In the eighth edition of our Bison Summer Series, baseball senior Luke Johnson talks about his time in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
I'm playing summer baseball for the Martha's Vineyard Sharks in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, which is comprised of nine teams in the New England area. We play a 56-game schedule in just over two months. It's a very competitive league full of players from all over the country.
I was lucky enough to be selected to the All-Star Game, which was an experience I'll never forget. We had a pro workout in front of about 30 scouts and also had a game later that night.
The coaching staff at Bucknell connected with the Sharks program so I could have this great opportunity. It's been a lot of fun playing with and against guys from all over the country.
Since we play on Martha's Vineyard, we take a ferry to all away games, which is a cool experience. Another cool experience is being able to interact with the locals on a daily basis. They like to ask us all sorts of questions regarding our team, our college and our aspirations to keep playing the game.
It's been a privilege playing out here for the summer. I've learned a lot about how to connect with people from different backgrounds and what motivates different guys. This will definitely help with leadership opportunities at Bucknell.
Johnson, an Economics major, has appeared in 92 games since arriving in Lewisburg. As a junior in 2017, he was selected to the All-Patriot League second team after hitting .282 with three home runs, 27 RBIs and 24 runs scored. During his time in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, he helped the East Division win the All-Star Game on July 18 and has posted a .242 batting average, 16 RBIs and 20 runs scored in 34 games with the Sharks.
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