Boston Globe All Scholastics Baseball

Each year, the Boston Globe recognizes the best high school athlete baseball players across Massachusetts. A Player of the Year is named in each division, as well as All-Scholastics across the state. See what the Boston Globe said about them then, and Boston Baseball will catch you up on what they have done since.

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Players of the Year

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Matt Costello
Matt Costello

Division 1
  A no-hitter at age 16 in the EMass Championship for Babe Ruth All-Stars was a sign of good things to come for Costello. The Barnstable ace was undefeated on the mound in the regular season, including a no-hitter against Bridgewater-Raynham, with 89 strikeouts in just 52 innings. In fact, his only loss was a 16-strikeout performance in the South semifinals against New Bedford. The Iona College-bound star also sported a .392 average with four home runs for the 19-3 Red Raiders. The senior lefthander posted a 0.78 ERA in leading Barnstable to the Old Colony League title and was named league MVP for his efforts.  

Costello pitched for Iona College in 2006, compiling a 3-9 record with a 6.69 ERA in 76 2/3 innings, striking out 66. He also hit .253 with 46 hits. Costello headed to Volunteer State CC where he sat out 2007 due to transfer rules, and in 2008, went 9-4 and also batted .377 with 43 hits in 114 at-bats, including 11 homers. For 2009, he transferred to Valdosta State University where he hit .462 (97 for 210) with 22 doubles and 11 homers and also went 9-3 with a 3.67 ERA striking out 85 in 80 innings.

Costello pitched the summer of 2007 for the Cotuit Kettleers in the Cape Cod League. Before joining the Kettleers, he pitched two games for the Lexington Blue Sox in the Boston Intercity League, then pitched nine games for the Cape Cod Braves in the Cranberry League. Costello played part of the summer of 2008 for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod League before finishing 2008 and playing 2009 with the North Shore Navigators in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

In 2009, Costello was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 35th round of the MLB Draft. Playing for the Brewers in the Arizona League and the Helena Brewers in the Pioneer League, Costello went a combined 1-5 in 39 1/3 innings with 43 strikeouts.

In 2010, Costello bounced from the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the Midwest League to the Brevard County Manatees in the Florida State League before leaving MiBL to play Indy ball. Costello found time in the Frontier League in 2011 and 2012, playing for the Windy City ThunderBolts and River City Rascals, compiling a 5-7 record with a 4.30 ERA in 90 innings.

Nate Freiman
Nate Freiman

Division 2
  Whenever the 6-foot-7-inch fireballer took the mound, the crowds followed. The reigning Division 2 Player of the year was every bit as good as advertised, winning eight games while striking out 91 batters in 64 innings. The three-time Bay State All-Star was named MVP for the second straight season and was named Gatorade Player of the Year in Massachusetts. Freiman's pitching was a key factor in Wellesley's Division 2 South title season. The track team captain will attend Duke in the fall. When he wasn't giving batters fits, Freiman served as editor of the Wellesley High newspaper.  

In 4 years at Duke, Freiman hit .356 with 251 hits and, 43 home runs (the Duke all-time leader) and 180 RBI in 180 games. After his junior season, Freiman was drafted in the 28th round (843rd overall) of the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft by the Texas Rangers, but he returned to Duke for his senior year where he led Duke with a .381 average, 11 home runs, 46 RBI and a .671 slugging percentage. Freiman had spent his final two amateur summers with the Orleans Cardinals in the Cape Cod League.

Freiman was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 8th Round (234th overall) of 2009 MLB Amateur Draft. In his first year playing for Low Single A Eugene Emeralds in the Northwest League, Freiman dominated, hitting .294 with 11 home runs (2nd in the league), 68 RBI (1st in the league) and 140 total bases (1st in the league) in 72 games (T-1st in the league).

In 2010, Freiman was promoted to Single A for the Fort Wayne TinCaps in the Midwest League. Once again, he hit .294, though he increased his homerun total (14) and RBI total (84).

2011 had Freiman with the Lake Elsinore Storm in the High Single A California League, and he once again upped his production with 22 homers and 111 RBI while batting .288.

