Boston High School: Adam Ravenelle

Our MIAA Baseball All-State Team

June, 29, 2011

All-StateAdam Ravenelle, Sr. RHP, Lincoln-Sudbury
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound fireballer was an integral part of the Warriors' run to the Division 1 state championship this season, going 8-0 with 93 strikeouts in 56 innings -- including a career-high 18 in a win over Arlington. He also batted .481 with 44 RBIs. Earlier this month, the Vanderbilt-bound Ravenelle was drafted in the 44th round by the New York Yankees.

All-StatePat Connaughton, Sr. RHP, St. John’s Prep
The 6-foot-4 Connaughton, who was also a starter on ESPNBoston's inaugural All-State basketball squad, strung together some dominant performances this season, including a no-hitter against his hometown Arlington High. On the mound, he went 2-2 with one save, with 86 strikeouts in 50 innings for an ERA of 1.83. At the plate, he also hit .400 with four home runs, a .547 on-base percentage and .750 slugging percentage. Earlier this month, Connaughton was drafted in the 38th round by the San Diego Padres

All-StateJohn Gorman, Sr. RHP, Catholic Memorial
The Boston College-bound Gorman was named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year last month, and was also named the Catholic Conference MVP, after a stellar senior season with the Knights. As the No. 1 ace, Gorman went 6-2 with 80 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.24. At the plate, he also hit .354 with 11 RBI, 14 runs scored an a home run. Earlier this month, the Norwood resident was drafted in the 50th round by the Boston Red Sox.

All-StateSteve Moyers, Jr. LHP, East Longmeadow
One of the state's most elusive lefties, Moyers turned in another strong campaign on the mound as the Spartans advanced to the Division 1 West Final. He went 8-1 this season, with 88 strikeouts in 64 innings with an ERA of 0.44. For his career, Moyers is 23-2 and has averaged better than a strikeout per inning. He is receiving various interest from Division 1 schools in the Atlantic-10, Patriot League and Big East conferences.

All-StateGarrison Banas, Sr. LHP, Hopkins Academy
Stats-wise, there isn't another pitcher in the state who can lay claim to the numbers Banas put up this season. He went 9-2 this season for the Golden Hawks, with 173 strikeouts in 87.2 innings for an ERA of 0.48, before bowing out in the Division 3 West final. For his career, Banas was 26-6 with five no-hitters and a perfect game, and is in the state's ever-exclusive 400-strikeout club with 415 career K's. He will pursue a post-graduate season next year at Salisbury School, in Connecticut.


Matt Walsh, Sr. C, Plymouth North
The Franklin Pierce-bound Walsh was one of the more intimidating hitters in the region this season, as he led the Eagles to their second Division 2 state title in four years by hitting over .530 with 36 RBIs. But the most outstanding stat on Walsh has to be the respect he commands behind the plate. Counting the playoffs, only five runners attempted to steal on Walsh, and four were thrown out.

Chris McCarthy, Jr. C, Everett
Equipped with a live arm, the junior backstop was as efficient at the plate as he was at throwing out runners, batting over .585 with 28 RBIs and an on-base percentage close to .700. McCarthy is receiving varied degrees of interest from Division 1 schools in the Big East, Atlantic Coast and Atlantic 10 conferences.

Mike Barry, Sr. C/OF, Lincoln-Sudbury
The 6-foot-2 Barry was one of the most prolific hitters on arguably the state's most dangerous lineup, as the Warriors captured their third state title in seven seasons. For the season, he hit .437 with 38 RBIs and seven home runs,

Matt O'Neil, Jr. SS, East Longmeadow
As one of the premier position players in Western Mass, O'Neil turned in a solid junior season for the Spartans, batting .447 with six home runs and stealing 15 bases. He was also efficient on the mound, going 6-1 and striking out 69 batters in 43 innings. O'Neil is verbally committed to UConn.

Chris Shaw, Jr. 1B, Lexington
As the Middlesex League co-MVP alongside teammate Will Marcal, Shaw put on a clinic at the plate, with the numbers to show. He batted over .490 with eight home runs, and plated 41 runs. Shaw is verbally committed to Boston College.

Ryan Summers, Jr. C, Westfield
The junior got off to an explosive start to the season for the Bombers, with 21 RBIs and six home runs through the first three weeks of the season. He finished the year with 27 RBIs and six home runs.

Jarrod Casey, Jr. OF/LHP, Milford
The latest in a line of Caseys to succeed on the diamond at Milford, the 5-foot-11 junior was one of the premier hitters in Central Mass, hitting .530 while also going 8-1 on the mound. Casey was also the Mid-Wach A Most Valuable Player.

Lorenzo Papa, Sr. 1B, Arlington Catholic
The Stoneham resident led the state in home runs last season with 10, and followed up with another solid campaign in 2011, finishing with eight homers for the Cougars. Papa will continue his career at the University of Rhode Island next year.

Sean Amaru, Sr. 1B, Westwood
Also a star on the gridiron, Amaru was a standout in the Tri-Valley League in 2011, turning in a monster season. He batted .515 with 34 RBIs, and also led the state in home runs with 10.

Will Archibald, Sr. RHP, Milton
Freddy Andujar, Sr. LHP, Holyoke
Dan Dymecki, Sr. RHP, Wellesley
Evan Mackintosh, Sr. LHP, Northbridge
Will Marcal, Sr. LHP, Lexington
Ryan McDonald, Jr. LHP, Acton-Boxborough
Victor Mendez, Sr. RHP, Lawrence
Donny Murray, Sr. RHP, BC High
Matt Tulley, Jr. RHP, Lowell
Brandon Walsh, Jr. RHP, North Andover

Charlie Butler, Jr. IF/RHP, Nashoba
Dan Cellucci, Jr. SS, Lincoln-Sudbury
Aaron Fossas, Sr. SS, Holy Name
Matt Goreham, Sr. 1B, Catholic Memorial
Keith Kelley, Sr. SS, St. John's (Shrewsbury)
Dan Light, Sr. 1B, St. John's (Shrewsbury)
Bob Melley, Jr. C, BC High
Rory O'Connor, Jr. OF, Lowell
Tyler Sterner, Sr. SS, Doherty
Ramses Vittini, Sr. OF, Peabody
Alex Witkus, Sr. OF, North Attleborough
Paul Yanakopulos, Sr. SS, Malden Catholic

L-S captures third state title in seven seasons

June, 18, 2011

LYNN, Mass. -- Keith Anderson is a big boy at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, but today he was Orca big for his team.

He opened up the offense for the Lincoln-Sudbury Warriors with a drop-in to center field to spark a seven-run second inning. On the flip side, he made a potentially game-altering snag with the bases loaded to end the fourth inning, leading L-S (24-4) to its third state championship in seven years with a 10-2 win over Minnechaug.

