Summer Collegiate Team Rankings

Allan Simpson

Also see: Bethesda Big Train ranked No. 1 summer team

1 Bethesda Big Train MD Cal Ripken Sr League 36-9
SUMMARY: Big Train handily won Cal Ripken regular-season title; went on to win third straight league crown with three straight playoff wins TOP PROSPECT: C Hunter Renfroe (Mississippi State) topped Ripken league in homers, peaked at 98-99 in limited looks on mound
2 Santa Barbara Foresters CA California Collegiate League 44-13
SUMMARY: Foresters struggled to nail down CCL co-title, but blitzed 32-team field at National Baseball Congress World Series, going 7-0 TOP PROSPECT: RHP Austin Kubitza (Rice) was 93-95 in relief in first half for Foresters, before dominating as a starter down stretch
3 Harwich Mariners MA Cape Cod League 30-20
SUMMARY: Demise of Cape's two division winners in playoff upsets opened door for opportunistic Mariners; won 6 of 7 post-season games TOP PROSPECT: OF Austin Wilson (Stanford) struggled at plate (.204-1-13), but may have flashed best combination of raw tools on the Cape
4 Quincy Gems IL Prospect League 40-18
SUMMARY: Gems were Prospect's dominant club from the outset; capped off big season by winning second league title in three years TOP PROSPECT: 1B Chris Serritella (Southern Illinois) missed first two weeks, still led league in HRs, RBIs; ball jumps off his bat
5 Keene Swamp Bats NH New England Collegiate League 34-16
SUMMARY: Swamp Bats quickly sorted out logjam at top of NECBL West standings with impressive run through league playoffs TOP PROSPECT: RHP Jeff Thompson (Louisville) has projectable 6-foot-5 frame, fastball at 90-94 mph, impressive slider; fanned 50 in 38 IP
6 Corvallis Knights OR West Coast League 44-18
SUMMARY: Pitching-rich Knights went on late-season surge, then used booming bats to dismantle Walla Walla in WCL final series TOP PROSPECT: Oregon State-bound LHP Jace Fry dominated as HS talent with 90-96 mph fastball, plus slider, unfazed approach
7 Edenton Steamers NC Coastal Plain League 49-14
SUMMARY: Steamers earned No. 1 ranking for five straight weeks, only to fall twice on final day to Gastonia with national title in their grasp TOP PROSPECT: 2B Joe Wendle (West Chester, Pa.) lacks a plus tool, but hit .377, was solid player across board, key to Edenton success
8 Hyannis Harbor Hawks MA Cape Cod League 30-17
SUMMARY: Hawks' Cinderella-like worst-to-first dash from 2010 to 2011 came to screeching halt in first-round playoff loss to Falmouth TOP PROSPECT: OF Adam Brett Walker (Jacksonville) has enormous power potential in 6-5/250 frame, but is very strikeout prone
9 Battle Creek Bombers MI Northwoods League 47-26
SUMMARY: Bombers turned on the jets at end of season, winning last 11 games to sweep impressively to first league championship TOP PROSPECT: RHP Nolan Sanburn (Arkansas) attacked hitters with a 89-93 FB that topped out at 96 and a sharp, low-80s slider
10 Kenai Peninsula Oilers AK Alaska League 36-17
SUMMARY: Alaska champs came out second-best twice in key NBC World Series showdowns with Santa Barbara, including 1-0 in final TOP PROSPECT: 3B Patrick Wisdom (St. Mary's) has big-time power, led Alaska League in HRs last two years; solid in field, superior arm
11 Wenatchee Applesox WA West Coast League 44-17
SUMMARY: Two-time defending WCL champs dominated league all season, only to drop two straight playoff tilts to sub-.500 Walla Walla TOP PROSPECT: OF Breland Almadova (Hawaii) maximizes 6.4 speed in CF, on bases; also can drive ball, has superior arm strength
12 Alexandria Beetles MN Northwoods League 45-27
SUMMARY: Late surge enabled Beetles to post best regular-season record in 16-team league, but fell quickly in first round of playoffs TOP PROSPECT: Closer Anthony Bazzani (Eastern Kentucky) led league in saves (12) and finished third in K's (70) with 91-96 FB
13 San Luis Obispo Blues CA California Collegiate League 34-15
SUMMARY: Blues pulled surprise on final day of CCL season by tying league power Santa Barbara for league title, both at 24-12 TOP PROSPECT: Oregon State-bound LHP Carlos Rodriguez, a Braves 20th-rounder, impressed with 86-89 mph FB and hard slider
