dennis Torres, RHP, UMass Amherst (Central Catholic HS) - Baltimore Orioles

911. Mike Yastrzemski, RF, Vanderbilt University (St. John's Prep) - Seattle Mariners

980. Jon Leroux, 1B, Northeastern University (Auburn HS) - New York Mets

1080. Ben O'Shea, LHP, University of Tampa (Reading HS) - St. Louis Cardinals
1081. Pat Delano, RHP, Braintree High - Boston Red Sox (STORY)

Locals taken in Day Two of MLB Draft

June, 5, 2012
Today marks the first time since 2005 that no high school players from Massachusetts had been taken in the Major League Baseball Draft by the end of Day Two.

In that year's draft, only two Bay State high school products ended up getting selected. Plymouth North's Scott Savastano went in the 33rd round to the Chicago White Sox, and Springfield Cathedral's Scott Barnes went 10 rounds later to the Washington Nationals.

Buckingham, Browne & Nichols outfielder Rhett Wiseman, a projected top five-round pick headed into the draft, is still on the board after 15 rounds, to the surprise of some. Rounds 16 through 40 start tomorrow, and while it's likely somebody will pick him up, nothing is for certain.

Here's a rundown of the locals taken in the draft so far:

109. Dan Langfield, Jr. RHP, University of Memphis (Somerset High) - Cincinnati Reds

198. Matt Carasiti, Jr. RHP, St. John's University (Berlin (Conn.) High) - Colorado Rockies

280. L.J. Mazzilli, Jr. 2B, University of Connecticut (Greenwich (Conn.) High) - Minnesota Twins

318. Ben Waldrip, Sr. 1B, Jacksonville State (Ala.) (Medford High) - Colorado Rockies

386. James Campbell, Jr. RHP, SUNY Stony Brook (St. Joseph (Conn.) High) - Los Angeles Dodgers

450. Anthony Melchionda, Boston College (Thayer Academy) - St. Louis Cardinals

461. Dario Pizzano, Jr. OF, Columbia University (Malden Catholic) - Seattle Mariners
468. Scott Oberg, Jr. RHP, University of Connecticut (Tewksbury High) - Colorado Rockies

Wiseman likely to honor Vandy commitment

June, 4, 2012
Last Thursday, in the Red Sox’ annual pre-draft press conference with the Boston media, general manager Ben Cherington was asked about the local talent, and declared “We bet there’s a big leaguer this year out of New England, even if we don’t know for sure who it is.”

The MLB amateur draft kicks off tonight with the first round, followed by 39 more rounds over tomorrow and Wednesday, and there’s probably one overwhelming guess as to who that individual might be. But the reality is it’s anyone’s guess –- and, with the new rules enacted by the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement, perhaps more so.

Most notable among the new rules is a tax penalty on teams that exceed the designated slot salary recommendation for the sum of their first 10 picks. Also, players taken after the 10th round cannot sign for more than $100,000 (including bonuses).

“I think the changes in the draft from an industry standpoint are generally intended to create more meritocracy, where the first player taken is the best player, and on down from there,” Cherington said. “And in that, you know, spread the talent out more. I think that’s part of the intent. The reality is, no matter what you do to create meritocracy in scouting, there’s always going to be, you know, one player taken, and then 20 picks later a player taken that’s better, no matter what the rules are.”

That makes for an interesting situation for Buckingham, Browne & Nichols outfield Rhett Wiseman, the most high-profile of the bunch, with projections as high as the late first round. The state’s Gatorade Player of the Year and a Vanderbilt signee, has explosive speed both on foot and at the plate, and drew as many as 75 scouts to a game last March during the Knights’ spring training trip.

The Red Sox, Angels, and a slew of National League teams have shown significant interest in the Mansfield resident. But this morning, Wiseman confirmed to that it is highly likely he will honor his commitment to Vanderbilt unless he is taken in the first 40 picks.

“I’m so excited about Vanderbilt, and I’m very fortunate with all the pro attention this spring," Wiseman said. "But what we’re looking for as a family I don’t think is there right now out of high school. Hopefully in three years the attention is still there and I can start my professional career after going to Vanderbilt.”

Asked about a potential asking price, Wiseman said that wasn’t the case.

“We took in a lot of questions about a possible asking price,” Wiseman said. “But for a Vanderbilt education, it’s tough to put a price on it, and a price on the college experience.”

Wiseman is close friends with Tyler Beede, the Lawrence Academy righthander and 2011 ESPN Boston Mr. Baseball who turned down $2.5 million from the Blue Jays at the signing deadline last August. And he was with Beede the night he got drafted last June, watching from the living room with nearly 100 others as the Jays made him their 21st overall selection.

But tonight, the Wiseman clan is keeping it low-key. Rhett will likely head to one of the Hockomock region's favorite pizza joints, Town Spa Pizza in Stoughton, and hole up for a bite with another close friend and draft hopeful -– Lawrence Academy lefty and Wake Forest commit Max Tishman.

