As major league rosters expand late in the season, former Cape league players are getting their first call-ups. Ryan Hanigan, who played in 2002 for the Orleans Cardinals, is getting his first taste of the Major Leagues this fall. MLB is reporting that he will catch for the Cincinnati Reds. Ryan was a Cape all-star and recpient of both the sportsmanship and the New England top prospect awards.
Ryan has bounced around single-A and triple-A this season before being called up to the majors when rosters expanded.
As Andrew pointed out in my post from Cincinnati in Aug., the Reds seem to have a pipeline to players in Orleans.
Leland Maddox, a scout for the Reds, apparently spotted Hanigan while playing on the Cape.
"In the summer when I caught, the scouts got to see my defense," Hanigan said. "I felt like my offense was there in college. Once I got a chance to play defense, it helped me."