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February 24th, 2022

Mike Alberts | Director of Player Development; Firecracker Sports

2022 Northeast Lions: Team Scout Day – 2.20.22

We had a great turnout of players and coaches at the Northeast LionsTeam Scout Day this past weekend in Hanover, MA home of the Northeast Lions and their winter workouts. Tim Cummins, San Francisco Northeast Area Scout was in attendance, along with 7 other college coaches. He gave a scouting perspective and college recruiting discussion at the end of the event. We saw a very talented group of 30+ players ranging in graduation classes from 2022 to 2025. 

We are going to highlight some of the top players that participated but also some up and comers who you should keep an eye out for in the coming months. Top performers are listed at the bottom of this blog for the major testing categories, including the schools and professional organizations that were present for this event. Overall a good group of players that are mostly high academics which opens up even more possibilities to play baseball in college, which you can see all metrics listed right here: 2022 Northeast Lions Team Scout Day. While many players showed good ability here were some of the top players who showed well at the scout day.

1. Matt Higgins RHP/1B 6’1” 175lbs R/R Milton Academy 2024

Higgins is an exciting 2 way talent. Well proportioned athletic frame. As a hitter he showed a good approach with a good swing. He had a peak exit velo of 90.4. Avg defender at 1B. On the mound he showed a good delivery and arm action. He threw strikes with all of his pitches. His fastball topped out at 82 MPH and showed avg movement. His CB has a chance to be above avg at 72MPH. He has good feel for his Change up at 75 MPH.

2. Cole Hendrickson RHP/3B. 5’11” 220lbs. R/R. Hanover HS 2026

Cole has a strong athletic frame. At the plate he showed a quiet approach, was direct to the ball with good extension and leverage and above avg bat speed. Future power/HR potential. On the mound he showed a quick arm and good delivery. His fastball topped out at 78MPH. His CB had good depth and was 66MPH. Huge upside for Cole on the mound and at the plate. Very impressive skill set and he’s 14 years old.

3. Benjamin O’Brien 3B/2B. 6’0” 170 L/R Boston College HS 2022

Strong athletic frame. Small approach with VG extension. Benjamin showed well above avg bat speed. He has a very smooth line drive swing. He had a top exit velo of 81 and took a very consistent BP with a lot of hard contact. He has good defensive actions and a strong accurate arm that topped out at 77MPH. He ran a 7.47 60 yard dash. Overall a well rounded player with a very exciting LH swing.

4. Ryan Bradley. 3B/OF 5’11” 185lbs. L/R. Pembroke HS. 2024

Well proportioned athletic frame. Ryan Showed a VG LH swing. He had very good rhythm and timing at the plate. He has a good approach and made solid contact with a chance for future pull power. He has good defensive actions and footwork. Accurate arm with a quick release. A very nice overall package for a 2024 grad. Big upside potential with the bat.

5. Travis Mckeen RHP/Utility 5’9” 170lbs R/R Cohasset HS 2022

Strong Medium frame. On the mound Travis has a good delivery and throws strikes. His FB topped out at 80 MPH. He showed a good CB at 66MPH. His CH plays well off his FB at 77MPH. He also threw a SL at 70MPH that is a quality pitch. Has the makings of a quality RHS with a package of strikes and stuff. As a hitter he has a good swing with avg bat speed. He had a top exit velo of 86.5MPH. Overall a nice RHS with some bat potential.

Showcase Top Performers:

60 yard Dash:

  1. Jason Bellucci Scituate , MA 6.85
  2. Daniel Talacci Cohasset , MA 7.09
  3. Nicholas Peterson Plymouth , MA 7.26
  4. Brady Wilson Duxbury , MA 7.28
  5. Carter Carroll Cohasset , MA 7.33

Catcher Pop Times

  1. Evan O’Brien Pembroke , MA 2.26
  2. Nicholas Chiano Plymouth , MA 2.28
  3. Brady Wilson Duxbury , MA 2.3
  4. James Doren Marshfield , MA 2.33

OF Velocity

  1. John Sellon Abington , MA 79
  2. Cody Cantino Pembroke , MA 77
  3. Griffin Link Norwell , MA 77

IF Velocity

  1. Travis Mckeen Cohasset , MA 83
  2. Matt Higgins Norwell , MA 79
  3. Brody Noonan HANOVER , MA 78
  4. Benjamin O’Brien Pembroke , MA 77
  5. Cole Hendrickson Hanover , MA 75

Hitters: Exit Velocity

  1. Ethan Smith Hanson , MA 91.3
  2. Matt Higgins Norwell , MA 90.4
  3. Travis Mckeen Cohasset , MA 86.8
  4. Cody Cantino Pembroke , MA 85.1
  5. Evan O’Brien Pembroke , MA 84.2

Pitchers FB – Peak Velocity

  1. Matt Higgins Norwell , MA 81.7
  2. Travis Mckeen Cohasset , MA 80.1
  3. Brody Noonan HANOVER , MA 78.7
  4. Cole Hendrickson Hanover , MA 78
  5. Stephen Madden Abington , MA 76.7

We would like to thank the following colleges and professional organizations who were present for this event which included – Tufts University, Johnson & Wales University, UMASS – Boston, Quincy College, Salem State University, Eastern Nazarene University, WPI, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Bryant University and the San Franscisco Giants. 

We look forward to seeing you at one of our Team Scout Days coming up this winter but also we have our 2022 College Showcase Camps already open for registrations. Check out our upcoming events right here: https://play.firecrackersports.com/. Remember we only accept a select amount of players per event to maximize your attention from college coaches and pro scouts while giving you more reps than other traditional showcase companies and events.

If you are interested in hosting your own Team Scout Day for your program(s) with skills and drills with college/pro coaches, Rapsodo testing, simulated game, t-shirts and much more…please contact us today! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact operations@firecrackersports.com for more information.

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