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2019 Cape Cod League Preview: Hitters & Pitchers To Watch

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Spencer Torkelson (Photo by Bill Mitchell)

The 2019 Cape Cod League season began last week, and we’ve put together a preview of some of the players to watch for on each of the 10 teams as the summer progresses. Not every player listed is on an active roster yet with the College World Series still in progress, and it's possible some of these players will still be called away for duty on USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team.

But once—and if—they get to the Cape, these are the players to watch this summer.

Bourne Braves

Manager: Harvey Shapiro
Last Cape Cod League Championship: 2009

Hitters To Know:

  • Arkansas SS Casey Martin (.288/.368/.547, 15 HR, 56 RBI)
  • Arizona State SS Alika Williams (.333/.429/.474, 4 HR, 53 RBI)
  • Arkansas OF Heston Kjerstad (.329/.404/.574, 16 HR, 50 RBI)

Pitchers To Know:

  • Vanderbilt RHP Mason Hickman (8-0, 2.23 ERA, 116 SO, 23 BB)
  • East Carolina LHP/OF Alec Burleson (6-2, 3.28 ERA, 68 SO, 26 BB; .370/.399/.573, 9 HR, 61 RBI)

Brewster Whitecaps

Manager: Jamie Shevchik
Last Cape Cod League Championship: 2017

Hitters To Know:

  • Louisville 3B Alex Binelas (.307/.396/.651, 14 HR, 59 RBI)
  • Michigan OF Jesse Franklin (.254/.384/.470, 12 HR, 49 RBI)
  • Arizona State 3B Gage Workman (.330/.413/.528, 8 HR, 42 RBI)

Pitchers To Know:

  • Michigan RHP Jeff Criswell (7-1, 2.74 ERA, 99 SO, 45 BB)
  • Louisville LHP Reid Detmers (12-4, 2.85 ERA, 162 SO, 27 BB)
  • Ohio State LHP Seth Lonsway (8-4, 3.70 ERA, 126 SO, 59 BB)
  • Louisville RHP Bobby Miller (7-1, 3.91 ERA, 83 SO, 36 BB)

Chatham Anglers

Manager: Tom Holliday
Last Cape Cod League Championship: 1998

Hitters To Know:

  • Bryant SS Jimmy Titus (.343/.423/.571, 12 HR, 63 RBI)
  • Miami 1B Alex Toral (.293/.400/.656, 24 HR, 67 RBI)
  • Arizona State 1B Spencer Torkelson (.351/.446/.707, 23 HR, 66 RBI)
  • Miami SS Freddy Zamora (.296/.393/.447, 6 HR, 46 RBI)

Pitchers To Know:

  • Dallas Baptist LHP Burl Carraway (4-2, 6 SV, 2.81 ERA, 72 SO, 22 BB)
  • Miami RHP Daniel Federman (3-5, 7 SV, 3.51 ERA, 60 SO, 19 BB)
  • Auburn LHP Jack Owen (4-2, 2.83 ERA, 58 SO, 11 BB)
  • UNC Wilmington LHP Zarion Sharpe (3-3, 4.21 ERA, 61 SO, 23 BB)

Cotuit Kettleers

Manager: Mike Roberts
Last Cape Cod League Championship: 2013

Hitters To Know:

  • Coastal Carolina OF Parker Chavers (.316/.435/.612, 15 HR, 54 RBI)
  • New Mexico State 2B Nick Gonzales (.432/.532/.773, 16 HR, 80 RBI)
  • Duke 2B Joey Loperfiedo (.261/.361/.389, 4 HR, 18 RBI)
  • Texas Christian SS Adam Oviedo (.291/.379/.429, 3 HR, 33 RBI)

Pitchers To Know:

  • Ball State RHP Kyle Nicolas (2-2, 6 SV, 6.02 ERA, 82 SO, 51 BB)
  • UCLA RHP Holden Powell (4-3, 1.84 ERA, 65 SO, 27 BB)
  • Duke RHP Bryce Jarvis (5-2, 3.81 ERA, 94 SO, 37 BB)
  • North Carolina State RHP Reid Johnston (6-2, 3.71 ERA, 65 SO, 27 BB)

Falmouth Commodores

Manager: Jeff Trundy
Last Cape Cod League Championship: 1980

Hitters To Know:

  • Western Michigan OF Blake Dunn (.374/.467/.521, 5 HR, 29 RBI)
  • Kent State C Michael Turner (.369/.448/539, 4 HR, 42 RBI)
  • Georgia Tech OF Baron Radcliff (.257/.403/.503, 12 HR, 44 RBI)
  • North Carolina DH Aaron Sabato (.343/.453/.696, 18 HR, 63 RBI)

