Article written by Mike Scandura, Special to ESPNBoston.com
FRANKLIN, Mass. -- Baseball players who are climbing the minor league ladder learn that the way to increase their value is by being able to play more than one position.
That’s a lesson learned by Franklin High senior Nick Santucci who’s ranked No. 16 in the Massachusetts Class of 2016 by Prep Baseball Report.
While Santucci is Franklin’s starting shortstop he’s equally if not more proficient in the outfield.
“Center field is where I played when I played summer ball on my AAU team,” said Santucci who’s signed a letter of intent to play for Rollins College, a Florida school that annually has one of the nation’s best Division 2 programs. “I kind of excelled when I was put there. That’s where I was getting most of my looks in the summer from colleges and that’s the position for which I was recruited.
“But I definitely enjoy playing the infield. I jumped at the opportunity to be multi-positioned because I was a good thing to learn. If you play more positions you become more valuable as a player so I thought it was a good opportunity for me to expand my game and see more of the game from different positions.
“I really enjoyed being moved to shortstop and learning and growing as a shortstop,” continued Santucci. “I was really thankful I was moved there my sophomore year by coach (Zach) Brown.”