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Summer Collegiate : : Story
Summer Collegiate All-Am. Team
Allan Simpson        
Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2011

MORE COVERAGE: 2011 Summer Collegiate Player of the Year -- Utah's Shaun Cooper

Summer college baseball can be viewed in one of two ways: as an extension of the recent spring college season or a preview of the forthcoming college year.

The list of top performers this summer from the nation’s growing expanse of summer college leagues and teams includes both a number of players who predictably performed at a high level, based on their performance in the 2011 college season, and numerous others who are expected to see a significant breakthrough in 2012 because of the way they performed in summer-league competition.

In the coming days, Perfect Game will take a look at the top prospects this summer in some 25 leagues. The players we’ll highlight will be evaluated on the basis of their upside potential, or their projected worth as professional-level prospects. We’ll highlight those position players with the best combination of raw tools and pitchers with the best raw stuff.

For the purposes of this exercise, we’ll highlight those players that simply performed the best this summer in summer competition, with only passing consideration given to their future potential worth. In other words, our focus here is on those players who compiled the best stats, although we’ve given priority to those players who assembled them in the most competitive summer leagues.

We’ve selected a three-tier All-America team, and appropriately the Cape Cod League has the most selections (9), though is followed closely by the Coastal Plain, New England Collegiate and Northwoods leagues.

Led by our summer player of the year Shaun Cooper (Mankato/Northwoods), here’s our take on the top performers of the 2011 summer season:

CATCHERS

1. ANDREW KNAPP, La Crosse/Northwoods (California)
Rising sophomore became rare switch-hitting catcher to top league in hitting; batted .400-5-33

2. HUNTER RENFROE, Bethesda/Cal Ripken (Mississippi State)
A prospect as both a catcher and pitcher, he hit .305-8-30, topped league in HRs, has a cannon behind plate

3. RONNIE FREEMAN (Kennesaw State), TOM MURPHY (Buffalo); Holyoke/New England
Blue Sox catching tandem starred in NECBL and for Team USA; Freeman, the better receiver and better all-around hitter, batted .373-5-25; Murphy has the better power and arm of the two, and hit .291-9-25


FIRST BASEMEN

1. CHASE McDONALD, Morehead City/Coastal Plain (East Carolina)
Massive first sacker nearly won triple crown; topped CPL in batting (.403), RBIs (51), second in HRs (13)

2. CHRIS SERRITELLA, Quincy/Prospect (Southern Illinois)
Missed first 17 games of season, but still led league with 16 HRs, 60 RBIs, hit .361; league player of year

3. TIM KIENE, Newport/New England (Maryland)
Rising Maryland sophomore hit .326-10-31 for Gulls, flashed some of best raw power as NECBL all-star


SECOND BASEMEN

1. JOE WENDLE, Edenton/Coastal Plain (West Chester, Pa.)
Sparkplug on Steamers gallant run to No. 1 team ranking; hit .377-4-39, led CPL in runs (46), hits (81)

2. ERIC GRABE, Fayetteville/Coastal Plain (Tampa)
Solid all-around player and offensive sparkplug, hit .355-2-23 with 15 SBs in third season for Swampdogs

3. CHRIS BOSTICK, Webster/New York (SIGNED/Athletics)
Local prep talent tore up NYCBL; second in all triple-crown categories: batting (.412), HRs (5), RBIs (32)


THIRD BASEMEN

1. STEPHEN PISCOTTY, Yarmouth-Dennis/Cape Cod (Stanford)
Consensus best pure hitter on Cape shared league batting title at .349; also slugged 3 HR, settled in at 3B

2. PATRICK WISDOM, Kenai Peninsula/Alaska (St. Mary’s)
Top power threat in Alaska hit .296-7-35 on season, topped league in homers for second straight summer

3. CAMERON PERKINS, Waterloo/Northwoods (Purdue)
Drove balls to the gaps on a steady basis on way to hitting .344-10-46 with 19 2B; runs well, solid defender


