Cameron Cannon Highlights Boston’s 2019 MLB Draft Class

An alumnus of the Northfield Mount Hermon School, James “Jimmy” Ahern leverages more than 15 years of executive experience in the financial sphere to raise capital and advise healthcare companies as managing partner of Laidlaw & Company. Beyond his role with Laidlaw, James “Jim” Ahern enjoys following his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox were without a first-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft due to exceeding the luxury-tax threshold by more than $40 million the year prior. That spending paid off, however, as the team won the World Series. In building for the future, Boston selected infielder Cameron Cannon with its first pick, 43rd overall, in the draft.

Cameron, 22, spent the past three seasons with the University of Arizona, where he compiled 16 home runs and 113 runs batted in (RBI). He was especially effective this past season as he registered a career-best .397 batting average to go along with 8 home runs and 56 RBI. He’ll need to improve his fielding and perhaps even add some power to his swing, but he could be a potential replacement for Dustin Pedroia at second base in a few years.

Other players selected by the Red Sox in the 40-round draft include shortstop Matthew Lugo (69th overall), pitcher Ryan Zeferjahn (107th overall), pitcher Noah Song (137th overall), and catcher Jaxx Groshans (167th overall).

Mentor2.0 Helps Boston Students Prepare for College and the Workforce


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James Ahern brings more than 15 years of investment experience to his position as the managing partner and head of capital markets for Laidlaw & Company in New York City. A supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB) outside his work for Laidlaw, Jimmy Ahern serves on the Board of Overseers of the BBBS Foundation. BBBSMB works to improve college graduation rates among high school students in the Boston Public School system through the Mentor2.0 program.

A technology-enhanced mentoring program, Mentor2.0 prepares high school students for college success and workforce readiness through transformative one-to-one support. Targeting first-generation students and those from low-income backgrounds, the program allows them to attend weekly college success classes taught by BBBS program coordinators.

Students also meet with a dedicated mentor through weekly online communications and monthly in-person meetings. Mentors can offer insight on college success curriculums during online meetings and spend one-on-one time with students during in-person meetings. In-person meetings take place after work hours and last for approximately two hours.