“I was just trying to the offense going,” Anderson said of his shallow center chip that turned into more than he had imagined. “I was just thinking that it was going to drop in front of him, but as I got to first, I saw that it was past him so I just took second base.”

Anderson did not consider the ball being caught, although he admitted that upon reflection had the ball been dove for, the game could have had a different outcome, but the ball fell in, he took and extra base and the rest is history.

“No one has hit the ball better than Keith in this tournament,” said Lincoln-Sudbury head coach Kirk Fredericks. “Earlier in the tournament, he scooped a ball that saved us a couple of runs. He has turned himself into a really good player.”

Juniors Ricky Antonellis and Ryan Bassinger smacked grounders into left field, respectively, after Anderson got the team going, the second knocking in Anderson. The next batter, junior Matt Cahill, executed a bunt down the third baseline that kept the inning going for the Warriors, a part of their game that was not so heralded early in the year, but something that Fredericks has had the team work on during the season just for situations like this.

“Kids don’t practice bunting in the offseason, so we worked on it during the season,” said Fredericks. “Knowing that the last two years when we lost in the north semifinals, we lost because we couldn’t hit, so if you can’t hit you’ve got to get on base somehow and bunting is one of the options.”

With the bases now loaded, sophomore Brian Carroll smacked a shot to the third baseman, who dove to make the catch, but unfortunately made one of the Falcons’ three errors in the second inning, overthrowing the second baseman after, and allowing L-S to tally another five runs.


Scoreless in the second, the Falcons (15-11) capitalized on opportunities given them as L-S senior righthander Adam Ravenelle walked four straight batters. He gathered himself and struck out clean-up hitter Matthew Warren, then gave up a right field pop fly to Kevin Sugermeyer that yielded the second and last run of the game for the Falcons.

Kevin Baker fanned for the second time to end the inning, but after Kevin White drove one into dead center in the top of the fourth, Fredericks pulled the plug on Ravenelle on brought in Matt McGavick who allowed two hits during his four innings on the mound.

“I knew I had my team behind me and they have been all year,” said Ravenelle. “I have the utmost faith that they’ll pick it up when I’m not at my best.”

Like Ravanelle, McGavick walked the bases loaded, and was unsure how things would turn out, as he usually comes into the game during either the seventh or eighth inning, but the fielding of Keith Anderson was all that he needed, as he snatched a line drive that would have rolled into shallow right, potentially scoring two runs. A five-run lead is much easier to pitch with than a three-run lead and McGavick was appreciative of the defensive support he received from Anderson and the rest of the Warriors.

“That catch by Keith Anderson the first inning I was in really got me going and gave me confidence to keep throwing the ball in there, pitching strikes knowing that my defense would be there to back me up,” said McGavick.


Although it was a long ride from Main Street in Wilbraham, Minnechaug coach Erik Mandell did not recognize the play that he saw in the field from his team and did not yank his pitcher, or scream at his players, but let them know that he expected to see them making the little plays that made the big differences in the game, such as the one Anderson made two innings later to potentially save the game.

“Baseball is a game of inches,” said Mandell. “And to get here, we’ve had to make a number of plays like that one on first base just to get here. A few inches to the left, a few inches to the right, it may be a different ball game… but I told my guys they needed to make those plays.”

Despite giving up 10 runs, Mandell stuck through the eighth inning with his starting pitcher, Gregory Heineman, because he felt he was pitching a good game.

“We needed to be better on defense, we had one particularly bad inning, and overall we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be, but I don’t think that Greg pitched poorly. On top of that, they’re a good ball club.”

L-S hammers its way back to D1 state final

June, 16, 2011

LOWELL, Mass. -- The clock has finally struck midnight on Franklin's magical, even Cinderella-ish run through the Division 1 tournament.

Lincoln-Sudbury's bats struck often and early, to the tune of 20 total hits, as they cruised to a 16-2 win over the Panthers (16-9) at Alumni Field to make their third state final appearance in seven seasons.

The Warriors (23-4) will face Western Mass champion Minnechaug -- themselves a surprise contender, entering the postseason a No. 10 seed at 10-10 but winning five straight -- Saturday at Lynn's Fraser Field for the state title.

"We hit the ball very well," L-S head coach Kirk Fredericks said. "We took advantage of and used a lot of the things we practice all the time, to get up on them and work some things in, which is great."

L-S wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning, with senior catcher Mike Barry (2 for 4, four RBI) driving in Carl Anderson with a sacrifice fly to left field out of the cleanup spot. Keith Anderson (3 for 4, three RBI) and Ricky Antonellis (2 for 4) each drove in a run in the next two at bats to make it 3-0.

Then in the fourth, already ahead 5-0, the Warriors exploded for five more to blow this thing wide open, with Keith Anderson, Ryan Bassinger and Barry all driving in runs. Barry then made it 12-0 in the fifth, blasting an 0-2 curveball over left.

"I thought they were going to throw me a curveball, and I guess I got a good piece of it," Barry said.

Said Fredericks of Barry, "Michael's been struggling a little bit when we've been taking batting practice, I was concerned that his technique was a little off. But in games, he brings it right home." Asked to elaborate on what techniques, Fredericks simply said, "That's between Michael and myself."

The Warriors beat Worcester Tech for the Division 2 title in 2005, and Algonquin two seasons later for the D1 crown. Based on a snapshot of tonight, one has to like their chances for a third title.

Like the Panthers one day earlier in their walkoff win over Xaverian for the South crown, L-S demonstrated mature plate instincts, balance patience and aggression at the right times. Adam Ravenelle, Dan Cellucci and Brian Carroll (two RBI) also drove in runs to help the effort.

All of it made the job for its starter, Bryant-bound senior lefty Carl Anderson, that much more comfortable. In five innings of work, he Anderson struck out four batters, allowed four hits and gave up one earned run. Five pitchers combined for the final four innings of relief.

"I don't think Carl will tell you, but I'm sure he's sore," Fredericks said. "He had to pitch on three days' rest during the tournament, through five innings...And I'd betcha if we're in the state championship and we need another inning or two, he'd come on too. So, Carl has been an awesome player at Lincoln-Sudbury, and he'll continue to be until the end."

After such a dramatic win less than 24 hours earlier, Franklin head coach Dave Niro's fears of a day-after letdown came true.

"It's tough to get up two days in a row," Niro said. "We're coming off a big emotional win yesterday. I could tell on the bus ride up that we're gonna come out flat. The guys usually have a lot of energy coming to games, they're usually pretty loose. But today [it] was real quiet on the bus ride up, and I kinda thought we didn't have much energy left."

Surely, the Panthers were without key arms used in yesterday's win, leaving junior lefty Tyler Buck with the start after throwing 166 pitches in his start in last week's D1 South quarterfinals against BC High, a 17-6 win. Buck was knocked out of the game with one out in the third, with the score already well in hand at 8-0.