Promoted in 2012 to the San Antonio Missions in the Double-A Texas League, Freiman hit 24 homers with 105 RBI while batting .298.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Division 3
  Roberts was part of a relentless Lynnfield offense, pounding out more than 100 hits in his career. As a senior, the slugger enjoyed a .500 average, with five homers and 36 RBI's. On the mound, Roberts was equally successful, registering seven wins, a save, and a 2.20 ERA. Roberts recorded 56 strikeouts and was a key member of the Pioneers' second straight Cape Ann League championship campaign. A four-year varsity starter, Roberts will attend Columbia, where he will continue his playing career. During the summer, Roberts will play in the Bay State Games and as a member of the Lightning Baseball New England AAU team.  

Roberts played 4 years for the Columbia Lions where he hit a career .260 in 169 games, going 158 for 607 with 15 homers and 95 RBI.

Roberts had played the summer of 2008 with the Fort Collins Foxes in the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League.

Roberts has bounced around the amateur baseball circuit since, but has spent most of his time in the Boston Park League, including 2008 for Irish Village, and 2011-2012 with the Roslindale Bluefish.


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Julian Alvarez
Julian Alvarez

Outfield / Pitcher
  When you think of elite teams, City League teams don't usually come to mind. But thanks, in part, to Alvarez, everyone knows about the 2005 Brighton Bengals. Senior-led Brighton, the first City League team to reach the Division 2 North finals since 1981, hitting a scorching .545 with six triples and 19 RBI's. Alvarez was named to the Boston City All-Star team and has been a two-year starter since coming from the Dominican Republic three years ago. Alvarez, who also plays for the Boston Broncos and Carlson Club in the Boston Senior Park League, is undecided on his college plans.  

Alvarez went on to play college Bacone College (Tenn.) where as a junior, he led the nation with 26 homers while batting a lofty .419. Alvarez then transferred to Lee University (Tenn.) for his 2009 season where he batted .406 and was a first-team All-American, blasting 18 home runs and drove in 78 runs.

During his summers, Alvarez continued to play for Carlson Club in the Boston Park League. In 2007 and 2008, he hit a collective .405 with 45 RBI in 51 games, leading the league in home runs both years, with 8 total.

Alvarez signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Padres in 2009. He played Rookie ball for the Padres in the Arizona League and hit .203 in 74 at bats with 1 homer. He also played 3 games for the Single A Lake Elsinore in the California League.

After his pro career concluded, Alvarez returned to Carlson Club in the Park League, and from 2010-2012, helped the team win the league title each year, hiting at a .345 clip during that span, including .407 during the post-seasons.

Jared Barnes
Jared Barnes

Bishop Feehan
  Barnes makes his second straight appearance on the All-Scholastic team, going an impressive 7-1 with a 2.07 ERA. A four-year varsity starter, Barnes led Feehan to a 17-6 record and a spot in the quarterfinals of the Division 2 tourney. Although the Eastern Athletic Conference MVP made his mark pitching, he was also strong at the plate, with a .403 average, 23 RBI's, and three home runs. Barnes was a two-time EMass All-Star, a member of the Science National Honor Society and an honor roll student. He will attend and play for Wheaton College in the fall. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and snowboarding.  

Barnes headed to Wheaton College where in 61 career appearances out of the pen, he went 8-2 with a 2.33 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings. Barnes graduated with a Psychology degree in 2009.

Barnes also played with the Little Falls Miners of the New York Collegiate Baseball League in the summer leading into his senior season. He tossed 10 games with a 3.92 ERA across 20 2/3 innings, primarily out of the pen.

In 2011, Barnes served as Video Scouting Intern for the Boston Red Sox, before joining the Texas Ranger as a Baseball Operations Intern in 2012.

Danny Chaisson
Danny Chaisson

  Leading your league in home runs is no small feat, but leading Eastern Mass in long balls (7), that is a privilege that belongs to the 5-11 catcher. As the MVP of the tough Middlesex League, the senior was instrumental in the Red Raiders 9-11 season. Chaisson, who was a four-year starter, also plays football and hockey at Watertown, earning him Outstanding Male Senior Athlete of the Year. He was named to the Middlesex All-Star team in all three sports this year, capping an illustrious senior campaign. Chaisson will attend UMass-Lowell in the fall. When not fishing, he'll keep active in the summer playing Senior Babe Ruth baseball.  

