The New England Collegiate Baseball League commissioner’s office announced its Team NECBL selections on Wednesday, and three North Shore Navigators have been named to the roster. The team will take on Team USA in an exhibition game on Monday, June 27 at Fenway Park at 12:00 p.m.
The Navigators’ selections included outfielder Eric Jagielo (Notre Dame), pitcher Dan Slania (Notre Dame) and first baseman Jacob Schrader (St. John’s River Community College).
Team USA is the official collegiate national team, which is made up primarily of non-draft eligible players that represent some of the top talent across the country. Past players selected to the very same team include Ryan Howard, Mark Teixeira, Ryan Howard, and David Price.
The Navigators will also play host to Team USA at Fraser Field Sunday, June 26 at 6:15 p.m. To purchase tickets, call the team box office at (781) 595-9400.
Jagielo, a freshman, was formerly a 50th round draft pick of the Chicago Cubs in the 2010 MLB Draft out of high school. This spring, the Illinois native hit .269 with five homers and was second on the team in both RBI (28) and runs scored (32) while leading the Fighting Irish in walks (25). He is currently hitting .293 with North Shore and is tied for the NECBL league-lead with eight RBI.
Slania, a teammate of Jagielo, was also selected out of high school in the 2010 MLB Draft – a 42nd round pick by the Boston Red Sox. The 6-5 righthander from Tucson, Ariz. posted a 2.35 ERA for the Fighting Irish this spring. He also led the team with 23 appearances and was second with four saves. The freshman has not been scored upon in four games with the Navigators and is slated to start Thursday night in North Shore’s 6:15 p.m. matchup with the Sanford Mainers at Fraser Field.
The sophomore Schrader has exactly 30 home runs and 100 RBI in two seasons at St. John’s River Community College. The Florida native will be attending the University of Tampa in the fall. He was named the NECBL Player of the Week this past Sunday for his play with the Navigators, and is currently hitting .308 with a league-leading four home runs and eight RBI.