New England baseball fans might remember Sebastian Keane as the local kid who turned down an opportunity to sign a six-figure contract with the Red Sox out of high school.
Keane was one of the top high school prospects in the country in 2019 after an illustrious high school career at North Andover High in Massachusetts. He set the school’s all-time career strikeouts record and led the Scarlet Knights to a Super Eight championship as a senior.
Shortly before he finished off his high school career, he was drafted in the 11th round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Red Sox. The hometown team tried to make the finances work by shifting money from higher draft picks, but Keane chose instead to honor his commitment to Northeastern. He was the first Northeastern player to honor a college commitment after a selection in the MLB Draft.
Keane recently joined the New England Baseball Journal Podcast to share memories of his draft experience.