Cape Hot List: Week Three

(Individual stats through games of July 5)

Bourne Braves

OF Ben Guez, William & Mary: .319/.417/.420, 22 H, 17 RBI, 7 SB, 12 BB
3B Kevin Hoef, Iowa: .396/.508/.434, 21 H, 4 RBI, 5 SB, 8 HBP
OF Brian Pruitt, Stetson: .333/.393/.521, 16 H, 2 HR, 17 RBIs
RHP T.J. Hose, East Carolina: 3-0, 0.56, 16 K, 16 IP

• Pruitt and Hose collected player and pitcher of the week awards for week three. In four games this week, Pruitt recorded seven hits, including two doubles and two home runs, for a .412 batting average. He also scored three runs while compiling a .474 on-base percentage and .882 slugging percentage for the week. Hose pitched eight innings of shutout ball while striking out eight batters in his two appearances for the week.

Brewster Whitecaps

1B Yonder Alonso, Miami: .333/.462/.429, 21 H, 10 R, 6 2B, 9 RBI, 14 BB
LHP Ben Hornbeck, Kansas State: 1-0, 1.32, 16 K, 14 IP

• Alonso has proven this summer that he is a tough out in addition to a power threat, as his .462 on-base percentage is among the best in the league. The first baseman is coming off a monster year where he hit .376/.519/.705 with 18 home runs and 74 RBIs for the Hurricanes. Hornbeck is coming off a rough sophomore year, (2-2, 7.22) for the Wildcats but has started to find command of his pitches this summer.

Chatham A’™s

OF Addison Johnson, Clemson: .328/.395/.373, 22 H, 5 SB
LHP Gavin Brooks, UCLA: 0-0, 2.61, 14 K, 10 IP
RHP Kevin Couture, Southern California: 1-0, 0.63, 10 K, 14 IP
• Johnson has adjusted well to wood bats after hitting .286/.365/.382 in his first season for the Tigers this spring. UCLA freshman southpaw Gavin Brooks is coming off a 6-7, 4.47 season in 18 appearances for the Bruins while USC righthander Kevin Couture went 2-1, 5.79 during his debut season with the Trojans.

Cotuit Kettleers

3B Josh Harrison, Cincinnati: .317/.369/.400, 19 H, 9 RBI, 5 2B, 7 SB
1B/OF Ryne White, Purdue: .388/.436/.510, 19 H, 8 R, 3 2B
RHP Josh Lindblom, Purdue: 3-0, 2.65, 19 K, 17 IP
LHP J.B. Shuck, Ohio State: 2-0, 2.65, 17 K, 17 IP

• White is coming off a stellar Big 10 sophomore season, when he hit .452/.521/.663 with 8 home runs and 47 RBIs for the Boilermakers. Lindblom is coming off his first season at Purdue, where he went 3-4, 4.13 after transferring from Tennessee. Shuck is coming off his sophomore year at Ohio State, where he went 4-4, 4.88 this spring. Harrison continues to have no problem hitting with wood bats, as he finds himself on the hot list again. He is coming off a strong sophomore year at Cincinnati, where he hit .327/.403/.545 with nine home runs and 56 RBIs.

Falmouth Commodores

1B/OF Matt Hague, Washington: .345/.480/.569, 20 H, 2 HR, 2 3B, 12 RBI
LHP Christian Friedrich, Eastern Kentucky: 2-1, 1.62, 28 K, 17 IP
RHP Kyle Gibson, Missouri: 0-0, 0.56, 18 K, 16 IP

• Hague leads the Commodores in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging. He is coming off a big junior year, when he hit .353/.446/.606 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs for the Huskies. Friedrich has been lights out since arriving in Falmouth and is second in the Cape in strikeouts. Gibson is coming off his first season at Missouri, where he posted an 8-3, 4.12 season.

Harwich Mariners

SS Cole Figueroa, Florida: .339/.426/.441, 20 H, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 4 SB
LHP Evan Crawford, Auburn: 0-0, 0.61, 24 K, 15 IP, .107 BAA
RHP Dan Hudson, Old Dominion: 2-2, 2.82, 29 K, 22 IP, .175 BAA
RHP Josh Zeid, Vanderbilt: 0-0, 1.57, 24 K, 23 IP, .212 BAA

• Figueroa is coming a strong freshman campaign where he hit .332/.383/.504 with 11 homers and 50 RBIs for the Gators and so far, the wood bat and top pitching hasn’™t slowed him down this summer. Crawford hasn’™t earned a decision yet but has been on the top of his game as batters are hitting just .107 against him. Hudson is coming off his sophomore season, where he went 8-5, 3.46 in 107 innings for the Monarchs. Zeid, who will transfer to Tulane according to published reports out of Nashville, has had a disappointing first two seasons at Vanderbilt, but he’s off to a great start in the Cape. Zeid was an Aflac All-American back in 2004 when he ranked as the No. 27 prospect in the class.