Upon graduation, Chaisson was one of several Watertown High baseballers to appear in the feature film "Black Irish," the story of a struggling Irish-Catholic family from South Boston and a 16-year-old boy who turns to baseball and fights his way into the state championships.

Chaisson then headed to UMass Lowell where he was 1 for 9 as a freshman, and 5 for 33 as a sophomore, finishing his UMass baseball career at a .143 clip -- not playing his junior or senior seasons.

Chaisson spent the summers of 2006 and 2007 catching for the Watertown Reds in Boston's Intercity League. During that stretch, he hit a collective .213 in 43 games. After taking the 2008 and 2009 seasons off from the Reds, he returned to play the 2010 through 2012 seasons. In 2012, he co-led the league with 5 homeruns and hit at a .329 clip.

Adam Cole
Adam Cole

  A senior, Cole returns to the All-Scholastic team after an 8-1, 1.10, ERA, 98-strikeout campaign for the Warriors. He has led the team to back-to-back North sectional championships. For his career, he posted a 23-2 record with an ERA under a buck. He is a three-time Dual County League All-Star and two-time league MVP. In the classroom, Cole was an L-S Scholar in all four of his years at L-S, gaining admittance to Harvard University. Cole will continue his baseball career this summer as a member of the Summer Legion Post 191.  

Cole headed to Harvard University where he was named the Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2006. His sophomore year, Cole led the team in opponent batting average against with a .230 mark. Cole appeared in just one game as junior, missing the rest of the season with an elbow injury, and just one game as a senior. Cole finished his career in 2009 with a 2-8 record over 4 years and a 6.25 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 72 innings pitched - though this ERA was heavily slanted by 1 nasty inning pitched while injured as a senior. Cole otherwise would have finished his career with a 4.94 ERA.

Michael DiCato
Michael DiCato

Malden Catholic
Pitcher / Infielder
  When it comes to DiCato, the stats and awards speak for themselves. In his senior season, he was named Catholic Conference MVP, league leader in batting average (.528), RBI's (25), and strikeouts (78). For his career the righthander fanned 186 batters, while posting a 1.21 ERA and sporting a .509 average in three seasons for the Lancers. He was a member of the Lancers' 2003 state championship team as a sophomore. The Winthrop resident was named Malden Catholic Top Student Athlete and has signed on to pitch at the University of Massachusetts in the fall. He was also selected to play in the Blue/Gray Classic All-Star game.  

DiCato played for UMass Amherst where he compiled an 11-16 record with a 6.07 ERA in 195 2/3 innings pitched with 118 strikeouts over 4 years.

After DiCato wrapped his collegiate career in 2009, he made an more appearance to play in the 16th annual Oldtime Baseball Game to raise money for charity. He then played the summer of 2009 for the Andre Chiefs in Boston's Intercity League where he went 5-3 with a 2.63 ERA in 50 2/3 innings.

DiCato had previously played the summer of 2007 with the Pittsfield Dukes and 2008 with the North Shore Navigators in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

From 2009 to 2012, Dicato played with the Andre Chiefs in the Intercity League. During that stretch, he chalked up a 17-10 record with a 2.61 ERA and 126 K's across 171.2 innings pitched. He even jumped into 18 games for the Malden Bulldogs in the Yawkey League in 2011 to get some at bats.

In 2012, DiCato pitched one game for the Worcester Tornadoesin the CanAm League, starting and going 7 innings, allowing 4 earned runs across 11 scattered hits.

Bob Foote
Bob Foote

  Foote was the catalyst of the top team in EMass, leading the Rebels to a 19-1 regular-season record before reeling off another four victories to take home the South sectional title. Foote was a menace at the plate, getting 23 RBI's and forging a .429 average in the wood bat-oriented Bay State League. The three-year starter served as captain in his senior season and was runner-up to Nate Freiman for Bay State League MVP. The 6-foot senior will attend Wheaton in the fall where he will continue to patrol the outfield. Foote will continue playing through the summer in the Bay State Games and AAU ball.  

Foote played for Wheaton College. From 2006 through 2008, he hit .360 (125 for 347) and knocked in 58 RBI with 5 homers in 109 games. In 2007 & 2008, Foote was named ESPN The Magazine Academic College Division All-District I. Foote graduated in just 3 years, thus not playing his senior season.

