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Peabody Native Gustin Adds to 2018 Navigators' Local Crop

December 21, 2017 - Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) - North Shore Navigators News Release

LYNN, Mass. -- The North Shore Navigators added another local product and a franchise-record fifth rising college freshman to their initial 2018 roster on Wednesday, as general manager Bill Terlecky announced the signing of Peabody native and future Bryant infielder Jake Gustin.

"Jake is another top high school prospect from the area that we're excited to have join the Navigators for 2018," Terlecky said. "He comes to us with experience from strong high school and AAU programs, and I'm confident he'll fit right in and be a strong presence on the infield."

The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder primarily plays shortstop and enters his senior season at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School as reigning Most Valuable Player in the Northeastern Conference. Gustin, who is also an alum of former pro Matt Antonelli's AAU program, hit .409 with two home runs, 17 RBI, 19 runs scored, and nine stolen bases in 23 games. Remarkably, he struck out just twice over the entire season. He also plays point guard in basketball.

Gustin becomes just the second-ever Navigator from Bryant, following in the footsteps of fellow Peabody native Brandon Bingel, a St. John's Prep grad who currently pitches in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He is also the first Tanner position player to commit to a Division 1 school since outfielder Kyle Multner, who played for the Navs following his sophomore season at UMass in 2009.

Gustin will play for the Futures Collegiate Baseball League club before joining head coach Steve Owens, former Navs assistant Kyle Pettoruto, and their New England regional power in Smithfield, R.I. The Bulldogs won their fifth straight Northeast Conference regular-season title in 2017 and have put together three 40-win seasons over the last five.

The Navigators will be announcing more additions to the roster in the coming weeks and months in preparation for the 2018 season, which begins on May 31.

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