16U Ruffnecks

16U Ruffnecks – 2019 Continues to Challenge

2018 16U Ruffnecks

The 16U season continues to present a challenging schedule along with sound development and instruction from a seasoned coaching staff led by Kirk Fredericks, Jim McNamara, and Matt Howard, who moves from 15U to 16U.  Coach Fredericks will challenge and get the most from a squad comprised of veteran players, primarily from the class of 2021.  Pitching and defense will be integral to the team’s success.  The pitching staff is deep with the return of Skyler Bordiuk ‘21, Jack Carney ‘20, Matt Fallon ‘21,  Eric Giarnese ‘21, Sam Hill ‘21, Tommy Leimkuhler ‘21, Justin Masteralexis ‘21, Sebastian Mexico ‘21, Trevor Neff ‘21, and Sammy Rosenfield ‘21.  Coach Fredericks is the longest tenured coach in the Ruffnecks program, serving his 13th season.

Defensively, Levi McAllister ‘22 and Andy Pelc ‘21 are experienced catchers who will manage the staff well and contribute significantly with their bats.  Infielders Jack Palfrey ‘21, Jesse McCullough ‘21, Joey Rubin ‘21, and Raul Diaz ‘21 will provide complimentary defensive baseball in the field.  In the outfield, Jackson McChesney ‘21 anchors an outfield that features several players who also pitch.  Andy Pelc figures to contribute in the outfield in addition to his catching duties.  The roster is built and designed to feature players in roles where they may be able to play in college.  This requires a continued journey of self-awareness and candid conversations between the players and the coaching staff.  The squad competes against high level opponents and in an “every day” program.  There are very few days off.  We practice while on the road whenever possible.  Players on the 16U roster should have varsity level experience prior to the summer season.  The transition for players who play sub-varsity baseball in the spring can be difficult.  A full commitment and focus is expected for a challenging and demanding schedule.

2019 Ruffnecks 16U/2021’s Roster

#Last NameFirst NamePositionsSchoolClassHome Town
17BordiukSkylerRHPLincoln-Sudbury2021Lincoln, MA
41CarneyJackLHPOld Lyme HS2020Old Lyme, CT
26ChutkowSamOFNeedham HS2021Needham, MA
13FallonMattRHP, IF, OFThayer Academy2021Milton, MA
15GiarneseEricOF, RHPPhillips Andover2021Dudley, MA
14HillSamIF, OF, RHPAlgonquin Regional HS2021Northborough, MA
19LappJacobRHPPhillips Andover2021Andover, MA
9LeimkuhlerTommyIF, RHPDeerfield Academy2021Acton, MA
49MasteralexisJustinLHP, 1BAmherst Regional2021Amherst, MA
27McAllisterLeviC, IFSt. Mark's School2022Concord, 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
Kirk FredericksHead Coach13th Year
Jim McNamaraPitching Coach7th Year
Matt HowardAssistant Coach4th Year

Developmental and Competitive Objectives

Ruffnecks prepare during the Winter Workouts, which begin in late January and continue (exclusively on weekends) into the first week of March. Preparation is for the players’ benefit in getting ready for high school ball.  Winter practices are with the full organization (all ages) and feature positional reps and preparation.  After March the Ruffnecks do not practice or play together until the beginning of June when most high school programs are winding down. From the first week in June through the first week of August the 16U Ruffnecks is “every day” program. We practice and play our home games at the New England Baseball Complex (NEBC) in Northborough, MA. Considerable travel is required to attend tournaments up and down the East Coast from Florida to the Mid-Atlantic states. The 16U Ruffnecks travel to many of the top events in the United States. It is a high-exposure tournament travel program designed to test the limits of individual and team talent, commitment, and abilities.

Selection to the 16U Ruffnecks

The 16U team is primarily comprised of rising juniors.  We take graduation class, age, and positional needs into consideration when building our rosters. Roster needs and projected roles are criteria for assignment. While we return a number of players each season who have come through our development system, we accept new players who can contribute. We always seek to add talented pitchers and top prospect position players.  Players should carefully consider their roles and expectations for college recruitment.  Interested candidates may inquire by contacting (508) 409-4106 or via email at neruffnecks@gmail.com