14U Ruffnecks

2018 Ruffnecks Ready for Season

2018 14U Ruffnecks

The 2018 Ruffnecks 14U squad returns a solid core of players from last season’s first year in the program.  With several 9th graders on the roster, the 8th graders benefit from the experience in the early going of March thru May.  Once the squad reaches the mid-point of the season at Memorial Day, the team turn to tournament competition.  The 2018 squad adds two outstanding newcomers.  The roster is deep in pitching and versatility.  In 2018 the 14U Ruffnecks will be participating against older competitive teams, including at the 15U and 16U level (see schedule page).  Among the program’s primary objectives, the 14U roster will be challenged.  Coach Chaput enters his third year with the Ruffnecks program.


The 14U Ruffnecks program accelerates the developmental process by providing an intensive, tournament-oriented schedule that features competition against older opponents, including some JV high school teams in the spring. Over the years we have found that there is a separation of talent at the 14-year old level.  Sometimes the transition is significant.  The program seeks players who are committed to challenging themselves beyond the comfort level of established roles they may currently have in town or middle school programs.  The 14U program is committed to preparing players to make significant contributions to their high school programs.  The competition increases considerably during the 14U season.  Practices are conducted with uniformity, purpose, and structure once per week throughout the season.  Team hitting sessions are weekly during the winter months.  All Ruffnecks also benefit from the Winter Workout program at Harvard University on selective weekends from January to March.  The season consists of approximately 60-70 games between March and the end of July.  Historically, the team travels to New Jersey, Tennessee, and Georgia.

2018 Ruffnecks 14U Roster

#Last NameFirst NamePositionsSchoolClassHome Town
1BeverlyScooterOF, LHPCameron Middle2022Framingham, MA
5ColemanCodyOF, RHPWalsh Middle2022Framingham, MA
23DillonThomas3B, 1B, RHPLincoln-Sudbury2022Sudbury, MA
2HenshonMarkIF, OFRoxbury Latin2022Wellesley, MA
28KelleyAidanCHopkinton Middle2022Hopkinton, MA
9MilbertHarrisonOF, RHPSilver Lake Middle2022Kingston, MA
34MirobJoshua1B, LHPNoble & Greenough2023Berlin, MA
11O'ConnellJamesOF, RHPBC High2022Dorchester, MA
24RamirezRodrigo1B, RHPCameron Middle2022Framingham, MA
7RiveraAntonioOF, RHPWalsh Middle2022Framingham, MA
13SpadacciniEdoCLexington HS2021Lexington, MA
10ToomeyJackOF, RHPSt. Sebastian's2022Wellesley, MA
12TullyJohnOF, RHPWalsh Middle2022Framingham, MA
6ValdezJeffreyIFBoston Renaissance2022Mattapan, MA
27WalshCarsonIFWachusett HS2021Sterling, MA
Coaching Staff
Brian ChaputHead Coach3rd Year
Rob CalagioneAssociate Head Coach4th Year

New Candidates and Selection to the 14U Ruffnecks

The 14U Ruffnecks are comprised of a core of returning players and new talent that demonstrate athleticism and passion for the game of baseball.  We continue to prioritize “Baseball IQ.”   We look for new 14 year old Ruffnecks each year who put pressure on returners and who add to the mix of talent.  We are very deliberate with our selection at 14U. The roster expands to approximately 15-17 players, all of whom are expected to find roles and contribute. Since the program’s entry point is at the 13U year, it is common for most players to return for their 14U season.  The number of open roster spots is determined during the re-enrollment period between August 1 and August 15.  After August, and during Fall Baseball, we consider players who want to join the program.

New Candidates are encouraged to participate in Fall Baseball or to join the program during Winter Workouts.  Inquiries may call the office directly at (508) 409-4106 or email neruffnecks@gmail.com any time during the year.  We will be glad to answer questions.  We do not hold traditional “tryouts” for new 14 year olds, yet we encourage highly motivated and talented players to inquire and to consider the Ruffnecks.

Developmental and Competitive Objectives

  • The 14U Ruffnecks is a high intensity, 4 month program for baseball players who are high school varsity-bound athletes: April through end of July.
  • Our coaches manage a roster of approximately 15-17 players. Each player must work to define his role. Our schedule demands a good sized roster.
  • We use our own indoor facility during the winter along with weekend workouts at Harvard University.
  • In April and May we participate in NEBA play.  The Northeast Baseball Alliance is comprised of highly competitive travel baseball programs.
  • Coaches expect players to run, hit, and throw regularly, both in the context of the program and on their own.
  • Beginning Memorial Weekend we become a tournament/travel program, focusing primarily on tournament play with extensive travel.
  • In June and July we expect all players to be fully committed to the Ruffnecks. It is inappropriate to play for multiple teams in the context of this program.