Summer Collegiate Team Rankings

Allan Simpson

Cape’s Harwich Goes 5-0 on Week, Retains Top Spot In Weekly Ranking

The Harwich Mariners won the Cape Cod League championship in 2011, mainly on the strength of a deep, powerful pitching staff. In all, 12 Mariners pitchers were selected in this year’s draft, including two first-rounders and two supplemental first-rounders.

If Harwich is to repeat as Cape League champs, it may be largely on the strength of a powerful offensive team. Thus far, the Mariners are hitting .287 as a team, averaging almost six runs a game and leading the Cape with 18 homers.

The impressive offensive production has enabled Harwich to bolt out to an 8-2 record this season, including six wins in a row, and the Mariners have retained their spot atop Perfect Game’s weekly ranking of the nation’s top 30 summer league clubs.

Harwich continues to get an inspired performance from rising Samford junior outfielder Philip Ervin, who is hitting .410, leads the Cape Cod League in homers (5) and shares the league lead in RBIs (13). Erwin has been joined in the Mariners outfield by two more rising juniors with impressive power credentials in Stanford’s Austin Wilson and Notre Dame’s Eric Jagielo. Wilson, a potential early first-rounder in the 2013 draft, joined the team late because of his class commitments at Stanford, but got off to a fast start by hitting .500-2-7 in his first four games.

Jagielo was merely hitting .400-3-8 through his first 10 contests, and won one game for Harwich with a two-run, 10
th-inning walk-off homer in a 4-2 win over Hyannis.

While Harwich retained its No. 1 summer-league ranking with five straight wins, it barely held off a second Cape League team, Orleans, which is 9-1 on the summer. The Firebirds actually lead Harwich by a game in the Cape’s Eastern Division, and jumped from No. 22 to No. 2 in the latest ranking.

The Firebirds are doing it mainly with superior pitching as they lead the Cape League with a 2.31 ERA, and have gotten a dominant performance to date from rising Kentucky junior righthander Trevor Gott, who leads the league with four saves. In six innings, he has allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out eight. But the Firebirds may have suffered a crucial loss with the departure of potentially the team’s best starter in Arizona State righthander Trevor Williams (0-0, 2.25 in two starts), a potential first-rounder in 2013 who left to join USA Baseball’s college national team.

A total of five teams from the Cape Cod League, easily the nation’s most-prestigious summer-college league, occupy spots in Perfect Game’s Top 30 Ranking, and conceivably more teams from that league could be ranked, except that a team must have at least a .500 record overall to receive consideration.

Teams are ranked on the following criteria: won-loss record, league dominance, depth and quality of professional-level talent and the overall strength of the league.

