2014 Bourne Braves: The Roster

By James Nahikian

The Braves, who compiled a record of 24-24-1 last summer, return four players from the squad that was eliminated in the 2013 Western Division Championship Series. Left-handed pitchers Ryan Kellogg and Christian Colletti, as well as outfielder Mark Laird and infielder Vinny Siena will return to Doran Park this summer after falling one game short of taking Bourne to its first CCBL Championship Series since 2009.

The 2014 Braves will have 13 pitchers, nine of which are right-handers while four are southpaws. Bourne will also carry six infielders, six outfielders, and will start the new campaign with two catchers.

Unlike last summer, the Braves do not have a single junior listed on the initial roster. Instead, Field Manager Harvey Shapiro will rely on 12 freshman and 15 sophomores.

The Southeastern Conference will be well represented in Bourne, as ten players from the prestigious conference will wear the Red and Blue this summer. The American Athletic Conference, Conference USA and the Big 12 are next in line with three players apiece on the 2014 roster, while the Pacific 12 will be represented by two Arizona State Sun Devils. Finally, one Brave apiece will come from the Big Ten, Mid-American, West Coast, American East, Big West and Missouri Valley conferences, respectively.

Three future members of the Bourne community compete collegiately at both the University of Florida and East Carolina University, while two ball players participate in springtime baseball at the University of Connecticut, the University of Georgia, the University of Texas and Arizona State University.

The 2014 Braves were raised from a total of 17 states and two countries, as Ryan Kellogg was born in Whitby, Ontario, Canada.

RETURNING PLAYERS

MARK LAIRD — LSU (6’2” — 175 — Sophomore)

OF

Monroe, La. 

Bats: Left

Throws: Left

After competing in the 2013 College World Series, Laird still made the trip to the Cape and played in 24 games for the Braves. The center fielder racked up 23 hits, which was good enough for a batting average of .258. The soon-to-be sophomore also swiped three bags, drew nine walks, hit two doubles and drove in nine runs. Laird made his Cape League debut on July 1o in Orleans, a game in which is more famous for Max Pentecost’s 5-for-5, two home run night that propelled Bourne to an 8-6 win. In a game that lasted over four hours and went 12 innings, Laird picked up his first Cape League hit and also scored a run.

“Mark has a chance to impact a game in so many ways because of his world class speed. On defense, he covers an extraordinary amount of ground and is capable of a web gem at any time. On offense, if he puts the ball on the ground in the infield, he has a chance to beat it out and run under 4.0 seconds to first base. As his bunting improves, that can become a big weapon in his arsenal. He has outstanding bat control and can spray hits to all fields. A wonderful young man from a great family that cares about all the right things. I just love this kid.” – LSU Head Coach Paul Mainieri on Mark Laird.

 

VINNY SIENA — UConn (5’10” — 188 — Sophomore)

INF

Woodbridge, Conn.

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

Siena played in 36 games for the Braves last summer. The soon-to-be sophomore struggled to the tone of a .152 regular-season batting averaged, but boosted that number to .267 in the postseason. Siena picked up two hits while driving in two RBI in Wareham on the final day of the regular season. And continued that momentum into the postseason, as he picked up a hit apiece in Bourne’s first four playoff contests. Siena was also an integral part of his UConn Huskies’ Big East championship season during his freshman year.

“Vinny has developed nicely since his freshman season.  His time in Bourne was critical toward that progression.  He has a good, balanced swing, and sound mechanics at the plate.  He also possesses above average footspeed, and is improving every day as an infielder.  His bat will be counted on in our lineup this spring.” – UConn Head Coach James Penders on Vinny Siena.

 

CHRISTIAN COLLETTI — UConn (6’2” — 200 — Sophomore)

LHP

Rockville Centre, N.Y. 

Bats: Left

Trows: Left 

Colletti arrived to Wareham’s Spillane Field just hours before Bourne’s final game of the regular season. The left-hander went on to throw five shutout innings in his Cape League debut, earning the win in the process. Eight days later, Colletti took the ball in Game Two of the Western Division Championship Series and tossed four more scoreless frames to help the Braves secure an 8-1 victory.

“Christian has good stuff, and when he gets ahead, he can be very tough to square up.  His ability to hold runners and field his position is improving, and his experience in the Cape at the end of the season and into the playoffs last year was a huge confidence-builder.  We are anxious to see how that experience pays dividends in ’14.” – UConn Head Coach James Penders on Christian Colletti.

 

RYAN KELLOGG — Arizona State (6’6” — 225 — Sophomore)

LHP

Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Bats: Left

Throws: Left 

Kellogg started seven games for the Braves last summer, and earned himself a trip to the Cape League All-Star Game in South Yarmouth. The left-hander, who worked himself into being known as the staff ace, complied a 3-0 record while posting an impressive 1.35 ERA. Kellogg, who tossed one of the league’s five complete games, struck out 32 batters and allowed 32 hits over his 40 innings of work.