“We had 26 pro teams in the house over the winter, hundreds of guys come in during the season, and if I had to do it all again I wouldn’t do it any other way, that’s for sure,” said Rhett’s father, Mike Wiseman. “It is an incredible decision for a 17-year-old kid to make when you think about it. He did a great job handling it the whole way, and I’ve been proud of him from start to finish.

“He had some great games this year when a lot of people were in there to watch him. It was great to see everyone, I enjoyed it. I loved talking to all the scouts, talking real baseball with baseball guys.”

Some other thoughts as we head into tonight’s first round:

The skinny on Rhett
Wiseman put together a solid season in the ISL to win Gatorade Player of the Year, batting .444 with eight home runs, 24 RBI and 26 runs scored. But just what part of the outfield he ultimately lands on is not universally agreed upon in the scouting fraternity.

Two American League scouts offered different takes on how he projects.

“I don’t know if he has the arm for right,” says one scout. “I think ideally he’ll end up in centerfield, because of his speed and it takes some pressure off the bat a little bit. He’ll need to improve on his defense. He’s not a finished product yet.”

Says another, “Everyone was interested in seeing what he’d come out and do in the spring, making changes to his swing in the offseason, and I’d say he’s pretty similar to the player he was last summer, but more advanced and with more years under his belt. His bat speed and running speed, there’s two really useful tools right now, it’s just a question of whether or not he can put it together against elite pitching.”

Gens on the rise?
Virginia Tech-bound righthander Matt Tulley garners the most attention for Lowell High, and is a potential late-rounder, but the most interesting prospect to rise on the local radar this spring might be one of his teammates.

Chad Gens, a senior bound for College of San Mateo (Calif.) who roams the left side of the infield and pitches relief, doesn’t have the impressive numbers of other more high-profile position players (.356, 20 runs, 14 RBI, 3 HR, 10 stolen bases; 1-1, 2 saves, 3.00 ERA, 20 K, 9 IP). But his physical tools are impressive, demonstrating power from the plate, and his athletic 6-foot-2 frame is almost prototypical.

Late last month, for instance, Gens came in for relief in the Red Raiders’ game with Andover at Lelaucher Park, and was clocked at 90 miles per hour on his fastball –- and 62 on his curve.

“He’s probably one of the most intriguing kids to pop up around here,” says an American League scout. “His overall athletic ability makes him intriguing as a position player, he’s got the raw tools and he’s physical offensively.

“Going to a junior college he’s viewed as more signable than a kid going to Vanderbilt, and I think that’s the intriguing part. Gens is really raw and could learn a lot from the lower levels if you spend time developing him. So the question is, do you draft a kid like that this year with immaturity and raw tools, and hope you have a diamond in the rough, or do you wait?”

Lowell head coach Danny Graham says he’s been told by scouts that day three is a possibility for Gens, just as it is for Tulley.

“Here’s a kid who’s never been in the right situation, but he eats, sleeps and drinks baseball, the whole nine yards,” Graham said. “I was told by someone in the scouting bureau that talks to a bunch of people, Chad is going to get drafted somewhere around the 30th round. Whether or not any of that happens, I don’t know.”

Others on the cusp
At the beginning of the spring, we targeted five players who could hear their name called. Looking at that number again, there seems to be only one sure thing -– Wiseman, but where is anyone’s guess. But there are a number of other players who could see themselves in the mix.

In addition to the aforementioned Tishman and Tulley, keep an eye out for Lexington’s Chris Shaw and St. Sebastian’s John Nicklas, who are both heading to Boston College.

Also keep an eye out for another one of Wiseman’s future Vanderbilt teammates, Braintree rigthhander Pat Delano. Two years out from undergoing Tommy John surgery from world-renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, Delano’s velocity –- once clocked in the low-90’s as a sophomore –- appears to be coming back. Standing 6-foot-7 and showing quality leg strength, the Bay State Conference MVP could develop into a draft-ready prospect in three years’ time, if not this year.

MLB Draft prospects to watch this spring

March, 30, 2012
Rhett WisemanBB&NBB&N outfielder Rhett Wiseman has the potential to be taken in the first five rounds of this year's MLB Draft.
Last season at this time, we identified eight players from Massachusetts that would go on to get selected in June's Major League Baseball Entry Draft. Of the eight listed, six were taken, including Lawrence Academy's Tyler Beede 21st overall to the Blue Jays. Winnisquam (N.H.) righthander Jordan Cotealso went in the third round to the Yankees.

By all measures, it was one of the most loaded draft classes for pitching prospects in years. This season the Bay State comes back to Earth a little bit, but it is once again a unique class. BB&N outfielder Rhett Wiseman and Lexington first baseman Chris Shaw are considered the most draft-ready prospects, something you don't see often around these parts. Typically, pitching dominates the draft classes in New England, due to their projectability from a lack of live action in the offseason.

