Many of the top teams in New England and elsewhere are filled with experienced players after the NCAA granted all of last spring’s student-athletes an additional year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the different look to Major League Baseball’s draft and post-draft signing process.
While returning talent is one of the top stories entering the 2021 college baseball season, New England Baseball Journal continues its preview series with a look at potential impact freshmen throughout the region. Other stories can be found here:
Division 1 rankings: A top 10 of New England programs heading into 2021
Top storylines for the highly anticipated 2021 season
All-New England Baseball Journal Preseason Team
How the pandemic will impact the 2021 schedule
ACC, Big East, Colonial Athletic Association and Patriot League previews
America East and Atlantic-10 previews
MAAC and NEC previews
The list below includes players from a rookie class generating national attention, a pair of middle infielders expected to take the field together as freshmen, the latest in a long line of first-year talent in the Northeast Conference’s top program, and plenty of others.