The Cape Cod League all-star game was just one reason Wareham was an
essential stop on the scouting calendar. The previous day, Spillane
Field hosted the Baseball Express Cape Cod High School Classic, giving
scouts and college coaches a look at some of the marquee players in the
prep class of 2008. Fans who couldn’t make it to Wareham could also get
a look, as the game was broadcast live on MLB.com.
The Baseball Factory team scored four times in a sloppy seventh inning
to secure a 6-5 win over the Team One squad, but much of the intrigue
happened early in the action. Team One’s Pablo Bermudez (Miami Springs,
Fla., High) took Baseball Factory starter Quinton Miller (Shawnee,
N.J., High) deep to left field to lead off the ballgame, but Miller
showed impressive poise, bouncing back to retire the next six batters
to end his outing–four of them via the strikeout.
It was a second encouraging outing of the summer on a big stage for the
6-foot-2 righthander, who was limited to two games on the mound this
spring by a shoulder injury. Miller had thrown well in front of scouts
in June at Perfect Game’s National Showcase in Cincinnati, but this
time he was facing live hitters. He spotted a high-80s fastball well
and mixed in a promising changeup and a slider. Most importantly, he
said he’s almost back to 100 percent.
“I’m starting to get back. It was definitely a tough spring being out,
but it’s good to be back on the mound performing well,” Miller said.
“I’ve still got some work to do with my location, but other than that I
feel pretty good. My changeup felt pretty good today, I got some guys
out on that, but the fastball’s always been my go-to pitch.”
Miller’s outing was the most notable performance of the game, but he
wasn’t the only player to impress. Two-way star Jordan Swagerty
(Prestonwood Christian Academy, Texas) earned most outstanding player
honors for Team One after getting the start on the mound, allowing just
an unearned run and a hit in two innings of work, then adding a pair of
singles later in the game. And athletic outfielder L.J. Hoes (St.
John’s, Maryland) took home most outstanding player honors for the
victorious Baseball Factory team after reaching base three times and
showing off speed and arm strength in the outfield.
“This is a tremendous thing for me, just to build more confidence and
know that I can go out with these players and compete real well,” said
Hoes, a North Carolina signee. “The players here are just
tremendous–some of the top players in the country, possibly pro guys
or all-Americans next year.”