Further complicating things this year will be the new regulations on signing draft picks under the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement, which includes a tax penalty on teams exceeding the designated salary slot recommendations for the sum of their picks in the first 10 rounds. Last year, that would have made teams more reluctant to draft prospects such as Lincoln-Sudbury's Adam Ravenelle (Vanderbilt) and St. John's Prep's Pat Connaughton (Notre Dame) -- two pitchers with first five-round potential who made their intentions to pursue college baseball well-known, and subsequently dropped all the way to day three.

With that in mind, I went over the prospects with an American League scout earlier this week, and he identified five players in Massachusetts who could possibly see their named called in June.

Rhett Wiseman, OF, BB&N
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 195 lbs.
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Hometown: Mansfield, Mass.
College: Vanderbilt
2011 Stats: .447, 12 doubles, 5 triples, 11 home runs, 29/29 stolen bases.
Scout’s Take: “Rhett is one of those outfielders who you look at and try to figure out if he can continue to progress as a Centerfielder, or if eventually you have to move him to Left because of his arm strength. The way his speed plays, you could probably keep him in center until he proves he can't handle it. Then the bat comes into play – is he a power guy or is he more of a speed guy who can make his power play? His power was on display in the bigger events last summer, but he’s also shown a propensity to strike out quite a bit against top-tier pitching. Obviously the power is going to be there as he gets older, but putting the ball in play and allowing his speed to show itself more consistently will be a big piece for him. Ultimately, I think he's a gap to gap guy who will be able to hit HR's as he learns to stay within himself and take what he is given. He’s shown the ability to play at a really high level, but it’s going to be a matter of whether people are willing to buy into his swing. He tends to get a little stiff on his front side; if he can smooth that out and show development and the ability to go the other way a little bit, he's going to put himself into the mix. It's a tough sign because of his commitment to Vanderbilt and the new CBA rules, but I can see someone taking a chance on that.”
Projection: First five rounds.

Chris Shaw, 1B, Lexington
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 230 lbs.
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Hometown: Lexington, Mass.
College: Boston College
2011 Stats: .484, 10 doubles, 8 home runs, 27 runs; 25 IP, 49 K, 7 BB, 8 hits, 5-0, 0.00 ERA
Scout’s Take: “He’s an interesting one. You go and look at him, and he’s got that typical look of a power guy, goes about 6-3, 6-4 ,225, 235ish. Supposedly he’s put more weight on over the winter and got stronger. Obviously, he can hit for power, the question is whether he can hit consistently for contact against upper-echelon pitchers. His swing is really smooth from the left-side and he generates some nice loft and backspin. The only issue is he tends to lose his rhythm in the box a little bit when the velocity picks up and the swings and misses can add up. That’s definitely correctable as he sees more of it at the next level and learns to make adjustments on a consistent basis. He’s really intent on going to BC, so you have to really believe in his bat if someone's going to make a run at signing him, but he has a chance to go pretty high if he shows a willingness to sign.”
Projection: First 15 rounds.

Max Tishman, LHP, Lawrence Academy
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 200 lbs.
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Hometown: Wellesley, Mass.
College: Wake Forest
2011 Stats: 32.2 IP, 45 K, 8 BB, 8 runs, 5-0, 1.70 ERA
Scout’s Take: “He’s a loose-arm lefty with a chance to throw three pitches for strikes, and he’s still very projectable. He put on 25 or 30 pounds over the winter, we’ll see how that plays in his development. He’s got a little bit of an unorthodox delivery with a quick-tempo delivery and a high leg kick, but that creates some deception for him and he’s shown the ability to repeat it, so I think you leave that alone. He flew under the radar last year, pitching at 165 pounds, but his velocity climbed from 86-87 to the 88-90 range by the end of summer. He put on that weight over the winter, and supposedly his velocity has climbed into the 88-91 range coming into this season, so who knows as weather warms up where he’ll go. He’s in the same boat as Jordan Cote was last year [Yankees third-round pick from Sanbornton, N.H.], where people might be climbing onto the bandwagon as the season goes on. Nice three-pitch mix there with a fastball to both sides of the plate and a slider and changeup to complement that. He works really fast out there and has shown a propensity to pitch down in the zone. He could be really interesting if his velocity holds in that 88-92 range, because there aren't many high school lefties, who can mix three pitches of that quality.”
Projection: First 15 rounds.

