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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!

 

Kevin Slowey

Pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies
Slowey has produced a 43-36 record for three Major League Teams. The righty spent five years with the Minnesota Twins, which drafted him in 2005. Slowey has struck out 495 batters in 662 innings on the hill. He helped lead the Sanford Mainers to an NECBL Championship title in 2004.

Andy Sonnanstine

Pitcher, Retired
Sonnanstine pitched five years in the bigs, totaling 28 wins for the Tampa Bay Rays before signing as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs. In his MLB career, Sonnanstine averaged 5.7 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. He took the mound for the Mainers in the summers of 2002 and 2003.

Jason Motte

Pitcher, Chicago Cubs
A 2002 Mainer, the converted catcher was a stronghold in the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen, appearing in a total of 311 games since his debut in 2008. Motte also won his first World Series with the Cardinals in 2011. He has collected 50 career saves and an 18-13 record out of the pen.

Michael Roth

Pitcher, Cleveland Indians
Roth played for the Mainers in 2009 and 2010, while winning two College World Series titles with the University of South Carolina. He made his Major League debut with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 13, 2013. Roth has since been signed by the Cleveland Indians.

Ryan Reid

Pitcher, Miami Marlins
Reid, a Portland, ME native and 2005 Mainer, was drafted by Tampa Bay in 2006. He made his MLB debut with Pittsburgh on June 3, 2013. Reid compiled a 1.64 ERA before being claimed off waivers by the New York Mets in 2014, pitching in AAA before signing with the Marlins in November.

Adam Duvall

First Base, San Francisco Giants
In 2009, Duvall was a powerhouse for the Mainers. He was drafted by the Giants in 2010 and made his MLB debut on June 26, 2014, homering in his second at bat. In his first five seasons in the minors, Duvall has sent 107 balls over the wall, validating his strength at the plate.

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

 

Former Broadcasters
Professional Work
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
Greg "Dirt Dog "Hopkins with his host-family friends, Josh and Jake Ouellette. Hopkins was drafted by Milwaukee Brewers in 2010.

The 2008 NECBL Champs produced seven players drafted by MLB teams.

Northern Invasion
Fomer Mainers' Chairman Steve Cabana visiting Greg Paiml in Winston Salem, NC. Paiml was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2007 and spent six seasons in the minor league systems for both the White Sox and the Atlanta Braves.

 

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.

 

 

 

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