Pitchers To Know:

  • Western Illinois RHP Javin Drake (7-6, 4.37 ERA, 109 SO, 42 BB)
  • Florida State RHP CJ Van Eyk RHP (10-3, 3.80 ERA, 120 SO, 39 BB)
  • Florida State LHP Shane Drohan (3-1, 3.66 ERA, 71 SO, 48 BB)

Harwhich Mariners

Manager: Steve Englert
Last Cape Cod League Championship: 2011

Hitters To Know:

  • Ole Miss 3B Tyler Keenan (.285/.420/.506, 15 HR, 66 RBI)
  • Texas Tech INF Dylan Neuse (.307/.418/.518, 8 HR, 51 RBI)
  • Duke C Michael Rothenberg (.269/.390/.481, 11 HR, 52 RBI)
  • Wake Forest 1B Bobby Seymour (.377/.439/.576, 9 HR, 91 RBI)

Pitchers To Know:

  • Florida International LHP Logan Allen (4-6, 3.11 ERA, 120 SO, 25 BB)
  • Notre Dame RHP Joe Boyle (3-3, 2 SV, 5.96 ERA, 39 SO, 27 BB)
  • Elon LHP Jared Wetherbee (7-4, 3.00 ERA, 98 SO, 33 BB)

Hyannis Harbor Hawks

Manager: Chad Gassman
Last Cape Cod League Championship: 1991

Hitters To Know:

  • Mississippi State 1B Tanner Allen (.348/.423/.519, 7 HR, 64 RBI)
  • Arizona State OF Trevor Hauver (.339/.412/.508, 13 HR, 57 RBI)
  • Baylor SS Nick Loftin (.323/.380/.502, 6 HR, 41 RBI)
  • Auburn 3B Edouard Julien (.261/.387/.492, 9 HR, 54 RBI)
  • Mississippi State SS Jordan Westburg (.282/.381/.441, 6 HR, 61 RBI)


Pitchers To Know:

  • Florida RHP Nolan Crisp (4-4, 8 SV, 6.41 ERA, 21 SO, 21 BB)
  • Florida State RHP Connor Grady (9-5, 3.64 ERA, 67 SO, 24 BB)
  • Bryant RHP Tyler Mattison (9-1, 3.47 ERA, 67 SO, 30 BB)

Orleans Firebirds

Manager: Kelly Nicholson
Last Cape Cod League Championship: 2005

Hitters To Know:

  • Miami 3B/1B Raymond Gil (.318/.396/.576, 13 HR, 44 RBI)
  • San Francisco C Robert Emery (.320/.386/.479, 5 HR, 40 RBI)
  • Nevada 3B/2B Josh Zamora (.320/.381/.511, 8 HR, 38 RBI)

Pitchers To Know:

  • Chapman RHP Nick Garcia (9-0, 12 SV, 0.64 ERA, 82 SO, 14 BB)
  • Liberty RHP Noah Skirrow (5-6, 3.76 ERA, 98 SO, 35 BB)
  • Georgia RHP Cole Wilcox (3-2, 4.07 ERA, 64 SO, 38 BB)

Wareham Gatemen

Manager: Jerry Weinstein
Last Cape Cod League Championship: 2018

Hitters To Know:

  • California INF Darren Baker (.304/.363/.333, 0 HR, 18 RBI)
  • Cal State Fullerton C Kameron Guangorena (.261/.325/.341, 1 HR, 26 RBI)

Pitchers To Know:

  • Cal State Fullerton RHP Tanner Bibee (5-7, 4.33 ERA, 80 SO, 29 BB)
  • Texas RHP Bryce Elder (2-4, 2.93 ERA, 86 SO, 33 BB)
  • UNC Wilmington RHP Landen Roupp (6-3, 3.47 ERA, 91 SO, 31 BB)

Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox

Manager:  Scott Pickler
Last Cape Cod League Championship: 2016

Hitters To Know:

  • South Carolina OF Andrew Eystere (.309/.389/.576, 10 HR, 32 RBI)
  • San Diego C Adam Kerner (.274/.351/.457, 6 HR, 33 RBI)
  • Arizona C/1B Austin Wells (.353/.462/.552, 5 HR, 60 RBI)

Pitchers To Know:

  • Florida RHP Jack Leftwich (6-5, 5.31 ERA, 62 SO, 18 BB)
  • Arizona State LHP Erik Tolman (3-1, 2 SV, 2.83 ERA, 49 SO, 35 BB)
  • Southern California LHP John Beller (2-2, 3.86 ERA, 55 SO, 22 BB)
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