After setting a franchise record for wins this summer, the Pittsfield Suns’ season came to a close last night in the playoffs at Worcester.
Nevertheless, the team picked up another victory this morning.
The Futures League Tuesday named Suns outfielder Mark Coley the league’s Best Pro Prospect this season. The announcement was one of several as the FCBL unveiled its year-end awards for the 2019 campaign.
The Futures League’s Best Pro Prospect award is given annually to the player who best demonstrates the skills and potential to reach the major leagues.
The Bloomfield, Conn., native was electric all season long, batting .327 with seven home runs, 29 RBI, and 38 runs scored. He ranked among the league’s top-10 in batting average (8th), runs scored (5th), home runs (tie-5th), RBI (8th), doubles (15, tie-2nd), triples (3, tie-3rd), and steals (14, tie-5th). Coley topped the FCBL in slugging percentage with a .607 mark and was fifth with a .439 on-base percentage.
The rising sophomore from the University of Rhode Island also led the Suns in hits (49), runs, doubles, triples, and steals.
Coley was selected to the 2019 Futures League All-Star Game on July 16 at Wahconah Park and started in right field for the Hillies. He also wowed big league scouts prior to the game at the FCBL’s annual Scout Day event, when the league’s top players participated in a combine in front of major league representatives. This year, more than two dozen major league personnel were on hand to see Coley and the other all-stars shine.
Suns fans may best remember the soft-spoken Coley for his penchant for big moments. For instance, he drove in the tying run late in the game on back-to-back nights in July, including Pittsfield’s miraculous 13-12 comeback win over Westfield on July 24, when they trailed 10-2. He smacked two home runs in a game to lead the Suns to victory over the Nashua Silver Knights on his mother’s birthday, with his mom watching from the stands. Coley also flashed the leather in the field, sparkling both in the outfield and at second base.
Coley and teammate Jackson Petersen, who led the Futures League with nine home runs and finished third with 39 RBI, were both finalists for the FCBL Most Valuable Player award. The league MVP ultimately went to North Shore’s Sean Lawlor.
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