Navigators Sign D1 Outfielders Gunn, Whorf

02/03/2020 7:30 AM

LYNN, Mass. -- The North Shore Navigators continue to build their roster for the upcoming Futures Collegiate Baseball League season and announced the signing of two Division 1 players to roam the Fraser Field grass in 2020.

Following their college seasons at Penn State and UMass, respectively, Joe Gunn and Jack Whorf will join the Navigator outfield. President and General Manager Derek January introduced the North Shore ballclub’s two newest members on Monday.

Gunn hails from New Castle, Pa., and returned to his home state’s Nittany Lions after playing at Ball State as a freshman and St. Johns River State (Fla.) as a sophomore. He hit .235 with a home run, 18 RBI and eight stolen bases in 48 games at the latter school during 2018 before missing last season due to injury. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Gunn played in 30 games at Ball State where he originally enrolled after being ranked as Pennsylvania’s top high school outfielder and a Second Team All-American by Perfect Game.

Scouting Report: amazing athlete with speed to burn … former quarterback who will be a very exciting player to watch … MLB comp: Tim Raines.

Whorf adds to North Shore’s heavy Massachusetts flavor as the 5-foot-9, 170-pound UMass freshman calls Weston home and headed to college in Amherst after playing three seasons of varsity ball at Xaverian Brothers High School. He captained the Hawks during his final season after earning Boston Herald All-Scholastic, Catholic Conference All-Star and team MVP honors as a junior when he hit .347 with 18 RBI and 12 runs scored.

Scouting Report: very consistent player … excellent hitter and outfielder … will be a big part of UMass team as a freshman … MLB comp: Andrew Benintendi.

The Navs are now preparing for the 13th season of collegiate ball at Fraser Field and their ninth in the Futures League. The 2020 opener is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27. Until then, stay up to date on the latest Navs news by visiting nsnavs.com and following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.