Chatham Wins 7 of 8,
To No. 1 Spot in Rankings
Chatham Anglers may not have a prospect this summer of the stature of
Matt Harvey or Kris Bryant, two stars from their recent past, but
they have sufficient talent on hand to surge to the top of the Cape
Cod League standings at the midway point of the 2013 summer season.
At 14-6-1, the Anglers hold a commanding five-point lead atop the
Cape’s Eastern Division.
only have the Anglers opened a sizeable advantage in their own
league, but they have returned to the No. 1 spot in Perfect Game’s
weekly ranking of the nation’s top summer league teams on the
strength of eight wins in their last nine games. The surging Anglers
were also ranked No. 1 on June 18, in the season’s initial ranking,
after starting out 6-0, only to drop four straight games.
has replaced Cotuit, another Cape Cod League team, atop the rankings.
Cotuit occupied the top spot two weeks in a row before dropping four
of their last six games.
their rise to the top of the Cape standings—and the No. 1 position
in the country—it has become a summer to celebrate in Chatham as
Harvey and Bryant, two of their former players, have emerged as two
of the most-decorated players in the game.
who pitched for the Anglers in 2008-09 out of the University of North
Carolina, has arguably been the most-dominant pitcher at the
major-league level this season for the New York Mets, and is a heavy
favorite to start the Major League Baseball all-star game for the
National League July 16 at New York’s Citi Field.
days after that, Bryant will be in prime position to win the 2013
Golden Spikes Award—given annually to the nation’s top amateur
player. Bryant, who played for Chatham in 2011, was the second pick
in this year’s draft after slugging a national-best 31 homers this
spring at the University of San Diego.
year’s Chatham team, meanwhile, is led by second baseman Dante
Flores, a rising junior at Southern California, who is hitting
.365-1-12, leads the team in RBIs and is the only .300 hitter on the
roster, while lefthander Andrew McGee (Monmouth), who was passed over
in this year’s draft, has been the team’s most effective starter,
going 2-0, 1.22 with a team-high 23 strikeouts in 22 innings.
he not been scooped up by USA Baseball’s college national team just
prior to the start of the 2013 Cape season, Louisville righthander
Nick Burdi almost assuredly would have been the team’s best
prospect this summer in a scheduled return to Chatham for a second
summer. But even without Burdi, a dominant closer with a fastball in
triple digits, the Anglers have had little trouble moving to the top
of the Cape standings this summer.
national ranking of summer clubs are graded on the following
criteria: won-loss record, league dominance, depth and quality of
professional-level talent and the overall strength of the league.
Teams must have at least a .500 record.