The 13th annual Kelly Rodman Memorial Summer Rivalry Classic brought closure to a summer of scouting opportunities for the top high school and college prospects in the Northeast.
A total of 45 prospects gathered at Fenway Park on Friday to play two seven-inning games as part of a doubleheader between the Red Sox and Yankees scout teams. If history is any indication, at least a couple future big-leaguers and first-round picks will emerge from that cast of 45 players. In the 13 years of the event, 36 players have gone on to play in the Major Leagues and 27 have earned selections in the first round of the MLB Draft.
This year's game had a high school-heavy feel with 32 of the 45 prospects set to begin the school year at the prep or high school levels. Many of the high school players who participated played in either the Area Code Games or East Coast Pro Showcase events in August. Red Sox regional scout Ray Fagnant and Yankees regional scout Matt Hyde rounded out the rosters with mostly local college players; 12 of the 13 college athletes will attend schools in New England this fall.
Here's a look at five takeaways from this star-studded event.