08/13/2020 10:08 AM
LYNN, Mass. -- Two members of the North Shore Navigators were named finalists for the Futures Collegiate Baseball League's 2020 Most Valuable Player honor, it was announced on Thursday.
Outfielder Ben Malgeri (Northeastern) and infielder Cody Morissette (Boston College) were selected among the group of six finalists.
After earning 2019 FCBL All-Star honors, Malgeri returned to the Navigators for a second straight summer and has put up more impressive numbers. The outfielder from Stratham, N.H., is hitting .294 with eight doubles, five triples, two home runs, 22 RBI and 17 stolen bases. His 36 runs scored are eight more than any other player, and he also leads the league in triples and steals. Malgeri hit both of his homers and finished with a franchise-record seven RBI during an Aug. 9 win at New Britain.
Morissette is making a major impact for a second FCBL team within the last three years as he ranks eighth in the league with a .329 average. The Exeter, N.H., native has knocked in 28 runs, stolen 12 bases and reached base at a .464 clip from the heart of the North Shore lineup. One of the top infield prospects in the country ahead of the 2021 MLB Draft, Morissette has eight multi-RBI games and six multi-hit games on the season.
The two Exeter, N.H., graduates have spent the majority of the 2020 season in the lineup with the league's reigning MVP in outfielder Sean Lawlor. The Flagler College graduate and University of Maine transfer became the first player in North Shore Navigators history to win an MVP honor in 2019 after he hit .351 with 15 doubles, eight homers, 40 RBI and 111 total bases in 50 games.
The winners of the MVP and Pitcher of the Year awards as well as the Adam Keenan Sportsmanship & Scholarship Award, Defensive Player of the Year, Relief Pitcher of the Year, Top Pro Prospects and Manager of the Year will be announced next week. All-FCBL First and Second Teams will also be chosen following the conclusion of the playoffs.