14 Harrisonburg Turks VA Valley League 34-14
SUMMARY: Turks dominated Valley League regular season, but fell in semi-final round of playoffs to sub-.500 Rockbridge club TOP PROSPECT: OF Mac Williamson (Wake Forest) has a big, projectable frame, impressive raw power, superior RF arm strength
15 Lima Locos OH Great Lakes League 32-15
SUMMARY: Locos battled Southern Ohio for best regular-season record in Great Lakes; beat Copperheads 2-0 in league final TOP PROSPECT: 1B Andy Chriscaden (Kennesaw State) flashes excellent raw power, but prone to SO; handles himself aroung bag
16 Palm Springs Power CA Southern California Collegiate League 41-4
SUMMARY: Power used 20-game win streak to post first 40-win season in club's eight-year history, won SCCBL championship TOP PROSPECT: OF Ryan Garvey, son of Steve, held his own as a HS player, hitting .379-3-21; the USC-bound player has impressive power
17 Orleans Firebirds MA Cape Cod League 24-19
SUMMARY: Firebirds finished atop East in Cape, but were victimized by brilliant pitching of Y-D star RHP Mark Appel (Stanford) in playoffs TOP PROSPECT: RHP Trevor Gott (Kentucky) used his 91-94 mph fastball to lead Cape with 13 saves, earn league's top reliever award
18 Coppell Copperheads TX Texas Collegiate League 41-28
SUMMARY: Second in regular season, Copperheads win four of five playoff games to capture fourth title in TCL's eight-year history TOP PROSPECT: OF Tyler Collins, JC player of year, signed with Tigers as sixth-rounder before team went on late roll; has premium bat
19 Holyoke Blue Sox MA New England Collegiate League 31-16
SUMMARY: Team USA catching tandem of Tom Murphy (Buffalo) and Ronnie Freeman (Kennesaw State) not enough to push Sox in playoffs TOP PROSPECT: Murphy gets nod over Freeman because of better raw power/arm strength; Freeman is the better overall hitter, receiver
20 Humboldt Crabs CA Far West League 40-13
SUMMARY: Historic Arcata-based franchise overcame first-round playoff loss to capture first-year Far West League championship TOP PROSPECT: RHP Aaron West (Washington) went 7-0, 0.17 with 11 BB/83 SO in 54 IP, dominated with 92-95 mph fastball, hard slider
21 Wareham Gateman MA Cape Cod League 25-23
SUMMARY: Shorthanded Gatemen made strong late-season run, but fell abruptly to Falmouth in second round of Cape playoffs TOP PROSPECT: OF Brandon Thomas (Georgia Tech) has 5-tool potential, led Cape in batting early before sidelined by hamstring issues
22 East Texas Pumpjacks TX Texas Collegiate League 42-23
SUMMARY: Pump Jacks were TCL's dominant club all of 2011 season; but fell victim to Brazos Valley in opening-round playoff loss TOP PROSPECT: SS Kirby Pellant (Ohio State), drafted by Reds in June, is a superior defender with plus speed (32 SB), good bast-head skills
23 Mankato MoonDogs MN Northwoods League 44-31
SUMMARY: Sparked by OF Shaun Cooper's dominant season, MoonDogs were at or near top of NWL standings all summer, lost in finals TOP PROSPECT: LHP Sam Selman (Vanderbilt) spent his second summer with MoonDogs, armed with electric mid-90s heat and improving command
24 St. Joseph Mustangs MO MINK League 38-12
SUMMARY: Mustangs dominated MINK League season/playoffs, but went quietly at NBC World Series with disappointing 1-2 record TOP PROSPECT: RHP/3B Mark Robinette (Oklahoma State) has two-way talent at college level but 92-96 mph will play best in pro ball
25 Newport Gulls RI New England Collegiate League 29-15
SUMMARY: Gulls entered NECBL playoffs on 12-game winning streak, but were upset in two straight first-round games by Laconia TOP PROSPECT: OF Conrad Gregor (Vanderbilt) has impressive stroke, pure raw power, excellent hitting approach/plate discipline
26 Southern Ohio Copperheads OH Great Lakes League 31-16
SUMMARY: Copperheads edged Lima for best regular-season record in Great Lakes, but succumbed to Locos in league title series TOP PROSPECT: RHP David Garner (Michigan State) lacks size but has a fast, easy arm with a fastball in 89-94 mph range, plus hard slider
27 Oneonta Outlaws NY New York Collegiate League 34-16
