Cape Cod League All-Star Game:
If it was a Showcase
Cape Cod League All-Star game was a different experience this year.
It was not different in how it was selected, but different in the
types of players, specifically pitchers, that were put on display.
For the most part, every player on the rosters was justifiably
deserving, and I will not fault anyone for putting players on
All-Star rosters who are putting up impressive statistics. Rising
seniors like Jaron Long earned his opportunity to start for the West
squad by posting a video game-like 0.30 ERA in 30 innings pitched for
Bourne. As much as I view the game through a scouting lens, it is no
one’s place to take that honor away from a player who has earned it
with outstanding numbers like that.
the other hand, what if this was game was in a showcase format
instead of how it is presently constructed? If an alternate reality
existed in which these All-Star rosters were put together on
professional and draft potential alone, the game would suddenly look
very different. This was a year in which only one pitcher exceeded 93
mph with his fastball in the All-Star game, and when I remind myself
that I’m referring to the Cape Cod League when I say that, it’s
difficult for me to believe my own words.
I don’t want people to leave that field with is the idea that this
was the highest level talent the Cape League had to offer this year -
it wasn’t. All the pitchers on display were very talented in their
own right, but some of the league’s very brightest stars were not
on display in this one. This piece is my way of giving those pitchers
their just due.
that, I’d like to present an alternative version of the All-Star
pitching at the Cape Cod League All-Star Game. This is how my
scouting wrap-up could have read if this game was setup as a
professional showcase rather than being entirely results based. In no
way am I knocking the actual All-Stars or the league’s process -
this is simply my way of illustrating the league’s elite talent
that you didn’t get to see last Saturday evening.
lucky enough to see the league’s incredibly deep pool of talent on
a day to basis - most in attendance do not have that luxury. So, what
I’ve decided to do is provide an All-Star game scenario in which I
break down a hypothetical group of pitchers who were not chosen to
participate in the actual game.
here it is - the scouting wrap-up on the All-Star game that wasn’t.
account of this theoretical game is of course fictitious, but the
scouting reports are not. The scouting notes are drawn from other
Cape League regular season appearances I’ve seen these pitchers in
and scouted. This is just a glimpse of how these pitchers could have
looked on this big stage. To illustrate the difference in the actual
game and the proposed “showcase game,” I also broke down the two
actual starting pitchers from the All-Star game.
of the 1st
took the ball for the East, working at 88-90 with his fastball and
topping at 91, a tick or so better than where he’s been for most of
the summer. He spotted his breaking ball well, and he works from a
deceptive angle. He’s enjoyed a consistent summer and been one of
the league’s true standout performers.
it was a showcase:
may have received the nod for the East squad, after allowing only
nine hits over his first 19 innings of work on the Cape. He’d
likely come out of the gate looking sharp with his command, locating
his 90-92 mph fastball on the corners and mixing his 75-77 mph
curveball enough to keep hitters off balance. I’d also put good
odds on Peters making quick work of the first inning and pounding the
of the 1st
who in the days following the All-Star game signed a free agent deal
with the Yankees, took the ball to start for the West squad. Long’s
fastball lived around 86-88 mph and as usual he command his fastball
and secondary pitches expertly.
it was a showcase:
would have without a doubt taken the ball for the West squad, getting
the nod after back-to-back electric starting performances against
Orleans and Chatham in the previous two weeks. The league’s top
prospect wouldn’t fail to light up the radar guns from the large
contingent of scouts behind home plate, as he’d likely top 98 mph
with his fastball and work consistently at 94-97 with exploding life
through the zone. The hitters that did manage to square up his
fastball would likely pound the ball into the dirt in front of home
plate. His curveball would be his put away pitch of choice at 80-82
mph, and there’s a good chance we would have seen some jelly legged
hitters going down looking. Needless to say it would have been an
exciting and worthy start to the 2013 Cape League All-Star game.
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