Cape League Notes - 4/18

by Dave B. in

Unfortunately, we won't be seeing a Kettler in a Kettleers uniform this summer. Oklahoma INF Chad Kettler is one of five players who have recently been released from their contracts by Cotuit. Other players dropped from the roster are David Rollins (LHP, San Jacinto College), Andrew Chafin (LHP, Kent State), Michael Schum (RHP, Wright State) and Adam Smith (INF, Texas A&M). UCLA righthander Gerrit Cole had previously been removed from Cotuit's roster. What's this....  someone from Chatham trying to help Orleans?? Elon RHP John Brebbia, who hails from Chatham, will be on the other side of the rivalry when he suits up for the Orleans Firebirds. Brebbia is 1-0 for Elon with a 6.75 ERA. The opposition is hitting .301 off him in 20 innings over 14 appearances.

Kyle Roller, the 2009 Cape League regular-season and playoff MVP, drove in four runs to help lead East Carolina to a 12-7 win over UAB on Saturday. Roller is batting .354 and has 8 HR and 38 RBI. Despite a 5.02 ERA and allowing the opposition to hit .302 off him, Seth Maness leads the ECU pitching staff with 7 wins. Roller and Maness were teammates on the '09 CCBL champion Bourne Braves.

Washington State closer Adam Conley (Brewster '10) has 8 saves and a 1.04 ERA in 16 appearances. Opponents are batting just .170 against Conley. Two other Cougars are ticketed for Brewster this summer. Outfielder Derek Jones is batting .281 to go along with 7 HR and 24 RBI. LHP David Stilley has seen limited action for WSU, going 1-1 with a 6.59 ERA in 13.2 innings. The opposition is batting .344 off Stilley.

Auburn handed Jack Armstrong (Wareham '09, '10) his first collegiate loss yesterday when the Tigers beat Vanderbilt 12-2. Armstrong lasted only 2.1 innings. In that time, he allowed 7 hits, 3 walks and 8 runs (5 earned.) Armstrong has 5 wins this year, but saw his ERA climb to 4.93. Auburn's Trent Mummey (Harwich '09) has returned in a big way from an early-season injury. Mummey has played in only 8 games but has 4 HR and 15 RBI in just 33 at-bats. Two ex-Falmouth Commodores are leading the way offensively for Auburn. Hunter Morris ('09) is hitting .397 with 11 HR, 43 RBI and a .463 OBP. Brian Fletcher  ('08, '09) is batting .381 and has 12 HR, 44 RBI and a .456 OBP. Auburn is also receiving a big offensive contribution from infielder Casey McElroy (Hyannis '10) who has produced 3 HR and 20 RBI to go with a .327 avg.

Boston College's Matt Watson (Y-D '10) continues to produce in his freshman season for the Eagles. Watson is batting .304 and has 6 HR and 28 RBI. Another Eagle, RHP Mike Dennhardt (Chatham '09, '10) is hoping that his last two starts are more indicative of things to come. Dennhardt was the winning pitcher in yesterday's 5-3 victory over Wake Forest. He allowed 3 runs in seven innings to move his record to 3-5. Dennhardt was coming off a week in which he was named ACC Pitcher of the Week for his complete-game shutout of Maryland. Dennhardt has seen his ERA drop to 6.75 - certainly not great, but a long way from the double-digit ERA he was looking at before these last two starts.

UConn's Matt Barnes remains undefeated at 6-0. Over 42.1 innings, Barnes has posted a 2.13 ERA and has held the opposition to a .214 BA. He has struckout 42 while issuing only 8 walks. Teammate George Springer is batting just .260 but has posted good production numbers with 9 HR and 30 RBI. Springer has been successful on all 16 stolen base attempts. Barnes and Springer played for Wareham last summer and are set to return to the Gatemen this year if they do not stick with Team USA. Kevin Vance (Chatham '10) has saved 5 games for the Huskies. Vance has a 2.79 ERA and has struckout 10 while only walking 2 in 9.2 innings of work.