Picks Up on 2012 Slip, Moves
to Top of PG Rankings
Cotuit Kettleers were ranked first on Perfect Game’s list of the
nation’s top summer college league teams at the conclusion of
regular-season play a year ago, but failed to close the deal by
getting bounced in the first round of the Cape Cod League playoffs.
forward to 2013, and the Kettleers again find themselves atop PG‘s
weekly ranking of the nation’s top summer clubs. Through 10 games,
Cotuit is 7-3, and has replaced another Cape team at the top of the
heap. The Chatham Anglers (6-4) ranked No. 1 a week ago, but slipped
to No. 10 after losing four straight games.
rise to the top of the rankings is somewhat surprising, considering
the team has been besieged by defections to USA Baseball’s college
national team, injuries and several projected top arms being shut
down for the summer by their college programs.
Tyle Beede (Vanderbilt) and Daniel Mengden (Texas A&M), both
tabbed as first-rounders a year from now, were lost to the national
team before the Cape season started, and the Kettleers suffered
another major blow when outfielder Brad Zimmer (San Francisco), the
best everyday prospect on this year’s Cotuit club and another
possible first-rounder in next year’s draft, left after seven games
to join Team USA.
is the younger brother of ex-USF righthander Kyle Zimmer, a relative
unknown who blossomed into the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft
after a breakout 2011 summer season for Cotuit.
unexpected departure came on the heels of the Kettleers losing
catcher Aramis Garcia (Florida International), who was expected to be
the best catching prospect this summer on the Cape. After catching
every inning of every inning for FIU this spring, Garcia almost
immediately complained of a sore knee after joining Cotuit, and left
the Kettleers after playing in just one game this summer. He was the
Kettleers’ No. 1 catcher last summer.
the Kettleers have been forced to plug on without the services of
righthanders Jordan Ramsey (East Carolina), Carson Fulmer
(Vanderbilt), Dusty Isaacs (Georgia Tech) and Wyatt Strahan (Southern
California)—all potential rotation pitchers who were shut down for
the summer before even joining Cotuit. Fulmer, a freshman
righthander, injured an eye in a freak training accident during NCAA
regional play, while the others were simply shut down after enduring
heavy workloads in the spring.
all has not been lost this summer for the Keyttleers, who managed to
pick up a number of key replacements, including the likes of Seton
Hill (Pa.) lefthander Alex Haines, the top prospect in the New
England Collegiate League last summer. Haines, a 6-foot-4 lefthander,
was expected to be an early-round pick in this year’s draft, but
had a mediocre junior season and lasted all the way to the 33rd round, where he was finally taken by the Colorado Rockies.
afterthought status in the draft made him available to the Kettleers,
at least to start the 2013 summer season, and he responded in the
early going by leading the Cape with 14 strikeouts. He also had not
allowed an earned run or walked a batter in his first two starts,
spanning nine innings.
Kettleers also managed to secure the services of several other
players at the last minute who have been factors in the early going.
None may have contributed more to the team’s success than
righthander/first baseman Mike Ford (Princeton), a holdover player
from 2012 who led the team in batting at .429, and also was 1-0, 1.92
in five innings on the mound.
lost a bundle so far,” Cotuit coach Mike Roberts lamented, “but
I’ve also really been blessed with some of the replacement players
that we’ve managed to pick up. We’ll just have to see if we can
stay healthy the rest of the way, and keep playing well.”
Valley Holds At No. 2
by Cotuit and Chatham, a total of six teams from the Cape Cod League
occupy spots in Perfect Game’s second Top 30 ranking of the 2013
season. Conceivably more teams from that league, regarded as the
nation’s strongest, could be ranked except that a team must have at
least a .500 record overall to receive consideration. One Cape team
definitely on the outside looking in so far is defending champion
Wareham, which lost eight of its first nine games this season.
the Texas Collegiate League’s Brazos Valley Bombers continue to
occupy the No. 2 spot in PG’s Top 30.
Bombers (19-3) have gotten productive 2013 seasons at the plate from
Lubbock Christian (Texas) outfielder Brett Kauten, the NAIA leader in
home runs this spring, and two Texas junior-college products,
infielders Patrick McLendon (.357-2-16) and G.R. Hinsley (.289-2-17),
both of whom are moving on to Texas A&M in the fall. The Bombers
have also gotten solid performances from three starters, Middle
Tennessee State lefthander Zac Curtis (3-0, 0.49), Oral Roberts
righthander Guillermo Trujillo (2-1, 1.92) and Trinity (Texas)
lefthander Michael Walker (4-0, 0.63).
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.