Matt Tulley, RHP, Lowell
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 200 lbs.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Hometown: Lowell, Mass.
College: Virginia Tech
2011 stats: 42 IP, 68 K, 7-0, 0.82 ERA; .280, 17 RBI
Scout’s Take: “He came onto the scene a little bit at some of the high profile events last summer like Area Code Games. He’s similar to Barrett O’Neill [Ashland resident and Virginia freshman], where there’s not a ton of projectability but his velocity is in the 88-91 range with some downward angle on his fastball and he's shown the ability to compete in the strike zone. He surprised a lot of guys at the Area Code tournament, putting his fastball by people, and complementing that by getting swings and misses with his cutter. Most people view him as a college guy right now, but that could change. His velocity climbed over the winter, and he’s got a chance at the 91-92 range as well. You never know with a player like that, if someone views him as being signable, a team might make a run at him in the middle rounds
Projection: Fringe/late rounds.

John Nicklas, RHP, St. Sebastian’s
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 180 lbs.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Hometown: Foxborough, Mass.
College: Boston College
Scout’s Take: “Another competitor out of the ISL who’s a pretty polished three-pitch, four-pitch guy. His fastball is consistently in the 87-89 range, with a cutter, curve, and changeup; he attacks with all four of those pitches. He doesn’t necessarily have the projectable body you're looking for out of the high school ranks, but he’s got a quick arm and really competes well. He’s similar to John Gorman [former Catholic Memorial ace and BC freshman] or John Leonard from BC last year, just kind of a bulldog out there. His curve is a little bit more of a tighter two-plane breaking ball without a ton of depth and he throws it pretty firm. A lot of his pitches come in hard, and there’s not a ton of separation. That’s something he’ll want to improve upon. Very good high school pitcher, who I expect to have a lot of success in college as well.”
Projection: Fringe/late rounds.

In Concord, Cote's blue collar comes full circle

August, 17, 2011

CONCORD, N.H. -- On the way into a Home Depot yesterday, Scott Cote was asked by a young stranger carrying kayaks, "How's Jordan doing?"

The stranger didn't introduce himself, asking only if his son Jordan, a third-round draft pick of the Yankees out of little-known Winnisquam Regional High School, had signed.

"When I walked away from this gentleman, I still didn't know who he was," Scott laughed. "Obviously, he knew I was Jordan's father somehow, some way. But we go into restaurants, banks, anywhere, and it's just, the whole town is talking about it."

The buzz has been fervent for some time now around tiny Sanbornton, a town of less than 3,000 nestled between the state's capital and its motor speedway, ever since this 6-foot-6 son of a body shop mechanic and travel consultant tossed his high school team to its first state title, two springs ago, with a no-hitter.

"It's weird walking around town when people are just staring at you," Jordan said.

As many as 25 scouts had been spotted at his starts this spring, and projected him to go anywhere between the third and seventh rounds. All of it came full circle tonight for the one-time Coastal Carolina commit, at the Concord Sports Center facility where he often trains.

Jordan sent his papers to the commissioner's office on Sunday. Tonight, in front of a crowd of roughly a hundred friends and family; and flanked by his parents, his high school and summer coaches, and the two Yankees scouts that had been on him from the beginning of this wave; he made it official, signing with the club for a $725,000 bonus.

Smiling, Cote admitted the offer was "a little below our number, but it was the New York Yankees, so that made the difference". He also revealed that he had plans to live with good friend Tyler Beede, the Auburn, Mass. native and Blue Jays' first-round pick, in Nashua. Beede, however, turned down a $2.5 million offer last night, and will report to Vanderbilt University at the end of this week.

Cote leaves for Tampa in the morning, and will report to the Gulf Coast League Yankees. Yankees Northeast Scouting Director Matt Hyde said Jordan will then go back down in September for instructional league, followed by a trip to the Dominican Republic to work the club's academy for several weeks. He'll return in November, and could return to Tampa as early as January.

"There's no rush with him," Hyde said. "He needs to get out on the mound, throw quality innings, and it's all about development. We like to move our young pitchers at a nice pace, and not feel like they're under pressure to get to New York right away."

Moments earlier, Scott (the auto body mechanic) reflected on the atmosphere in the warehouse-like facility with humility.

"We're just average American people," Scott said. "Jordan has an opportunity to do what he loves to do, and at the same time make some pretty nice money."

Just how much does he love it? Scott called it "scary, as far as I'm concerned."

"His whole life is baseball," said Scott, who was also an assistant for Winnisquam the last three seasons. "Even when he slows down and decides to relax, he's playing MLB baseball on a video game. I get up in the morning and he's watching the MLB channel. He's watching ESPN, he's on the internet. He goes to work out, and then he comes home and watches baseball. He knows more about baseball personnel than I know in my whole life -- almost to the point where, I love baseball, but after a while I just want to take a break, [and] this kid does not take a break.

"He just absolutely loves baseball. He talks to his agents, his scouts, his trainers, his pitching coach, almost daily. It's all baseball with this kid, and it's all his choice. Has been since he was eight years old."

