Summer Collegiate Team Rankings

Allan Simpson

Chatham, Waterloo Hold Steady at 1-2,
But Long-Time Powers Making a Push

The Chatham Anglers (Cape Cod) and Waterloo Bucks (Northwoods) continue to top Perfect Game’s weekly ranking of the nation’s top summer college-league teams, but several clubs with distinguished reputations from other leagues around the country have begun making significant strides up the leader board.

The Santa Barbara Foresters (27-11) have taken over their accustomed position as the top team in the California Collegiate League with a recent surge, and improved their national ranking from 19 to 6 in the process. The Alaska Goldpanners (25-9) have moved from 21 to 8 by opening a significant lead in the Alaska League standings, while five straight wins over the last week have propelled the Newport Gulls (18-8) to the top of the New England Collegiate League standings and improving their ranking from No. 28 to 9.

With four National Baseball Congress World Series titles in the last six years, including the last two, Santa Barbara has been an annual fixture at the top of the PG summer power rankings. After a slow start this season, the Foresters finally began to hit their stride and caught the San Luis Obispo Blues with a recent hot streak.

The Goldpanners, meanwhile, have won a record six NBC titles through the years and sent upwards of 200 players to the big leagues in 50 years (also a record for an amateur team). But the Fairbanks-based club hasn’t won an NBC championship since 2001 and has struggled to even dominate their own league in recent years until a resurgence this season.

Newport finished the 2012 season as Perfect Game’s No. 1-ranked club by sweeping through the NECBL regular season and playoffs, but was slow to respond this season until a recent surge put the Gulls back on track again.

Led by Tuesday’s All-Star Game at the major-league level, all-star games will be the order of the day this week in summer leagues throughout the country. Top prospects from Santa Barbara will be prominently on display in the Cal Collegiate League all-star game Wednesday at Major League Baseball’s Academy in Compton, Calif.; from the Goldpanners in the Alaska League game Saturday in Anchorage and from the Gulls in the NECBL game Sunday in Laconia, N.H.

Meanwhile, Chatham will get its chance to show off its best prospects in the Cape Cod League all-star game, set for July 28 in Yarmouth-Dennis, while the appearance of Waterloo’s top players will highlight the Northwoods League all-star game set for Eau Claire, Wis., on July 23.

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 18-8
2 Waterloo Bucks IA Northwoods League 35-11
3 Edenton Steamers NC Coastal Plain League 26-8
4 Brazos Valley Bombers TX Texas Collegiate League 31-7
5 Cotuit Kettleers MA Cape Cod League 17-10
6 Santa Barbara Foresters CA California Collegiate League 27-11
7 Falmouth Commodores MA Cape Cod League 15-10
8 Alaska Goldpanners AK Alaska League 25-9
9 Newport Gulls RI New England Collegiate League 18-8
10 Bethesda Big Train MD Cal Ripken Sr League 22-7
11 San Luis Obispo Blues CA California Collegiate League 31-13
12 Harrisonburg Turks VA Valley League 24-11
13 Asheboro Copperheads NC Coastal Plain League 22-11
14 Madison Mallards WI Northwoods League 29-16
15 Danville Dans IL Prospect League 28-12
16 Hyannis Harbor Hawks MA Cape Cod League 15-9
17 Lakeshore Chinooks WI Northwoods League 29-16
18 Hays Larks KS Jayhawk League 25-9
19 New Market Rebels VA Valley League 23-10
20 Winter Park Diamond Dawgs FL Florida Collegiate League 18-9
21 Bend Elks OR West Coast League 21-13
22 Quincy Gems IL Prospect League 28-14
23 Southern Ohio Copperheads OH Great Lakes League 18-8
24 Harwich Mariners MA Cape Cod League 14-13
25 Vermont Mountaineers VT New England Collegiate League 16-9
26 Glens Falls Golden Eagles NY Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League 19-12
27 Columbia Blowfish Sel Coastal Plain League 22-12
28 Palm Springs Power CA Southern California Collegiate League 34-4
29 Humboldt Crabs CA Far West League 30-10
30 Willmar Stingers MN Northwoods League 27-18

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