SEE ALSO: Summer College League Top Prospects
Cape Cod was home again to the most talented college summer league in the country, as well as one of college baseball’s best dynasties. Yarmouth-Dennis won its third straight Cape Cod League title and sixth in 13 years under manager Scott Pickler. Y-D is the first team to win three straight titles since Cotuit won four straight from 1972-75.
|Cape Cod League Top Prospects|
|Brady Singer, rhp, Falmouth (So., Florida)|
|Colton Hock, rhp, Cotuit (Jr., Stanford)|
|Pavin Smith, 1b, Harwich (Jr., Virginia)|
|Dylan Busby, 3b/1b, Hyannis (Jr., Florida State)|
|Justin Hooper, lhp, Cotuit (So., UCLA)|
|Peter Solomon, rhp, Harwich (Jr., Notre Dame)|
|Brendon Little, lhp, Bourne (So., State JC of Florida)|
|Joe Dunand, 3b, Harwich (Jr., North Carolina State)|
|Michael Gigliotti, of, Falmouth (Jr., Lipscomb)|
|Zach Rutherford, ss/2b, Hyannis (Jr., Old Dominion)|
|Deon Stafford, c, Yarmouth-Dennis (Jr., St. Joseph’s)|
|Kevin Smith, ss, Yarmouth-Dennis (Jr., Maryland)|
|Jake Mangum, of, Bourne (So., Mississippi State)|
|Konnor Pilkington, lhp, Brewster (So., Mississippi State)|
|Joey Bart, c, Wareham (So., Georgia Tech)|
|Ford Proctor, ss/2b, Hyannis (So., Rice)|
|Will Gaddis, rhp, Yarmouth-Dennis (Jr., Furman)|
|Zac Lowther, lhp, Brewster (Jr., Xavier)|
|Kade McClure, rhp, Brewster (Jr., Louisville)|
|Corbin Martin, rhp, Falmouth (Jr., Texas A&M)|
|J.J. Matijevic, of/1b, Falmouth (Jr., Arizona)|
|Ernie Clement, 2b/of, Harwich (Jr., Virginia)|
|Michael Baumann, rhp, Yarmouth-Dennis (Jr., Jacksonville)|
|Adam Haseley, of, Orleans (Jr., Virginia)|
|Logan Warmoth, ss/2b, Brewster (Jr., North Carolina)|
|Hunter Williams, lhp, Harwich (Jr., North Carolina)|
|Zach Pop, rhp, Wareham (Jr., Kentucky)|
|Will Toffey, 3b, Yarmouth-Dennis (Jr., Vanderbilt)|
|Matt Whatley, c, Yarmouth-Dennis (Jr., Oral Roberts)|
|Garrett Cave, rhp, Hyannis (Jr., Tampa)|
After dropping the first game of the championship series to Falmouth, Y-D rebounded to win the final two games and claim its latest title. Falmouth last won a championship in 1980 and was looking to end the league’s longest championship drought but settled for the President’s Cup, awarded to the team with the best record in the regular season.
While the top three players on this list a year ago were hitters, this summer the Cape returned to its more typical pitcher-friendly form. After third baseman Nick Senzel, the No. 2 overall pick in June, and outfielder Kyle Lewis, the 2016 College Player of the Year, spent their summer on the Cape last summer, scouts hoping to find more players like them this year were left wanting. Instead, college pitching again looks to be a strength of the 2017 draft class.
For a player to be eligible for the rankings, position players must have played in at least 22 games or made 88 plate appearances, and pitchers must have appeared in at least five games or thrown 15 innings. Several talented prospects who briefly appeared in the league came up short of those requirements, including North Carolina righthander J.B. Bukauskas, Vanderbilt center fielder Jeren Kendall and Florida catcher J.J. Schwarz. (Bukauskas and Kendall both ranked in our Top 20 rankings for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team.)
Drafted 56th overall by the Blue Jays in 2015, Singer was the highest-picked high school player in the draft to continue on to college last year. He worked primarily out of the bullpen this spring for the Gators and joined Falmouth’s rotation after Florida’s season ended in the College World Series. Including the playoffs, he made six appearances for the Commodores, going 2-0, 0.64 with 25 strikeouts and three walks in 28 innings.
Singer was electric in his time on the Cape. Late running action makes his low- to mid-90s fastball very difficult for hitters to square up and left several opponents with broken bats. His slider is an above-average offering, capable of eliciting swings-and-misses. He has some feel for his changeup, still in its developmental stages, and he often overpowered hitters with only his fastball-slider combination. Singer comes right after hitters and fills up the strike zone.
Singer is listed at 6-foot-5, 195 pounds, giving him a good pitcher’s frame with room to add more strength as he continues to physically mature. He won’t be eligible until the 2018 draft but is an early candidate to be one of the first players selected that year.