fellow URI teammates Nick Narodowy and Jeff Roy in the Berkshires this summer eager to get back behind the plate after sitting out the 2012 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
If his past numbers at New Haven are any indicator, the SteepleCats should have themselves a skilled player calling the game this summer. Alongside Nova Southeastern’s Brett Clements, North Adams should have two of the more skilled catchers in the league.
Last summer, O’Connell split time between the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Baseball League and the Torrington Titans of the Futures Collegiate League. He appeared in three games with the Anglers before joining the Titans, where he batted .309 (third on the team) on 17 hits in 16 games and also drove in eight runs while going 3-for-4 in stolen bases.
The son of Jason and Julie O’Connell, Shane has a sister, Casey, and is pursuing a degree in Arson Investigation.