Soon after the college, prep and high school baseball seasons were cancelled in March, we started to get a sense that cold-weather players would be hurt most by the loss of a spring season. Scouts didn't have much time to see New England's top players, as winter scouting opportunities are far more fruitful in Southern states.
Last week, we saw the repercussions of the shortened MLB Draft -- with five rounds instead of 40 -- and the loss of the spring season. Only two New England players were selected in the five-round draft, while many other draft hopefuls are left to initiate Plan B, which, in most cases, will be a return to school.
Many college players on this list have the option to return to school for another year due to the NCAA's decision to grant all spring sports athletes an extra year of eligibility. In some cases, there is no starting job to return to with an incoming class of freshmen scheduled to hit the campus in the fall. So, some former pro prospects are now left to find a new home for next season.
Here are 10 New England players who were most affected by the loss of the spring season.