Summer Collegiate Team Rankings

Allan Simpson

Streaking Chatham Wins 7 of 8,
Returns To No. 1 Spot in Rankings

The Chatham Anglers may not have a prospect this summer of the stature of Matt Harvey or Kris Bryant, two stars from their recent past, but they have sufficient talent on hand to surge to the top of the Cape Cod League standings at the midway point of the 2013 summer season. At 14-6-1, the Anglers hold a commanding five-point lead atop the Cape’s Eastern Division.

Not only have the Anglers opened a sizeable advantage in their own league, but they have returned to the No. 1 spot in Perfect Game’s weekly ranking of the nation’s top summer league teams on the strength of eight wins in their last nine games. The surging Anglers were also ranked No. 1 on June 18, in the season’s initial ranking, after starting out 6-0, only to drop four straight games.

Chatham has replaced Cotuit, another Cape Cod League team, atop the rankings. Cotuit occupied the top spot two weeks in a row before dropping four of their last six games.

With their rise to the top of the Cape standings—and the No. 1 position in the country—it has become a summer to celebrate in Chatham as Harvey and Bryant, two of their former players, have emerged as two of the most-decorated players in the game.

Harvey, who pitched for the Anglers in 2008-09 out of the University of North Carolina, has arguably been the most-dominant pitcher at the major-league level this season for the New York Mets, and is a heavy favorite to start the Major League Baseball all-star game for the National League July 16 at New York’s Citi Field.

Three days after that, Bryant will be in prime position to win the 2013 Golden Spikes Award—given annually to the nation’s top amateur player. Bryant, who played for Chatham in 2011, was the second pick in this year’s draft after slugging a national-best 31 homers this spring at the University of San Diego.

This year’s Chatham team, meanwhile, is led by second baseman Dante Flores, a rising junior at Southern California, who is hitting .365-1-12, leads the team in RBIs and is the only .300 hitter on the roster, while lefthander Andrew McGee (Monmouth), who was passed over in this year’s draft, has been the team’s most effective starter, going 2-0, 1.22 with a team-high 23 strikeouts in 22 innings.

Had he not been scooped up by USA Baseball’s college national team just prior to the start of the 2013 Cape season, Louisville righthander Nick Burdi almost assuredly would have been the team’s best prospect this summer in a scheduled return to Chatham for a second summer. But even without Burdi, a dominant closer with a fastball in triple digits, the Anglers have had little trouble moving to the top of the Cape standings this summer.

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.

1 Chatham Anglers MA Cape Cod League 14-6
2 Waterloo Bucks IA Northwoods League 28-10
3 Brazos Valley Bombers TX Texas Collegiate League 29-5
4 Edenton Steamers NC Coastal Plain League 23-8
5 San Luis Obispo Blues CA California Collegiate League 29-9
6 Bethesda Big Train MD Cal Ripken Sr League 16-4
7 Falmouth Commodores MA Cape Cod League 12-8
8 Harrisonburg Turks VA Valley League 22-7
9 Willmar Stingers MN Northwoods League 25-13
10 Quincy Gems IL Prospect League 24-11
11 Harwich Mariners MA Cape Cod League 12-9
12 Cotuit Kettleers MA Cape Cod League 12-9
13 Hyannis Harbor Hawks MA Cape Cod League 13-6
14 Vermont Mountaineers VT New England Collegiate League 15-7
15 Bend Elks OR West Coast League 19-11
16 Lakeshore Chinooks WI Northwoods League 25-13
17 Asheboro Copperheads NC Coastal Plain League 20-9
18 Glens Falls Golden Eagles NY Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League 17-9
19 Santa Barbara Foresters CA California Collegiate League 23-9
20 Southern Ohio Copperheads OH Great Lakes League 16-6
21 Alaska Goldpanners AK Alaska League 19-8
22 Chillicothe Paints OH Prospect League 22-14
23 Columbia Blowfish Sel Coastal Plain League 21-11
24 Hays Larks KS Jayhawk League 21-8
25 Madison Mallards WI Northwoods League 24-14
26 New Market Rebels VA Valley League 20-9
27 Nashua Silver Knights NH Futures League 15-6
28 Newport Gulls RI New England Collegiate League 13-8
29 Palm Springs Power CA Southern California Collegiate League 28-3
30 Humboldt Crabs CA Far West League 24-8

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