"I don't know if they [the team] knew that, but I knew that," Fredericks said when asked about Buck's 166-pitch start. "And as the rain kept coming and moving games back, it worked to our disadvantage, because it gives him more rest.

"But I talked to BC High, who played them, and got a pretty good scouting report on what he had, and what to do against him. Our kids executed, and did a great job."

L-S shuts out A-B to take D1 North title

June, 13, 2011

LOWELL, Mass. -- Shutouts are far from rare in high school baseball. To shutout a team twice in one season? Possible.

But to shutout a team three times in one season? Especially when that team beat Lowell, previously-undefeated Lexington, and Lawrence to get to the sectional final? That is very difficult.

Lincoln-Sudbury did it Monday, however, with a 7-0 victory over Dual County League foe Acton-Boxborough at Alumni Field. L-S outscored A-B 30-0 over the three games they have played this season.

Of course, it is easier when you have Adam Ravenelle, the hard-throwing New York Yankee draftee, on the mound. The right-hander, who pitched in the previous two shut-outs for L-S, pitched six innings of one-hit baseball, striking out eight and surrendering three walks.

“I felt good today, it’s been a while since I’ve felt good with both my fastball and my curveball,” Ravenelle said. “It’s definitely a good time for that to come out.”

“Usually my strikeout pitch is my curveball, but today it was the fastball. I set it up with the curveball, and I guess they were still looking for it and I just kind of froze them with the fastball.”

With the win, L-S (22-2) moves on to play the winner of the D1 South Final, either Xaverian or Franklin, on Wednesday for the right to play for the Division 1 State Championship.

L-S knows that game will be a challenge, regardless of who they play.

“We have two teams left that we’ve played,” L-S coach Kirk Fredericks said. “Xaverian we played and lost 4-0. They’re a good, scrappy team, very well-coached. Franklin we played in the MetroWest Classic Championship game. They hit the ball well and have five or six pitchers that throw the ball as good as any of our guys. We fully expect it to be a war on Wednesday.”

Even though he didn’t let a runner past second base in his six innings of work, it was predetermined that Ravenelle would exit the game when he did. An A-B (18-6) runner did not make it past second base the entire game.

“We decided that we’d probably throw him about five innings today, regardless of the score,” said Fredericks. “He said he wanted to go one more, so we left him out there for one more.”

A-B’s Tyler Dickinson was moving along smoothly on the mound until the third inning when he surrendered back-to-back singles to Matt Cahill and Brian Carroll. Then he walked Dan Cellucci to load the bases. He struck out Carl Anderson for the second out of the inning, but gave up back-to-back singles to Ravenelle and Michael Berry that scored all three runners.

L-S struck again in the fifth with four runs on three hits in a walk, which included a two-run triple by Anderson that was made possible when the A-B leftfielder dove to try to catch the ball, but he missed, which allowed it to roll all the way to the wall.

“That’s baseball,” said A-B coach Patrick Grucela. “That was two phenomenal teams playing a game. We’ve talked all season that big innings are the curse and they got one three-run inning and one four-run inning when things didn’t quite go our way and that was the difference in the game.”

L-S got great production from Cahill and Carroll, their No. 8 and 9 hitters, who each went 3-for-4 in the game. It will need that if it hopes to advance to the State Championship game.

“Everyone takes their turn, and when we can put it together we’re a tough team,” Fredericks said.

Draftee Ravenelle leads L-S into D1 North Final

June, 9, 2011
LOWELL, Mass. -- It would be very difficult to find a baseball player in Massachusetts that had a better day than Adam Ravenelle Wednesday.

Mere hours after the Lincoln-Sudbury senior was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 44th Round of the Major League Baseball entry draft, he went out and hit for the cycle in a Division 1 North quarterfinal game against Chelmsford, helping propel his team to an 8-1 victory at Alumni Stadium.

The Warriors will play the winner of Thursday night's matchup between Lawrence and Acton-Boxborough, at Alumni Stadium, for the Division 1 North Championship Saturday at LeLacheur Park.

“I would definitely say this is a pretty good day for me,” he said after the game. “There was a lot of anxiety all day, leading up to the final moment I did get drafted, but once I did get drafted, the weight was lifted off my shoulders and I kind of got to relax a little bit and play a game that I love. So it was a good day.”

The Vanderbilt commit had no problem focusing on the task at hand, even with it being such a momentous day. He went 4 for 4 at the plate with a walk.

“If anything, it made me have more of a positive attitude because I was up and I was excited so I came in here excited and we got the job done,” he said.

On the field, L-S (21-4) was able to overcome a tough fielding day for the position players with exceptional offense and pitching. Carl Anderson pitched five scoreless innings, and was able to get himself out of trouble when in difficult spots in the game. In the fourth inning, with runners on second and third with one out, he struck out one hitter and got the next to fly to center to get out of the jam.

“He gave us fits,” Chelmsford head coach Mike O’Keefe said. “We got a little bit out of our comfort zone and tried to do things that we’re not really capable of doing and got a little bit away from the plan that we had. You tip your hat to the kid.”

The lefty exited the game with six strikeouts, while giving up only three hits and two walks.

“He did that on four days rest,” L-S head coach Kirk Fredericks said of Anderson. “We were looking for five innings, but didn’t know if we’d get two, didn’t know if we’d get seven, but we were looking for five. He did a great job and gave us a chance to win the game.”

A walk, fielding error, and single gave Chelmsford (16-8) the bases loaded with one out in the fifth, but L-S caught a break to keep the game scoreless. Dom Zaher, Chelmsford’s No. 3 hitter, hit a scorching ground ball at second baseman Ryan Bassinger, who was unable to handle it.

The ball ricocheted off Bassinger’s body, however, right into Dan Cellucci’s waiting glove at second base. He tagged the bag and threw to first to finish the double play and keep the Lions off the board.

Those breaks in the game and the scoreboard helped mask the five errors the defense made, which was uncharacteristic for a team like Lincoln-Sudbury.

“We were gross today, absolutely awful,” Fredericks said. “We hit the ball a little bit but we were awful. Defensively, mentally, we’re a very tired team. We’re terrible defensively and we’re struggling to be able to get bunts down, base running, etc. etc. So we’re not playing well right now.”

The Chelmsford bats did not come through until the eighth inning when back-to-back hits by Matt Rabbito and Kevin Driscoll plated the only Lion run of the game. Even then, the L-S bats answered back in the bottom of the inning with back-to-back triples by Ravenelle and Michael Barry and a single by Keith Anderson to put two more runs on the board.

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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Draft night dreams come true for Tyler Beede

June, 7, 2011

HUDSON, Mass. -- One hundred and twenty some-odd faces, old and young, huddled around the 50-inch flatscreen television in the living room of Eric Cressey's house, as his most sought-after high school client sat patiently waiting for his name to be called on the MLB Network's live first round draft telecast.

