Since the last Weekly Update, the Navigators have had significant roster movement:
Happy Trails: Tyler Derby of Campbellsville, Tim Busbin of UC-Davis, and Kyle Bellows of San Jose State.
…we wish these three talented players the best of luck moving forward…
- OF Jason Banos (Columbia Lions): Jay has been on the Navigators all off-season, but an injury kept him off the field for Columbia in 2009. Banos is a local kid out of Lynnfield, where his resume includes three baseball letters and three all-league outfielder announcements. He earned plenty of honors at home, including the 2006 Boston Globe All-Scholastic Honors, the 2006 Wakefield Item Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, and the 2005 Lynn Item Player of the Year Award. Banos was the captain of the baseball team at Lynnfield during his senior year in which he hit .560 with four home runs, 24 RBI, and 18 stolen bases. He was also a member of the Eastern Massachusetts championship team in 2005 and was a member of the team that won the Cape Ann League in 2004 and 2005. More recently, Banos earned second team All-Ivy League accolades in 2008 after hitting .389 with six doubles and two home runs in conference play as a sophomore.
- SS Michael LeBel (Rhode Island Rams): Joining pitcher Mark Fraser on the Navigators from Rhode Island will be Quincy, MA native, Mike LeBel. The freshman LeBel played baseball, hockey, and golf at Quincy High School and was a two-time All-Star selection in baseball. LeBel’s first collegiate season has been extremely impressive, as he ranks third on the team with a .333 batting average and 39 runs batted in. LeBel is tied for third on the team with seven home runs.
- OF Matt Marquis (Vanderbilt Commodores): As mentioned by a commenter under our “Link: Around the Horn” post, Matt Marquis will be joining the Navigators in 2009. Marquis, a Freshman from Annondale, NJ with Massachusetts roots, was a 28th-round draft pick by the Boston Red Sox out of high school. His Vanderbilt profile lists the following accolades:
Captured two All-Group, three All-Conference, three All-County, All-State Selection, and Rawlings All-American selections… Was named ESPN/Rice magazine top-50 national selection, Perfect Game’s No. 47 selection, Baseball America’s No. 83 selection, and Sports Illustrated/Takkle Top 100 Selection… Was a 2008 National Homerun Derby finalist… Drafted in the 28th round by the Boston Red Sox out of high school. Helped lead his team to three Skyland Conference championships and three Somerset County championships… Was a four-year letter winner, three-year starter, and captain his senior year… Also played for the Jack Cust Diamondjacks and N.J. Super 17… Helped his team to the 2007 Don Mattingly World Series National Championship.
- 1B/P Doug Shribman (Bucknell Bison): Shribman is another talented local product, coming out of Belmont High School and Marblehead, MA. Shribman lettered three times in baseball and football at Belmont High School, earning all-league recognition in both sports. As a freshman in 2008, Shribman went 0-2 with a 7.61 ERA in 23.2 innings. Shribman improved as the season went on, lowering his ERA in each of his 13 appearances, including 2.0 innings of relief in the NCAA Tournament against Florida State. This season, Shribman was named to the Patriot League Baseball All-Tournament Team after hitting .455 with home run and five RBI in three postseason games against Lafayette. This honor came after a superb regular season which saw Shribman primarily play first base and earn Second Team All-Patriot League honors. He finished the season with hits in his final 18 games, the longest streak by a Bison in more than a decade. Shribman hit .360 and tied for fourth on the program’s single-season doubles list with 15, while finishing 10th in single-season RBI (42). Shribman drove in at least one run in eight of the final 10 games of the season, carrying Bucknell to the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament.
- 1B/P Ben Waldrip (Saint Anselm Hawks): For information on Ben Waldrip, check out NavigatorsBlog’s post on Waldrip-Breaking News: Navs Sign Ben Waldrip-which includes stats from his season with the Hawks and a striking comparison to one of the best baseball movies of all time.
…updates on the DII and DIII NCAA Tournaments will dominate NavigatorsBlog tomorrow…