Silver Knights’ eyes on this week’s MLB Draft

Photo courtesy of Bryant University Merrimack's Mickey Gasper, a Silver Knight alum, is hoping after not getting plucked last year that he gets selected in the Major League Amateur Draft that begins Monday.

NASHUA – The odds are this week a former Nashua Silver Knight will be drafted by a Major League team.

And definitely a, well, almost current Silver Knight.

Bedford High School’s Grant Lavigne, whom the Knights were set to have on their roster courtesy of Wake Forest University, could even go as high as the first round, some say. Even if he’s in the top three or four rounds, it’s unlikely the soon-to-be high school graduate will ever don a Silver Knights uniform.

Ironically Lavigne will be playing at Holman Stadium on Wednesday for the Bulldogs vs. Concord in the Division I semis.

“Whatever happens on Monday will definitely be great for him and his family,” Neverett said. “And that’s what it’s all about.”

The former Knights names that are possibilities include for the second straight year former Merrimack High School standout Mickey Gasper. Bryant University’s Gasper, like former Knight Max Burt of Northeastern, were possibilities last year but are hoping the second time is the charm. Former Knights center fielder Charlie McConnell, a junior at N.U., the CAA Player of the Year, is virtual certainty to get plucked. The speedy McConnell hit .347, stole 37 bases and scored 48 runs “He’s definitely going to get drafted,” Neverett said.

Burt hit .272 with 12 doubles, three homers and 32 RBIs for the Huskies.

Neverett feels that Gasper’s 2017 Cape Cod season should convince scouts he’s worth a pick after they bypassed the catcher a year ago.

“All he did was show them at the Cape, hitting .325,” Neverett said. “Mickey’s in a great position. This is his time. We’re rooting for him. We want to see him get picked.”

All Gasper did for Bryant this year was hit .340 with eight homers and 43 RBIs.

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The Silver Knights clinic went over well with the Cal Ripken League Sunday, as several players and league officials were at Sunday’s game.

“It was phenomenal,” Neverett said. “We had about 140 kids here and it went great. I had a chat with a lot of parents. It was fabulous, couldn’t have been better, and the (Knights) players were great.”

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It will be interesting to see what havoc the weather causes with the schedule the next couple of days, especially for Tuesday’s big 11 a.m. Education Day game. Rain is in the forecast for both today and Tuesday, and Martha’s Vineyard is the opponent for both, planning to stay here overnight. But if Monday’s game is rained out, it’s unlikely they would come up to stay overnight Monday just for one game Tuesday and with that game also in doubt.

The Knights will play the Sharks here next Monday, June 11, and are slated to be at the Vineyard on Tuesday, so it might be a convenient rescheduling of the Education Day game if it’s needed.

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Sunday was a tough debut for former Souhegan standout Bryce Reagan, who went 0-for-4, striking out four times…

Another soon-to-be college freshman, Virginia Tech bound Nick Biddison, arrived Sunday and started behind the plate, and went 1 for 3…

Tufts University junior Spencer Langdon is slated to take the mound for his first Knights start on Monday – or the next time they play….

That could be Wednesday, when the Knights are set to play a morning game vs. North Shore at Lynn’s Fraser Field. Pitching coach Kyle Jackson will manage the team then, as Neverett has to work his teaching job at Fairgrounds Junior High. Jackson is 4-0 as acting manager.