15U Team Information
At the 15U age level the Ruffnecks program adopts a more focused approach on development of college prospects. The competitive and developmental objectives are very similar among the 15U, 16U, and 17/18U teams. The 15U Ruffnecks roster is comprised primarily of rising sophomores and several younger juniors. The schedule features competition in only two 15U events. The remainder of the schedule is played against 16U,17U, and even 18U opponents. The objective is to compete against experienced high school varsity players regardless of age. Many, though not all, players who matriculate to the 15U roster have high school varsity experience. Ruffnecks baseball is an every day program from the second week in June to the first week in August. The schedule demands considerable travel. During road trips, the TEAM travels together. When we are home during the week we play both games and conduct practices, often on the same day. The week-day commitment is sometimes from 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon into the evening when we play our game. During the winter we prepare players for their high school seasons through our indoor Winter Workouts (Sundays at Harvard University). There is no Ruffnecks activity between March and the end of May during the high school season, though players continue to have access to our training facility at the NEBC.
2017 Ruffnecks 15U/2020’s Roster
|#||Last Name||First Name||Positions||School||Class||Home Town|
|11||Beverly||Jack||IF, RHP||Framingham HS||2020||Framingham, MA|
|14||Carbeau||Ben||C||Fenn School||2020||Concord, MA|
|24||Chandor||Peter||OF, RHP||Avon Old Farms||2019||Weston, MA|
|18||Clark||Thomas||1B, RHP||Framingham HS||2019||Framingham, MA|
|4||Figueroa||William||OF, LHP||St. Mark's||2019||Reading, MA|
|20||Fletcher||Holt||1B, C, RHP||Wellesley HS||2020||Wellesley, MA|
|46||Grocki||Kai||IF, RHP||Wellelsey HS||2019||Wellesley, MA|
|34||McCarthy||Zach||IF||Silver Lake||2020||Plympton, MA|
|33||McDermott||Myles||RHP, 1B||Archbishop Williams||2020||Braintree, MA|
|15||McNamara||Richie||IF||Belmont Hill||2020||Wilmington, MA|
|12||Moore||John||RHP, 1B, OF||Newton North||2019||Newton, MA|
|5||Palfrey||Jack||IF, OF||Eaglebrook School||2020||Andover, MA|
|10||Schneider||Jack||IF, OF, RHP||Thayer Academy||2020||Braintree, MA|
|7||Seeto||Nick||IF, RHP||Framingham HS||2019||Framingham, MA|
|6||Skagerlind||Kevin||OF, RHP||Wachusett Regional HS||2020||Holden, MA|
|2||Stowe||Lucas||OF, RHP||Phillips Andover||2020||Sutton, MA|
|Xander Jones||Coach||3rd Year|
|Rob Calagione||Coach||3nd Year|
|Kevin Graber||Coach||6st 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.