TOP 30 TEAMS
Pitching Sparks Brewster, Santa Barbara
With many college players using wood bats for the first extended period in their blossoming careers, pitching is often the dominant theme in summer-league competition.
The No. 1-ranked Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League and No. 2-ranked Santa Barbara Foresters of the California Collegiate League have both utilized superior pitching to climb to the top two spots in this week’s PG CrossChecker ranking of the nation’s top 30 summer clubs.
The Whitecaps (18-8), who have held the No. 1 spot since the outset of the 2010 summer league season, lead the Cape Cod League in ERA by a considerable margin (2.03, compared to 2.41 for the No. 2 club). The Foresters have posted a cumulative 2.54 mark, a full 76 points ahead of their nearest pursuer. Moreover, Santa Barbara’s staff has overwhelmed its competition by striking out 370 in 283 innings while assembling an aggregate 25-7 record.
Both clubs have tapped heavily into unsigned arms from the 2010 draft to power their staffs. The Whitecaps have rode the arms of Louisiana State righthander Anthony Ranaudo (2-0, 0.00), Cal State Fullerton righthanders Jake Floethe (2-1, 0.84) and Daniel Renken (0-1, 7.04), and Georgia righthander Michael Palazzone (1-1, 1.40) to dominate the Cape Cod League from the season’s outset. Moreover, three other pitchers from the 2010 draft pitched briefly for Brewster this summer, though are no longer on the Whitecaps staff.
Santa Barbara is getting significant mileage out of Central Arizona JC lefthander Chris Joyce (4-0, 1.26), Gonzaga righthander Cody Martin (0-0, 0.68, 7 SV), Southern California righthander Vinnie St. John (0-0, 0.73) and Lee (Tenn.) righthander Nolan Rudman (1-1, 3.86), all selected in this year’s draft. One other pitcher from the 2010 draft, UC Santa Barbara righthander Jesse Meaux, also pitched briefly for the Foresters.
Interestingly, there is a link between the Brewster and Santa Barbara clubs. Brewster coach Tom Myers is an assistant coach during the school year at UC Santa Barbara and is a former Foresters pitching coach.
PG CrossChecker’s ranking of summer league clubs are compiled in conjunction with the summer-league website,www.summercollegebaseball.net
. The nation’s top 30 summer-league teams will be ranked each week, on Tuesday or Wednesday. An emphasis is placed on the league’s competitive level, the prospective professional-quality talent on each club, a team’s won-loss record and its league dominance in arriving at the rankings. Each club must have at least a .500 record to be eligible.
SUMMER BASEBALL TOP 30
Weekly Ranking of College Summer League Teams (Previous Week's Ranking Noted in Parentheses)
|LSU RHP Anthony Ranaudo (2-0, 0.00) continues to excel on mound, Memphis OF Drew Martinez (.352-0-11, 17 SB) paces Cape in batting|
||Santa Barbara Foresters
|Central Arizona JC LHP Chris Joyce (4-0, 1.26, 36 IP/49 SO) dominant as starter, Gonzaga RHP Cody Martin (0-0, 0.68, 7 SV) in relief |
|Talented Stanford OF Jake Stewart (.282-1-11), Yuca (Calif.) CC RHP Matt Vedo (4-0, 2.20) fuel surge of long-time summer baseball power |
|Michigan State 1B Jeff Holm (.377-7-41, 27 SB) excels at plate, on bases; Marietta RHP Kyle Lindquist (2-1, 0.45, 5 SV) on mound|
||Eau Claire Express
|Red-hot Express getting help from unexpected sources: Augustana OF Drew Heithoff (.420-0-4), Texas A&M CC RHP Ian Campbell (3-0, 0.65)|
|Missouri State LHP Mike Kickham (2-0, 0.37, 19 IP/34 SO) excels as starter, twin brother Dan (1-0, 0.50, 2 SV), impressive as closer |
||Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox
|Red Sox boast one of best double-play combos on Cape in Louisiana State 2B Tyler Hanover (.306-0-8), St. John's SS Joe Panik (.276-1-9)|
|Delta State RHP Cody Saranthus (7-0, 0.77), Longwood RHP Mark Montgomery (1-1, 1.61, 12 SV, 22 IP/41 SO) excel in end-of-game role |
|Washington LHP Ben Guidos (3-0, 1.69), Washington State 2B Tommy Richards (.383-2-25) continue to spark WCL's best team |
|Bradley LHP Joe Bircher (4-0, 0.87) has been Miners best arm, Central Missouri IF Bret Schwarz (.386-0-18) team's best hitter|
||Florence Red Wolves
|Mercyhurst (Pa.) RHP Sam O'Neill (5-1, 1.93), Charleston Southern RHP Pat Dolan (3-0, 2.10) keep Red Wolves in contremntion in CPL|
|Vanderbilt 1B/OF Aaron Westlake (.340-2-4), Baylor RHP Logan Verrett (1-0, 0.00 in 3 starts) have excelled in brief service|
||Licking County Settlers
|Xavier OF John McCambridge (.515-0-13, 16 SB) leads GLL in batting, Bradley RHP Justin Ziegler (5-0, 0.82) in wins, ERA|
|Two heralded newcomers, TCU OF Jason Coats (.391-1-4) and Arizona State 2B Zach McPhee (.318-0-4), are 1-2 for Braves in hitting|
|Central Florida 1B Jonathan Griffin (.327-5-16) provides Wranglers with power bat, LaSalle RHP Cody Weiss (1-1, 2.13, 38 IP/50 SO power arm|
|Westerners move to top of NECBL behind Fairfield 1B Tucker Nathans (.297-5-22), Dayton RHP Mike Hauschild (4-2, 1.47)|
||San Luis Obispo Blues
|New Mexico C Rafael Neda (.310-1-15) was 10th-rounder in this year's draft, UAB RHP Ryan Woolley (2-0, 2.57) seventh-rounder in 2009|
||North Fork Ospreys
|NY Tech OF Sebastian Grazziani (.363-5-31) upstaged by UConn OF Billy Ferriter (4-for-4, 4 SB), MVP of league all-star game|
|Oklahoma State RHP Mike Strong (3-1, 1.85), Marshall RHP Ian Kadish (3-0, 1.37) key arms on dominant Honkers pitching staff |
||North Adams SteepleCats
|Little Nova Southeastern RHP Sean Albury (1-0, 0.00, 9 SV) excels in relief for Cats, Barry (Fla.) IF Matt Petty (.379-4-15) at plate|
|Surging Gems (9 wins in 10 games) getting offensive production from San Diego's Zack Kometani (.330-7-26), Iowa's Andrew Host (.363-1-18)|
|TCL 2009 player of year Mark Hudson (Sam Houston State) hitting .314-0-10, just starting to warmed up after going undrafted in June|
|Florida Internatrional 1B Rudy Flores (.425-2-23) sizzling at plate, UConn LHP Greg Nappo (4-0, 0.89, 30 IP/41 SO) on mound |
||Forest City Owls
|Appalachian State RHP Ryan Arrowood went 12-0 for Owls in 2009, still pitching well but only 1-3, 2.21 with 40 SO in 37 IP|
||Sanford River Rats
|Miami-Dade OF Jabari Blash (.353-2-15), Florida Southern OF Kelvin Clark (.343-1-18) provide offensive punch for River Rats|
|Nebraska IF Ben Kline (.383-3-15), Southern Poly State OF Gary Owens (.387-4-15) provide big sticks in middle of order for Heat|
||Youse's Maryland Orioles
||Cal Ripken Sr.
|O's getting significant two-way performance from Stetson-bound 3B/RHP Ben Carhart (.339-2-20 at plate, 3-0, 0.00, 3 SV on mound)|
| Marist's Jon Schwind (.327-3-27) has upstaged Pirates third-rounder Mel Rojas Jr. (.298-0-9, 11 SB) for NYCBL's best club|
||St. Cloud River Bats
|Loyola Marymount LHP Jason Wheeler (4-0, 1.69) excels on mound for River Rats, Rutgers SS Steve Nyisztor (.313-3-34) at plate|
||Bethesda Big Train
||Cal Ripken Sr.
|Jacksonville State RHP Jordan Beistline (3-1, 2.37), Charlotte RHP Bryan Hamilton (2-0, 0.00, 5 SV) keeping Big Train in CRSBL race|
OTHERS RECEIVING CONSIDERATION: Kenai Peninsula Oilers/Alaska (20-11); Baltimore Redbirds/Cal Ripken Sr. (20-10); Winter Park Diamond Dawgs/Florida (20-8); Hamilton Joes/Great Lakes (16-9); Augusta Nationals/Great South (17-4); Tradewater Pirates/KIT (23-9); St. Joseph Mustangs (18-11); North Shore Navigators/New England (16-11); Corvallis Knights/West Coast) (16-12)..