All of it has translated into a product on the field that had scouts discussing his projectability all spring. Locally, it was a product that Winnisquam head coach Fred Caruso couldn't wait to coach, as he recalled watching Jordan as a 10-year-old crank a 300-foot homer for Northfield-Tilton Little League. When he was elevated to head coach five years ago, Caruso says he "was salivating" at the opportunity to work with Jordan.

As a freshman in 2008, Jordan was named the team's No. 1 starter, with a loose, roughly 6-foot-3 frame Caruso compared to "a scarecrow". But it was far from a finished product.

Enter Matt Blake, a Concord native and former Holy Cross pitcher who specializes with pitchers at the popular Cressey Performance facility in Hudson, Mass., and is now a scout with the Yankees. Three years ago, Blake saw a raw athlete with basketball skills and good hand speed, moving his body fluidly. From there, he worked with Cote to shore up his mechanics and create a downhill delivery that makes his pitches tough to pick up.

"A lot of big guys, they can get mechanical and get bogged down in the whole idea of a delivery," Blake said. "But we wanted it to be an uptempo throwing motion, so that was the first thing we really attacked."

As his body grew, the velocity climbed, and things took off from there. Now at 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, Cote threw as hard as 94 miles per hour this spring, leading to a 6-1 record, 0.77 ERA and strike percentage hovering around 72.

And he's still yet to fill out; scouts see him bulking up to 235 pounds, and his fastball possibly topping out at 97. Cote will have to improve on getting his pitches down in the strike zone, and staying on line.

But if history says anything, Cote could have a good chance down the line. From Brian Wilson to Chris Carpenter, all the way back to Mike Flanagan and Carlton Fisk, New Hampshire has proven a solid track record over the years in spite of its thin pool of prospects.

"I think it's just the attitude coming out of New Hampshire," said Blake, who is also an assistant for Massachusetts Division 1 state champion Lincoln-Sudbury Regional. "You're always going up against the southern kids. You're always going up against the climate. People are always saying you're not as talented. But, every time someone puts that out there, it just wills you to work that much harder, because it's never been handed to you."

Scott Cote and then Caruso entertained the crowd with stories of umpires thanking the Winnisquam staff for starting Jordan, and of Jordan boldly declaring before his famous state title no-hitter that there would be no hits that afternoon, among other things, before handing the pen to Jordan.

When the ink dried, the photo-ops had run their course and the media had cleared out, Jordan went to the back of the facility to throw long-toss to his summertime catcher of four years, Tilton School sophomore Ryan White, as Hyde looked over his shoulder.

Then he went upstairs to the portable mound, and threw a simulated bullpen for Hyde, with a handful of spectators leaning against the railings. The violent whir with each fastball passed by drew faint laughs and wide grins. And then it was back to more immediate matters, like why his laptop wasn't fixed in time for tomorrow morning's flight, and what he'd do in the meantime to cope.

"I'll remember you with the Cannonballs," he said to White as he unstrapped his catcher's equipment, referring to the AAU team they both used to belong to.

And just like that, their last bullpen session together as high schoolers, as amateurs, was over.

Cote then turned back to Hyde and asked, with a chuckle, "So can I pitch tomorrow?"

For Beede, no regrets on decision to spurn

August, 16, 2011
The hours leading up to tonight's midnight deadline for Major League Baseball teams to sign draft picks wasn't as nerve-wracking for Auburn's Tyler Beede as one might think. If anything, the Blue Jays first round pick described today as "kinda boring".

After not hearing from the Jays organization all day, Beede got up off his couch at 10 p.m. and took a walk to St. Joseph's Church in downtown Auburn, where he said a prayer for the families of fellow draft picks Daniel Norris and Kevin Comer, as well as his own (both Norris and Comer ended up signing).

Then at 11:15, he got his first call from the Blue Jays with an offer of $2 million. Beede didn't budge from the $3.5 million asking price he said he'd decided on early in the process. Five minutes before midnight, the Jays called back with their final bullet, a take-it-or-leave-it $2.5 million bonus.

And in what was "one of the hardest decisions I'll ever have to make", Beede stood pat. But there are no regrets.

"I can't lie, obviously money was a factor, and whoever says it isn’t is lying," he said. "I obviously value my Vanderbilt education very highly, and I stuck to my guns. I stuck to my number, and it just didn’t get to that point. I'm tremendously excited about the opportunity at Vanderbilt. I couldn’t be happier, and that's the most important thing in my decision. My family was going to be happy for me if I was happy, and I've got great friends around me to get me through this.

"Some people are not happy; 2.5 million dollars, that's a lot of money for a lot of people, but my situation is different from most 18-year-olds. I've got Vanderbilt to fall back on, it's one of the best baseball schools in the country and one of best schools for academics in the country. I believe going down there will be the best thing for me and my future. I've got three years there, I'll be playing in the SEC and against some of the best players in the country, weekend in and weekend out."