Hyannis Mets

UT Dan Brewer, Bradley: .313/.382/.507, 21 H, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 4 SB
1B/OF Shane Peterson, Long Beach State: .375/.429/.594, 24 H, 10 RBI, 4 SB
RHP James Jolicoeur, Cal State Northridge: 0-0, 1.23, 14 K, 15 IP, .180 BAA

• After three weeks in the Cape, Peterson has emerged as one of the league’s top hitters. Peterson leads the Cape with 24 hits and is nearly slugging .600 through 18 games. Jolicoeur is coming off his sophomore season, where he went 5-3, 4.65 in 70 innings for the Matadors.

Orleans Cardinals

OF Dennis Raben, Miami: .274/.382/.629, 17 H, 5 HR, 18 RBI,
LHP Will Atwood, South Carolina: 2-0, 1.69, 9 K, 11 IP
RHP Nick Christiani, Vanderbilt: 1-1, 0.00, 4 SV, 10 K, 9 IP
RHP Michael Schwimer, Virginia: 2-0, 1.80, 14 K, 15 IP

• Raben has shown the most power in the Cape this year, as he is tied for the lead in homers with Yarmouth’s Gordon Beckham with five and is slugging .629. Atwood is coming off a sophomore campaign where he went 2-2, 4.91 in 25 appearances for the Gamecocks. Christiani is working as the closer for the Cardinals and so far has been nearly unhittable, as opponents are batting .125 off him. The 6-foot-7 Schwimer has recorded two wins in his three starts this summer after going 3-1, 2.77 for the Cavaliers during the spring.

Wareham Gatemen

LHP Wade Miley, Southeastern Louisiana: 1-2, 1.33, 27 K, 27 IP, .202 BAA
LHP Andy Oliver, Oklahoma State: 1-1, 1.93, 24 K, 19 IP, .148 BAA

• Although Miley has a record of 1-2, wins and losses don’™t tell the whole story. In Miley’™s four starts for Wareham, opponents are batting just .202 against him, and he is averaging one punch out per inning. Oliver is coming off his freshman season at OSU, where he went 6-1, 5.52 in 13 appearances.

Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox

SS Gordon Beckham, Georgia: .324/.410/.618, 22 H, 5 HR, 14 RBI
C/1B Jason Castro, Stanford: .340/.404/.447, 16 H, 1 HR, 7 RBI
OF Collin Cowgill, Kentucky: .317/.377/.492, 20 H, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 4 SB
RHP Eddie Burns, Georgia Tech: 2-0, 1.86, 12 K, 19 IP
RHP Nick Cassavechia, Baylor: 1-0, 0.00, 4 SV, 11 K, 11 IP
RHP Terry Doyle, Boston College: 3-1, 1.85, 21 K, 24 IP
RHP Bobby Gagg, Coastal Carolina: 3-0, 1.78 ERA, 14 SO, 25 IP .227 BAA

• Beckham is tied with Raben for the lead with five homers through the league’s first three weeks. The Georgia shortstop’™s numbers are solid all across the board and are at the top of many hitting categories including hits and slugging percentage. Castro’s .340 batting average leads the team and his bat has really come on as of late. Cowgill, the top prospect in the Valley League in 2005, is coming off a lost 2007, when he broke his hamate. Righthander Eddie Burns is coming off a 3-3, 3.58 season for the Yellow Jackets and has been solid so far this summer for the Red Sox. Cassavechia has been assigned the closer role for the Red Sox and has so far been productive, as he has recorded four saves while striking out a batter per inning. Doyle has won three of his first four starts on the Cape. After ranking as the No. 18 prospect in the Cape League a year ago, Doyle had a down spring for the Eagles, going 4-5, 5.87 in 69 innings of work. Gagg has kept opposing hitters guessing, as they are are batting just .227 off the righthander.