For years, Tyler Beede honed his craft just a stone's throw from this house in the woody east side of Hudson, at Cressey's renowned training facility, a spacious warehouse-like setting known for developing dozens of minor leaguers and top high school prospects. And now, the Lawrence Academy righthander and Auburn native was seeing the fruits of those vicious training sessions in high-def.

The house went pin-drop silent as the Red Sox announced their selection at No. 19, Matt Barnes from Bethel, Conn. And there was a split-second build-up followed by a chorus of loud sighs as MLB Commissioner Bud Selig went to the podium to announce the Rockies' selection at No. 20: "Tyler...Anderson".

As they waited for the next pick, the show's hosts began talking about this first round as the "year of the pitcher", and Beede's father, Walter, couldn't help but shout his approval from across the room.

"That's right, year of the pitcher, run 'em off the board, baby!" he yelled.

Seconds later, his wishes were granted. The Toronto Blue Jays took young Tyler at No. 21, the crowd broke into euphoria, and father and son embraced in a bear hug as Tyler Beede became the first Massachusetts high schooler since 2003 to get selected in the first round.

Tyler BeedeBrendan Hall for ESPN.comLawrence Academy's Tyler Beede was overjoyed to go to the Blue Jays at No. 21 in in the MLB draft.
Mock drafts by various analysts and scouting services had Beede going anywhere from as high as No. 24 overall to the sandwich round in tonight's action, but this pick wasn't a total shock. The Blue Jays and the Rangers had been the two most proactive teams in terms of depth when scouting Beede, while the Red Sox -- who had been to every one of the local boy's games this spring -- were considered to be interested in taking him with their pick at No. 26.

"We knew the Blue Jays were a big possibility drafting us," Beede said. "We knew the odds were higher than most of the other teams before that. There was a lot of communication over the spring, leading up to the draft, so we were holding our breaths as they came to the podium to call my name."

Walter, however, described his emotions hearing his son's name called as "utter shock". In his eyes, Toronto did its due diligence very much so, but not with an indication of where they regarded his son on the draft board.

"To be honest with you, the last dialogue we had with the Blue Jays was the day of his [last] game, which was May 25th," he said. "We haven't talked after that at all, not even one sentence, since the 25th. They had a lot of guys there that day, they had six or seven guys that day, but since that time they've been on radio silence. We haven't heard from them."

And now, for the big question. Will the 6-foot-4 fireballer be honoring his commitment to Vanderbilt, or will he chase what could be a seven-figure signing bonus?

"Tonight's not really a decision night," Beede said. "Tonight's a night to enjoy with family and friends, a dream that's come true. I'll make the decision later on in the summer, but for now I'm just enjoying the time. It's going to be a hard decision either way."

Walter said the Vanderbilt commitment is "not something to be taken lightly", and that the family will start discussing a decision at the end of the week, once Tyler's graduation party is over.

Various media outlets, including ESPN, have speculated that in what could be the final year without a rookie wage scale, Beede could demand top-10 money. Walter said that there has been no discussion about any sort of pricetag with major league teams.

"Those things tend to take on a life of their own," he said. "Based on, you know, one guy from Texas says he wants 30 million, another guy says he wants 20 million. So then by law of averages, OK, if this guy wants 30, another guy wants 20, and if Tyler's as good as that guy then maybe he must want this [certain amount].

"That's not been discussed by anybody, it's not something that we've discussed with any major league team. More importantly, it hasn't been discussed with Tyler. This is ultimately Tyler's decision, this is his life. His mother and I, his brother, they're not the ones playing baseball. He's the one that's playing baseball. And I know he has a tremendous respect for [Vanderbilt] Coach [Tim] Corbin, he's known Tyler since the eighth grade. So we'll really have to weigh this heavily during the next two months. I don't anticipate it being anything quick."

Once the selection had been made, Beede's phone blew up with congratulatory calls, the television quickly switched to the Bruins' Stanley Cup Final with Vancouver, and the crowd dispersed into Cressey's backyard where two cakes sat on a round table. One was for Beede, and one was for Lincoln-Sudbury's Adam Ravenelle, a close friend who is expected to be selected on day two of the draft. Ravenelle and L-S assistant coach Matt Blake arrived on the scene fresh from a Division 1 North quarterfinal victory over St. John's Prep.

Then, it was time to make the rounds with reporters, all the while taking calls from friends, teammates, family members and various figures in the Blue Jays front office. He then made his way back into the living room, where an ESPN Boston reporter waited to put him in front of the camera.

Just before Beede's older brother Kyle was about to hit record, Walter tossed his phone across the room to Tyler.

The camera would have to wait for one moment. Roberto Alomar was on the other line.

L-S bats white hot against Prep

June, 6, 2011
SUDBURY, Mass. -- Lincoln-Sudbury head coach Kirk Fredericks knew the challenge that his hitters could have with No. 7 St. John’s Prep ace Pat Connaughton in the Div. 1 North quarterfinals.

But with a little extra work and some unconventional practice, the No. 2 Warriors (20-2) knocked around the Prep star in the early innings and got to the bullpen late in it’s three-hour, 9-5 victory on Monday night at Feeley Field in the Div. 1 North tournament.

As soon as his team eliminated Boston Latin in the first round, Fredericks and his coaching staff set up the pitching machine at 90 mph to get his team ready for a helping of faster than normal heaters. He also set up the L-screen 20 feet from the hitters and had the coaches fire the ball as hard as they could to get the hitters reaction time just a step quicker.

That plan allowed the Warriors to be ready for Connaughton and the results showed as the Eagles’ ace didn’t get out of the fourth inning, surrendering five runs (four earned), walking seven and throwing over 100 pitches in his brief stint.

“We had a plan and we executed it well,” said Fredericks, whose team will play Chelmsford in the Div. 1 North semis. “It got the pitch count up and more importantly it gave our kids confidence. … If they could hit me the way I was throwing from right in front of them, they could hit Connaughton, Tyler Beede or Adam Ravenelle.”

That plan was executed best by Warriors’ lead off hitter Dan Cellucci. The junior outfielder went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and the go-ahead homer in the seventh inning to break a 5-5 tie. Cellucci reached base safely all six times he approached the plate with three walks to go along with his three hits.

“It helped a lot,” Cellucci said of the extra work. “You can’t just go up in a game and face that speed. You’ve got to practice it and it definitely helped the whole team.”

The Warriors were able to get the leadoff hitter on base in six out of their eight at-bats against Connaughton and the three other Prep pitchers.

With the game tied at two, the Warriors plated three unanswered runs in the third and fourth inning. With runners on second and third with one out, Adam Ravenelle nubbed a swinging bunt down the third base line. Connaughton tried to make a play on the well-positioned ball, but his throw sailed wide of first allowing both runs to come through for the 5-2 lead.