SHORTSTOPS

1. MIKE MILLER, Kenai Peninsula/Alaska (Cal Poly)
Alaska bat champ flirted with .400 before settling at .359-1-21; topped NBC World Series with 12 RBIs

2. MATT DUFFY, Orleans/Cape Cod (Long Beach State)
Next in long line of Long Beach State SS greats hit .346-1-16 on Cape, just 3 points shy of a batting title

3. JOE SCLAFANI, Morehead City/Coastal Plain (Dartmouth)
Solid, dependable middle infielder finished third in CPL in batting at .375-5-32 with 29-23 BB-SO ratio


OUTFIELDERS

First Team

SHAUN COOPER, Mankato/Northwoods (Utah)
PG summer player of year tore up Northwoods with league-best 20 HRs, 61 RBIs, also stole 15 bags

VICTOR ROACHE, Cotuit/Cape Cod (Georgia Southern)
On Cape League triple crown pace with two weeks remaining, but dipped to .316-6-28 with late slump

MAC WILLIAMSON, Harrisonburg/Valley (Wake Forest)
Easily top slugger in Valley League at .381-10-38, but season ended prematurely when fouled ball off foot

Second Team

TRAVIS JANKOWSKI, Bourne/Cape Cod (Stony Brook)
Cape Cod League MVP hit .329-0-22, topped circuit in runs (31), hits (57), triples (7), second in steals (15)

ERICK GAYLORD, Watertown/Perfect Game (Campbell)
Slugged four homers in PGCBL game on way to league-highs of 10 HRs, 42 RBIs, player-of-year honors

TYLER HORAN, Danbury/New England (Virginia Tech)
Rising Virginia Tech sophomore topped NECBL with 11 homers, 35 RBIs, contributed .341 average

Third Team

PETER BARROWS, Nevada/MINK (Bridgeport/graduate)
MINK League triple-crown winner at .404-8-44 went undrafted; signed deal with independent Wichita

TED BLACKMAN, Winter Park/Florida (Coastal Carolina)
Coastal Carolina transfer topped Florida League with .425 average, also tops in walks (37), steals (28)

JEFF McVANEY, Santa Barbara/California (Texas State)
Hit .412-2-21 in CCL season, topped circuit by wide margin in batting, slugging, on-base percentage


DESIGNATED HITTER

1. DANE PHILLIPS, Chatham/Cape Cod (Arkansas)
Topped Cape in batting (.349) and RBIs (34) in breakout offensive summer; still settling in behind plate

2. BRAD ZEBEDIS, Strasburg/Valley (Presbyterian)
Valley League batting champion hit .420-5-36; spent summer at 1B, still hopeful of catching career

3. ADAM BARRY, Bethesda/Cal Ripken (Cal State Northridge)
Set Cal Ripken League records for batting average (.414), hits (67) and RBIs (43), topped league in 2B (14)


UTILITY

1. KYLE RUCHIM, 2b-rhp, Glens Falls/Perfect Game (Northwestern)
Excelled both at second base (.333-6-27) and as dominant closer (3-0, 2.05, 9 SV, 22 IP/43 SO) for Eagles

2. CHRIS COSTANTINO, 3b-rhp, Laconia/New England (SIGNED/Cardinals)
Hit .303-5-16 on season, but NECBL MVP went 3-3, 2.30 on mound with no-hitter, league-high 72 K’s

3. CODY DAVIS, of-rhp, Fayetteville/Coastal Plain (SIGNED/Nationals)
Signed with Nationals as free agent after posting 1.17 ERA, 12 SV with 93-94 mph FB; also hit .280-1-23


STARTING PITCHERS

First Team

J.C. AGUAYO, lhp, Conejo/California (Azusa Pacific, Calif.)
Easily the dominant arm in CCL; posted 7-1, 1.78 record with 84 SO in 56 IP; also hit .318-2-32 as OF

RYAN EADES, rhp, Bourne/Cape Cod (Louisiana State)
Cape’s pitcher of year went 3-0, 0.84 with excellent command of 4 pitches, including 93-95 mph FB

