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Cape Cod Report: Week 2 Notes

Stu Murray        
Photo: TJ Collett (UK Athletics)

Cape Cod Report: Week 1 Notes

Wet weather was the story this week on the Cape, as only 12 games were played from Monday-Saturday before a gorgeous Sunday afternoon allowed five doubleheaders to take place without incident.

With the college season complete for everyone but Vanderbilt and Michigan, more noteworthy players recently joined the Cape League, including LSU’s Daniel Cabrera (Harwich), Miami’s Alex Toral (Chatham), UCLA’s Matt McLain (Wareham) and Noah Cardenas (Y-D), Mississippi’s Anthony Servideo (Hyannis) and Duke’s Michael Rothenberg (Harwich), among others.

Outbound and heading to Cary, N.C. for Team USA camp are Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State), Cole Wilcox (Georgia), Trenton Denholm (UC Irvine), Bobby Seymour (Wake Forest), Nick Frasso (Loyola Marymount), Andrew Abbott (Virginia) and Holden Powell (UCLA), and perhaps a few others.


Offensive Performances of the Week (June 17-23)

Hitter School AVG OBA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
Trei Cruz Rice .667 .583 9 3 6 0 0 1 5 1 1 1
Hayden Cantrelle Louisiana .667 .727 9 4 6 2 0 2 8 0 1 0
Spencer Torkelson Arizona State .400 .571 10 4 4 2 0 2 7 3 0 0
Nick Loftin Baylor .500 .500 16 4 8 0 0 1 2 0 1 1
Noah Campbell South Carolina .500 .545 10 5 5 0 0 1 3 0 1 3
Max Troiani Bentley .467 .467 15 1 7 1 0 0 1 0 3 0


Pitching Performances of the Week (June 17-23)

Pitcher School IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP OBA
Harrison Rutkowski Rutgers 6 3 0 0 0 6 0.00 0.50 .143
Ian Bedell Missouri 5 3 0 0 1 6 0.00 0.80 .176
Ryan Cusick Wake Forest 5 4 0 0 0 8 0.00 0.80 .211
Brandon Pfaadt Bellarmine 5 2 0 0 0 6 0.00 0.40 .118
Cam Tringali South Carolina 5 2 0 0 2 3 0.00 0.80 .118


As a 2015 Perfect Game All-American, 6-0, 225-pound lefty-swinging TJ Collett possessed so much raw power he was compared to Kyle Schwarber, now of the Chicago Cubs. After sitting out the first 20 Kentucky games as a freshman while rehabbing a knee injury, Collett showcased that power in just his second collegiate at-bat, blasting an opposite field grand slam.

A second knee surgery in 2018 shelved Collett after just 34 games, but not before he launched 10 home runs in 125 at-bats. This past spring, Collett was able to play 40 games with some success, hitting .259 hitting with 10 homers and 50 strikeouts in 170 at-bats. Now a rising senior and relatively healthy, he’s looking to enjoy the summer experience while polishing his game on the Cape.

“What I’ve been trying to do is simply play baseball again, not to be so robotic, to have fun again,” Collett said. “Last spring at KU I got pretty hard on myself, particularly during the middle of the season. I learned that I’m at my best when I’m staying level, no matter what happens.”

Collett is also trying to consistently play within himself at the plate, fully leveraging his massive all-fields power while reducing some swing-and-miss tendencies.

“I’m trying to be as quiet as I can, just trying to tap the ball,” Collett added. “Whenever I get way too big, I swing through pitches. I almost had to commit to one pitch. Now all I’m thinking is react and make contact.”

That approach is working for Collett through his first 39 at-bats, hitting .308 with three homers and nine runs batted in.

A natural leader and magnetic personality, Collett is excited to reach some important personal goals this summer.

“I have three things on my bucket list,” Collett said. “One is getting drafted and trying to get to the big leagues. Second is playing on the Cape, and third, competing in the college home run derby.”

He’ll get his chance on June 29 when he’ll compete in the College Home Run Derby at Omaha’s TD Ameritrade Park. The event will be televised on ESPN2, starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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