Among our region’s three summer leagues, the Futures League is unique in that it has allowed rising college talent to get an early taste of the college game in a minor league-style setting for nearly its entire 12-year history.
Former Boston College slugger Chris Shaw (Lexington, Mass.), Vanderbilt outfielder Rhett Wiseman (Mansfield, Mass.) were among the first highly touted locals to make a stop in the league prior to their college debuts and, eventually, professional baseball.
The trend has continued to include the likes of BC’s Sal Frelick (Lexington, Mass.), Cody Morissette (Exeter, N.H.) and Emmet Sheehan (Darien, Conn.), who all began their pro careers in 2021 after developing with the Eagles. This year’s MLB draftees included Northeastern’s Sebastian Keane (North Andover, Mass.) and Cam Schlittler (Walpole, Mass.), and Vanderbilt’s Dominic Keegan (Methuen, Mass.).
This All-NEBJ team features top freshmen who played in the Futures League during the summer of 2022.