OWEN JONES, rhp, Wenatchee/West Coast (Portland)
Set league record for wins for WCL’s best regular-season club; posted 7-1, 2.08 mark with 73 SO in 74 IP

BLAKE SCHWARTZ, rhp, Mankato/Northwoods (Oklahoma City)
Northwoods’ top pitcher posted 6-1, 1.71 mark with 75 SO in 63 IP; transferring to NAIA power as SR

Second Team

MATT BOWMAN, rhp, Bethesda/Cal Ripken (Princeton)
Ace pitcher on nation’s No. 1-ranked summer club; went 5-2, 0.82 with 6 BB/31 H and 46 SO in 55 IP

MIKE HEESCH, lhp, Gastonia/Coastal Plain (USC Beaufort)
6-6, 250-pound lefty won three games, tossed 23 scoreless IP in CPL playoffs to finish season at 9-0, 2.08

DEXTER SPITSNOGLE, rhp, Hayesville/Jayhawk (Nebraska)
Rising Nebraska fifth-year senior went 7-0 for Heat and amazingly didn’t give up an earned run all season

AARON WEST, rhp, Humboldt/Far West (Washington)
Far West League champions got huge mound effort (7-0, 0.17, 54 IP/83 SO) from rising UW red-shirt JR

Third Team

ANDY HUNTER, rhp, Green Bay/Northwoods (Gonzaga)
Two-way player dominated on mound for Green Bay with 5-2, 1.97 mark, plus 11 BB/68 SO in 59 IP

JACOB LEE, rhp, Newport/New England (Arkansas State)
Undrafted after disappointing college season, but bounced back with 4-0 record, NECBL-best 0.39 ERA

JOSH MALIN, rhp, Nevada/MINK (SIU Edwardsville/graduate)
Went undrafted in June despite 7-2, 1.65 league mark (8 BB/70 SO), and 3 more wins at NBC World Series

DOMINICK RUSCITTI, rhp, Newark/Perfect Game (Kutztown, Pa.)
PGCBL pitcher of year had league-best 6 W, 1.82 ERA, won two more playoff games for league champs


RELIEF PITCHERS

First Team

ANTHONY BAZZANI, rhp, Alexandria/Northwoods (Eastern Kentucky)
Led Alexandria to best regular-season record by going 4-2, 1.45 with 12 SV, 70 strikeouts in 50 IP

TREVOR GOTT, rhp, Orleans/Cape Cod (Kentucky)
Cape’s top closer dominated by throwing mostly 91-93 mph fastballs; tied for league lead with 12 SV

Second Team

DEREK EPPS, rhp, Gastonia/Coastal Plain (Northwestern Oklahoma State)
Led CPL with 13 SV while posting 0.74 ERA; fanned final two batters in title-clinching game for Grizzlies

KONNOR WADE, rhp, Wareham/Cape Cod (Arizona)
Cape co-leader in saves (12) didn’t blow a save opportunity all season until giving up 1-0 lead in playoffs

Third Team

BRANDON KUTER, rhp, Westhampton/Atlantic (George Mason)
6-7 righthander dominated in regular season with 0.40 ERA, 10 SV, 22 IP/36 SO, fastball peaked at 97

CHRIS OVERMAN, rhp, Harwich/Cape Cod (North Carolina State)
Key reliever all season for Cape Cod champs; not overpowering but had perfect 0.00 ERA in 19 outings

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SUMMER LEAGUE PLAYER OF YEAR
Shaun Cooper, of, Mankato/Northwoods (Utah)

TOP RISING FRESHMAN
Jace Fry, lhp, Corvallis/West Coast (Oregon State)

TOP RISING SOPHOMORE
Ryan Eades, rhp, Bourne/Cape Cod (Louisiana State)

TOP RISING JUNIOR
Victor Roache, of, Cotuit/Cape Cod (Georgia Southern)

TOP RISING SENIOR
Shaun Cooper, of, Mankato/Northwoods (Utah)

TOP GRADUATING SENIOR
Peter Barrows, of, Nevada/MINK (Bridgeport graduate)



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