The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, members of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL), have announced the team’s roster for the upcoming season. It includes Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School starting senior shortstop Jack Roberts, the first high school senior to open the season on the Sharks roster, according to the press statement.
Back again for his third and final season is the Vineyard’s FCBL All Star Tad Gold. The Sharks center fielder tied the league in stolen bases last season with 27 steals, while batting .271, and he roamed the outfield with his solid gold glove defensive play.
Jack Roberts is coming off a terrific junior season with the Vineyarders, in which he hit .439, with a gaudy OPS of 1.227, Jack will compete for the shortstop position. He has committed to Williams College after graduation.
Also returning from last season’s team is FCBL All Star catcher Justin Meier of Bucknell, who batted .305 with the Sharks last summer. Nick Sanford from UMass, who batted .333, will return to play second base. Eric Brenk, the third base starter from Wofford College, will be back after breaking his hand at the end of last season.
Dylan Tice from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), who joined the Sharks at the end of last season, batted .350 while playing a solid shortstop, will compete for the starting shortstop position. Sophomore Kyle Brenner from Brandeis University will be returning to pitch. The Sharks announced that the coaching staff is expecting Brenner to make a major step forward this season. He began this season for Brandeis by pitching six innings in his first start, giving up two runs. Mike McFerran, who joined the Sharks in mid-season, will also be returning. The big 6′ 8″ right-hander is expected to build off his respectable 3.52 ERA from last summer.
The Sharks picked up junior third baseman Nik Campero from UMass who had a remarkable summer last year and was named the Carolina Virginia League’s offensive player of the year, batting .523 in 107 at bats, with 37 RBIs. Sophomore catcher Joe Coyne from St. Joseph’s of Maine is coming off his freshman season, where he batted .346. Nick Sell, a sophomore from Seton Hall, looks to compete for the third base. He batted .380 with 55 RBIs and 11 home runs in his freshman year.
Ryan Uhl, a teammate of Dylan Tice at IUP, will join the Sharks this summer to play first. The 6′ 6″ Uhl batted .346 as a freshman, with 8 home runs. The Sharks outfield is built on speed, starting with Tad Gold. Included in this stable of race horses is Donnie Cimino from Wesleyan who batted .400 last season as a freshman. Juniors Tyler Plourd from Lesley University batted .380 and Kevin Foley from Wheaton College batted .305. All of these outfielders can steal a base. Max DiTondo, an incoming freshman at Franklin Pierce, completes the outfield. As a senior at Marshfield High School, he was an All-Massachusetts All-Star.
On the mound, the Sharks added 11 new pitchers to the rebuilt staff. Sophomore Mike Molta from Westfield State University, a resident of Nantucket, will bring his outstanding 1.73 ERA in 52 innings to the staff. Bridgewater State University’s Andy Sadoski, a junior who pitched in the Cape Cod League last year, will bring his pitching tools along with his microscopic 1.72 ERA in 62 innings. Sophomore Alex Valenti from St. Joseph’s of Maine brings a solid 2.21 ERA. Matt Timoney from Harvard, who pitched for the FCBL’s Pittsfield Suns last summer, will look to improve on his 2.83 ERA in 60 innings with the Suns. Sophomore Trevor Breton from Western New England University recorded a 2.51 ERA over 61 innings for the Golden Bears.
The Sharks have added sophomore right-handed sidearm hurler Alex Smith from Cornell University to the staff. He will be used to face right-handed batters. Two highly recruited additions are freshmen Christian Stancavage and Chris Anderson. Both hard throwing right-handers were highly recommended by Anthony Corona, the former Sharks player who will be an assistant to Sharks head coach Mike Miller this season, along with former Sharks closer Ryan Morris. Left-handed 6′ 4″ sophomore John Cook from Amherst College will bring his freshman 3.92 ERA, and Alex Mastrianni will join his college teammate, Mike McFerran from SUNY Oneonta, on the Sharks staff. The 6′ 3″ right-hander will look to improve his freshman 4.81 ERA. Lastly, Jon Dunn from Le Moyne College will add depth to the Sharks pitching staff.