Keep Your Eye on the Dream
Shoot for the sky… Mainer players sharpen their skills in hopes of playing professional baseball.
Many view the New England Collegiate Baseball League as a breeding ground for future professional ballplayers, coaches and staff. When asked to describe the league's mission and focus, Commissioner Mario Tiani once referred to the song "Keep Your Eye on the Dream," for this aspiration often provides the foundation and springboard for players, coaches, interns to set and meet their goals and dreams to advance to the next level.
Each summer, the talent-rich NECBL showcases first-rate collegiate prospects from throughout America in conditions that best simulate what many will face in minor league baseball – wooden bats, accelerated schedules and traveling, and stiff competition.
Players in the twelve-team league flaunt their skills for fans and Major League Baseball scouts. Teams generally play a 42-game regular season schedule in June and July, travelling to a dozen venues located in all six New England states, including at the historic Goodall Park in Sanford, Maine.
For Many, the Dream Comes True
In 2011, eight former Sanford Mainers were selected in the Major League Baseball draft, matching the amount drafted the previous year. Since 2003, fifty-six Mainers were drafted or played professional baseball, including four in the Major Leagues!
Pitcher, Miami Marlins
Free Agent, Formerly Chicago Cubs
Pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals
Pitcher, Arkansas Travelers (AA)
To track the activities of Minor League players, click the following: Minor League Player Search
|Mainer Players||Drafted by||Year||Mainer Players||Drafted by||Year||Mainer Players||Drafted by||Year|
|Pat Cantwell||Orioles||2011||Brian Kemp||Astros||2009||Ryan Reid||Rays||2006|
|Will Clinard||Twins||2011||Kevin Landry||Orioles||2009||Jake Smith||Athletics||2006|
|Shane Davis||Blue Jays||2011||Pat Lehman||Nationals||2009||Ryan Crew||Brewers||2005|
|Doug Elliot||Brewers||2011||Phil Negus||White Sox||2009||Andre Enriquez||Nationals||2005|
|Adam Matthews||Orioles||2011||Jeremy Beckham||Rays||2008||Tip Fairchild||Astros||2005|
|Tyler Mizenko||Giants||2011||Chad Durakis||Orioles||2008||Eric Fowler||Blue Jays||2005|
|Matt Murray||Royals||2011||Shawn Haviland||Athletics||2008||Mark Minicozzi||Giants||2005|
|Michael Roth||Indians||2011||Dan Richardson||Cardinals||2008||John Slone||Padres||2005|
|Steven Brooks||Cubs||2010||Tyler Stovall||Reds||2008||Kevin Slowey||Twins||2005|
|Ryan Cole||Astros||2010||Mike Vass||Brewers||2008||Kyle Brown||Mets||2004|
|Adam Duvall||Giants||2010||Mike Zaccardo||Phillies||2008||Patrick Green||Royals||2004|
|Justin Hilt||Diamondbacks||2010||Chris Fournier||Mets||2007||Matt Scherer||Cardinals||2004|
|Neil Holland||Nationals||2010||Will Kline||Rays||2007||John Sloane||Pirates||2004|
|Greg Hopkins||Brewers||2010||Dale Mollenhauer||White Sox||2007||Andy Sonnanstine||Rays||2004|
|Bob Stumpo||Phillies||2010||Greg Paiml||White Sox||2007||Simon Williams||Cardinals||2004|
|Ethan Wilson||White Sox||2010||Ricky Caputo||Nationals||2006||Kevin Culpepper||Twins||2003|
|A.J. Casario||White Sox||2009||Greg Dowling||Athletics||2006||Jason Motte||Cardinals||2003|
|Luke Demko||Giants||2009||Matt Long||White Sox||2006||Dusty Young||Marlins||2003|
|Devin Harris||Orioles||2009||Matt Matulia||Cubs||2006|
|Josh Koebert||Broadcast and Media intern for Tampa Bay Rays|
|Dan Acheson||Broadcast and Media department of Philadelphia Phillies Class A affiliate Lakewood Blueclaws|
|Brian Bedo||CEO/Founder of miCubs.com and radio host for University of Illinois at Chicago Men's Basketball team|
|Tim Calderwood||Sports Information Director of Benedictine University. Radio broadcaster for Schaumburg Boomers Independent League baseball team.|
Man's Best Friend
The 2008 NECBL Champs produced seven players drafted by MLB teams.
2010 Mainers hoping their dreams come true.
Future Major League Baseball Stars? 2010 Mainers were special Red Sox guests during a Future Stars contest at Fenway Park. (l-r) Coach Aaron Izaryk, Matt Marra, Anthony Gomez, Greg Miller, Regan Flaherty, and General Manager, John Webb.