College | Story | 7/2/2019

Cape Cod Report: Week 3 Notes

Stu Murray        
Photo: Noah Campbell (South Carolina Athletics)

Cape Cod Report: Week 1 Notes | Week 2 Notes

One of the many benefits of playing in the Cape League is participating in Scout Day, held annually at historic Fenway Park, just 75 miles or so to the north. That event happened Thursday on a glorious, warm and cloudless summer day.

Starting at 9 a.m. and continuing deep into the afternoon, players from all 10 teams showcased their skills in front of more than 75 MLB scouts, running the 60-yard dash, participating in infield/outfield drills, and lastly, taking several rounds of batting practice.

While we didn’t see every swing, many players flashed awesome power, sending balls deep over the Green Monster and all around the venerable yard. Some of the noteworthy bangers were Hunter Goodman (Memphis/Hyannis), Riley Tirotta (Dayton/Y-D), Gage Workman (Arizona State/Brewster), Taylor Smith (Incarnate Word/Falmouth), Joey Wiemer (Cincinnati/Harwich), and perhaps most impressively, Baron Radcliff (Georgia Tech/Falmouth), who blasted many home run balls, including one that traveled at least 450 feet to dead center field.

Speaking of raw power, the Cape League was featured prominently in the College Home Run Derby, which took place Saturday at Omaha’s Ameritrade Park. Participating were TJ Collett (Kentucky/Brewster), Michael Rothenberg (Duke/Harwich), Chris Lanzilli (Wake Forest/Harwich) and Tyler Keenan (Ole Miss/Harwich), who finished second in the event to champion Griffin Doersching of Northern Kentucky.

Finally, by this time next week all Cape rosters will be “locked,” meaning temporary players will either be released or signed to contracts, binding them to those teams for the remainder of the summer.

Offensive Performances of the Week (June 24-30)

Hitter School AVG OBP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
Tyler Gentry Alabama .636 .667 11 0 7 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
Nick Gonzales New Mexico State .545 .565 22 4 12 2 2 1 8 0 1 0
Hayden Cantrelle Louisiana .400 .600 10 4 4 1 0 0 0 3 1 3
Jacob Teter Florida Southern .550 .571 20 5 11 1 0 1 5 1 3 1
Luke Berryhill South Carolina .412 .462 12 1 5 2 0 0 4 4 3 1
Adrian Del Castillo Miami .389 .476 18 4 7 2 0 1 2 3 2 0

Pitching Performances of the Week (June 24-30)

Pitcher School IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP OBA
John Beller USC 5 1 0 0 0 8 0 0.20 .059
Mason Black Lehigh 5.2 4 0 0 1 4 0 0.88 .200
Franco Aleman FIU 6 6 0 0 0 4 0 1.00 .273
Connor Sechler Missouri State 5 4 0 0 0 8 0 0.83 .150
Matt Mikulski Fordham 5 4 0 0 1 7 0 1.00 .222
Ian Bedell Missouri 5 1 0 0 0 4 0 0.20 .063

As a high school sophomore and after a long discussion, Gage Workman and his parents decided it was best for him to graduate a year early, necessitating the youngster to carry a heavy course load over his remaining three semesters. Despite that strain, Workman flourished in the classroom, earning a 4.1 GPA before enrolling at Arizona State as a 17-year old in the fall of 2018.

“My parents always pushed me to do as well as possible, whatever I’m doing”, said Workman.

With that head start, the precocious Workman has already experienced over 400 D-I plate appearances for the Devils and now returns for a second season on the Cape with the Brewster Whitecaps. Last summer Workman was thrown into the Cape League fire and, not surprisingly, struggled over the first six weeks.

“I was playing tight, pushing to get hits, pressing about not doing well,” Workman recalled. “Towards the end I told myself to play my game and relax, that I knew I’m good enough to play here. I learned to play loose.”

Success followed, as Workman belted four homers over the last two weeks, including a dramatic, walk-off, two-run playoff blast that extended Brewster’s season.

“I didn’t want to end the year as the last out,” Workman added. “I was just trying to find the barrel to keep our season alive.”

Workman took that loose approach back to Tempe in the spring and became a key contributor to the Devils potent offense, hitting .330 with eight homers, earning honorable mention All-Pac 12 honors.

Now 6-foot-4 and packing 205 lean pounds on that frame, Workman possesses striking athleticism, quick-twitch actions and an impressive tool-set that continues to develop. A switch-hitter with all-fields power, Workman believes he’s “a little be more consistent lefthanded, but when I do get to it from the right side, I feel like I have more pop.” His glove has improved and his arm plays well anywhere on the left side of the infield.

This summer Workman wants to further sharpen his mental game, “learning myself a little better, playing in the moment, pitch-to-pitch, then just flushing it and moving on to the next at-bat.” That mindset, coupled with proven production and continued physical maturation, will make Workman a tantalizing 20-year old package for the 2020 MLB draft.


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