Baseball Announces Incoming Freshman Class
June 25, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Boston College head baseball coach Mike Gambino will welcome nine incoming freshmen to the Heights for the 2014-15 season. The class includes a Canadian National Team member, a top-ranked outfielder in his state, a 2014 draftee and four all-state honorees, to go along with a host of other accolades.
Joining 25 returning players are Mitch Bigras (Sarnia, Ontario), Scott Braren (Madison, Conn.), Donovan Casey (Stratford, N.J.), Kyle Dunster (Greenwich, Conn.), Carmen Giampetruzzi (Manchester, N.H.), Anthony Maselli (Burlington, Conn.), Trevor Massey (Swampscott, Mass.), Jake Palomaki (Kennesaw, Ga.) and Brian Rapp (Mendham, N.J.).
"I'm really excited about this incoming class and how they fit into our clubhouse, the team and the BC baseball culture," Gambino said. "We look to recruit high-character, tough, motivated kids who are driven both in the classroom and on the field. This class will not only help us on the field and work to win an ACC Championship and get to Omaha, but will also make our alumni proud with how they represent Boston College with integrity and class."
Bigras, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound left-handed pitcher, who also plays first base and outfield, was named to the Canadian Junior National Team in April 2013. He was a member of the team that finished seventh at the 2013 IBAF U-18 World Cup in Taiwan. As a member of Team Ontario in the 2013 Canada Games, Bigras made three appearances, tallied one win and one save and struck out nine. He also appeared in the 2012 MLB Futures Game.
Braren, a 6-foot, 200-pound lefty was the top-ranked outfielder in Connecticut and the 13th overall player, according to Perfect Game USA. He earned All-Southern Connecticut Conference accolades all four years of his playing career at Daniel Hand High School and all-state honors as a senior captain. He helped lead the Tigers to their first SCC Hammonasset Division title since 1998 as a junior, when he garnered All-SCC honors and team co-MVP accolades.
Casey, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound right-handed pitcher and outfielder, was a four-year starter at Sterling High School in Somerdale, N.J. He earned first-team all-conference honors his junior and senior seasons, as well as All-South Jersey accolades in his junior campaign. That year, the righty went 7-1 with a 0.11 ERA, six shutouts and finished the season on a 41-inning scoreless streak. He was also ranked as the fifth-best outfielder in the state and 25th-best player overall by Perfect Game USA.
Dunster, a 6-foot, 170-pound right-handed pitcher, was drafted in the 28th round by the New York Mets in the 2014 First-Year Players Draft. He earned First-Team All-FCIAC, First-Team All-State, MSG Valley All-Region and Connecticut All-Star Team accolades as a senior at Greenwich High School. As a senior captain, Dunster went 5-2 with a 1.75 ERA, starting eight games, tallying one shutout and 50 strikeouts. As the dish, he batted .309 with 11 runs, 17 hits, four RBIs, two triples and two home runs. In his junior year, he picked up First-Team All-FCIAC and First-Team All-State honors. Perfect Game USA ranked him the seventh-best player in the state of Connecticut and the fifth-best right-handed pitcher.
Giampetruzzi, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound left-handed pitcher earned first-team all-state honors as a junior and senior and picked up second-team accolades in his sophomore season at Trinity High School. Perfect Game USA ranked the southpaw as the top-ranked left-hander in the state and the second-best player overall. He was also ranked 91st nationally in the 2014 class. On May 19, 2014, Giampetruzzi threw a one-hitter in a 1-0 victory over Londonderry High School, striking out 11 and walking just two. He also played quarterback and was a forward on the basketball team at Trinity High School, earned all-state honors in both sports as a senior.
Maselli, a 6-foot-1, 182-pound infielder, helped led Old Avon Farms High School to the 2014 Colonial League and Founder's League title, continuing an eight-year streak. The Winged Beavers went 17-3 as Maselli was named the team MVP, batting .460 with a .548 on-base percentage, a 1.040 slugging percentage, six home runs, 24 RBIs and 17 runs before his final game. He was ranked the third-best shortstop in the state by Perfect Game USA and the 14th overall best player.
Massey, The 6-foot-1, 190-pound infielder and right-handed pitcher, graduated from Swampscott High School in 2013 and played a post-graduate year at Tilton Academy in 2014. He helped led Tilton to the 2014 Lakes Region Championship. He was earned Lake Region Pitcher of the Year accolades to go along with First-Teak All-Lakes Region All-Star, team MVP and Tilton Spring Athlete of the Year honors as he recorded an 8-0 record, a 0.45 ERA and struck out 71. In his final season at Swampscott, Massey led the Northeast Conference with a .552 average and 32 hits and was tied for second with 15 RBIs. He was named the Northeastern Conference League MVP and was a two-time league all-star. His father, Michael, graduated from Boston College in 1986.
Palomaki, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound switch-hitting middle infielder and right-handed pitcher helped lead Mount Paran Christian High School to a 29-5 overall record, going 20-0 in region and falling in the state finals. He led the team with a .443 batting average and 52 runs while tallying a .556 on-base percentage, 43 hits, 18 RBIs, seven doubles and three home runs. A captain as a junior and senior, he also garnered all-region honors all four years as an Eagle. Palomaki tallied the win in a complete game, allowing eight hits and nine strikeouts, in the first of two games in the state semifinals. In the second game, he was 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBIs.
Rapp, The 6-foot, 190-pound infielder and right-handed pitcher, played his senior year at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., after playing his first three seasons at Delbarton High School in Morristown, N.J. At the IMG Academy, he compiled a 2-1 record with six saves with 40 strikeouts in 29 innings of work. He was also selected to play in the Southwest Florida All-Star Game. At Delbarton, he earned all-state, Star Ledger County Player of the Year, all-county and all-conference honors after going 7-0 with three saves and a 0.42 ERA, a school record. In 47 innings, he struck out 70.