Summer Collegiate Team Rankings

Allan Simpson

Cape’s Harwich Goes 5-0 on Week, Retains Top Spot In Weekly Ranking

The Harwich Mariners won the Cape Cod League championship in 2011, mainly on the strength of a deep, powerful pitching staff. In all, 12 Mariners pitchers were selected in this year’s draft, including two first-rounders and two supplemental first-rounders.

If Harwich is to repeat as Cape League champs, it may be largely on the strength of a powerful offensive team. Thus far, the Mariners are hitting .287 as a team, averaging almost six runs a game and leading the Cape with 18 homers.

The impressive offensive production has enabled Harwich to bolt out to an 8-2 record this season, including six wins in a row, and the Mariners have retained their spot atop Perfect Game’s weekly ranking of the nation’s top 30 summer league clubs.

Harwich continues to get an inspired performance from rising Samford junior outfielder Philip Ervin, who is hitting .410, leads the Cape Cod League in homers (5) and shares the league lead in RBIs (13). Erwin has been joined in the Mariners outfield by two more rising juniors with impressive power credentials in Stanford’s Austin Wilson and Notre Dame’s Eric Jagielo. Wilson, a potential early first-rounder in the 2013 draft, joined the team late because of his class commitments at Stanford, but got off to a fast start by hitting .500-2-7 in his first four games.

Jagielo was merely hitting .400-3-8 through his first 10 contests, and won one game for Harwich with a two-run, 10
th-inning walk-off homer in a 4-2 win over Hyannis.

While Harwich retained its No. 1 summer-league ranking with five straight wins, it barely held off a second Cape League team, Orleans, which is 9-1 on the summer. The Firebirds actually lead Harwich by a game in the Cape’s Eastern Division, and jumped from No. 22 to No. 2 in the latest ranking.

The Firebirds are doing it mainly with superior pitching as they lead the Cape League with a 2.31 ERA, and have gotten a dominant performance to date from rising Kentucky junior righthander Trevor Gott, who leads the league with four saves. In six innings, he has allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out eight. But the Firebirds may have suffered a crucial loss with the departure of potentially the team’s best starter in Arizona State righthander Trevor Williams (0-0, 2.25 in two starts), a potential first-rounder in 2013 who left to join USA Baseball’s college national team.

A total of five teams from the Cape Cod League, easily the nation’s most-prestigious summer-college league, occupy spots in Perfect Game’s Top 30 Ranking, and conceivably more teams from that league could be ranked, except that a team must have at least a .500 record overall to receive consideration.

Teams are ranked on the following criteria: won-loss record, league dominance, depth and quality of professional-level talent and the overall strength of the league.

1Harwich MarinersMACape Cod League8-2
Samford OF Philip Ervin (.410-5-13) continues to swing hot bat, on triple-crown pace; joined in all-.400 Harwich outfield by Stanford's Austin Wilson (.500-2-7 in 4 G), Notre Dame's Eric Jagielo (.400-3-8)
2Orleans FirebirdsMACape Cod League9-1
Hawaii duo of 3B Pikea Kitamura (.350-0-9), LHP Jarrett Arakawa (1-0, 0.90) are Firebirds top hitter, starter; power-armed Kentucky RHP Trevor Gott (0-0, 0.00, 4 SV) a stabilizer in team's bullpen
3La Crosse LoggersWINorthwoods League19-7
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi RHP Jacob Dorris (3-1, 2.63, league-high 41 SO), Sacramento CC RHP Bo Henning (3-0, 0.70), Long Beach State OF Richard Prigatano (.379-2-18) all vital to Loggers success
4Wenatchee ApplesoxWAWest Coast League15-3
Gonzaga tandem of IF Mitchell Gonsolus (.471-0-18, league leader in average, RBIs), LHP Derek Callahan (2-0, 1.31, 21 IP/25 SO) have been instumental in Sox producing best record in WCL
5San Luis Obispo BluesCACalifornia Collegiate League16-6
Blues have upstaged perennial power Santa Barbara; Texas A&M RHP Daniel Mengden has peaked at 95, leads CCL in saves (6), also catches (.286-2-6); Texas-Arlington OF Matt Shortall (.386-2-12) swinging hot bat
6Chatham AnglersMACape Cod League6-3
Virginia Tech SS Chad Pinder (.344-1-11) has been steady at plate, in field for Anglers; Pepperdine RHP Scott Frazier (1-0, 2.70) has been increasingly dominant on mound
7Mankato MoonDogsMNNorthwoods League20-7
MoonDogs continue to post best record in NWL behind bats of Cal Baptist 1B Blair Moore (.351-1-14), Louisville 2B Nick Ratajczuk (.355-0-7), arms like Parkland (Ill.) JC LHP Zack Hall (2-0, 0.93)
8DuBois County BombersSelProspect League18-6
Utah LHP Nick Green (2-0, 1.93, 5 SV, 19 IP/24 SO), Vincennes (Ind.) JC RHP Ty Simpson (2-1, 2.05), Utah Valley RHP Devin Nelson (3-0, 2.46) have been stalwarts on Bombers pitching staff
9Keene Swamp BatsNHNew England Collegiate League9-3
Swamp Bats getting excellent production from New England products: Maine C/1B Fran Whitten (.302-4-12), Central Connecticut State OF Dylan de la Cruz (.367-1-12), Bryant RHP Kevin McAvoy (2-0, 0.77)
10Forest City OwlsNCCoastal Plain League18-6
Eight-game winning streak has propelled Owls to best record in CPL; getting good mileage from West Virginia RHP Ryan Tezak (2-0, 1.17), Nebraska RHP Ryan Hander (3-1, 0.93), USC Aiken RHP Jake Padgett (2-0, 0.95)
11Amsterdam MohawksNYPerfect Game Collegiate Baseball League13-3
12East Texas PumpjacksTXTexas Collegiate League17-4
13Corvallis KnightsORWest Coast League14-4
14Newport GullsRINew England Collegiate League7-3
15Fayetteville SwampdogsNCCoastal Plain League16-8
16Waterloo BucksIANorthwoods League18-8
17Winchester RoyalsVAValley League15-6
18Yarmouth-Dennis Red SoxMACape Cod League5-5
19Kelowna FalconsSelWest Coast League13-5
20Santa Barbara ForestersCACalifornia Collegiate League13-8
21Cotuit KettleersMACape Cod League5-5
22Cincinnati SteamOHGreat Lakes League9-4
23Waynesboro GeneralsVAValley League14-6
24Kenai Peninsula OilersAKAlaska League7-4
25West Virginia MinersWVProspect League16-8
26Leesburg LightningFLFlorida Collegiate League9-4
27Edenton SteamersNCCoastal Plain League16-7
28Lima LocosOHGreat Lakes League11-6
29Green Bay BullfrogsWINorthwoods League16-10
30Harrisonburg TurksVAValley League14-7

OTHERS RECEIVING CONSIDERATION: Baltimore Redbirds / Cal Ripken (11-7); Brazos Valley Bombers / Texas Collegiate (14-6); Falmouth Commodores / Cape Cod (5-5); Humboldt Crabs / Far West (14-4); Liberal Beejays / Jayhawk (13-6); Nevada Griffons / MINK (14-9); New Bedford Bay Sox / New England Collegiate (9-5); New York Atlantics / Atlantic Collegiate (12-3); North Shore Navigators / Futures (10-3); Oneonta Outlaws / Perfect Game Collegiate (10-6); Palm Springs Power / Southern California Collegiate (15-5); Regina Red Sox / Western Major (15-3); Rockville Express / Cal Ripken (12-6).