Former Baseball U Alum Pat Light made his MLB debut with the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, April 26th for the Boston Red Sox vs the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta.
Pat a 2009 graduate of Baseball U was a first round selection out of Monmouth University in 2012.
With his debut Pat becomes the 5th player in the 9 year history of Baseball U to make it to the big leagues. Pat joins former Baseball U alum Sean Nolin (Oakland A's), Tommy LaStella (Chicago Cubs), Nick Ahmed (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Steven Matz (NY Mets).
In the summer of 2008 Pat and NY Mets Steven Matz were teammates on the Baseball U Prospects team.
Baseball U has had 74 alumni players drafted in their first 8 MLB drafts. In those MLB Draft selections an amazing stat is that Baseball U has had 5 1st round selections in the past 4 MLB drafts.
With the 2016 MLB Draft around the corner on June 9th Baseball U alum are looking to keep that streak alive. According to Baseball America and other publications three players in Alex Kirilloff (Plum HS, Pittsburgh,PA), Jeff Belge (Henniger HS, NY) a St. John's commit who is back to throwing in the low and mid 90's and JD Dunn (Boston College, Jr) who has hit 95MPH could have a shot to help keep the 1st round streak alive.
Other high school draft hopefuls that are getting plenty of interest from last years Baseball U Class of 2016 include Max Kranick (Valley View HS,PA) who is a UVA commit and Robbie Peto (Monroe HS,NJ) who is a UNC commit.
Two other players who also played with Baseball U in their early years are two Christian Brothers Academy teammates Brandon Martorano and Luca Dalatri who are also getting quite a bit of attention from MLB Scouts.
In my opinion this years class of 2016 is the largest pool of high school talent in the northeast for the MLB Draft since I have been involved in baseball.
It is great to see the northeast on the rise when it comes to competing with other talent from around the country.