1 Harwich Mariners MA Cape Cod League 8-2
Samford OF Philip Ervin (.410-5-13) continues to swing hot bat, on triple-crown pace; joined in all-.400 Harwich outfield by Stanford's Austin Wilson (.500-2-7 in 4 G), Notre Dame's Eric Jagielo (.400-3-8)
2 Orleans Firebirds MA Cape Cod League 9-1
Hawaii duo of 3B Pikea Kitamura (.350-0-9), LHP Jarrett Arakawa (1-0, 0.90) are Firebirds top hitter, starter; power-armed Kentucky RHP Trevor Gott (0-0, 0.00, 4 SV) a stabilizer in team's bullpen
3 La Crosse Loggers WI Northwoods League 19-7
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi RHP Jacob Dorris (3-1, 2.63, league-high 41 SO), Sacramento CC RHP Bo Henning (3-0, 0.70), Long Beach State OF Richard Prigatano (.379-2-18) all vital to Loggers success
4 Wenatchee Applesox WA West Coast League 15-3
Gonzaga tandem of IF Mitchell Gonsolus (.471-0-18, league leader in average, RBIs), LHP Derek Callahan (2-0, 1.31, 21 IP/25 SO) have been instumental in Sox producing best record in WCL
5 San Luis Obispo Blues CA California Collegiate League 16-6
Blues have upstaged perennial power Santa Barbara; Texas A&M RHP Daniel Mengden has peaked at 95, leads CCL in saves (6), also catches (.286-2-6); Texas-Arlington OF Matt Shortall (.386-2-12) swinging hot bat
6 Chatham Anglers MA Cape Cod League 6-3
Virginia Tech SS Chad Pinder (.344-1-11) has been steady at plate, in field for Anglers; Pepperdine RHP Scott Frazier (1-0, 2.70) has been increasingly dominant on mound
7 Mankato MoonDogs MN Northwoods League 20-7
MoonDogs continue to post best record in NWL behind bats of Cal Baptist 1B Blair Moore (.351-1-14), Louisville 2B Nick Ratajczuk (.355-0-7), arms like Parkland (Ill.) JC LHP Zack Hall (2-0, 0.93)
8 DuBois County Bombers Sel Prospect League 18-6
Utah LHP Nick Green (2-0, 1.93, 5 SV, 19 IP/24 SO), Vincennes (Ind.) JC RHP Ty Simpson (2-1, 2.05), Utah Valley RHP Devin Nelson (3-0, 2.46) have been stalwarts on Bombers pitching staff
9 Keene Swamp Bats NH New England Collegiate League 9-3
Swamp Bats getting excellent production from New England products: Maine C/1B Fran Whitten (.302-4-12), Central Connecticut State OF Dylan de la Cruz (.367-1-12), Bryant RHP Kevin McAvoy (2-0, 0.77)
10 Forest City Owls NC Coastal Plain League 18-6
Eight-game winning streak has propelled Owls to best record in CPL; getting good mileage from West Virginia RHP Ryan Tezak (2-0, 1.17), Nebraska RHP Ryan Hander (3-1, 0.93), USC Aiken RHP Jake Padgett (2-0, 0.95)
11 Amsterdam Mohawks NY Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League 13-3
12 East Texas Pumpjacks TX Texas Collegiate League 17-4
13 Corvallis Knights OR West Coast League 14-4
14 Newport Gulls RI New England Collegiate League 7-3
15 Fayetteville Swampdogs NC Coastal Plain League 16-8
16 Waterloo Bucks IA Northwoods League 18-8
17 Winchester Royals VA Valley League 15-6
18 Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox MA Cape Cod League 5-5
19 Kelowna Falcons Sel West Coast League 13-5
20 Santa Barbara Foresters CA California Collegiate League 13-8
21 Cotuit Kettleers MA Cape Cod League 5-5
22 Cincinnati Steam OH Great Lakes League 9-4
23 Waynesboro Generals VA Valley League 14-6
24 Kenai Peninsula Oilers AK Alaska League 7-4
25 West Virginia Miners WV Prospect League 16-8
26 Leesburg Lightning FL Florida Collegiate League 9-4
27 Edenton Steamers NC Coastal Plain League 16-7
28 Lima Locos OH Great Lakes League 11-6
29 Green Bay Bullfrogs WI Northwoods League 16-10
30 Harrisonburg Turks VA Valley League 14-7

OTHERS RECEIVING CONSIDERATION: Baltimore Redbirds / Cal Ripken (11-7); Brazos Valley Bombers / Texas Collegiate (14-6); Falmouth Commodores / Cape Cod (5-5); Humboldt Crabs / Far West (14-4); Liberal Beejays / Jayhawk (13-6); Nevada Griffons / MINK (14-9); New Bedford Bay Sox / New England Collegiate (9-5); New York Atlantics / Atlantic Collegiate (12-3); North Shore Navigators / Futures (10-3); Oneonta Outlaws / Perfect Game Collegiate (10-6); Palm Springs Power / Southern California Collegiate (15-5); Regina Red Sox / Western Major (15-3); Rockville Express / Cal Ripken (12-6).
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