15U Ruffnecks

15U Team is Poised for High School & Summer

Beatin' the Heat in TN

The 2018 15U Ruffnecks are an experienced group with several newcomers.  Most players aspire to contribute to their high school programs, including at the varsity level.  The 15U Ruffnecks roster is comprised primarily of rising sophomores and several younger juniors.

Balance, positional focus, and the meritocracy that emanates from successful hitting (e.g. “loud bats”) further defines the way in which we manage our roster at this level.  In general, the roster is structured to accommodate at-bats for 13-14 positional players, some of whom may be two-way players.  Athletes who project to be college pitchers tend to focus more on the opportunities to pitch, recover, develop, and prepare for their next outing on the mound.  College recruiters look at our rosters by class, so the 15U Ruffnecks is often known as the rising class of sophomores (this year’s 2021’s). The 2018 schedule features a steady diet of competition against older rosters.

The Coaching Staff is experienced and knowledgeable.  Coach Matt Howard returns for his third season.  He is accompanied by Kevin Graber, who is in his seventh year with the program.  Eric Chase joins the Ruffnecks as pitching coach.

2018 Ruffnecks 15U/2021’s Roster

#Last NameFirst NamePositionsSchoolClassHome Town
17BordiukSkylerRHPLincoln-Sudbury2021Lincoln, MA
41CarneyJackLHPOld Lyme HS2020Old Lyme, CT
2CookDavisIFDeerfield Academy2021Carbondale, CO
13FallonMattRHP, IF, OFMilton HS2020Milton, MA
15GiarneseEricOF, RHPPhillips Andover2021Dudley, MA
14HillSamIF, OF, RHPAlgonquin Regional HS2021Northborough, MA
9LeimkuhlerTommyIF, RHPDeerfield Academy2021Acton, MA
49MasteralexisJustinLHP, 1BAmherst Regional2021Amherst, MA
27McAllisterLeviC, IFBow High School2021Concord, NH
10McChesneyJacksonOFWellesley HS2021Wellesley, MA
4McCulloughJesseIFLincoln-Sudbury2021Sudbury, MA
24MexicoSebastianOF, RHPPhillips Andover2021Baldwinville, MA
44NeffTrevor1B, 3B, RHPSt. Mark's School2021Stow, MA
5PalfreyJackIFPhillips Andover2021Andover, MA
12PelcAndyC, OFDeerfield Academy2021Whately, MA
20RosenfieldSammyRHPPhillips Andover2021N. Grafton, MA
1RubinJoeyIFSt. Peter Marian2021Charlton, MA
Coaching Staff
Matt HowardHead Coach3rd Year
Kevin GraberAssociate Head Coach7th Year
Eric ChasePitching Coach1st Year

Developmental and Competitive Objectives

  • The 15U Ruffnecks is a high intensity program for high school varsity or varsity-bound athletes.
  • Rosters are comprised of a mix of rising juniors and rising sophomores. Accordingly, we address the recruiting process in exposure-rich competition.
  • We seek to play in the best, most challenging events.  We play a combination of 15U, 16U and even 17U opponents.
  • We expect all players to be fully committed to the Ruffnecks program. There is no time to play for multiple teams in the context of this program.
  • We begin to focus a player’s playing time at those positions our coaches, scouts, and college recruiters project the player to play in college.
  • We begin a serious dialogue regarding a player’s college aspirations and projections for playing college baseball.

Selection to the 15U Ruffnecks

The 15U roster is comprised of a combination of players we have developed in the program and talented newcomers. We add new players each year, and the roster will expand to accommodate more players who see themselves as primarily college-bound pitchers. We seek a balanced roster, and manage playing time in the field in conjunction with sound management of pitchers who may also be two-way players. Players must understand their roles within the team context. We play or practice almost every day of the summer season. Rosters will carry as many as 18 to 20 players. We expect a full commitment to this team and roster.  Travel is expected to be with the team on team provided transportation to all events that are located out of state unless otherwise notified.  Departures from the team for showcases, or college camps during the Ruffnecks season is frowned upon.  Communication is clear between the staff and the family at the time of enrollment regarding a player’s projected role and playing opportunities.  This team is primarily for rising sophomores and young juniors.