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2022 New England Summer Series: Team Preview - Expos


Bruce Hefflinger and Dylan Hefflinger
PBR Ohio Senior Writer and Editor in Chief/NW Scout

 

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Eight of the top organizations in New England have teamed up with Prep Baseball Report to form a new league that will benefit players and colleges alike.

The PBR New England Summer Series will begin in late June to the delight of those involved.

“College coaches can come out to see the best organizations in the area,” explained Rich Gilbride, the director of the league. “A bunch of colleges in New England have asked why can’t we get something together at one venue for them to come out and watch and we finally decided to get one together. Everyone thought it was a great idea.”

The eight-team league will play four games once a week at Fraser Field in Lynn, Ma,, a 5,000-seat venue that has played host to many minor league teams over the years. Games will be nine innings in duration and be held at 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. every Tuesday beginning on June 28.

Players throughout each organization in the 2023-2025 graduating classes will participate.

“These are high-level organizations that already send kids on to play college baseball,” Gilbride said. “This will only help bring maximum exposure for players in each organization.”

The Expos, Gilbride’s organization, will be joined in the newly formed league by the U.S. 9 Prospects, GBG Hawks, J & M Baseball Academy, Northeast Baseball, New England Ruffnecks, River Rats and Team Boston. Each will play one game each week over a seven-week season, with play ending on Aug. 16.

2022 New England Summer Series: Team Preview - Expos

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Rich Gilbride speaks about the organization.

There have been 10 draft picks in the last seven years. A total of 116 players have gone on to college over that same time frame. A year ago, 14 players in the Expos’ organization went on to play some level of college baseball.

“We hope to get all of our players on the college coaches’ landscape to see in the future,” Gilbride said about the philosophy of the organization. “We hope to have them recruited now at any level, be on the recruiting radar and to follow forward with recruiting them.”

The thought is that the new league - PBR New England Summer Series - will bring results in that direction.

“This gives our guys more added exposure,” noted Gilbride about what the league can provide the Expos’ organization, which this year has three high-school aged teams, a 2023 team, a 2024 team and a 2025 team. “It’s not about wins and losses, it’s about guys moving on to college.

“When we put the league together that was the idea behind it. We want to bring added eyes to it. We wanted to have a time and place for colleges to come see.”

The Expos will play at all three PBR New England events this summer along with Diamond Nation in New Jersey and NEB events. Additionally, teams in the organization will compete in a couple of events at the New England Baseball Complex and the Boston Open.

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