College | Rankings | 8/26/2019

Cal Ripken League Top Prospects

Greg Gerard        
Photo: Ben Jordan (UK Athletics)

Year Established: 2005
States Represented: Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C.
No. of Teams: 6
Regular Season Champion (best overall record): Bethesda Big Train (31-7)
Postseason Champion: Bethesda Big Train
No. 1 Prospect, 2018: William Fleming, rhp, Baltimore Redbirds
First 2018 Player Selected, 2019 Draft: Logan Driscoll, CIF/C, Bethesda Big Train (George Mason; Padres/2nd Round)

Player of the Year: Kobe Kato, 3b, Bethesda (Arizona)
Pitcher of the Year: Chase Lee, rhp, Bethesda (Alabama)

Going into the playoffs, it was hard to argue that anyone was going to beat the three-time defending CRCBL champion Bethesda Big Train. A team that was 31-7 in the regular season and won the regular season title by 11 games, the Big Train was moving full speed ahead to a Cal Ripken League crown. Bethesda did find themselves in a tough spot in the championship series having to fight back from down 0-1 in a three-game set. The Big Train won game two and had to rally late in game three to steal a the championship.

Headlined by the league’s batting leader Kobe Kato, a switch-hitting infielder from Hawaii who plays his college ball for the Wildcats of the University of Arizona, the league’s best team also had the league’s best player. Kato set a new record for the Cal Ripken League batting .457 with 41 runs scored. On top of having the best offensive threat at it’s disposal, the Big Train had the top pitcher in the league in 2019 as well. Chase Lee, from the University of Alabama, had a huge summer in the Mid-Atlantic. The side-arming righty tossed 26 innings striking out 51 batters and walking just six with a microscopic ERA of just 1.04.

The 2019 MLB Draft was strong for the Cal Ripken League with 36 players selected led by the champion Bethesda Big Train who had 10 players taken. The Big Train also had the first player in the CRCBL taken when Logan Driscoll was taken by San Diego in the second round out of George Mason.

Top 12 Prospects

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