The state of Massachusetts has become a well-established hotspot for summer league baseball. Future prospects from all over the world descend on the Bay State to compete in semi-pro and top collegiate leagues. This year the sons of former Red Sox legends David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez are among the names of young players who spend their summers here.
2021 Cape Cod Baseball League Champions will have their season home opener on Saturday, June 10. Playing third base for the Brewster Whitecaps this summer will be D’Angelo Ortiz. He, of course, is the son of Big Papi. D’Angelo also plays for Miami Dade College during the college season. For the Sharks, he’s posted a batting average of .328 with 38 RBI’s and one homerun.
If you travel 70 miles back over the Cape Cod bridge and north to Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, you will find Manny Ramirez Jr, playing summer ball for the Brockton Rox club. Ramirez is an outfielder who is also a sophomore at Tallahassee Community College. Ramirez is returning to the club, along with Kade Foulke, the son of former Red Sox closer, Keith Foulke. Also on the Rox squad this year is José Martinez, Pedro’s Martinez nephew. He is the son of Ramon Martinez, long-time pitcher for the LA Dodgers.
The Brockton Rox open their 2023 Futures League Season on Thursday, May 25th.
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The Brockton Rox also have the first female player in future league history. Marika Lyszczyk, is a MLB content creator, and catcher in NCAA men’s baseball at Sonoma State University. She will be taking her talents behind the plate and to the mound as a rotating pitcher. “She’s an incredible role model and embodies what the spirit of the Brockton Rox truly is,” says Head Coach Joe Logan.
Campanelli Stadium in Brockton is also where the Savannah Bananas will make their tour stop on August 16. So far, it is their only Massachusetts date on the calendar. You can join the ticket list here.
We are two months into the season, and there’s a lot of exciting baseball in New England ahead for the summer. Getting the chance to see the sons of David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez play in future’s league certainly tops the list of great baseball happening in the state.