Driver Continues To Make Strides

Bruce Hefflinger
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Driver Continues To Make Strides

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Jay Driver RHP / OF / Wellesley, MA / 2020

WELLESLEY HILLS, Ma. - The past year has had a huge impact on the baseball life of Jay Driver.

From his high school season to the Future Games, Driver is making a name for himself on the recruiting trail.

“This past high school season we had a few injuries and I became the number two starter behind Henry Weycker, a Virginia Tech commit,” explained the 32nd-rated 2020 in New England. “I started pitching well and learned that I can control the game and strike out hitters. Then came the Future Games in the summer and I pitched well again. To do that against the best players from all the other states ... I’m beginning to realize college baseball is a possibility.”

Pitching at the next level is something the hard-throwing right-hander has wanted to do for quite awhile.

“It’s been a dream for me for a long time,” Driver said of playing college baseball. “I always thought I wanted to play on that stage and to start picking up interest now is cool to see. It motivates me to keep going and keep working hard to strive for that goal.”

Visits to Northeastern and Holy Cross along with camps at Brown and Harvard have all taken place since the Future Games for the third-ranked unsigned junior right-handed pitcher in New England.

“I had little interest from coaches at the start of the summer but the Future Games was very helpful,” Driver explained. “I had a lot of contact from coaches after that. It was a great event with a ton of scouts watching. In past years Massachusetts had not done well there, but this year our team went 3-0.”

The PBR event gave colleges a glimpse of what Driver can do.

“All of those I’ve talked with came from the Future Games,” Driver noted. “They like where I’m at now, how hard I throw and they also like my curve. They think I can develop more by putting on more weight and getting in the weight room.”

That is an area the 6-2 190-pounder has focused on since the summer.

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