SUMMARY: Outlaws powered past regular-season division champs Utica and Webster in playoffs to capture first NYCBL title TOP PROSPECT: OF/RHP Matt Chavez (San Francisco) has excellent arm strength on mound, in RF, with power at the plate as well
28 Youse's Maryland Orioles MD Cal Ripken Sr League 30-18
SUMMARY: Despite distant second-place league finish, Orioles marched easily to another AAABA World Series championship TOP PROSPECT: LHP Ryan Farrar (Virginia Commonwealth) dominted as O's closer (1-0, 1.13, 5 SV, 24 IP/36 SO) with 92-93 mph FB
29 Newark Pilots NY Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League 30-23
SUMMARY: First-year Pilots pull PGCBL playoff surprise by beating established Amsterdam Mohawks in two straight games TOP PROSPECT: RHP Carson Beauchaine (Saginaw Valley, Mich.) has four pitches he can throw for strikes, including a low-90s fastball
30 Gastonia Grizzlies NC Coastal Plain League 35-29
SUMMARY: Upset-minded Grizzlies take down Edenton, nation's No. 1 team, with two wins on final day of CPL's Petitt Cup playoff TOP PROSPECT: Unheralded RHP Kris Hall (Lee, Tenn.) made big strides on summer with 91-94 mph FB, fanned side vs Team USA
31 Hayesville Heat KS Jayhawk League 39-15
SUMMARY: Heat finishes atop Jayhawk standings, posts 5-2 mark at NBC World Series, best among four Jayhawk entries in field TOP PROSPECT: RHP Zeb Sneed (Northwest Nazarene, Idaho) has size (6-5), best FB in league (mid-90s), but struggles to throw strikes
32 Regina Red Sox SK Western Major League 41-11
SUMMARY: Red Sox compile best record in 11-team WMBL standings, go 9-1 in playoffs to capture first league championship TOP PROSPECT: RHP Nick Cervantes (Colorado State-Pueblo) was solid in relief with 87-90 mph fastball, plus slider
33 Terre Haute Rex IN Prospect League 34-23
SUMMARY: Rex post league's best second-half record at 18-9, but fall to eventual champ Quincy in sudden-death playoff semi-final TOP PROSPECT: SS Stephen Bruno (Virginia) played in just 19 games for Rex, but swung bat (.394-6-19), showed plus arm, skills in field
34 Leesburg Lightning FL Florida Collegiate League 30-14
SUMMARY: Lightning run away with FCSL season title, but upstart Sanford (16-22) got hot at right time to capture league playoffs TOP PROSPECT: C Zane Evans (Georgia Tech) saw limited action behind plate, but has solid arm, blocking/receiving skills; bat needs work
35 Fayetteville Swampdogs NC Coastal Plain League 35-24
SUMMARY: Swampdogs assemble second-best record in 15-team CPL, but exit in first-round of league's Petitt Cup playoffs TOP PROSPECT: Two-way talent Cody Davis was clocked at 93-95 mph as closer (1-1, 1.17, 12 SV), signed as free agent with Nationals
36 Staten Island Tide NY Atlantic Collegiate League 24-15
SUMMARY: Tide won ACBL's Kaiser Division crown, then withstood all challengers in surprise romp through league playoffs TOP PROSPECT: OF Jason Kanzler (Buffalo) had solid season at plate/on bases (.333-5-24, 17 SB); speed, RF arm/defense, power all play
37 Amsterdam Mohawks NY Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League 32-19
SUMMARY: Mohawks dominated New York Collegiate League in recent years, but fell short against suprising Newark in switch to PGCBL TOP PROSPECT: C Luke Maile (Kentucky) has above-average power and arm strength, but has holes in swings, needs better catching skills
38 Green Bay Bullfrogs WI Northwoods League 42-29
SUMMARY: Bullfrogs post second 40-win season in club history, but fall twice to surging Battle Creek in first round of NWL playoffs TOP PROSPECT: Potential 5-tool OF Mitch Haniger (Cal Poly) showed focus and feel for game with good speed, arm and gap power
39 Bourne Braves MA Cape Cod League 22-22
SUMMARY: Braves boasted one of Cape's most talented pitching staffs, but finished year at .500 overall with early playoff exit TOP PROSPECT: RHP Ryan Eades (Louisiana State) named Cape's top starter after using 91-95 mph FB to post league-best 0.84 ERA
40 Winter Park Diamond Dawgs FL Florida Collegiate League 24-16
SUMMARY: Dawgs had easily the most talented team in six-team league, but finished second in both regular season and playoffs TOP PROSPECT: OF Omar Cotto (Southern Cal) struggled mightily at plate (.163-0-3), but has world-class speed, plus arm, power potential
