2025 commitments: List of college-bound athletes reaches 75
New England Baseball Journal
by Dan Guttenplan
2d ago
College commitments from high school prospects in the Class of 2025 have been starting to increase in the leadup to the high school and prep baseball seasons. A total of 75 New England prospects in the Class of 2025 have committed to college programs since the NCAA permitted offers to be extended on Aug. 1. The current list of 2025 commitments has a distinct New England flare with eight New England natives headed to Northeastern, six at UConn, and five at Boston College. Vanderbilt leads all schools in New England commits for schools outside New England, as four regional prospects expect to p ..read more
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Prep: Utility/DH prospects from Founders League, FAA, NEPSAC
New England Baseball Journal
by John McGuirk
3d ago
Prep baseball coaches across New England have firmed up their respective rosters for the 2024 season, after accounting for more than 200 transfers at NEPSAC schools. Over the last few days, we’ve highlighted projected contributors at utility/designated hitter for several NEPSAC leagues all around New England. Today, we will highlight the rest — in the Founders League, Fairchester Athletic Association, NEPSAC Independents, Lakes Region representatives, and EIL squads. Once again, New England Baseball Journal will preview the 2024 season with a series on “Players to Watch” at eac ..read more
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Division 2 Preseason All-NEBJ: 9 New England prospects included
New England Baseball Journal
by Joshua Kummins
3d ago
Though New England teams have and will continue to spend weeks heading south for spring trips, the Division 2 baseball season is underway across the Northeast-10 Conference and CACC in 2024. The season will kick into high gear around these parts as the calendar turns to March, but NEBJ takes a look at the region’s top players in its annual Preseason All-NEBJ team format. Seven different programs are represented on the roster, with four garnering multiple selections and four returning to the team from a year ago. Geographically in New England, the group includes six Massachusetts natives and t ..read more
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College recruiting: Commitments for ’25 prospects have picked up
New England Baseball Journal
by Dan Guttenplan
4d ago
February proved to be another slow month in the college recruiting cycle, with only 16 high school prospects finalizing plans to play at the next level. With high school and prep players all over New England preparing to get back on the field in March, the pace of college commitments figures to increase. Since our last commitments update on Feb. 9, another eight high school prospects have finalized plans to play at the college level. Of those, five are high school prospects in the Class of 2024, and three are in line to be '25 graduates. Of the five '24 prospects, four will be playing at the ..read more
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D2 insider: AIC primed to enter SNHU, Franklin Pierce discussion
New England Baseball Journal
by Joshua Kummins
4d ago
Southern New Hampshire and Franklin Pierce have ruled the Division 2 landscape in New England for well over a decade. There’s no reason to predict that the 2024 season won’t bring more of the same, but coach Nick Callini (Westfield, Mass.) believes that his American International ballclub is ready to continue its steps towards crashing that party. After winning 23 games and returning to the postseason as the third-place team in the Northeast-10 Conference’s Northeast Division a year ago, AIC is looking to keep a seat at that table in one of the nation’s elite conferences. “I think there are s ..read more
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D3 insider: Salve Regina added to already loaded lineup
New England Baseball Journal
by Joshua Kummins
4d ago
If baseball games were played on paper, it would be hard not to pick Salve Regina as one of the top Division 3 programs coming out of New England again this spring. The Seahawks, who trail only defending Commonwealth Coast Conference champion and World Series participant Endicott for the No. 1 spot in New England Baseball Journal’s Preseason Coaches’ Poll, return all but one regular on each side of the ball from the 2023 club that piled up a program-record 39 wins and won two NCAA tournament regional games for the second straight year. Adding two local Division 1 transfers and impact freshmen ..read more
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Scouting report: Harvard RHP Sean Matson is early riser for draft
New England Baseball Journal
by Joshua Kummins
5d ago
Sean Matson has used incredible summers on both sides of his sophomore year at Harvard to set him up well for a chance at the next level. He followed up winning 2022 Futures League Pitcher of the Year honors by emerging as the top relief pitcher in the Cape Cod League this past summer.  Matson, who is the No. 10 prospect in New England Baseball Journal’s latest 2024 MLB Draft rankings, went 6-0 with five saves and 26 strikeouts across 21 ⅔ scoreless innings during the regular season as the closer for the Orleans Firebirds, who won their first Eastern Division title in a decade.  The ..read more
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Prep preview: Utility, DH prospects to watch in the ISL
New England Baseball Journal
by John McGuirk
6d ago
Independent School League (ISL) coaches across New England have firmed up their respective rosters for the 2024 season, after accounting for more than 14 impact transfers across the league’s 16 teams. Once again, New England Baseball Journal will preview the 2024 season with a series on “Players to Watch.” Each week, we will spotlight a new position group; this week’s position group is utility/designated hitter. We spoke with dozens of prep coaches for input on which players will be taking the ball for them this spring. Here is a look at each program’s projected utility men/des ..read more
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D1 rewind: Big sweep for Northeastern, top-25 win for Holy Cross
New England Baseball Journal
by Joshua Kummins
6d ago
The second weekend of the Division 1 college baseball season not only saw five more New England programs take the field for the first time, but also featured an exciting upset victory that shook up the Top 25, the continuation of a longstanding spring tradition, and plenty more action spanning the country. Four of the local teams that just got their seasons underway hail from the Ivy League, and one was able to muster its first victory going away. A high-powered offensive weekend also saw four other double-digit scoring days lead to inaugural wins. This edition of NEBJ’s Monday roundup covers ..read more
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Prep: Right fielders to watch in NEPSAC Independents, EIL, Lakes
New England Baseball Journal
by John McGuirk
1w ago
Prep baseball coaches across New England have firmed up their respective rosters for the 2024 season, after accounting for more than 200 transfers at NEPSAC schools. Over the last few days, we’ve highlighted projected contributors at third base for several NEPSAC leagues all around New England. Today, we will highlight the rest — Independents, Lakes Region representatives, and EIL squads. Once again, New England Baseball Journal will preview the 2024 season with a series on “Players to Watch” at each position. We spoke with dozens of prep coaches for input on which players will ..read more
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