PBR Futures Games Team Connecticut Roster Features Top Rhode Island Baseball Talent

This past weekend, newly inducted members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame stood in front of family, friends, and fellow Hall members to give speeches. Each new Hall member thanked beloved family members and trusted coaches and life long teammates. And each echoed one word in their speeches – opportunity. Opportunity, along with talent and timing, is a cherished commodity in reaching your goals in sports, education, relationships, and ultimately the path you walk in life. And when a baseball player, regardless of age, has the talent and their schedule permits and is invited to an opportunity to showcase it front of scouts, coaches, and decision makers – it is a beautiful thing!

Yesterday afternoon, I saw a post on the New England Chapter of Prep Baseball Report touting a Team Connecticut roster reveal for the upcoming 2022 PBR Future Games. I looked through the names on the post and noticed a few Rhode Island players on the roster. More about them in a minute. First, from the Prep Baseball Report New England page, “The 11th annual Future Games will take place on July 27-30 at Lake Point in Emerson, Georgia. Top uncommitted prospects in the classes of 2024 and 2025 will participate in one of the most popular events each year. There will be 32 teams, including Team Connecticut, with players representing 40 states plus Canadian prospects. Each team will play three games the final three days of the event after all position players are put through a showcase workout on Wednesday, the first day of the Future Games.

Connecticut will play Colorado at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, New York at 10:00 a.m. Friday and Oklahoma at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.

More than 200 colleges from across the country will be looking on as approximately 500 players participate in this year’s event. In 2018, a record 253 college and professional coaches and scouts were in attendance, six more than the previous season and around 100 more than the year prior. To view the schedule for the Future Games, please click here.”

So, here are the Rhode Island players invited to play for Team Connecticut in the 2022 PBR Futures Games, along with their current High School and AAU/Travel Team:

  • Cole Hambly – 1B/3B, Bishop Hendricken High School, New England Scorpions
  • Michael Poole – P, Westerly High School, Ocean State Makos
  • Gabe Tanous – SS, Barrington High School, Jr. Bay Sox
  • Nick Spaner – C, Portsmouth High School, Ocean State Makos
  • Andrew Ray – OF, Cumberland High School, L & M Baseball
  • Ryan Thompson – RHP/1B – Bishop Hendricken High School, NEB Jays

Congratulations to the entire Team Connecticut roster and especially the 6 Rhode Island student-athletes who were selected. What an incredible opportunity to showcase your talent in front of your peers, scouts, and coaches this summer. Best of luck to you and your families as you compete for Team Connecticut in the PBR Future Games!

Here is the link to the press release on the PBR New England page – Team Connecticut Roster Revealed

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