41 Winchester Royals VA Valley League 31-18
SUMMARY: Royals see impressive regular season go down drain with semi-loss to eventual Valley League champ Covington TOP PROSPECT: 1B Matt Snyder (Mississippi) showcased his explosive raw power after recovering from an early-season broken jaw
42 Marysville Gold Sox CA Independent 39-8
SUMMARY: Independent Gold Sox whipped all comers on West Coast this summer in unique Horizon Air Series TOP PROSPECT: RHP Cody Anderson used 90-93 mph fastball to go 5-1, 1.01 before signing late with Indians as 14th-rounder
43 Nevada Griffons MO MINK League 31-23
SUMMARY: Griffons came out second best in MINK League, but made spirited run to third-place finish in NBC World Series TOP PROSPECT: OF Peter Barrows (Bridgeport, Conn.) signed indy deal after going undrafted in June; has ++ power, + speed for size
44 La Crosse Loggers WI Northwoods League 38-31
SUMMARY: Loggers have won national-best 157 games over last four years, but narrowly got squeezed out of NWL playoffs TOP PROSPECT: Switch-hitting C Andrew Knapp (California) led league in batting (.400) with polished approach and line-drive swing
45 Mat-Su Miners AK Alaska League 23-17
SUMMARY: Two-time Alaska champion Miners couldn't keep pace with hot pace set by talented Kenai Peninsula Oilers TOP PROSPECT: C/1B Adam Martin (Western Carolina) has legit raw power, won league HR Derby; has work to do on swing, rest of game
46 Forest City Owls NC Coastal Plain League 33-27
SUMMARY: Two-time CPL champion Owls backed into eight-team playoffs with slow second half, got bounced in semi-finals TOP PROSPECT: OF Axel Johnson (Texas Christian) has sweet swing, plenty of raw power for his age; is a capable corner defender
47 Liberal Beejays KS Jayhawk League 35-18
SUMMARY: Defending NBC World Series champs finished fourth in Jayhawk standings, went disappointing 3-2 in NBC title defense TOP PROSPECT: OF Micah Green (Wichita State) has superior athleticism, raw tools, but struggles to get much out of his natural ability
48 Danbury Westerners CT New England Collegiate League 26-19
SUMMARY: Westerners set NECBL record with .298 team batting average, but bats went silent in playoff loss to Keene TOP PROSPECT: OF Taylor Horan (Virginia Tech) has explosive raw power, led NECBL in homers, RBIs; speed/arm adequate for corner role
49 Glens Falls Golden Eagles NY Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League 31-19
SUMMARY: Golden Eagles had best season record in PGCBL, but made early exit with playoff sweep by Amsterdam TOP PROSPECT: 3B Josh Anderson (Yavapai, Ariz., JC) is solid hitter with impressive power to all fields (.368-9-38), arm biggest asset in field
50 Okotoks Dawgs AB Western Major League 41-17
SUMMARY: Fast-charging Dawgs had franchise-best 41 wins, drew 70,000-plus fans, but fell to Regina in WMBL championship series TOP PROSPECT: RHP Jared Rogers (Hofstra) has projectable stuff/frame, commands four average pitches, including 87-90 mph FB

Others receiving consideration: Team Vegas/California (25-17); Thomasville H-Toms/Coastal Plain (32-27); Nashua Silver Knights/Futures (29-16); Kamuela Paniolos/Hawaii (24-18); Vermont Mountaineers/New England Collegiate (26-18); Webster Yankees/New York Collegiate (32-17); Utica Brewers/New York Collegiate (32-14); Willmar Stingers/Northwoods (39-31); Madison Mallards/Northwoods (37-32); West Virginia Power/Prospect (30-28); Nashville Outlaws/Prospect (29-24); Pineville Pioneers/Southern (27-22); Covington Lumberjacks/Valley (27-25); Bend Elks/West Coast (30-27); Cowlitz Black Bears/West Coast (29-26).

League Champions:  Bethesda Big Train, Harwich Mariners, Quincy Gems, Keene Swamp Bats, Corvallis Knights, Battle Creek Bombers, Kenai Peninsula Oilers, San Luis Obispo Blues, Lima Locos, Palm Springs Power, Coppell Copperheads, Humboldt Crabs, St. Joseph Mustangs, Oneonta Outlaws, Newark Pilots, Gastonia Grizzlies, Hayesville Heat, Regina Red Sox, Staten Island Tide
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