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Brewster completed an improbable run through the playoffs to win the Cape Cod League championship for the second time in franchise history and the first time since 2000.
East Division rivals Orleans and Yarmouth-Dennis were again two of the most talented teams on the Cape and posted the league's two best regular-season records. But the Whitecaps upended both in the playoffs before defeating Bourne, 2 games to 1, in the finals.
For a player to be eligible for the rankings, position players must have played 16 games or made 50 plate appearances, and pitchers must have appeared in at least five games or thrown 10 innings. We’ll rank the remainder of the Top 50 players on the Cape the rest of this week.
21. Griffin Roberts, rhp, Wareham (Jr., Wake Forest)
Roberts made a leap forward this spring at Wake Forest, and was selected in the 29th round by the Twins as a draft-eligible sophomore. He chose not to sign and went to the Cape to work as a starter after serving as the Demon Deacons closer this spring.
Roberts has a power arm, and his stuff translated well while he stretched out to longer outings. His fastball still sat around 93 mph, touching 96 mph at the all-star game, and his slider flashes above-average potential. The most pleasant surprise, however, was that he threw strikes more consistently during the summer. After averaging 5.39 walks per nine innings this spring, he walked just six batters in 32 innings for Wareham.
Roberts is listed at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds and will likely get the chance to start next spring for Wake. If he is able to carry his summer improvements over to the spring, he will position himself for a significant improvement in his draft position next June.