The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks are the first team in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League to post their roster for the upcoming season.
Back again for his third and final season as a Sharks player is the Vineyard’s FCBL All Star Tad Gold. The Sharks centerfielder tied the league in stolen bases last season with 27 steals while batting .271 and roamed the outfield with his solid gold glove defensive play. Joining the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School graduate is this year’s starting senior shortstop at the High School, Jack Roberts. Roberts will be the first high school senior to open the season on the Sharks roster. Coming off a stellar junior season with the Vineyarders where he hit .439 with a gaudy OPS of 1.227, Jack will compete for the shortstop position. He has committed to Williams College upon graduation.
Also returning from last season’s team is FCBL All Star catcher Bucknell’s Justin Meier who batted .305 with the Sharks last summer. Nick Sanford from UMASS, who batted .333 for the Sharks last season, will be returning to play 2B. Eric Brenk, the Sharks starting 3B from Wofford College, will be returning after breaking his hand at the end of last season that coincided with the Sharks eight game losing streak. The feisty Dylan Tice from 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 for the Sharks. The coaching staff is expecting Brenner to make a major step forward this season. He started off this season for Brandeis by pitching 6 innings in his first start of the season giving up 2 runs. Mike McFerran who joined the Sharks 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 3B Nik Campero from UMASS who had a remarkable summer last year being 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 Hill, looking to compete for the 3B corner, batted .380 with 55 RBIs and 11 HRs in his freshman year. Ryan Uhl, a teammate of Dylan Tice at IUP will join the Sharks this summer looking to play the 1B corner. The 6’ 6” Uhl batted .346 as a freshman with 8 HRs. 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. Incoming freshman at Franklin Pierce Max DiTondo completes the outfield. As a senior at Marshfield High School, he was a an All-Massachusetts All-Star.
On the pitching front the Sharks added 11 new pitchers to the rebuilt staff. Sophomore Mike Molta from Westfield State University and a resident of Nantucket will bring his minuscule 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 to the mound along with his microscopic 1.72 ERA in 62 innings. Sophomore Alex Valenti from St. Joseph’s of Maine brings his solid 2.21 ERA to the Vineyard. Matt Timoney from Harvard, who pitched for the FCBL’s Pittsfield Suns last summer, will look to improve on his solid 2.83 ERA in 60 innings with the Suns. Sophomore Trevor Breton from Western New England University pitched to a solid 2.51 over 61 innings for the Golden Bears. The Sharks have added sophomore right-handed sidearm Alex Smith from Cornell University to the staff who will be used to face right-handed batters and often. Two young studs from LIU Post who were highly recruited 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 coach 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 3.92 ERA as a freshman to the Vineyard. 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 upon his 4.81 ERA as a freshman. Lastly Jon Dunn from Le Moyne College will look to add depth to the Sharks pitching staff.