Foote has played summer ball for the Bluefish in the Boston Yawkey League from 2007 through 2010, helping lead them to two straight championships with a .380 career average. In winning the 2009 title, Foote delivered 3 game-winning RBI's in 4 championship games. The Bluefish moved to the Park League in 2011, and so did Foote, hitting .190 that year.

Dan Godefroi
Dan Godefroi

Outfield / Pitcher
  Godefroi's amazing season was the talk of the town in the Merrimack Valley Conference. So what's so special about the 6-1 pitcher? He's only a sophomore and boasts these kinds of stats and honors: 6-0 with a 1.60 ERA, MVC Player of the Year, MVP of the league's all-star game, and a comfy .400 average with the stick. Not bad, huh? Godefroi led the Golden Warriors to a North sectional title, going 4 for 6 with five RBI's in the title game against St. John's Prep. The sophomore also skates for the school's hockey team and will play for the town's Legion team in the summer.  

Godefroi was selected as the Gatorade Player of the Year in 2006 and a Massachusetts All-Star from 2005-07. He then headed to Georgetown University. In 2008 as a freshman, he batted .205 (8 for 39) and went 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA in 22 innings. By the time he graduated in 2011, he had compiled a .226 average over 4 years with 7 homeruns, and an 0-2 record on the mound with a 5.57 ERA in 32 innings pitched.

Godefroi played his 2008 and 2009 summer ball for the Lowell All-Americans in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

Brandon Josselyn
Brandon Josselyn

Pitcher / Outfield
  Whitman-Hanson enjoyed one of its most successful seasons thanks, in part, to the Yale-bound senior. Josselyn was 9-0 with a 1.10 ERA for the 19-4 Panthers. In his senior year, Josselyn was named Outstanding Pitcher and team MVP after hitting at a .429 clip. As good as he was on the field, Josselyn was even better in the classroom. He was named salutatorian and president of the History Club, in addition to being a member of the National Honor Society. The three-sport star also enjoyed success as a three-year member of the football team and set a school record in the indoor 600-meter race.  

Josselyn headed to Yale where he pitched for 3 seasons. During that time, he went 10-14 with a 5.37 ERA in 157 2/3 innings with 123 strikeouts - including being selected as Ivy League Pitcher of the Year in 2009. Overall in his senior season, Josselyn went 5-3 with a 4.29 ERA, striking out 51 batters in 56.2 innings.

Josselyn pitched for the Holyoke Blue Sox in the New England Collegiate Baseball League in the summer of 2008.

In 2009, Josselyn played for the South Shore Warriors in Boston's Cranberry League before being selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 25th Round (743rd overall) of the MLB Draft. He made an immediate impact for the Pulaski Mariners in the Appalachian League with a 3.18 ERA in 17 innings with 18 strikeouts. From there, he played Single A for Clinton LumberKings in the Midwest League where he was unstoppable with a 0.75 ERA in 24 innings with 18 strikeouts, allowing just 14 hits. In 2010, Josselyn pitched for Clinton again, going 3-6 with a 4.53 ERA in 55.2 innings with 50 K's.

J.B. Macdonald
J.B. MacDonald

Shortstop / Pitcher
  The Boston College-bound pitcher was a key component of Danvers' 18-3 season. Macdonald posted a 3-1 record with a 0.89 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 31 innings. He was named Northeastern Conference MVP after earning a spot on his second straight league all-star team. Macdonald boasted a .568 on-base percentage, driving in 12 runs while scoring 20. He was selected to play in the EMass All-Star game in his senior season. He is a member of the National Honor Society and enjoys golf and basketball in his time away from the diamond.  

MacDonald went to Boston College where during his 4 years pitched against the Boston Red Sox twice in the annual exhibition game. He also compiled a 10-14 record with a 5.99 ERA in 186 1/3 innings with 154 strikeouts.

MacDonald played his summer ball in 2007 for the Union City Greyhounds in the Kentucky Illinois Tennessee (KIT) League and the Thomas HiToms in Coastal Plains League in 2008.

MacDonald was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 18th round (551st pick overall) of the 2009 MLB Draft. In his first pro season with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the NY-Penn League, MacDonald went 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA and 8 saves as the closer, plus made the Single A All-Star team.

Tendonitis brought an end to MacDonald's professional career before the start of the 2010 season.