“What really sets Ryan apart from other pitchers in the country, especially ones his age, is his incredible maturity and poise on the mound. No matter the situation – runner on first with one out in the second inning or bases loaded, no outs, in the bottom of the ninth – Ryan is calm, cool and collected, and never strays from his mechanics or the pitch plan. He was thrust into a starting role last season as a freshman and wound up leading the team in wins, along with recording a no-hitter on the road against the No. 3 team in the nation. We’re looking forward to seeing Ryan embrace more of a leadership role in his second season at Tempe and help take the Sun Devils back to Omaha for the College World Series.” – Arizona State Head Coach Jim Esmay on Ryan Kellogg.

“Last year was a great year with the Bourne Braves. It helped me grow as a player and as a person. I had the chance to live with an incredible family that took me in and made feel like I was truly a part of the family. I also got to be a part of a great team that had a lot of fun together and worked hard. Being on the Bourne Braves also gave me an opportunity to give back by volunteering and teaching kids to play the game I love. All of this paired with the atmosphere around Doran Park made it one of the best summers of my life.” – Ryan Kellogg on his 2013 stay with the Bourne Braves.

OUTFIELDS

HARRISON BADER — Florida (6’0” — 195 — Sophomore) 

Bronxville, N.Y. 

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

 

BEN JOHNSON — Texas (6’1” — 195 — Sophomore) 

Austin, Texas

Bats: Right

Throws: Right 

 

ANTHONY KIDSTON — Louisville (6’2” — 195 — Sophomore)

Defiance, Ohio

Bats: Right 

Throws: Right 

 

LOGAN REGNIER – Central Michigan (6’2” — 200 — Sophomore)

Novi, Mich. 

Bats: Left

Throws: Right

 

STEPHEN WRENN — Georgia (6’2” — 180 — Freshman)

Marietta, Ga. 

Bats: Right

Throws: Right 

 

CATCHERS

JASON DELAY — Vanderbilt (6’0” — 180 — Freshman)

Johns Creek, Ga. 

Bats: Right

Throws: Right 

 

TRAVIS WATKINS — East Carolina (6’0” — 195 — Sophomore)

Concord, N.C.

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

 

INFIELDERS

DANIEL GARNER — Mississippi State (6’1” — 210 — Sophomore)

Madison, Ala. 

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

 

BRYCE HARMAN — East Carolina (6’6” — 220 — Freshman)

Chesterfield, Va. 

Bats: Left

Throws: Left

 

RYAN HOWARD — Missouri (6’1” — 192 — Freshman)

St. Charles, Mo. 

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

 

RICHARD MARTIN, JR. — Florida (5’11” — 186 — Sophomore)

Brandon, Fla. 

Bats: Right

Throws: Right 

 

ANDY MCGUIRE — Texas (6’1” — 195 — Freshman)

Oakton, Va. 

Bats: Right 

Throws: Right 

 

PITCHERS

LUKE BOLKA — East Carolina (5’11 — 210 — Freshman)

LHP

Mechanicsville, Va. 

Bats: Right

Throws: Left 

 

DEREK BURKAMPER — Nebraska (6’2” — 180 — Freshman)

RHP

Muscatine, Iowa 

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

 

RYAN BURR — Arizona State (6’4” — 225 — Sophomore)

RHP

Highlands Ranch, Colo. 

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

 

THOMAS HATCH — Oklahoma State (6’1” — 200 — Freshman)

RHP

Jenks, Okla. 

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

 

DYLAN HECHT — UC Santa Barbara (6’2” — 195 — Sophomore)

RHP

Pleasanton, Calif. 

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

 

JORDAN KNUTSON — Missouri State (6’0” — 180 — Freshman)

LHP

Lee’s Summit, Mo. 

Bats: Right

Throws: Left 

 

GRAYSON LONG — Texas A&M (6’5” — 215 — Sophomore)

RHP

Mont Belvieu, Texas

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

 

BRETT MORALES — Florida (6’1” — 200 — Freshman)

RHP

Hillsborough, Fla. 

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

 

ANDREW SOPKO — Gonzaga (6’2” — 200 — Sophomore)

RHP

Missoula, Mont. 

Bats: Right

Throws: Right 

 

ROBERT TYLER – Georgia (6’4” — 210 — Freshman)

RHP

Cordele, Ga. 

Bats: Left

Throws: Right

 

STEPHEN WOODS — Albany (6’2” — 205 — Freshman)

RHP

Dix Hills, N.Y.  

Bats: Right 

Throws: Right

 

James Nahikian is the beat writer for the Bourne Braves and is currently a sophomore at Bowling Green State University. Follow James on Twitter @KingNahikian.

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