Team USA posted their roster yesterday. I feel there are some very surprising omissions. Their roster includes the following players: COLON, Christian DAVIS, Kentrai DEN DEKKER, Matt DIETRICH, Derek FELLHAUER, Josh GIBBS, Micah GIBSON, Kyle GRIFFIN, A.J. HERNANDEZ, Chris JACKSON, Ryan LEAKE, Mike LIPKIN, Ryan LYONS, Tyler MINOR, Mike MORRIS, Hunter OLIVER, Andy RHODERICK, Kevin SMITH, Blake STRASBURG, Steve VOLZ, Kendal
There must be some very happy Cape League General Managers and coaches because of some names that are not on the USA roster. To me, there were some stunning omissions. Ryan Berry (Bourne), Dustin Ackley (Harwich) and Josh Phegley (Wareham) are players who I felt certain would be on Team USA.
The Bourne Braves roster could be greatly strengthened if Berry, Drew Pomeranz and Dusty Coleman come to the Cape. Coleman is presently on the Braves roster. Berry and Pomeranz were on their preseason roster.
Dustin Ackley would be a presence in the middle of Harwich's lineup. Tommy Medica should help to solidify the Mariners catcher position.
The Chatham A's will be hoping that Kyle Seager returns for another summer. A middle infield of Seager and Grant Green should be very good. Justin Marks did not make Team USA. If Marks comes to Chatham he, along with UNC pitchers Alex White, Matt Harvey and Adam Warren, could provide the A's with the boost that they need to overcome their early season doldrums. We could see the impressive pitching staff that we hoped to see on the Cape this summer.
Wareham is off to a 2-6 start but their outlook could be brightened if Phegley and Rick Hague find their way to Spillane Field soon.
Ryan Ortiz (Y-D) and Brian Fletcher (Falmouth) are a couple other talented players who would be welcome additions to their teams.
It looks like the Braves, Gatemen, Mariners and A's are the teams that stand to gain the most. All of this is tempered by the fact that Team USA will soon be adding two more players to their roster. Who will they be? My guess ? Berry and Ackley. Your thoughts?