Tom McIntyre
Tom McIntyre

Pitcher / Shortstop
  After losing last year's All-Scholastic Mark Ostrander, Hopkinton was thought to be in a rebuilding year. Not with McIntyre on the roster. The senior posted a .463 average with a home run and was among the EMass leaders with 35 RBI's He was named Tri-Valley MVP and a first team all-star in his final year for the Hillers. As a pitcher, he was 4-2 for Hopkinton, which missed repeating as state champs with a loss to Wellesley in the quarterfinals. He earned the Presidential Award for excellence and was a member of the National Honor Society.  

McIntyre graduated from Boston College in 2009, but did not play baseball there. Following graduation from BC, he enrolled in Suffolk University Law School where he recently completed my first year.

McIntyre spent his summer of 2008 playing for the MetroWest A's in the Central New England Baseball Association, a Stan Musial League affiliate. From 2010 to 2012, McIntyre played for the Boston Athletics in the Boston Men's Baseball League, an MABL affiliate, chalking up a .374 average during that stretch.

Matt Nuzzo
Matt Nuzzo

  Nuzzo shared MVP honors in the Greater Boston League with Arlington's Sean O'Brien after batting .472 in 22 games for the Crimson in his senior year. The speedy Nuzzo racked up seven triples and five doubles to go with his 22 runs scored and 25 batted in. A four-year starter for Everett, Matt never missed a game, playing in 83 in his career. His .472 average led the EMass wood bat leagues this season and led Everett to a share of the GBL crown. Nuzzo was named Player of the Year in football and will attend Brown University, where he will play both sports.  

At Brown University, Nuzzo picked up 198 hits and finished with a 4-year career .317 batting average, including 20 home runs and 104 RBI in 168 games.

Nuzzo spent the 2006 & 2007 summers playing for the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod League, where he homered in his first career at-bat, as well as the 2008 season for the Hyannis Mets. He also spent time from 2006 through 2009 playing for the Wakefield Merchants in Boston's Intercity League where he compiled a .388 average.

Nuzzo was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 24th Round (730th overall) of the 2009 MLB Draft. Nuzzo played his first pro season with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays and hit .239 through 34 games. In 2010, Nuzzo moved up to the Auburn Doubledays and hit .250. In 2011, Nuzzu played for the Lansing Lugnuts in the Midwest League and hit .267.

Scott Savastano
Scott Savastano

Plymouth North
  The speedy Savastano was a threat at the plate and on the basepaths for Plymouth North. The two-time Atlantic Coast League MVP was 21 for 21 in stolen base opportunities and hit .600 with a .700 on-base percentage. He also slugged four homers and drove in 28 runs while only striking out twice for the 17-4 Blue Eagles. The senior was a 33d round pick of the Chicago White Sox but plans to attend Franklin Pierce College. He was also named a league all-star in hockey and football. This summer he will be in the infield for the Plymouth Post 40 Region.  

Savastano played 3 years at Franklin Pierce University. His sophomore year, Savastano played only 19 games after suffering an injury in the first game of the season. Yet, he wound up hitting .357 with 25 hits and 14 RBI and was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 28th Round (857th overall) of the 2007 MLB Draft. Savastano did not sign and returned to Franklin Pierce where as a junior, batted .390 with 9 homers, 20 doubles, 2 triples, 46 walks, 45 RBI and 65 runs scored in 58 games.

Savastano played the summer of 2006 with the Keene Swamp Bats and 2007 with the Pittsfield Dukes, both of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

Savastano was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 28th Round (852nd overall) of the 2008 MLB Draft. His first season, he hit .298 for the Arizona League Mariners, spent a few games with the Everett AquaSox Single A Club, and was promoted to the Triple A Tacoma Rainiers in the Pacific Coast League for a game, where he went 2 for 4. Savastano spent the 2009 in Single A for the Clinton LumberKings in the Midwest League, where he finished his All-Star season at .300 even with 6 homers, 53 RBI, 12 steals and 56 walks.

In 2010, Savastano hit .318 for the High Desert Mavericks in High Single A, which got him promoted to the Double A West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx, where he hit .287. Savastano played the 2011 season in Double A for the Jackson Generals in the Southern League, hitting .283. In 2012, Savastano made it to Triple A, hitting .253 for the Tacoma Rainiers.

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