With the MLB draft having just been completed, the Futures League would like to extend a tip of the cap to Sal Frelick who was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers with the 15th selection in the first round on Sunday night. Frelick became the highest pick in the history of the league. He played in the league on two occasions in 2018 and 2020 for the North Shore Navigators. He was a two-time winner of the Top Pro Prospect honor. In 2018, Frelick batted .361 with seven home runs and 36 RBi after graduating from Lexington High School that spring. In 2020 he returned to the league to hit .398 with 12 extra-base hits in 24 games. The Futures League can boast over 200 players that have spent time in this league and have been drafted into pro ball.
This is also the week of the league’s annual All-Star game which will be held in New Britain on Tuesday night July 13. The game features an East-West format with players from Nashua, Brockton, Norwich, and Worcester who will make up the East roster. The West will have players from Vermont, Westfield, Pittsfield, and the host Bees. There is also a Home Run Derby that for the first time will take place on a separate night. It will be held on Monday night July 12 and will have one player from every team in the contest. The managers for this year’s game are Brockton’sMichael Garza for the East and Matt Gedman of Pittsfield who will run the West team. Let’s take a look at some of the players who will be on display this week.
The East squad will be led by the top two offensive producers in the league to this point. Ben Rounds and Michael Golankiwicz both of the Brockton Rox will be on hand. So will this May/June Pitcher of the Month Dillon Ryan who posted a 1.07 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 25.1 innings. He will be joined by Kevin Dow on the hill. Both of these hurlers pitch for Brockton. The East pitching staff for this game has lots of strikeouts to their credit. In fact, four of the top five in punchouts will be on this staff. Worcester’s Jack Choate (51), LJ Keevan (41), Norwich’s Bobby McBride (43), and Vermont Patrick Harrington (48).
The West team will be led by the 78 Sports May/June Players of the Month Luke Broadhurst who is third in batting average at .337 and has whacked five home runs which lead the league. The team will also have the top seven qualifying hitters in the batting race. Four of them come from Pittsfield and all enter the game with .300 averages. Two of them are catcher Jackson Appel (.318) and outfielder Javier Rosales (.323). The Bees’ top two, Jake Hyde and Alec Ritch, are the leaders in RBI and stolen bases respectively. The pitching will be anchored by left-hander Bryson Cafaro, also from the Bees, who leads the league with four wins.
It should be a fun night of baseball and tickets are still available. Stay tuned to more news from the Futures League right here on NGSC Sports.
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