Boston Flannery seems to have it all going for him -- a 6-foot-4, 220-pound pitcher with a 95-mph fastball and a college commitment to the University of North Carolina.
But he hasn't gotten to this point without overcoming some adversity of his own.
A senior Brunswick School, Flannery transferred from Clarkstown South (N.Y.) High following his sophomore year. Back in 2019, Flannery was diagnosed with OCD (Osteochondritis Dissecans) in his throwing elbow. OCD is a disorder of the elbow joint in which cracks are found in the cartilage area. Puzzled by what was wrong, Flannery wasted no time in meeting with renowned orthopedic specialist Dr. Christopher Ahmad, who was able to determine the injury.
Dr. Ahmad also serves as Head Team Physician for the New York Yankees, the New Your Boulders (Frontier League), and is a member of the Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association. His primary position is professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.