Goffstown, NH, June 3, 2012: Ryan Beal, catcher, has signed his second major deal in less than a month. Beal will be reporting to Keene, NH and the New England Collegiate Baseball League’s defending Champion, Keene Swamp Bats on Sunday, June 3rd. After signing a National Letter of Intent to play college baseball at Central Connecticut State University in May, Beal has now signed with Keene to play summer baseball in one of the country’s best leagues.
In the spring, Ryan hit .310 for the Ohlone College Renegades, a junior college in California. In his 46 plate appearances he reached base at a .348 clip. He averaged an RBI for every five plate appearances which led the team. Ohlone won the Coast Pacific Conference Title and then won their Regional before losing in the Super Regional played at San Mateo College. Beal maintained a 4.0 GPA for his freshman year.
The NECBL is regarded as one of the top collegiate summer baseball leagues in the United States. The league was founded in 1993 and began play in 1994. George Foster, a key member of the Cincinnati Reds “Big Red Machine”, was the NECBL’s first commissioner. Several GM’s and executives from Major League Baseball have been directly involved with the league since its inception. The NECBL isn’t just about the people in the front office though. The league has sent more than 80 players to the Major Leagues, and that number is rising.
In 2011 alone, more than 90 players who play, or have played in the NECBL were selected in the MLB Draft. Furthermore, these are not just players who get to the Majors, have a cup of coffee and are never heard from again. Andrew Bailey, Andre Ethier, Matt Joyce, Joe Nathan, and Brian Wilson, all former NECBL players, have made a combined total of 12 MLB All-Star teams. Overall #1 pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, Stephen Strasburg, was an NECBL All-Star in 2007. The NECBL pulls in players from all over the U.S. and from around the world. The league plays a 42 game schedule beginning in early June, concluding with playoffs in early August. The New England Collegiate Baseball League has teams in all six New England States.