Beede leaves for Nashville on Friday, and moves into his dormitory on Saturday. He confirmed that he hasn't been in any summer classes, instead opting to work out with his long-time strength trainer Eric Cressey at his Hudson-based Cressey Performance facility.

Prior to the draft, Beede sent out a letter to every Major League scout in New England saying he is committed to the Commodores, and asked teams not to contact him. At the time, the move was viewed by some as a ploy to get him to fall to a particular team, though in hindsight that doesn't look to be the case. As for the high figure -- a figure he says he calculated with the aide of his grandfather, a retired insurance adjuster -- Beede says that was made clear early-on as well.

"I thought we made teams well aware, well before the draft," Beede said. "The letter I signed was serious. We really honored that commitment, Vanderbilt is opportunity that's very important to me, and something I'm taking seriously. It was going to take a lot to get me away from that education."

After leading his hometown Auburn High to a state title in 2009, Beede transferred to Lawrence Academy for his final two years of high school, where he drew up to 40 scouts at each of his starts this spring. On a historical perspective, he was often mentioned in the same breath as some of the Bay State's all-time greats, such as Tom Glavine, Jeff Allison and Jeff Reardon. Scouts raved about his three plus-pitches, including a fastball that touches 95 miles per hour, and labeled him as having big league potential in a few short years.

When he is eligible for the draft again in 2014, it's possible he could play himself into a top-ten selection. That, of course, is assuming he stays healthy.

"I know I'm going to get the questions, 'Do you think you're gonna get injured?', or 'Do you wanna be a first-rounder again?', I can tell you that's not in my head at all," Beede said. "I'm just trying to go down and win a World Series for coach [Tim] Corbin, those guys deserve it this year, that's what I'm thinking."

Beede turns down Jays, headed to Vandy

August, 16, 2011
The Toronto Blue Jays and their first-round draft pick, Lawrence Academy righthander Tyler Beede, let Monday night's deadline for signing picks pass, and the high school phenom will be honoring his commitment to Vanderbilt University.

Talks broke down over the asking price on Beede's signing bonus, which was considerably higher than the suggested $1.3 million for his slot. Beede said the club's final offer was $2.5 million, and that he didn't budge from the $3.5 million figure he was looking for.

Beede was the lone first-rounder not to sign.

The 6-foot-4 hard-throwing Auburn resident was taken 21st overall by the Jays last June, after a phenomenal senior season with the Spartans, posting an 8-0 record, 102 strikeouts in 51 innings and a 0.69 ERA, to earn ESPNBoston's inaugural "Mr. Baseball" award. He was the first high schooler from Massachusetts to go in the first round since Peabody High's Jeff Allison was taken 16th overall by the Marlins in 2003.

Winnisquam's Cote signs with Yankees

August, 15, 2011
Yankees third-round draft pick and recent Winnisquam Regional (N.H.) graduate Jordan Cote confirmed to this morning that he is signing with the club and turning pro.

Cote, a 6-foot-5 righthander who went 118th overall to the Yankees in last June's draft, said this morning that the documents were sent to the commissioner's office yesterday, and were awaiting approval. Deferring to the advice of his advisor, Cote declined any further comment until tomorrow night, when he is expected to perform a ceremonial signing in Concord, N.H.

Jim Callis of Baseball America is reporting that the Sanbornton, N.H. resident signed for a bonus of $725,000, the highest bonus for a third-rounder so far this summer. A league source has since confirmed this number with

Shortly after he was picked by the Yankees on June 7, Cote told that his advisor and the club had come to terms on an undisclosed number that both parties were "very comfortable with", but that it would be realistic to expect him to sign close to tonight's deadline for signing draft picks.

The Yankees were reportedly high on Cote, who was projected to go anywhere from the third to seventh rounds in last June's draft. ESPN's Keith Law had him ranked No. 85 on his list of top 100 prospects, calling his physical tools "a pitching coach's dream."

Prior to the draft, an American League scout gave me the following scouting report on Cote:

"He’s the one that’s been climbing the most. I’d say Cote was one that was kind of a sleeper early in the season. People had to wait and see what you get out of him, being in a Northern climate, playing on 35-degree days more so than Mass kids. Early on, he struggled, was hitting 87-88, then over the last two or three weeks, as the weather warmed up he found his groove. He’s really climbed into the upper echelon of high school prospects. You look at that frame, 6-6, 215, and there’s a lot of projectability. You could see him filling out to 240, and see that fastball velocity increase because of the hand speed he demonstrates."

MLB Draft: Weathered expectations on Day 3

June, 8, 2011
John Magliozzi was chilling with friends on Marshfield Beach when he got a call from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Meanwhile, north of the I-95 loop, Pat Connaughton had just completed an NBA combine-like vertical leap test at Woburn's Athletic Evolution, with trainer Erik Kaloyanides, and was on the phone with Notre Dame basketball assistant Rod Balanis to see how his fellow incoming freshmen did. Then a number came up from a Padres scout.

