Courtesy of Salem State Sports Information
SALEM, MASS. – Former Salem State baseball standouts Richard Fecteau '16 and Mike Davis '16 have continued to impress on the diamond this summer, as both players are enjoying successful post-collegiate baseball careers in the professional ranks.
Fecteau, the former Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Player and Rookie of the Year, was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2016. The Newbury, Massachusetts native was recently promoted to Single-A Burlington (Iowa) of the Midwest League after spending last season and the beginning of this year with the Angels' rookie affiliates in the Arizona and Pioneer Leagues.
Fecteau began the year in Arizona, and after a stint in Utah with the Orem Owlz, where he had nine hits, including two home runs and nine runs batted in, in six games, the third baseman moved up to Class-A Burlington in July, homering in just his second game. In 11 games so far this season, Fecteau has collected a pair of round trippers and scored six runs.
"My experience in the minors has been a journey. Last year I spent the whole season in Arizona rookie ball trying to make adjustments to the speed of the game and learning how to play third base. This year I had a great spring training until I got injured and had to get a minor knee surgery, which put me out for about six weeks. This was a challenge, as I had to find that groove I was in before the injury. It took me a little while to get comfortable playing again, but now I feel great, and I feel as though I've been playing some very good baseball at the low Single-A level."
Davis, an All-MASCAC and All New-England selection in 2016, spent this past winter in Rincón, Puerto Rico after earning an invitation to the Puerto Rico Instructional Baseball League (PRIBL). His performance led to a contract with the Old Orchard Beach Surge of the Empire League, which is a four team Independent Professional Baseball Organization based in New York, New Hampshire and Maine.
Davis, who ranks 11th amongst all prospects in the Empire League, is the No. 2 rated outfielder. He got off to a strong start this season, which included a four-for-four effort on opening day and a three-run home run in his second start. The Peabody, Massachusetts native is among the team leaders in home runs (2), RBI (10) and tops the team with six doubles.
"The transition from college to pro has gone well. Everyone here is on the same playing-level, so there are a lot of adjustments that I've had to make in order to get better each and every day. Right now I am going to continue to work hard towards improving my game, and hopefully continue on with an affiliated team."