Marika Lyszczyk is set to become the first female player in the Futures League next summer, added to the roster of the Brockton Rox.
Lyszczyk, 21, played last season at Rivier University in New Hampshire and has since transferred to Sonoma State in California. A native of Delta, British Columbia, she became the first female catcher ever to play NCAA baseball in 2019-20.
Also a relief pitcher, she threw a scoreless inning for Rivier in both the 2019-20 and 2021-22 seasons, and was 1 for 9 at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI in 2019-20. Lyszczyk played the last two summers for the Sag Harbor Whalers of the Hamptons Collegiate League. Lyszczyk also worked with MLB.com last summer, helping to cover the All-Star Game on social media.
The Rox made news last summer when the sons of five former major leaguers played for the team. They are scheduled to begin their 2023 schedule on Wednesday, May 24, with the home opener at Campanelli Stadium the following night.