WORCESTER, Mass. -- Recently-graduated Bridgewater-Raynham catcher Joe Freiday, the state's Gatorade Player of the Year in baseball, made his debut tonight for the Brockton Rox in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
Recently-graduated high school players sprinkling rosters is an annual tradition in the Futures League. Freiday, a Virginia Tech commit, is one of several such players in the league this year, along with Scarborough (Maine) High's Ben Greenberg (Old Orchard Beach), St. Peter-Marian's Jack Riley (Worcester), Trinity (N.H.) High's Carmen Giampetruzzi (Nashua), and Salisbury (Conn.) post-graduate stars Austin DeCarr, Paul Campbell and Will Toffey, who all play for the Martha's Vineyard Sharks.
This afternoon, in a 5-2 win, Freiday went 2 for 3 with a two-run home run, and threw out a runner attempting to steal second base, as the Rox improved to a league-best 7-0 record.
Courtesy of Joe Freiday Sr., here's video highlights of the younger Freiday's Rox debut: