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, Former 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 and 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 professional baseball – wooden bats, accelerated schedules and traveling, and stiff competition.
Players in the 12-team league flaunt their skills for fans and Major League Baseball scouts. Teams generally play a 42-game regular season schedule in June, July and early August, traveling to a dozen venues located in all six New England states, including historic Goodall Park in Sanford, Maine.
For many, the Dream comes true
In 2014, seven former Sanford Mainers were selected in the Major League Baseball draft. Since 2003, more than 60 former Mainers have been drafted or played professional baseball, including six that have made appearances in the Major Leagues!
Pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies
Pitcher, Chicago Cubs
Pitcher, Cleveland Indians
Pitcher, Miami Marlins
First Base, San Francisco Giants
To track the activities of Minor League players, click the following: Minor League Player Search
(DRAFT TABLE UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
|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|
|Jeff Bowe (2014)
||USC Hockey Broadcaster.|
|Jacob Ouellette (2012-13)
||Sports Reporter at The Times Record, Brunswick, Maine.|
|Josh Koebert (2011)
||Internet Marketing Specialist for KAX Media America.|
|Dan Acheson (2009-10)
||Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting for the New York Yankees Single-A affiliate, Charleston RiverDogs.
|Brian Bedo (2008)
||Men's basketball TV Play-by-Play Broadcaster at Bradley University; Sports Producer/Update Anchor at WGN Radio Chicago.
|Matt Janik (2007)
||Director of Athletic Communication at Franklin Pierce University.
|Tim Calderwood (2006)
||Sports Information Director of Benedictine University; Radio broadcaster for Schaumburg Boomers — Frontier League.|
|Scott Montesano (2003-04)
||Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for Traverse City Beach Bums — Frontier League.|
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. (Left to Right) Coach Aaron Izaryk, Matt Marra, Anthony Gomez, Greg Miller, Regan Flaherty and General Manager John Webb.