WORCESTER, Mass. – Clark University junior Nick Guarino (New Haven, Conn.) solidified his summer plans recently as the left-hander inked a contract with the Nashua Silver Knights of the Future's Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL).
The FCBL, which was established in 2010, has been a summer landing spot for some of the premier collegiate ballplayers throughout the United States and beyond. The league has seen a total of 190 players drafted or signed by MLB teams since its inception nine years ago.
"(Nick) has been at the top of our rotation since he's been here," second-year Clark University head coach Billy Cather said. "Competing in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference is going to make him ready next summer to go out and compete with the best in the country and that's really what the FCBL has."
"He's going to be able to see how other players throughout the country work day in and day out and that it's not just a sometime thing, it's an everyday grind. Guys in the FCBL are going to be getting drafted, playing in the big leagues, so seeing that he can compete with those guys is a confidence boost for him I think going into this season and into next season."
Guarino is coming off his best collegiate season so far with Clark University, tossing a career-high 62.0 innings with a career-low earned run average of 3.05 for a 2-4 overall record on the bump. The New Haven, Conn. native finished second on the pitching staff a season ago with 37 strikeouts while recording two complete games.
The southpaw enjoyed his best career-performance on April 27 when Guarino went the distance against Coast Guard Academy, striking out 10 batters for the first time in his career to pilot the Cougars to a 2-1 victory over the Bears.
Guarino follows the path of Clark University alum Kyle Bonicki who captured an FCBL championship with the Silver Knights during the summer of 2017 – just one year after becoming the first in league history to swat 70 hits in a single season while with the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs. Cougars' pitching coach Ty Sterner also has strong ties to the FCBL as well, being selected in the 23rd round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds following seasons with the Dirt Dawgs and Seacoast Mavericks.
"Playing in the FCBL this summer is going to be a great opportunity for me to develop as a player," Guarino said about the opportunity to compete in the FCBL with the Silver Knights. "In addition to playing against some of the best talent in the northeast, being around people who have had success in this game at higher levels can only help prepare me more going into my senior season at Clark."
Guarino and the Clark University baseball team will look to build upon a 16-21 year in 2019 starting with the season-opener on February 22 against Elms College.