College baseball players in New England are lucky.
Not only is the region home to 18 Division 1 programs, but three of the top summer leagues in the country — the Cape Cod Baseball League, New England Collegiate Baseball League, and Futures Collegiate Baseball League ― are a major part of the landscape during the months of June, July, and August.
UMass righty Justin Lasko (Stratford, Conn.) and UMass counterpart Jacob Wallace (Methuen, Mass.) have gotten off to outstanding starts after sharing the the John J. Claffey Award as the Cape League’s Top New England Prospect last summer. Among others, Hartford’s Ashton Bardzell and Northeastern’s Andrew Misiaszek also shined on the Cape.
There was Boston College freshman Sal Frelick (Lexington, Mass.), who continues to build off being named Top Pro Prospect in the Futures League, while UMass Lowell’s Steve Passatempo (Medford, Mass.) continued to show off a powerful bat with 11 home runs in the NECBL.