05/28/2020 8:54 AM
LYNN, Mass. -- Two players with ties to the North Shore Navigators were selected as Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division 1 All-Americans this week.
Competing in the talented Atlantic Coast Conference, Boston College third baseman Cody Morissette (2020) and University of Miami pitcher Brian Van Belle (2017) were both chosen as Second Team All-Americans. The Navs are the only Futures Collegiate Baseball League team with multiple current players and/or alumni honored as Collegiate Baseball All-Americans this year.
An Exeter, N.H., native, Morissette is set to join the Navs this summer as the first two-time All-American in BC history. The rising junior ranked second in the ACC with his team-leading .448 average in 15 games, posted a whopping 1.177 OPS with six doubles and two home runs, drove in 11 runs and scored 14 more.
In 2019, Morissette was named to Collegiate Baseball’s All-America Third Team alongside then-senior and new Chicago White Sox pitching prospect Dan Metzdorf (2015), while he and BC classmate and returning Navs outfielder Sal Frelick (2018, 2020) were both Freshman All-Americans.
Morissette played for the Futures League’s Nashua Silver Knights in 2018, the same year Frelick was selected as the Top Pro Prospect. He was also a Cape Cod League All-Star for the Bourne Braves last summer.
Van Belle pitched in five games for North Shore back in 2017 while attending Broward College. He since developed into the Friday night starter and team captain for the top-10-ranked Hurricanes, posting a 2-0 record and 0.68 ERA ― the third-lowest mark in the ACC ― in four starts this season. He struck out 38 batters and walked just four over 26.1 innings, holding opponents to a .168 batting average.
The redshirt senior from Pembroke Pines, Fla., did not allow an earned run over his first 26.1 innings of work in 2020. Van Belle was the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s National Pitcher of the Month for February thanks in part to a career-high 14 strikeouts during his Feb. 28 win over Towson. He was also ranked as D1baseball’s top senior pitcher following the season.
Collegiate Baseball’s All-Americans reflect all games played before the 2020 college baseball season was stopped in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition, several of the rising college freshmen on North Shore’s roster this summer received All-America honors before their scheduled high school baseball seasons.
Three incoming Navs were selected as Perfect Game USA High Honorable Mention All-Americans:
RHP Griffin Green -- Phillips Andover (Virginia Tech)
Quigley and Hewett were also named to the All-Northeast Region First Team by Perfect Game. Quigley and Green were also named to the National High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Massachusetts Preseason All-America Team.
In addition to Green, the following players were All-Region Honorable Mentions:
LHP Tom Chmielewski -- Phillips Exeter (Princeton)
The Navs are now preparing for the 13th season of collegiate ball at Fraser Field and their ninth in the Futures League, which will begin on a date to be determined this summer. Stay up to date on the latest Navs news by visiting nsnavs.com and following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.