West of the city in Sudbury, Adam Ravenelle had shut off the MLB Draft ticker on his computer and got ready for practice at Lincoln-Sudbury, only to hear his mother screaming joy two rooms over as the Yankees made him their pick.

And in Norwood, John Gorman was babysitting his sister when his father got a call from a Red Sox scout to watch John's name come across the screen.

For the local high school prospects projected to get selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, this third and final day was a pretty relaxing one. Magliozzi, a righthander out of Dexter School, went in the 35th round to the Rays, followed by St. John's Prep's Connaughton in the 38th, Ravenelle in the 44th, and Catholic Memorial's Gorman in the 50th.

From a pure talent perspective, the trio of Magliozzi, Connaughton and Ravenelle were all projected as top 10 round potential. None of the parties were surprised with where they landed, though they all had their own reasons.

Connaughton, a 6-foot-4 fireballer, signed a National Letter of Intent last November to play both basketball and baseball with Notre Dame. His strong commitment to Irish hoops coach Mike Brey made him a difficult sign in the eyes of many Major League scouts, and at the end of day he was just honored hear his name held in such high regard. At various points during the spring, he was ranked among the top 100 high schoolers by both Baseball America and ESPN's Keith Law.

"People had said I could anywhere between the second and fifth rounds, even top 10, so I was happy with the location of where I could have been drafted. I mean yeah, it's unfortunate that I didn't get drafted there, but I don't really care. I'm going to Notre Dame, I'm going to work hard, and we'll see what happens in three years."

Ravenelle had made his inclination to honor his Vanderbilt commitment with scouts, so he wasn't expecting big things in spite of his big-league potential.

"It's kinda what I expected to be, a late round pick if anything," he said. "Most scouts knew I wanted to go to Vanderbilt, but I would keep my options open for the draft. That's what made me slip as far as I did."

"I was really surprised, but going into it I knew that if I told people what I wanted for a number I might drop a little bit," Magliozzi said. "But things ended up working out."

Magliozzi said he is "not necessarily" ready to give the Gators his full attention, saying "As of right now, we'll see what the Rays have to offer and go from there."

Gorman, meanwhile, was all smiles, and struggled to put his emotions into words.

"It was the longest 20 minutes of my life [after the phone call]," Gorman laughed. "I was just in shock. My mom jumped up and grabbed me, hugged me. I really didn’t show much emotion, because I didn’t know what to think at the moment. It's still just settling in right now."

And with that, Gorman was off to practice with Norwood Legion Post 70 in just a few short hours. Just another day.

New Englanders taken in MLB Draft

June, 7, 2011
The third and final day of the Major League Baseball Draft has concluded. Here's a rundown of which locals went where:

First Round (Monday)
11. Houston Astros, George Springer, OF, Connecticut (Avon Old Farms), New Britain, Conn.
19. Boston Red Sox, Matt Barnes, RHP, Connecticut (Bethel H.S.), Bethel, Conn.
21. Toronto Blue Jays, Tyler Beede, RHP, Lawrence Academy, Auburn, Mass.

Second Round (Tuesday)
63. Arizona Diamondbacks, Anthony Meo, RHP, Coastal Carolina (Cranston West H.S.), Cranston, R.I.
64. Baltimore Orioles, Jason Esposito, 3B, Vanderbilt (Amity H.S.), Bethany, Conn.
85. Atlanta Braves, Nick Ahmed, SS, Connecticut (East Longmeadow H.S.), East Longmeadow, Mass.

Third Round (Tuesday)
118. New York Yankees, Jordan Cote, RHP, Winnisquam Regional, Sanbornton, N.H.

Fifth Round (Tuesday)
162. New York Mets, Jack Leathersich, LHP, UMass-Lowell (Beverly H.S.), Beverly, Mass.
169. Toronto Blue Jays, Andrew Chin, LHP, BB&N, Newton, Mass.

Sixth Round (Tuesday)
182. Pittsburgh Pirates, Dan Gamache, 3B, Auburn (Bishop Hendricken H.S.), Exeter, R.I.

Tenth Round (Tuesday)
302. Pittsburgh Pirates, Taylor Lewis, CF, Maine (Montville H.S.), Montville, Conn.
303. Seattle Mariners, Dan Paolini, 2B, Siena (Bunnell H.S.) Stratford, Conn.
317. Detroit Tigers, Curt Casali, C, Vanderbilt (New Canaan H.S.) New Canaan, Conn.

Twelfth Round (Tuesday)
363. Seattle Mariners, Mike Dowd, C, Franklin Pierce (Cardinal Spellman H.S.), East Bridgewater, Mass.

