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Lincoln-Sudbury, Fredericks hit MLB draft trifecta

ADAM RAVENELLE

ADAM RAVENELLE

Lincoln-Sudbury Regional baseball coach Kirk Fredericks had tears in his eyes Saturday as he watched his young daughters, Reese and Molly, perform in a gymnastics show in Framingham.

“If anyone had looked, they’d probably have thought I was getting emotional watching them,’’ said Fredericks.

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“But I can see my daughters dance and cartwheel every day. But it’s not every day that you learn three of your former players who dedicated themselves to baseball have been drafted by a major league team.’’

Adam Ravenelle, a junior righthander at Vanderbilt University, was chosen by the Detroit Tigers in the fourth round last week, and Bryant junior outfielder Carl Anderson was taken in the 19th round by the Pirates, while Binghamton University outfielder Billy Bereszniewicz heard from the Dodgers in the 28th round.

Ravenelle and Anderson were seniors on the Warriors club that won the Division 1 state title for Fredericks in 2011, while Bereszniewicz was a 2010 graduate.

All three texted their former coach and each other with the good news.

Bereszniewicz, the America East Conference’s top hitter (.367) and base stealer (23) who set a school single-season record with 77 hits, planned to sign with Los Angeles on Tuesday upon arrival in Arizona.

“It’s a dream come true,’’ said Bereszniewicz, who sparked Binghamton to back-to-back America East titles and NCAA tournament berths the past two seasons. “My goal was to play Division 1 baseball and anything beyond that was a bonus. I’m also excited for Carl and Rav.

“We talk about Coach Fredericks all the time, as a coach and a person, and how much we appreciate everything he’s done for us. He comes to our games and he’s like another parent.’’

Bereszniewicz suffered a blood clot after his freshman year of college that required the removal of two ribs. He missed half of that summer’s season with Old Orchard Beach of the New England Collegiate Baseball League and all of the fall season at Binghamton. He also came back from a broken hand his junior year.

“After all that has happened, I’m especially happy the way things turned out this year and being a big part of that,’’ he said. “It’s definitely the way I wanted to go out.’’

The Tigers, according to a team official, cannot negotiate with Ravenelle until Vanderbilt has completed play in the College World Series, which starts Saturday. In 21 relief appearances, the righthander is 3-2 with a 1.56 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 34 innings.

Ravenelle, a 44th-round pick by the Yankees three years ago, could not comment on future plans, but expressed a desire to play professionally as recently as two weeks ago.

“It’s incredibly exciting, something I’ve been looking forward to since I was six years old,’’ he said. “The three of us picked the same year may be an anomaly for a Massachusetts high school. When I found out Carl and Billy were drafted, it made the weekend even sweeter.’’

Anderson was en route to Pittsburgh on Tuesday to sign his contract with the Pirates. He will report to the team’s New York- Penn League affiliate in Jamestown, N.Y. Jamestown, which begins its season Friday, is managed by Brian Esposito, a fifth-round pick by the Red Sox in 2000.

Named to the Baton Rouge NCAA Regional All-Tournament team after hitting .500 (5-for-10) in a pair of 10-innings losses, Anderson wound up at .324 with 11 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 41 RBIs, and 49 runs scored. He also stole 31 bases, setting Division 1 single-season and career records in the process.

The Lincoln-Sudbury trio — called a “hat trick’’ by the jubilant Fredericks via social media — were among seven area players whose names were called during the three-day draft that concluded Saturday.

The others were University of Notre Dame pitcher (and basketball standout) Pat Connaughton of Arlington (fourth round/Baltimore); St. Sebastian’s first baseman Justin Bellinger of Weston (11th round/Cardinals); Boston College redshirt sophomore pitcher Andrew Chin of Newton and Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (15th round/Yankees); and St. John’s High senior catcher Scott Manea (40th round/Mariners).

Connaughton was scheduled to fly to Baltimore, take his physical and sign by Thursday. He will attend a pitching orientation session in Florida and play in the minors through July 30.

“I have to be back to Notre Dame because the basketball team is traveling to Italy from August 5 through 15 to play some international teams,’’ said Connaughton, who pitched last summer with the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League before returning to the basketball court. “I couldn’t have planned out what has happened more perfectly.’’

A 38th round pick of the San Diego Padres following his graduation from St. John’s Prep in Danvers, the 6-5 righty was 3-5 and had a 3.92 ERA in 62 innings this season.

Bellinger and Chin are playing in collegiate summer leagues, while Manea will honor his commitment to attend North Carolina State.

The 6-3, 230-pound Bellinger, who batted .490 with 28 RBIs and three homers this spring and was the ISL’s Hitter of the Year, has reported to the Wilmington, N.C., team in the Coastal Plain League, and anticipates the Cardinals will further evaluate him there.

“I haven’t heard back from St. Louis as far as the money goes, so I haven’t made up my mind,’’ he said on Monday. “At the moment I’m leaning toward playing at Duke.’’

A fifth-round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011, Chin missed most of his senior season in high school and subsequently underwent reconstructive elbow surgery.

The lefthander had his best season at BC — 5-2 with a 3.10 ERA — this spring, and is pitching this summer for the Chatham Anglers on Cape Cod.

“I have two great choices,’’ Chin said. “I have loved my time at Boston College and I will discuss with my family what my best options are. I know I have the support of the BC baseball family.’’

The deadline for major league teams to sign their draft picks is July 18.

Marvin Pave can be reached at marvin.pave@rcn.com.
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