16U Ruffnecks

16U Ruffnecks – 2018 Features New Challenges

2018 16U Ruffnecks

The 2018 season figures to get the most from a squad comprised of veteran players from the class of 2020 and a few younger 2019 grads.  Pitching and defense will be integral to the team’s success in a schedule (see schedule page) that has new challenges in 2018.  The pitching staff features the return of Seamus Barrett ‘20 and Ben Reyes ‘20.  They are joined by veteran Ruffnecks John Moore and Jeff Hohler, both currently 2019 grads.  New arms Henry Gustavson ‘20, PJ Hamill ‘20, and Andrew Steinhubel ‘20 join the squad.  Coach Fredericks enters his 12th season with the program.  He is a consummate teacher of team defense and team play.  Depth and maturity at the catching position are important.  Returners Ben Carbeau ‘21, Holt Fletcher ‘20, and newcomer Michael Rodgers ‘19 will all contribute behind the plate.  Fletcher will also log time at 1B, as might Carbeau.

The offense is led by returners Kevin Skagerlind ‘20, Kai Grocki ‘20, Jack Beverly ‘20, Richie McNamara ‘20, and Lucas Stowe ‘20.  Several new additions will also work their way into the lineup. The 2018 roster features over 20 players, a number of them participating only as pitchers.  The roster is built to meet the positional aspirations of players as their journey continues toward college.  There is sometimes movement of players among multiple rosters in the Ruffnecks program, depending upon the event.  Players who straddle age and class may find themselves moving to the roster that provides the best opportunity for them.  Very few players on the roster participate at the sub-varsity level of high school baseball during the spring prior to the summer.  The Coaching Staff of Kirk Fredericks, Jim McNamara, and Mike Mocerino are veteran, knowledgeable, experienced coaches.  All are or have been high school/prep varsity head coaches.  At the end of the summer, many players on the 16U roster have an opportunity to attend the Blue Chip Prospects event in New Jersey as part of a combined roster with the Senior Ruffnecks.  A full commitment of time and focus is expected of all players.  This is a challenging and demanding schedule.

2018 Ruffnecks 16U/2020’s Roster

#Last NameFirst NamePositionsSchoolClassHome Town
27BarrettSeamusRHPBrooks School2020Arlington, MA
11BeverlyJackIF, RHPFramingham HS2020Framingham, MA
10BurkeColby1B, 3BBarnstable HS2020Barnstable, MA
14CarbeauBenCPhillips Andover2021Concord, MA
24ChandorPeterOF, RHPAvon Old Farms2019Weston, MA
34DiazRaulIF, 1BSpringfield Central HS2021Springfield, MA
20FletcherHolt1B, C, RHPWellesley HS2020Wellesley, MA
46GrockiKaiIF, RHPWellelsey HS2019Wellesley, MA
17GustavsonHenryRHPDeerfield Academy2020Southborough, MA
21HamillPeterRHPBedford HS2020Bedford, NH
3HarringtonAidanIFSt. Sebastian's 2021Walpole, MA
33HulfachorAndresRHP, OFNashua South2020Nashua, NH
15McNamaraRichieIFBelmont Hill2020Wilmington, MA
12MooreJohnRHP, 1BNewton North2019Newton, MA
22ReyesBenLHPBelmont Hill2020Framingham, MA
23RodgersMichaelCWeston HS2019Weston, MA
6SkagerlindKevinOFWachusett Regional HS2020Holden, MA
26SteinhubelAndrewRHPWaltham HS2020Waltham, MA
2StoweLucasOFPhillips Andover2020Sutton, MA
Coaching Staff
Kirk FredericksHead Coach12th Season
Jim McNamaraPitching Coach6th Season
Mike MocerinoAssistant Coach3rd Season

Developmental and Competitive Objectives

The squad practices throughout the Winter Workouts which begin in late January and continue (exclusively on weekends) into the first week of March. This prepares our players for high school ball. 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 and some younger seniors.  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