Ian Strom making one of his trademark diving catches. (Photo/Bob Ellis/UMass Lowell) Strom Strom named FCBL's top prospect by Baseball America and Perfect Game IanStrom
Ian Strom making one of his trademark diving catches. (Photo/Bob Ellis/UMass Lowell)

Worcester Bravehearts and UMass Lowell outfielder Ian Strom was named Futures Collegiate Baseball League‘s top 2015 prospect by Baseball America and Perfect Game USA today.

“Strom wasn’t just clearly the best defensive outfielder in the Futures League this summer—some coaches contended that Strom was one of the best defensive outfielders they have ever seen,” said Baseball America.

Strom, who appeared on SportsCenter‘s “Top Ten” three times over his two summer seasons to date, joined the Bravehearts just past the halfway mark of this summer and helped lead them to a second consecutive FCBL championship.

The River Hawks’ rising junior posted the second-best average in the FCBL, hitting .353 over 36 regular-season games.

He was also a key contributor during Worcester’s second straight postseason run as he went 8-for-28 in five games and scored two runs scored. The sixth-seeded Bravehearts beat three higher-seeded teams on the road in the postseason, including a title-clinching, three-game series win over Bristol.

Exactly one quarter of Strom’s 48 hits (11 doubles and one triple) went for extra bases while he stole a team-high 18 bases.

UML classmate and first baseman Zack Tower joined the Hopedale, Mass. native on the championship team. Tower’s 13 home runs, 35 RBI and 99 total bases were all among league leaders.

Strom and Tower were both selected to the FCBL All-Star Game in July and earned First Team All-League status.

Former River Hawk and now Southern New Hampshire senior Ryan Gendron is the No. 5 ranked prospect. The Nashua, N.H., native led the FCBL with 22 home runs, a new all-time league record, and 53 RBI (among numerous other categories) while his .324 average was the fifth-best mark this season.

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