CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Lynx junior Tyler Plourd (Canton, Conn.) has been signed by the Martha's Vineyard Sharks of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL). The FCBL is made up of nine teams throughout the New England region comprised of elite collegiate athletes playing in a minor league style format. After its debut season in 2011, the FCBL is already regarded as one of the premier leagues in the country.
"It's going to be an amazing experience," says the outfielder who led the Lynx in hitting during the 2012 season. "The opportunity to face top-tier pitching and competition is something I am really looking forward to."
Plourd, who was able to get familiar with the FCBL and specifically the M.V. Sharks last summer while vacationing with his family, will join a Sharks squad that struggled down the stretch and finished four games out of the playoffs.
"Adding Tyler gives us a nice blend as far as outfielders go," describes Sharks General Manager, Jerry Murphy, who signed Plourd in late September. "He adds great depth in our outfield, gives us a good combo of righties and lefties, and excellent speed – and that's what we're looking for. We have a big outfield down here, and these guys will be able to cover a lot of ground."
"We really focused on bringing in good athletes and quality ballplayers –Tyler fits that mold."
Despite doing a great deal of traveling, Tyler will be living on Martha's Vineyard with a host family that he is assigned to.
"Having a host family and playing baseball somewhere other than my hometown will be an experience I will remember forever," he says. "It will definitely be a grind considering we have to travel off the island for away games, but when the opportunity arose I knew I couldn't turn it down."
Murphy and the rest of the Sharks team is excited to welcome Tyler as they look to finish a push to the playoffs in 2013.
"He's a solid outfielder," says Murphy. "We've fallen apart towards the end of the season the past two years. Our lack of depth, especially in the outfield, has hurt us. It's a grind of a season – a marathon – playing 54 games in about 62 days, so it's important to have different guys be able to step up."
"We're anxious to get started here in June. It will be a great experience for Tyler and everyone else we have coming."
Lynx Head Coach Mike Rocco remains excited for Plourd and the experience he will get while playing in the FCBL.
"I am extremely excited for Tyler and this opportunity. In their short existence, the FCBL has become one of the premier summer baseball leagues in the country and Tyler is going to have the chance to play against some of the best players from Division III all the way to Division I. Hopefully this will open the door for other players in our program to play in the FCBL and leagues similar to it."
Before Plourd heads to the island to play ball, he will lead a Lesley squad that will open up the 2013 schedule at the 2013 RussMatt Invitational in Winter Haven, Florida on March 9th vs. Clark University.
"As much as I would like to get caught up in the thoughts of warm weather and baseball on the Vineyard, I'm focused on Lesley baseball and winning an NECC title this year."