Thirteenth Round (Tuesday)
394. Arizona Diamondbacks, John Pedrotty, LHP, Holy Cross (Portsmouth H.S.), Portsmouth, R.I.

Fifteenth Round (Tuesday)
463. Florida Marlins, Jhimoar Veras, RF, Western Oklahoma State Coll. (Methuen H.S.), Methuen, Mass.

Seventeenth Round (Tuesday)
519. Chicago Cubs, John Andreoli Jr., RF, Connecticut (St. John's of Shrewsbury), Shrewsbury, Mass.

Eighteenth Round (Tuesday)
553. Florida Marlins, Greg Nappo, LHP, Connecticut (Daniel Hand H.S.), Madison, Conn.
563. San Diego Padres, Mike Gallic, LF, Marist (Tolland H.S.), Tolland, Conn.

Twentieth Round (Tuesday)
610. Houston Astros, Matt Duffy, 3B, Tennessee (St. Sebastian's), Milton, Mass.
630. Tampa Bay Rays, Garrett Smith, SS, Boston College (St. John's of Shrewsbury), Sterling, Mass.

23rd Round (Tuesday)
700. Houston Astros, Ruben Sosa, 2B, Oklahoma City University (Lawrence H.S.), Lawrence, Mass.
702. New York Mets, Jeff Diehl, C, Cranston West H.S., Cranston, R.I.
715. Cincinnati Reds, Sal Romano, RHP, Southington H.S., Southington, Conn.

24th Round (Tuesday)
747. San Francisco Giants, Keith Bilodeau, RHP, Maine (Bourne H.S.), Bourne, Mass.

25th Round (Tuesday)
763. Florida Marlins, Sean Donatello, RHP, UConn-Avery Point (East Lyme H.S.), Salem, Conn.
780. Tampa Bay Rays, Brooks Belter, RHP, Occidental (The Gunnery Prep), Lakeville, Conn.

28th Round (Tuesday)
862. Boston Red Sox, Brenden Shepherd, RHP, Stonehill (Masconomet Regional) Boxford, Mass.
867. San Francisco Giants, Tyler Mizenko, RHP, Winthrop (Hamden Hall H.S.), Wallingford, Conn.

31st Round (Wednesday)
958. Minnesota Twins, Garrett Jewell, RHP, Southern New Hampshire (Newfound Regional), Alexandria, N.H.

32nd Round (Wednesday)
975. Los Angeles Angels, John Leonard, RHP, Boston College (Hanover H.S.), Hanover, Mass.

35th Round (Wednesday)
1076. Atlanta Braves, Mike Hashem, LHP, Fisher College (North Andover H.S.), North Andover, Mass.
1080. Tampa Bay Rays, John Magliozzi, RHP, Dexter School, Milton, Mass.

38th Round (Wednesday)
1163. San Diego Padres, Pat Connaughton, RHP, St. John's Prep, Arlington, Mass.
1169. New York Yankees, Joe Maher, RHP, Bedford H.S., Bedford, N.H.

39th Round (Wednesday)
1192. Boston Red Sox, Corey Vogt, RHP, Keene State (Suffield H.S.), Suffield, Conn.

40th Round (Wednesday)
1206. Kansas City Royals, Ben Waldrip, 1B, Jacksonville State (Medford H.S.), Medford, Mass.

42nd Round (Wednesday)
1269. Chicago Cubs, Brad Zapenas, SS, Boston College (Nashua North H.S.), Nashua, N.H.
1290. Tampa Bay Rays, Mike Bourdon, C, U. Tampa (Northwest Catholic H.S.), Simsbury, Conn.

43rd Round (Wednesday)
1303. Florida Marlins, Drew Leenhouts, LHP, Northeastern (Franklin H.S.), Franklin, Mass.
1310. St. Louis Cardinals, Chris Costantino, RHP, Walters State CC (Bishop Hendricken H.S.), Lincoln, R.I.

44th Round (Wednesday)
1349. New York Yankees, Adam Ravenelle, RHP, Lincoln-Sudbury H.S., Sudbury, Mass.

45th Round (Wednesday)
1372. Boston Red Sox, Matt Gedman, 2B, UMass (Belmont Hill), Framingham, Mass.
1377. San Francisco Giants, Brian Maloney, LHP, Franklin Pierce (Brockton H.S.), Brockton, Mass.

46th Round (Wednesday)
1389. Chicago Cubs, Scott Weismann, RHP, Clemson (Acton-Boxborough H.S.), Boxborough, Mass.

48th Round (Wednesday)
1443. Seattle Mariners, Max Krakowiak, RHP, Fordham (Staples H.S.), Westport, Conn.
1448. Cleveland Indians, Blaine O'Brien, RHP, Keystone College (Scituate H.S.), Scituate, Mass.

50th Round (Wednesday)
1522. Boston Red Sox, John Gorman, RHP, Catholic Memorial, Norwood, Mass.

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