“I couldn’t throw strikes,” said Connaughton. “It was a control issue. I’ve had it in the past and I’ve always had it from lack of playing this sport enough. If I were able to throw strikes maybe it would have been a little different.”

His Prep teammates picked him up immediately in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game at 5. The Eagles got the first four guys to reach in the inning, with Justin Peluso hitting a RBI single and Connaughton ripping a RBI double to the right field gap.

Cellucci delivered the game-winning run with a shot to center with two out in the bottom of the seventh off of Prep reliever Bobby Woodworth. Keith Anderson fueled a three-run eighth-inning with a bloop two-RBI single into left on a 0-2 pitch.

“Two games in a row,” Fredericks said of Anderson’s plate presence. “Keith got a huge hit and three RBI in the Boston Latin game and he had another huge hit today. He’s helped us a great deal coming on at the end here.”

MLB Draft Watch: Breaking down the locals

June, 5, 2011
Between the gifted arms of Lawrence Academy's Tyler Beede, St. John's Prep's Pat Connaughton, Lincoln-Sudbury's Adam Ravenelle and Dexter's John Magliozzi, we have an unusually high amount of high school players in the New England region who could see their names getting called in the Major League Baseball Draft, which starts with the first round Monday night.

At the beginning of the high school season, I caught up with an American League scout who projected eight high schoolers that could see their names called. But with BB&N's Andrew Chin on the shelf with Tommy John surgery, and the play of Dexter's Barrett O'Neill and BB&N's Devin Perry dipping a bit, the number of bona fide locks has decreased.

Still, the projections at the top haven't budged, and it starts with Beede, a 6-foot-4 righthander from Auburn who could become the first high schooler from Massachusetts taken in the first round since Peabody High's Jeff Allison in 2003.

"Obviously, the most notable is Beede," said Red Sox Director of Amateur Scouting Amiel Sawdaye, at the club's pre-draft press conference last Wednesday at Fenway Park. "Excellent pitcher, guy we’ve scouted for a long time, we’ve gotten the chance to see him over the summer, seen him this year. Even some of the other guys -- Connaughton, Magliozzi, Ravenelle -- all good athletes signed to good schools, good students, good kids.

"And that’s exciting. To be able to go to the local games and see those guys pitch, it’s exciting for us. You get home games. We normally don’t get those until the Cape [League]."

Traditionally it's been pitchers getting selected out of the local high schools over the years, so it's no surprise that all of the names being thrown around are 90-mile per hour fireballers. And while this year's class has an abundance of players with prototypical pitcher's builds, they also come on the draft market perceivably fresher, what with the limited amount of time playing outdoors.

"We talk about cold weather kids. You know, sometimes they don’t hit their stride until, a lot of times, the summer," Sawday said. "So, you blink and another team takes a player from the Midwest, Northeast, different region where it’s a cold weather region, and the kid’s throwing 94, 95, where in the spring he was throwing 92.

"It gives us an advantage to be able to go watch those kids progress, and I think the other thing is the proximity of being around these guys and being able to see them get better year after year, see how they take off. As a junior, they’re taking off in the summer. As a senior, they’re taking off in the summer. And yeah, I think you can look at it as an advantage."

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein echoed similar comments, noting the desire of northeast kids playing in a smaller period of warm weather, as well as the easier projections.

"Guys around here, their best baseball is yet to come," Epstein said. "They don’t get out on the field until April sometimes, with the snow on the ground, and you can project these guys going forward. I think makeup is good too. You have to go to baseball here. Compared to California, Texas, Florida, where it’s there 365 days of the year, here you’ve got a short window to play, and you’ve got to relish the opportunity and make the most of it. It’s easy to project off these kids in the northeast."

Added Sawdaye, "We were just watching video of a kid throwing in the snow, so that tells you what some of these kids go through."

I revisited with scouts again late last week, for their thoughts on the top prospects in the area. Below are the scouting reports and projections on seven New Englanders you will definitely see coming across the ticker.

Tyler Beede, RHP, Lawrence Academy
Hometown: Auburn, Mass.
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 205 lbs
Bats: Right
College: Vanderbilt
Scout’s Take: “I’d say Tyler has basically done everything the scouts and pro evaluators have asked him to do, repeating his delivery, a breaking ball that’s consistent with your average major league pitch. He’s shown velocity they’ve been looking for. His last start, he was consistently hitting 93 to 95. All the intangibles are there. I think that’s as good of a prospect we’ve had in a long time in New England."
Projection: Late first round to Sandwich A. (“That’s assuming signability doesn’t get in the way,” said the scout. “He’s going to be a pricey pick, but I think there are teams willing to go that route.)

Pat Connaughton, RHP, St. John’s Prep
Hometown: Arlington, Mass.
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 190 lbs
Bats: Right
College: Notre Dame (baseball and basketball)
Scout’s Take: “He's been one of the most intriguing prospects of the spring. His velocity has been anywhere from 90 to 94 every outing, a real plus fastball at times with late life on it, which you certainly– can’t teach. His arm is as loose as anyone’s. The only question right now if he puts enough time into his delivery where the off-speed catches up to his fastball. The hardest part of signing him is going to be getting him away from his passion for playing basketball. It looks like he wants to compete for a pro team that will allow him to do that as well.”
Projection: First five rounds.

John Magliozzi, RHP, Dexter
Hometown: Milton, Mass.
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 180 lbs
Bats: Right
College: Florida
Scout’s Take: “Johnny’s been a little inconsistent with his velocity, and that’s led people to press questions about whether that frame is going to be durable over the long haul. His velocity has taken a step back, it’s been in the 87-90 range where people might have expected 92 to 94. Whether that’s reasonable or not, that’s what these guys are looking for. He’s shown signs that he’s going to compete for you, but they need to see that prominent velocity from a frame like that.”
Projection: First 10 rounds.

Adam Ravenelle, RHP Lincoln-Sudbury
Hometown: Sudbury, Mass.
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 185 lbs
Bats: Right
College: Vanderbilt
Scout’s Take: “Ravenelle may have taken the biggest step forward of anyone this spring. Critics questioned his ability to repeat his delivery, but his fastball consistently comes over the plate with a good angle. People wonder when he would decide on an arm slot, but he’s done a tremendous job on keeping to a low three-quarter slot and remaining on top of the ball. He’s also shown he's able to throw that breaking ball for strikes consistently, which hasn't always been the case. The best part about him is he has matured from a mental standpoint. He attacks the game now as a pitcher and not just a thrower by working efficiently with his pitch counts to get outs early in the game without trying to strike everyone out.”
Projection: First 20 rounds. (“He’s a potential top-five talent, but everyone’s sold on the idea that he’s going to end up at Vanderbilt,” the scout said.)

Jordan Cote, RHP, Winnisquam Regional (N.H.)
Hometown: Sanbornton, N.H.
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 215 lbs
Bats: Right
College: Coastal Carolina
Scout’s Take: “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."
Projection: First five rounds.

