Who’s the Pack playing?
Opponent: Boston College
Mascot: Beejay Anya Bird | School Location: Chestnut Hill, MA | Conference: ACC
2021 Record: 14-13 (4-11, 7th Atlantic) | 2021 RPI Rank: 66
2020 Record: 6-9 (0-3, 7th Atlantic) | 2020 RPI Rank: 136
2019 Record: 31-27 (12-18, 7th Atlantic) | 2019 RPI Rank: 56
When? Where? How do I watch?
Location: Harrington Athletics Village (Brighton, MA)
Game Time(s): Fri, Apr 9 @ 3:00pm | Sat, Apr 10 @ 3:00pm | Sun, Apr 11 @ 1:00pm
Tell me about this team
Boston College features two of the top 2021 MLB Draft prospects in CF Sal Frelick and RHP Mason Pelio. Despite that - and an offense that is littered with guys who are tough outs - this team is struggling to find the win column.
As you’d expect, Frelick leads the charge at the plate, but is complemented well by power bat Luke Gold and a slew of other hitters who can more than hold their own. Outside of Frelick and Gold, there’s not an abundance of power, but the BC hitters consistently put the ball in play and work counts.
The issue is on the mound. Pelio is the big, projectable arm that has scouts intrigued, but Emmet Sheehan is actually having the better season. The issue is that there’s just not a lot after those two guys. Nobody has stepped up as the #3 starter, and aside from a pair of decent relievers, the bullpen is a hot mess. The defense behind them is fine, but nothing special.
Who’s on the mound for these guys?
Friday: RHP Mason Pelio (JR)
Saturday: RHP Emmet Sheehan (JR)
CF Sal Frelick (JR) - .368/.432/.598, 10 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 29 R, 19 RBI, 12 BB, 14 K, 6-8 SB. Entered the year as a projected 1st round pick in this summer’s MLB Draft and has done nothing to tarnish that projection. He’s got a lot of tools and defensive flexibility.
DH/3B Luke Gold (SO) - .330/.377/.661, 10 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, 21 R, 31 RBI, 9 BB, 17 K, 2-2 SB. 2nd year player who has tapped into the power this year that he displayed at the prep level.
3B/DH Vince Cimini (SO) - .328/.444/.448, 7 2B, 13 R, 8 RBI, 13 BB, 15 K, 3-3 SB. 2nd year player who didn’t get much run in 2020, but has shown exceptional plate discipline this year. Decent build suggests power could come later.
RF Dante Baldelli (SR) - .314/.400/.465, 7 2B, 2 HR, 17 R, 14 RBI, 13 BB, 29 K, 2-3 SB. Youngest brother of Rocco Baldelli. 5th year in the program, with this bein his 4th year as a full time starter. Solid college player with a current 9-game hitting streak and hits in 14 of his last 15 games.
2B Cody Morissette (JR) - .268/.388/.439, 3 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 16 R, 14 RBI, 15 BB, 20 K, 6-6 SB. All America selection after the 2020 season and a 2019 Freshman All American and 2nd Team All-ACC pick. Missed two weeks in the middle of March. After Frelick and Gold, this is the guy who worries me most.
RHP Mason Pelio (JR) - 3-3, 6.06 ERA, 35.2 IP, 38 H, 25 BB, 31 K. Control issues are quickly diminishing his draft stock. With two more years of eligibility remaining, he may well end up back at BC next year if he doesn’t finish strong this year. Mid-to-upper 90’s fastball with very good stuff from a huge frame.
RHP Emmet Sheehan (JR) - 3-2, 4.50 ERA, 40.0 IP, 34 H, 15 BB, 53 K. Dude could not find the plate his first two years on campus, but with increased control has come much improved results. He has a bit of a stiff delivery, but the FB has good run and the curve can be excellent when on.
LHP Joey Walsh (SR) - 1-2, 3 SV, 6.00 ERA, 24.0 IP, 25 H, 14 BB, 30 K. Another guy who has struggled with control in his career (78 BB, 19 HBP, 14 WP in 132.1 IP). Hasn’t been a strikeout guy until this year. Had one really really bad outing vs Clemson, but otherwise has been solid.
LHP Charlie Coon (FR) - 1-1, 1 SV, 3.72 ERA, 19.1 IP, 19 H, 6 BB, 27 K. Freshman arm has been a big boost for the Eagles bullpen. When the curve is on, it can have some serious bite.
RHP Alex Stiegler (SR) - 1-1, 1 SV, 6.03 ERA, 31.1 IP, 47 H, 8 BB, 36 K. Transfer from Yale who was a 2019 1st Team All Ivy League selection and was a Corvallis All-Regional selection in 2017. Started the last three weekends for BC, including throwing 5.0 shutout innings with 8 K vs UNC.
Quick! Fun Facts!
A little shocked to learn that BC has a player from NC on their roster: FR INF Corbin Lanowitz (Kernersville, NC). He hasn’t appeared in a game yet for the Eagles.
I also want to know how the BC coaching staff convinced FR C Brendan Roney to go to school in Boston after going to high school in Key West, FL.
Despite the horrid W/L record of the program over the last 20 or so years, BC has still finished Top 100 in RPI 17 times since 1999 and has made one Super Regional (2016, Coral Gables).
NC State leads the all-time series with BC, 27-16, and has won two-of-three in each of the last two series (2018, 2019).
If State’s pitchers can throw strikes and avoid letting the heart of the BC order do major damage, they should fare well in this one. At the plate, the Pack needs to be disciplined, work counts, and force the Eagles’ pitchers to consistently work in the zone.
Outcome: State takes two out of three