16U Ruffnecks

16U Ruffnecks Information 2016

2017 Ruffnecks 16U

The 16U Ruffnecks embarks in a highly intensive and competitive summer season that begins in early June and ends the first week of August.  The 2016 schedule presents a significant challenge (see schedule page).  The 16U Ruffnecks travel and play in many of the same events as the Senior Ruffnecks.  Both are high-intensity, high-exposure schedules against many of the top teams in the country.  The 2016 roster features over 20 players, a number of them participating only as pitchers.  The roster is built to suit the positional aspirations of players who have developed in the Ruffnecks program over the past several years.  At the same time, openings arise for a variety of reasons that permit the program to accept some new position players at the 16U level.  Pitching depth, arm care, and the high level of play require closer attention to preparation for pitchers.  Accordingly, many pitchers focus only on pitching or primarily on pitching in the context of their participation in the 16U Ruffnecks program.  The 16U team is guided by the same developmental and exposure objectives as the Senior team.  Considerations in assigning a player to the 16U Roster vs. the Senior roster are a function of graduation class, age, positional needs, and opportunity for the individual.  There is sometimes movement of players between the two rosters, depending upon the event.  Specifically, pitchers may find themselves contributing to both rosters if they have appropriate rest.  At the end of the summer, most 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.  While a few players on the roster will have participated at the sub-varsity level during the spring, most achieve varsity status during their sophomore seasons in high school.  Players are expected to travel together on team provided transportation to all out of state tournaments and events unless otherwise notified.  A full commitment of time and focus is expected of all players.  This is a challenging and demanding schedule.

2017 Ruffnecks 16U/2019’s Roster

#Last NameFirst NamePositionsSchoolClassHome Town
27BarrettSeamusRHPArlington HS2019Woburn, MA
2BlascoColinOF, RHPWellesley HS2018Wellesley, MA
32CookeDannyC, IFThayer Academy2019Westwood, MA
23DillonJames3BLincoln-Sudbury2019Sudbury, MA
11EmusJacksonRHP, OFPhillips Andover2019Clinton, MA
5FlynnJackIFBelmont Hill2019Woburn, MA
16GossTeddyRHP, IFWellesley HS2019Wellesley, MA
12GreerWillRHP, IFRoxbury Latin2019Cohasset, MA
3GruenbergJoshOF, LHPAndover HS2019Andover, MA
24HassAndrewIFNewton North2019Newton, MA
34McOskerJakeLHP, OFBelmont Hill2019Acton, MA
9OlsonJ.P.CCatholic Memorial2019Stoughton, MA
15PriceJeffRHP, 1BBelmont Hill2018Winchester, MA
22ReyesBenLHP, OFBelmont Hill2020Framingham, MA
10SeidlBillyRHP, IFSt. Sebastian's2019Wellesley, MA
44SleightEvanOF, CBelmont Hill2019Framingham, MA
13TaylorDanteIFNewton North2019Newton, MA
McGrathColinRHPCatholic Memorial2019Quincy, MA
Coaching Staff
Kirk FredericksHead Coach11th Year
Jim McNamaraPitching/Assistant Coach5th Year
Mike MocerinoAssistant Coach2nd Year

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 a four to five day-per-week program. We practice and play our home games on a professionally groomed field at Babson College in Wellesley, 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. The 16U program complements the 18U College Prospect Program by mirroring many of the activities and competition.

Selection to the 16U Ruffnecks

For the 2014 season the 16U team will be primarily rising juniors and seniors (Classes of 2015 and 2016), taking into consideration age as a factor. 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, approximately 20 percent of the roster will be newcomers. We always seek to add talented pitchers and several top prospect position players.  Players should carefully consider their roles and expectations for college recruitment.  Interested candidates may inquire by contacting (617) 531-4664 or via email at neruffnecks@gmail.com