John Gorman, RHP/3B, Catholic Memorial
Hometown: Norwood, Mass.
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 215 lbs
Bats: Right
College: Boston College
Scout’s Take: “He’s still in the mix, guys mostly look at him as being a college guy. But, he will step in regardless and be one of the best players on the BC squad when he gets there…. He’s an interesting one. He’s one of the guys people talked about earlier in the year being a bulldog, and one of the best high school kids around. He’s obviously lived up to that being named Gatorade Player of the Year in a year full of big names. He’ll likely see time in college as a corner infielder and a pitcher. I think that over the next two or three years, he’s going to have a lot of success at the college level. His fastball velocity can climb into the 91-92 range, and he can throw his off-speed consistently into the strike zone. I’d imagine his name being called on draft day, as he deserves it.”
Projection: First 20 rounds.

Sal Romano, RHP, Southington (Conn.)
Hometown: Southington, Conn.
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 220 lbs
Bats: Right
College: Tennessee
Scout’s Take: "Sal'’s another one of those big body high school kids we’ve been blessed with this year. His delivery has some work to do, but he’s shown great velocity on his fastball, up to 93. The feel for the spin on his breaking ball is advanced for his age. His signability demands may push him down in the draft this year, but he’s definitely one to follow."
Projection: Top 10 rounds.

More first-round praise for LA's Beede

May, 17, 2011
The praise for Lawrence Academy senior righthander Tyler Beede continues to build as we inch closer to next month's MLB Draft. Today, ESPN's Keith Law unveiled his first mock draft, and projects the 6-foot-4 Beede to go 30th to the Twins. He writes, "Beede is polished with command and control, but even has some projection left."'s most recent scouting report on Beede reads as follows:

Beede is the leading prep pitcher in a very strong class out of New England this year, showing average stuff with good projection and very good command for his age.

He will sit mostly 88-92 now but can flash a little better, mixing in a two-seamer at the low end of that range as needed. He's got a solid-average changeup and an improving curveball that he needs to finish more consistently; at 71-73 it's a bit slow and loopy but at 75 or better it's a better pitch start to finish. Beede repeats his delivery extremely well, with a strong stride toward the plate, although he doesn't tilt his shoulders and has a very slight arm wrap right before he turns his pitching hand over.

He's committed to Vanderbilt and is expected to be a tough sign, but he's expressed enough interest in pro ball that he should be a fairly high pick for someone looking to roll the dice on a potential No. 2 starter with lots of projection left.

Meanwhile, as part of its "50 in 50" series leading up to next month's MLB Draft, the scouting service Perfect Game checks in today with its analysis of Beede, projecting him as a "Late First Round/Sandwich". In his scouting report, David Rawnsley notes the unusual abundance of live arms in Massachusetts high schools this year, including 90-mile per hour fireballers such as St. John's Prep's Pat Connaughton, BB&N's Devin Perry, Springfield Cathedral's Robert DeCosmo, and Dexter's duo of John Magliozzi and Barrett O'Neill.

But for Beede, Rawnsley reserves the highest praise. He writes:

Beede is far from the stereotypical raw arm from the region, however. His father, Walter, was a 13th round pick of the Chicago Cubs in 1981 as a first baseman and played one year of minor league ball, so baseball definitely is part of the Beede bloodlines. Most importantly, Beede has been participating in national level events since early in his sophomore season, including the 2010 Aflac All American Game, and has a polished maturity on the mound that is equal to any Sun Belt pitcher. He has a low effort delivery with good lower half use and repeats his mechanics consistently. Beede’s fastball doesn’t touch 97-98 mph like many of top high school arms seem to be doing this year but he’s a consistent 92-93 mph and will touch 94-95 occasionally. His upper 70’s curveball is a potential plus second pitch and his change up shows signs of being a plus pitch at times as well, although he understandably hasn’t used the pitch frequently. Beede’s ability to mix his pitches and throw to spots is very advanced for a high school pitcher and will enable him to be immediately successful at the next level, whether that is at Vanderbilt or in professional ball. Even though he could sneak into the back of the first round on talent, Beede is well prepared to pass on pro ball for at least three years. He transferred before his senior year from his hometown Auburn High School to Lawrence Academy, a prestigious prep school, to better prepare himself academically for Vanderbilt and is a high level student.

The full scouting report from Rawnsley can be found here.

Perfect game for LA's Tyler Beede

May, 11, 2011
This isn't the first time Lawrence Academy's Tyler Beede has pitched in front of nearly 40 major league scouts this season, and it's certainly not the first time they came away mighty impressed.

But in a season of fulfilling a mountain of hype, the Auburn native and Vanderbilt-bound righthander continues finding ways to up the ante. Today, that was tossing a perfect game in front of more than three dozen MLB scouts and several general managers, as the Spartans downed Brooks, 9-0, to improve to 12-2 on the season.

For the game, the potential first-round draft choice struck out 15 batters on 82 pitches, walked none and allowed no hits. His last pitch of the game -- a swinging strikeout -- hit 93 miles per hour, and he topped out at 95 for the day. He also went 2 for 3 at the plate to help the winning cause.

His catcher, junior Kevin Wnukowski, was the first one to greet him on the mound, followed by the rest of his teammates in mob fashion. And as usual, Beede politely deferred to his teammates about the effort.

"The whole team surrounded me on the mound. It was a good feeling when it hit me," Beede said. "I knew in the sixth or seventh that I had something going. But it was just a fun time out there, and fun to celebrate with the team. This whole season has been real fun."

Meanwhile down the road, his Vanderbilt teammate-to-be Adam Ravenelle put in a season-best performance on the hill for Lincoln-Sudbury. The 6-foot-4 senior righty struck out 18 in a complete-game one-hitter, losing his perfect game in the sixth inning, and belted two homers from the plate to lead the Warriors to a 13-0 win over Arlington.

Player Perspective: Tyler Beede

April, 22, 2011
GROTON, Mass. -- To watch a Tyler Beede start is to watch an event.

Not just for what's on the hill for Lawrence Academy, where the 6-foot-4, 200-pound, Vanderbilt-bound righthander is off to a dominant start for the Spartans (23 IP, 44 K, 3 BB, 2 hits allowed, 1 ER) after a stellar 2010 season (6-1, 87 K, 45.1 IP, 1.08 ERA); but for what's behind the backstop. Since transferring into the Groton campus after leading Auburn High to the 2009 Division 2 MIAA state championship, throngs of major league scouts flock to every one of his starts, often in the dozens (a rumored 40 were on hand for his 16-strikeout performance against St. Sebastian's last week). And not to be forgotten is his added bat this year, with five homers and 10 RBI so far as a leadoff hitter.
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Courtesy Brendan Hall Tyler Beede, who is off to a strong start this spring for Lawrence Academy, is being watched closely by major league scouts.

