The Year In Review - 2021


Dylan Hefflinger
PBR New England Editor in Chief/Scout

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The Year In Review - 2021

Each of us here at PBR New England want to thank you for making 2021 the best year yet. We look forward to continuing to bring the best baseball coverage. Happy Holidays to all!

"2021 was again a successful campaign for PBR New England. Although the virus has changed many things throughout society we have pushed forward to make sure our youth thrives with normalcy.  We certainly are grateful to all the players and parents throughout New England. Being able to see all the players back out playing with somewhat regularity was great. We were able to go back to LakePoint in Georgia, which was a huge success. We look forward to combing the New England area and seeing the development of all the basebal players."- Dennis Healy, New England Co-Director of Scouting

"2021 was another monster year for PBR New England, multiple scout days from all levels of travel ball to regional/national teams, to top prospect games. Another successful future game run for both Team Mass and Team CT/RI.  PBR NE scouts are uncovering more and more talent each year as we continue to aid in the college recruiting process for both the player/parent and to college coaches." - Trevor Brown, New England Co-Director of Scouting

"I feel with the relationships we've made and the experiences I had personally throughout these past 12 months, that 2021 was a banner year for PBR New England. Being able to help high school athletes reach their dreams of playing at the next level while building personal relationships is something I enjoy daily. Thank you very much to the athletes, parents, coaches and all in the great state of Michigan and have a great holiday season."- Dylan Hefflinger, PBR New England Editor in Chief/Scout

"The opportunity to talk to so many quality players from different parts of North America is a joy to me. Listening to them tell about their baseball journey, their dreams to continue playing the game as long as they can and the hard work that goes with it brings an appreciation of the commitment it takes to play on the college level and beyond. So many times when I have conversations with these players for PBR articles, the topic includes family, the values taught at home and how that helped them in their quest to play baseball at the highest level possible. I look forward to hearing more players tell their story and what it takes to succeed as they get ready to take the next step in their lives." - Bruce Hefflinger, PBR New England Senior Writer

"We are excited about the relationships we built and the new opportunities we helped to provide for players and parents in 2021. It is our hope that 2022 will not only build on those initiatives but wholeheartedly continue to expand our commitment to providing opportunities for athletes all over New England. Our entire staff wants to thank everyone involved in making this past year a success and we look forward to seeing you in the coming year." - Steve Alhona, PBR New England Scout


2021 Showcase Recap

Prep Baseball Report events are designed to give players the maximum exposure needed to advance to the next level. In 2021, not only did they receive high-level exposure from college coaches at the event, but all players at events were videotaped, with the edited performance being posted onto the website with the opportunity to be seen by more than 800 colleges and pro teams who subscribe to the Prep Baseball Report services.

In 2021, PBR New England hosted 74 showcases/workouts throughout the year. This included 37 Scout Days, which provided the top summer organizations in the state the ability to show what their program has to offer College/MLB organizations. To view the showcase results, please click here.

Looking ahead to 2022, we at PBR New England look forward to bringing you comprehensive year-round coverage throughout the state and continue to be the No. 1 resource for amateur baseball in the state thanks to our variety of events, boots-on-the-ground scouting staff, daily coverage, multimedia platforms and more. With more than 800 colleges and pro teams subscribed to Prep Baseball Report services, we look to continue to help the prospect reach their dreams of playing at the next level.

Future Games - Team Massachusetts / Team Connecticut

The tenth annual Future Games, held previously at Grand Park north of Indianapolis, was held for the third time at LakePoint in Emerson, Georgia on July 28-31. Top uncommitted prospects in the classes of 2024, 2025 and 2026 participated in one of the most popular events of the year.

Prospects from our 40-plus state coverage area and Canada went through a showcase workout on the first day of the Future Games, before playing three games the final three days of the event.

To read about each of the Team Massachusetts prospects experience at the Future Games, please click on this article. To read about each of the Team Massachusetts prospects experience at the Future Games, please click on this article. Every single prospect talked about their experience, the highlights, the competition and much more. To view the first annual "Heff's Hits", please click here.

PBR New England 2021 Player's Of The Year

In 2021, we at PBR New England handed out Player of the Year honors to six deserving prospects.

Uncommitted/Committed Spotlights

In 2021, we were blessed to have OPSWA Hall of Fame writer Bruce Hefflinger back for his fourth full year. With Bruce on board, we were able to provide numerous commitment articles and uncommitted spotlights throughout the year. As of this date, in combination with Dylan Hefflinger's top uncommitted by position articles, we have written 11 uncommitted articles in 2021 and almost 100 since late 2018. To view the uncommitted spotlights throughout the year, please click here. When it comes to commitment articles, in 2021 we provided 57 articles and over 100 since 2018. To view each of the commitment tracker articles, please click here.

In 2022, look forward to another year of spotlights heading your way.

2021 MLB Draft

The 2021 MLB Draft took place July 11-13. We at PBR took time to do a preview for the draft in the 2021 Simul-Draft Preview. To view the preview, click here.

Our guys at the national level, David Seifert (Director of College Scouting), Shooter Hunt (Vice President, Scouting) and Nathan Rode (Director, Multimedia & Scouting) took liberties in putting together notes on each day of the draft, you can find each days notes below.

Early Signing Period

The NCAA early signing period took place November 10th-17th. We at PBR New England broke down each individual Division 1 in-state prospects, where they are headed and what tools they will bring with them.

  • To view the Division 1 In-State Recruiting Breakdown, click here.
  • To view the Division 1 out of region Recruiting Breakdown, click here.

New England High Spring Season

PBR New England covers the High School spring season unlike any other. Each year we look to bring more and more coverage throughout the state. In 2021 we brought to you in-depth Team Previews.

January through the start of the season saw many team previews placed online, click here to view each of the previews from 2021.

Look Ahead At 2022

With 2021 behind us, we look ahead at what 2022 has to offer.

Throughout the year we will offer numerous showcases across the state, click here to view our 2022 showcase schedule.

When it comes to the New England High School spring season, we look to get our in-depth Team Previews started at some point in January. We will also provide the 2022 Spring Scout Blog, Preseason/Postseason All-State Teams, Preseason/In-season Team Rankings, as well as complete coverage of the State Tournaments in the region. We look forward to being your number one spot for HS baseball in the spring.

Come summer time, we look to scour the entire state, covering Travel Ball/Legion tournaments. We also have numerous showcases including the Top Prospect Games, Future Games and many more.

Also throughout the year, we will be updating the individual Player Rankings. To view the current rankings, please click below:

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