With a regular season that has just days left in it, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League is starting to put together their post-season awards for 2020. To say the least, this was a challenging summer for sure. But the league has done a bang-up job of getting it in. And in doing so, score points with not just college players in New England, but also around the country. The league is in good shape and is poised for better days ahead. Here’s how the Futures League stacks up as the final days begin.
With the playoffs just about set, the league is beginning to nominate players for both Most Valuable Player and Pitcher of the Year. In the MVP race, the top five are Dominic Keegan of Nashua Silver Knights. The Vanderbilt University product has been one of the offensive mainstays of the Silver Knights. His .333 batting average ranks him fifth in the batting race, his eight home runs have him second, and his 38 RBI put him on top. Keegan has 37 total hits in which nineteen have gone for extra-bases. All of this while slugging at a .667 pace. He was named Player of the Week once, on July 27, after a monster week in which he went 11-for-18 with four long balls, four two-baggers, 10 runs scored, and 13 runs batted in over four games.
Keegan’s teammate, Jared Dupere, has helped to make the middle of the Silver Knight’s lineup dangerous. The Northeastern outfielder is hitting at a .349 pace with five dingers and 22 RBI. In 23 games played, Jared has compiled a .471 on-base average and a .733 slugging percentage. He also has a nine-game hitting streak and four straight multi-hit games on his resume.
Ben Rice of Worcester is on the list. Why? Because of the power he brings to the Braveheart lineup. He leads the league in home runs with 11 to go along with 27 runs batted in. Rice has slugged .733 and has 77 total bases. He ranks second in batting average at .362, in extra-base hits with 17, and in walks with 26. Ben has a very good idea of the strike zone and puts it to good use.
A couple of North Shore Navigators are in the mix as well. First, there is Ben Malgeri, who leads the league in triples with five and in stolen bases with 17. For the second year in a row, Ben has been a solid contributor to the Navigators. Overall, the kid from Northeastern has hit .294, with two HR, eight doubles, and 22 runs batted in. Cody Morissette is having a fine year once again in the league. The BC infielder is hitting .329, which is eighth in the batting race, has stolen 12 bags while knocking in 28. He has also reached base at a .464 clip.
The last member of this group is New Britain’s, Bee Noah Martinez. He leads the league with a .509 on-base percentage with 29 base on balls. Noah is batting ..330 with four HR, five doubles, 22 RBI, and 18 runs scored. He has eight multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games. His four big flies have all come since July 22.
On the pitching side of things, we begin with Hartford Hawks left-hander Nick Dombkowski who spent the summer pitching for Westfield Starfires. He had a 1-2 record with 3.17 ERA, in 28.1 IP Nick and has recorded 35 strikeouts in those frames. He has allowed only three earned runs in five starts. Nick’s mound mate, Chase Jeter, compiled a 2-1 record with a 1.98 ERA. and 24 K’s in 27 innings pitched. Opponents have hit just .161 against him. Jeter had a stretch of 17 scoreless innings to begin his summer.
Next up are a pair of Brockton Rox hurlers. Nick Sinacola has been really good all summer long. He leads the league in ERA at 1.05 and in strikeouts with 47 in 34 innings of work. The Maine Black Bear has held teams to a .165 average against him. Nick has two double-digit strikeouts games to his credit and has gone at least seven innings three times in his last four starts. Tim Noone has a 2.33 ERA allowing seven earned runs in 27 innings pitched. Tim has gone six innings three times this summer after making his first two appearances out of the Rox bullpen. He also has a complete game on his resume.
Drew Mend was New Britain’s number one starter this summer with a 2-1 record and a 2.25 ERA. In 32 innings, he allowed a .216 batting average against him giving up eight earned runs. He possesses one 10-K outing vs Westfield. The last one on the list is Angelo Baez of Worcester. Last year’s Pitcher of the Year is showing why that was no fluke. He has a 3-1 record with a 1.41 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 32 innings. He has gone six innings four times this summer and went three starts with zero walks. Angelo throws strikes and the proof is only eight free passes all season.
As long as Nashua does not fall apart over the last days of the regular season, it will be the Silver Knights facing Worcester for the league championship. Nashua does have a two-game lead over Brockton for second place in the standings. A couple of more wins will seal the deal for Nashua.
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