Earlier this month, an American League scout told me Beede projects as "a potential first-rounder, but top three rounds in particular" for June's amateur draft. That can be a lot of pressure for an impressionable high schooler, but the senior handles it like he's been there for years -- and truthfully, he has.

Beede spoke with following a dominant performance in a 10-1 win over St. Mark's (13 K, 0 BB, 0 ER, one hit allowed, no balls out of infield) to discuss the scouting herd, his workout regimen, and his future in baseball.

Q: Just seeing what we saw before the game, all the scouts standing at the top of the hill overlooking the bullpen and watching you warm up, you're probably used to it by now. But what's it like pitching in front of so many scouts every time out?
A: "Oh man, I really don't know. I guess it's just an honor to have this opportunity. I'm a 17-year-old kid who's just trying to get to that next level, college, and having the pro guys here is just an honor. I just try to go out there and have fun, play like it's a high school game, no added pressure or anything like that. They're there, but I really don't try to pay attention to them. I just try to pitch my game for sure."

Q: The first time you threw in front of that many scouts, were you nervous?
A: "Oh yeah, definitely nervous (laughs). I would peek over the catcher, see some guys and be like 'Wow, this is a little too much'. There were a lot of scouts back there. But you just settle into your game, you kinda block them out, like I was saying, and it's just like pitching a regular game."

Q: When was that first time?
A: "Jeez, probably 14 [years old]...actually 15. I was with a travel team playing down in Arizona."

Q: You've had some great performances so far. People point to the St. Sebastian's game as one of your better performances (Beede struck out 16, allowed two hits and a walk, and homered, in a 5-1 win). What have you found to be working for you so far?
A: "I definitely worked on a lot of stuff during the off-season. I threw in a new mechanic, going over my head a little bit like Curt Schilling. It's helped me balance, and stay over my leg a little longer. Having a new catcher, (sophomore) Kevin Wnukowski, he's been a great help. He's really given me confidence throwing my off-speed, he's great at blocking pitches, and he calls a great game. The team's playing great, and it relieves pressure off me when they're scoring five, six runs, (or) 10 runs like we did today. It's just a great all-around team, and teamwork, throughout this whole season so far."

Q: Obviously, the fastball has gotten you a lot of attention. But how satisfied are you with your curve and change?
A: "Yeah, the curveball's been a great pitch for me this year. That's what I over the offseason a lot. I'm glad it's feeling good coming out of my hand, and I'm getting a lot more comfortable throwing it in 2-1 counts, 3-2 counts, so that's been a great pitch for me for sure."

Q: Who are the best hitters you've faced so far in your high school career?
A: "High school career man, ooh, that's tough. Here in my league, Rhett Weisman for sure, lefty hitter from BB&N. And then guys throughout the country, Blake Swihart from New Mexico (Cleveland High, Rio Rancho, N.M.), Dante Bichette Jr. (Orangewood Christian, Maitland, Fla.), Shawon Dunston (Valley Christian, Fremont, Calif.), future Vandy commit. There's just so many great hitters, and it's a privilege playing against those guys over the summer for sure."

Q: The Vanderbilt head coach, Tim Corbin, is a local guy, and he's in on a lot of the talent around here. What's his program like?
A: "They just produce first rounders after first rounders, and they really develop their pitchers, hitters, all positions. The coaching staff is tremendous, they really make you comfy right when you get down there. They really make you feel a part of the team. There's no spots guaranteed. The freshmen that come in next year have an equal opportunity for starting positions in the field and in the pitching rotation. I've been talking to the other guys [coming in], and we're all excited for sure."

Q: You talk to Adam Ravenelle (a Vandy commit from Lincoln-Sudbury) a lot. Are you surprised that he's hitting so well this year?
A: "Kids that come from Cressey [Performance], they have some power. Me, I've hit three, four home runs this year. But yeah, Rav's a great kid, and I'm excited to play with him next year."

Q: Take me through your pregame routine. What's going through you head?
A: "I watch a lot of video before games, with my mechanics. I'm just trying to get it in my head, because I'm a mental pitcher. I kind of just adjust as the game goes on. With whatever's working after I come from the pen, if the curveball's not working I'll try and throw a little more in the game, first few innings, just to get a feel for what I'm going to do today. It's just an inning by inning thing, I'll take my adjustments when I get them."

Q: In regards to what people are saying about your draft status, are there any thoughts right now on where you'd be leaning, whether it's college or going into the minors?
"I'm not sure. Right now, college is the only guarantee, so that's what I'm going for. But you know, when the draft comes I'm going to talk to my parents and go from there."

An Elite Eight: Mass HS draft prospects to watch

April, 12, 2011
With the high school baseball season always comes that one elite prospect, a kid who eats up the high school competition and is a sure thing to see his name come across the ticker on draft day.

Suffice it to say this season is quite the anomaly. Some major league scouts have mused that we haven't seen a crop of high school senior talent in Massachusetts this deep since the 1980's; one mused that as many as 12 high schoolers form this state could see their name get called in June's amateur draft.

With that in mind, I went over the prospects with an American League scout last week, before the MIAA season officially got underway. Some, like Lawrence Academy's Tyler Beede, Dexter's John Magliozzi and St. John's Prep two-sport superstar Pat Connaughton -- all guys ranked in the top 100 for high school prospects by Baseball America -- are obvious. But overall, he identified eight prospects that could definitely see their name get called two months from now.

Below are the eight, with scouts' comments.

Tyler Beede, RHP, Lawrence Academy
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 205 lbs.
Bats: Right
Hometown: Auburn, Mass.
College: Vanderbilt
2010 stats: 6-1, 87 K, 45.1 IP, 1.08 ERA; .429, 8 HR, 30 RBI, .880 SLG
Scout's Take: "For his age, Tyler Beede has the prototype pitcher's body. Six-four, 205, and an effortless, balanced delivery, with a loose arm. There's alot of talk about his fastball and velocity as being plus, but its his secondary stuff, the refined curveball he's been throwing and the feel for the changeup, that shows he's advanced. You look at how he utilizes and balances his body for a complete delivery, and you look at him as really a potential first-rounder, but top three rounds in particular."

John Magliozzi, RHP, Dexter
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 181 lbs.
Bats: Right
Hometown: Milton, Mass.
College: Florida
2010 stats: 7-0, 73 K, 6 BB, 42 IP, 3 SV, 0.95 ERA; .427, 36 RBI, 3 HR, 11 SB
Scout's Take: "Here's a kid that doesn't have a prototypical pitcher's build, but he's a classic go get 'em, gimme the ball and go right after the hitter. He's someone who's a competitor on the mound, who has shown a 92-95 mph fastball. He has a very good curve with a lot of depth, good feel to it. Combine that with a good changeup, and commitment to the hand speed, and you've got a solid three pitch mix. The only question long-term with the scouts is if he will have durability issues. But the kid's proven to be willing to work at it, and take care of his body."

