Crinella Selected to New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – In the midst of an extremely impressive summer with the Valley Blue Sox, rising junior and All-American third baseman Frank Crinella (East Longmeadow, Mass.) has been selected to participate in the 2014 New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) All-Star Game this Sunday in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the league announced today.
A native of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Crinella's summer in the New England League has gone as well as he possibly could have imagined, playing less than a half hour away from his hometown in front of his longtime friends and family while having the opportunity to get himself noticed in front of Major League Baseball (MLB) scouts on a nightly basis among a group of some of the top players in the entire country.
Crinella was named the backup third baseman on the North Division roster for Sunday's All-Star Game. Appropriately enough, his own team, the Valley Blue Sox, will be hosting the event at MacKenzie Stadium in Holyoke, making the experience that much sweeter.
On the summer, the Northeast-10 Conference and East Region (ABCA/NCBWA) Player of the Year has put up strong numbers against great competition, batting .284 (27-for-95) in 27 games with six doubles, a triple and seven RBI. The infielder has 3-for-4 on the bases and owns a .729 OPS.
Crinella was one of the top third basemen in the country as a sophomore, batting .401 with six home runs and 40 RBI, ranking first, fifth and tied for first in the NE-10 in those categories, respectively. He led the Warriors with 69 hits and six triples, while also adding 13 doubles for a team-best .651 slugging percentage.
The NE-10 First Team selection also registered a .493 on-base percentage, stole 28 bases and scored 53 runs in 42 games. The team's primary third baseman, Crinella finished the year with only nine errors in 42 games.