BOSTON—It’s raining steadily now, and play has been halted here at the Cape Cod League all-star game. The Fenway Park groundscrew has covered the infield with the tarp here in the middle of the fifth inning, and I think it’s very unlikely any more baseball will be played tonight, judging by the doppler radar. For the record, the West leads 3-0 on the strength of two RBIs from Cotuit third baseman Zack Cox (Arkansas) and four innings of one-hit ball from four different pitchers.
Cox was the big winner tonight, impressing several scouts that I spoke with. He got the West on the board with an RBI triple over the center fielder’s head against Rob Rasmussen (UCLA) in the first inning, and he knocked an RBI single to left field in the second inning against Kyle Blair (San Diego). Cox was due to lead off the bottom of the fifth before play was stopped.
The other big story tonight—besides Cox and the wet weather—was the impressive display of power arms. Wareham righthander Brandon Workman (Texas) also drew mention from scouts for his strong outing, striking out two in a perfect first for the West. Workman’s fastball sat at 94-95, and he struck out Austin Wates (Virginia Tech) on a nasty 75 mph curveball in the dirt.
Wareham righty Jack Armstrong (Vanderbilt) followed with a scoreless second, sitting at 95-96 and mixing in a solid 83 mph changeup and an 81 mph curveball.
Time to take advantage of the delay to grab some on-field interviews; I’ll be back with more information.
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