One of the most exciting reasons to follow the Futures Collegiate Baseball League each summer is the opportunity to watch some of New England’s top high school graduates get their first taste of playing the game at the next level.
The likes of Boston College’s Chris Shaw (Lexington, Mass.) and Johnny Adams (Walpole, Mass.) and Vanderbilt’s Rhett Wiseman (Mansfield, Mass.) — all now playing minor-league baseball — started a trend that has continued throughout the league’s history, and this summer has been no different.
The North Shore Navigators have welcomed in the most young blood during their rise to the top of the league standings, but the most touted name in the group is Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year and recent Red Sox draftee Sebastian Keane. After leading North Andover (Mass.) High School to the Super 8 championship and being drafted in the 11th round last month, Keane has started a few FCBL games before opening his college career at Northeastern.