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College | Story | 7/9/2019

Cape Cod Report: Week 4 Notes

Stu Murray        
Photo: Adrian Del Castillo Miami (Miami Athletics/Carl Kafka)

Cape Cod Reports: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3

With the calendar turning to July and tourism in full swing, the Cape League really kicks into gear halfway through the 42-game regular season. Crowds at the quaint community ballparks swell, final rosters take shape and teams begin to jockey for playoff position as the stretch run comes into view.

In addition, statistical sample sizes are maturing, allowing for some data-driven assessments of players and their first-half performance in the league where “the stars of tomorrow shine tonight.”


Offensive Performances of the Week (July 1-7)

Hitter School AVG OBP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
Toranosuke Otsuka San Diego .471 .550 17 7 8 0 0 0 2 2 1 0
Zach DeLoach Texas A&M .467 .514 30 6 14 2 0 1 4 3 6 2
Tyler Hardman Oklahoma .450 .500 20 5 9 0 0 3 6 2 7 0
Cody Morissette Boston College .444 .476 18 2 8 1 1 0 8 2 3 0
Jared DeSantolo FAU .440 .563 25 7 11 0 0 1 2 7 6 1
Joey Loperfido Duke .438 .526 16 3 7 1 0 1 2 3 1 2
Darren Baker California .435 .500 23 4 10 0 0 0 2 3 6 2


Pitching Performances of the Week (July 1-7)

Pitcher School IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP OBA
Jacob Palisch Stanford 7 6 0 0 0 10 0.00 0.86 .222
Chandler Jozwiak Texas A&M 5 6 0 0 3 5 0.00 1.45 .244
Matthew Mikulski Fordham 5 1 0 0 3 4 0.00 0.80 .067
Noah Skirrow Liberty 9.2 5 1 1 6 16 0.93 1.14 .147
Will Heflin Tennessee 7 5 1 1 1 6 1.29 0.86 .192
Mac Lardner Gonzaga 6 6 1 1 0 3 1.50 0.10 .273
Antonio Menendez Wake Forest 6 2 1 1 1 8 1.50 0.5 .100


When an elite athlete matures and gains experience, its often said the game slows down for them. For Miami rising sophomore Adrian Del Castillo, that time is now. Incredibly poised as a 19-year old, Castillo plays with a “very low heart rate,” says Wareham manager Jerry Weinstein.

This past spring, Del Castillo blew up on the national scene, hitting .331 with 22 doubles and 72 RBI while posting a miniscule 8.8 percent strikeout rate in earning Perfect Game 1stTeam Freshman All-American honors.

“He’s something I’ve never seen before in my life. His bat-to-ball skills are disgusting,” says Canes hitting coach Norberto Lopez. When asked if he was surprised Del Castillo produced so quickly, he shot back, “Not at all, I knew it all the way.”

“He’s a special breed,” added Lopez. “When you see him, you’ll say ‘this is the guy everyone is talking about?’ No batting gloves, grabs a bat, old school, dirt on his hands and he just stands there nice and easy. ‘This is Del Castillo?’ Then you’ll see the lightning come off his bat.”

Indeed, Del Castillo is so simple and reserved in his actions and demeanor that you may wonder if he has a pulse. The only thing loud is the crack of the ball off his bat. It just sounds different. During batting practice he effortlessly drops the barrel on the baseball, sending line drives to all over the yard. No doubt his hand-eye coordination is special.

During game action the well-built, lefty-swinging 6-foot, 205-pounder oozes confidence in the box. Last week against a tough lefty, Del Castillo turned effortlessly on an inside fastball, drilling a sharp grounder over the first base bag and easily legging out a double. Earlier in the week he launched a grand slam on his way to a five-RBI evening.

Recruited to Miami as a catcher, he’s still a work in progress behind the dish, though tools and athleticism are clearly present. He’ll benefit greatly from playing for Weinstein, widely regarded as a guru in developing catchers.

Del Castillo will be key cog for the 2020 Hurricane team that some believe has College World Series potential, including our Mike Rooney, who recently named Miami to his Eight for Omaha list. Currently, Del Castillo is hitting .294 with four doubles and three homers in 68 at-bats.

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