Pat Connaughton, RHP, St. John's Prep
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 190 lbs.
Bats: Right
Hometown: Arlington, Mass.
College: Notre Dame
2010 Stats: 4-4, 52.3 IP, 51 K, 34 BB, 52.3 IP, 1 SV, 3.08 ERA
Scout's Take: "Here's another 6-3, 6-4 lean pitcher with a loose frame, pretty clean arm action. Nice loose, low three-quarter delivery, shows he gonna have the ability to throw the ball harder as he gets older. Once he decides on basketball or baseball, the sky's the limit for him. He shows the making of a curve and change that have come along in the last year or so. He's a three-pitch guy with unbelievable athleticism for a pitcher, something any kind of scout will enjoy. Those guys make a quick adjustment at the next level. He's a smart kid willing to work hard, and those kinds of intangibles can put a kid like that into a full-time job as a pitcher."

Adam Ravenelle, RHP, Lincoln-Sudbury
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 185 lbs.
Bats: Right
Hometown: Sudbury, Mass.
College: Vanderbilt
2010 stats: 5-0, 55 K, 22 BB, 48.2 IP, 1.67 ERA
Scout's Take: "We're kinda blessed with all of the arms this year in Massachusetts. It's uncommon to have this many tall, lean pitchers who run 90-plus on their fastball. As he continues to put weight on, I think you'll see him be able to repeat his delivery more consistently, and that's paramount for his success. He's got a curveball with solid depth and spin for his two-pitch, and as he continues to add that changeup as a third pitch, you're looking at a potential professional starter. As it stands, he could be a power reliever."

Barrett O'Neill, RHP/3B, Dexter
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 205 lbs.
Bats: Right
Hometown: Ashland, Mass.
College: Virginia
2010 stats: 6-1, 59 K, 9 BB, 40 IP, 2 SV, 1.30 ERA; .420, 34 RBI, 6 HR, 5 SB
Scout's Take: "He has that classic athletic background, as he played hockey growing up, so he fits the profile of some of these gritty northeast kids. He's obviously smart going to the University of Virginia. He has a hard fastball in the upper 80's, low 90's, and athletically he's pretty well developed. Obviously, he's shown commitment to his craft by taking the winter off from hockey, to straighten out his future on the mound."

John Gorman, RHP/3B, Catholic Memorial
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 215 lbs.
Bats: Right
Hometown: Norwood, Mass.
College: Boston College
2010 Stats: 8-0, 113 K, 18 BB, 65 IP, 1.18 ERA; .395, 26 RBI, 3 HR, 7 SB
Scout's Take: "Gorman's another classic northeast kid, just a bulldog on the mound who always wants to win. He's a good two-way guy, so he knows how to attack hitters. He has the feel for being a leader every day; last summer [at showcases with the New England Ruffnecks] he went right at top-100 hitters and took control of the game. He was born to be in the strike zone all day. He's not afraid to dust the best hitters in country. I wouldn’t be surprised if he's at 90, 91 by the spring, with three pitches."

Devin Perry, RHP/IF, BB&N
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 195 lbs.
Bats: Right
Hometown: Newton, Mass.
College: Boston College
2010 Stats: 8-0, 85 K, 19 BB, 49 IP, 0.71 ERA; .351, 17 RBI, 3 HR
Scout's Take: "At 6-3 and about 195 pound, he might have the most electric arm of all of them, but he has to make sure to take care of his body, the way he throws slightly across himself in his delivery. If he gets his delivery squared away though, you could see him throwing a 95 mile per hour fastball as he continues to get stronger."

Andrew Chin, LHP, BB&N
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 180 lbs.
Bats: Left
Hometown: Newton, Mass.
College: Boston College
2010 Stats: 7-0, 94 K, 29 BB, 59 IP, 0.59 ERA
Scout's Take: "Chin might be the most complete pitcher at this point. Maybe he's not the same type of thrower or class as these other guys -- he tends to be in the upper 80's with his fastball, good in and out, good with the changeup -- but he understands the craft and is willing to work at it. He's a classic left-hander with good feel for how to set hitters up."

No. 1 CM's bats come alive over No. 2 L-S

April, 9, 2011

SUDBURY, Mass. — Catholic Memorial wasted little time showing off why it is ranked No. 1 in the polls with a big 10-5 road victory over No. 2 Lincoln-Sudbury (0-1) on Saturday afternoon.

The Knights (2-0) collected nine hits and looked to be in midseason form when it comes to seizing an opportunity, as they capitalized off of five errors in the field and four passed balls by the Warriors.

The big club in town might not be one for fast starts in 2011, but Knights’ head coach Hal Carey wanted to see his team get off on the right foot.

“We were really ready for the game,” said Carey. “We wanted to play really despite it being early in the year. It was kind of a motivational thing.”

The Knights held a 2-1 advantage through the first four innings, but broke things open with a 4-run top of the fifth. CM sent eight men to the plate fueled by a two-out, two RBI single from John Mildner.

Steve Pike and Nick Barker both reached base to open the fifth, and with the heart of the Knights lineup ready to come up, it looked like the big inning was inevitable. But David McCullough got John Gorman swinging and got Matt Goreham to fly out to first.

On a 2-2 pitch, Mildner dropped a line drive right in front of the left fielder to grab a 4-1 lead. Mildner stole second, moved over on a passed ball and scored on a RBI double by Paul Fahey.

Fahey would make his way across home plate on two passed balls by Warrior pitching to stretch the lead to 6-1.

“We took advantage of a couple of their errors,” said Carey. “We scored runs with timely hits and played well fundamentally.”

The Knights kept the pressure on in the top of the seventh and took care of more Warriors’ mistakes as the first five batters of the inning reached safely in another 4-run inning.

“We just didn’t catch the ball,” said Warriors head coach Kirk Fredericks. “Everyone took an opportunity to not catch the ball. They capitalized and made our pitchers throw more pitches than they should of. That was the difference between the two teams.”

The Warriors had to go through five pitchers, while the Knights need just two, with Goreham doing most of the work. The big righthander was efficient in his six plus innings of work, striking out five and working his way out of trouble when he needed.

In the bottom of the third inning, Goreham allowed the leadoff man to reach, but got a 4-6-3 double play and a fly out to center to get out of that jam. He started an inning ending 1-6-3 twin killing after walking the first two batters of the fourth, and struck out the last two batters of the sixth inning after loading the bases.

“My off-speed stuff wasn’t there,” said Goreham. “I was sticking with a lot of fastballs and they were able to get on base. My defense really picked me up today. … It’s just one of those things where your teammates pick you up when you are struggling.”

Added Carey: “He’s got such good poise out there that nothing really bothers him. He’s even-keeled.”

A bright spot for the Warriors was Adam Ravenelle, who crushed two homers, a solo shot and a three-run bomb, to dead center.