Thursday, March 3, 2011


Kevin Chapman (below) and Kyle Bellow (right) both 4rd Draft Picks for Kansas City and Cleveland respectively, headline an impressive crop of Navs who've been drafted by MLB franchises and are currently in MLB Spring Training Camps.

The New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) serves as a talent platform for a number of college players from all across the nation. It also provides an experimental learning curve for many young pitchers and hitters still coming into their own. Some are inevitably on the path to superstardom, while others work harder and harder day by day to achieve the ultimate goal of one day playing in the big leagues. In fact, a number of NECBL alums have indeed done just that, including some in the Navigator franchise's past teams.

As for the Navigators, the organization has seen ten former players drafted by an MLB organization. Click on the player's name to see a picture (* Indicates player is still in college)

Drafted Rd. Overall Player Pos. Drafted by Current Team
2010 4 119 Kevin Chapman LHP Royals Wilmington/Royals/A+
2010 10 314 Matt Lewis RHP Braves Danville/Braves/Rookie
2010 13 402 Jason Markovitz LHP Mariners Clinton/Mariners/A
2010 29 867 Garret Levsen* RHP Pirates
2010 29 882 Jon McGibbon* 1B Mariners
2010 42 1274 Ben Waldrip* 1B Braves
2010 42 1283 Dan Slania* RHP Red Sox
2010 48 1452 Patrick Brady UTL Mariners AZL Mariners/Rookie
2010 50 1510 Eric Jagielo* 3B Cubs
2010 FA Mike Gallo RHP Nationals GCL Nationals/Rookie
2009 4 125 Kyle Bellows 3B Indians Kinston/Indians/A+
2009 12 359 Josh Garton RF Reds Dayton/Reds/A
2009 13 410 Chad Taylor* CF Cubs
2009 24 736 Peter Fatse 2B Brewers Brevard County/Brewers/A+
2009 27 819 John Folino RHP Cardinals
2009 35 1066 Matt Costello LHP Brewers Wisconsin/Brewers/A
2008 31 945 Sean Gilmartin* LHP Padres

Several former players from the Navigators predecessors, the Holyoke Giants and Middletown Giants, have made it to professional baseball, including several from Middletown that have made it to the Majors (bold are currently on a MLB team):

Name Position Team Debut Year Current MLB Team
Craig Breslow LHP San Diego Padres 2005 Oakland A’s
Jesse Carlson RHP Toronto Blue Jays 2008 Toronto Blue Jays
Doug Clark LF San Francisco Giants 2005
Rajai Davis CF Pittsburgh Pirates 2006 Toronto Blue Jays
Mike Parisi RHP St. Louis Cardinals 2008
Chad Paronto RHP Baltimore Orioles 2001
Mike Smith RHP Toronto Blue Jays 2002
Earl Snyder 1B/OF Cleveland Indians 2002

Drafted Rd. Overall Player Pos. Drafted By Current Team
2003 14 402 Stephen Bray RHP Royals Tacoma/Mariners/AAA
2005 23 704 Chris Blazek LHP Astros Tri-City/Astros/A-
2006 33 1002 Wilberto Ortiz SS Angels Potomac/Nationals/A+

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