Summer Collegiate Team Rankings

Allan Simpson

Chatham, Waterloo Hold Steady at 1-2,
But Long-Time Powers Making a Push

The Chatham Anglers (Cape Cod) and Waterloo Bucks (Northwoods) continue to top Perfect Game’s weekly ranking of the nation’s top summer college-league teams, but several clubs with distinguished reputations from other leagues around the country have begun making significant strides up the leader board.

The Santa Barbara Foresters (27-11) have taken over their accustomed position as the top team in the California Collegiate League with a recent surge, and improved their national ranking from 19 to 6 in the process. The Alaska Goldpanners (25-9) have moved from 21 to 8 by opening a significant lead in the Alaska League standings, while five straight wins over the last week have propelled the Newport Gulls (18-8) to the top of the New England Collegiate League standings and improving their ranking from No. 28 to 9.

With four National Baseball Congress World Series titles in the last six years, including the last two, Santa Barbara has been an annual fixture at the top of the PG summer power rankings. After a slow start this season, the Foresters finally began to hit their stride and caught the San Luis Obispo Blues with a recent hot streak.

The Goldpanners, meanwhile, have won a record six NBC titles through the years and sent upwards of 200 players to the big leagues in 50 years (also a record for an amateur team). But the Fairbanks-based club hasn’t won an NBC championship since 2001 and has struggled to even dominate their own league in recent years until a resurgence this season.

Newport finished the 2012 season as Perfect Game’s No. 1-ranked club by sweeping through the NECBL regular season and playoffs, but was slow to respond this season until a recent surge put the Gulls back on track again.

Led by Tuesday’s All-Star Game at the major-league level, all-star games will be the order of the day this week in summer leagues throughout the country. Top prospects from Santa Barbara will be prominently on display in the Cal Collegiate League all-star game Wednesday at Major League Baseball’s Academy in Compton, Calif.; from the Goldpanners in the Alaska League game Saturday in Anchorage and from the Gulls in the NECBL game Sunday in Laconia, N.H.

Meanwhile, Chatham will get its chance to show off its best prospects in the Cape Cod League all-star game, set for July 28 in Yarmouth-Dennis, while the appearance of Waterloo’s top players will highlight the Northwoods League all-star game set for Eau Claire, Wis., on July 23.

PG’s 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.

1Chatham AnglersMACape Cod League18-8
2Waterloo BucksIANorthwoods League35-11
3Edenton SteamersNCCoastal Plain League26-8
4Brazos Valley BombersTXTexas Collegiate League31-7
5Cotuit KettleersMACape Cod League17-10
6Santa Barbara ForestersCACalifornia Collegiate League27-11
7Falmouth CommodoresMACape Cod League15-10
8Alaska GoldpannersAKAlaska League25-9
9Newport GullsRINew England Collegiate League18-8
10Bethesda Big TrainMDCal Ripken Sr League22-7
11San Luis Obispo BluesCACalifornia Collegiate League31-13
12Harrisonburg TurksVAValley League24-11
13Asheboro CopperheadsNCCoastal Plain League22-11
14Madison MallardsWINorthwoods League29-16
15Danville DansILProspect League28-12
16Hyannis Harbor HawksMACape Cod League15-9
17Lakeshore ChinooksWINorthwoods League29-16
18Hays LarksKSJayhawk League25-9
19New Market RebelsVAValley League23-10
20Winter Park Diamond DawgsFLFlorida Collegiate League18-9
21Bend ElksORWest Coast League21-13
22Quincy GemsILProspect League28-14
23Southern Ohio CopperheadsOHGreat Lakes League18-8
24Harwich MarinersMACape Cod League14-13
25Vermont MountaineersVTNew England Collegiate League16-9
26Glens Falls Golden EaglesNYPerfect Game Collegiate Baseball League19-12
27Columbia BlowfishSelCoastal Plain League22-12
28Palm Springs PowerCASouthern California Collegiate League34-4
29Humboldt CrabsCAFar West League30-10
30Willmar StingersMNNorthwoods League27-18

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