A few things concerning Team USA, a message for Theo Epstein, and even a couple items pertaining to the Cape League..... College baseball fans might want to tune in to ESPNU this Friday (4/23) to check out the game between Louisiana State and Mississippi. Many scouts wil be on hand to see a likely pitching matchup of LSU's Anthony Ranaudo (2-0; 3.00 ERA) going up against the Rebels Drew Pomeranz (6-0; 1.38 ERA.) Ranaudo pitched for Y-D in 2008 and was scheduled to return to the Red Sox last year before being shut down because of a heavy workload during the Tigers run to the College World Series. Pomeranz was on Bourne's roster last year but ended up playing for Team USA.
Nice to see the newest member of the New York Mets have some success right away. One minute Ike Davis (Wareham '07) is pulling on his Buffalo Bisons jersey; the next minute he is heading to New York for last night's game against Chicago. Davis started at first base in his major league debut and had two hits and an RBI in the Mets 6-1 victory.
Hey, Theo Epstein..... Um, about this whole "run prevention" thing. I'm thinking you might want to explain to the players that it is supposed to be about preventing the other team from scoring.
The Chatham Anglers have made a few changes to their roster. They have dropped Andrew Del Colle (RHP, Boston College) and Sam Wolff (RHP, San Diego) while adding UCLA righthander Erik Goeddel. Del Colle struggled mightily and has not appeared in a game for BC since early in the season. Wolff has only thrown 6.2 innings for USD. In 18 relief appearances, Goeddel sports a 2-0 record and a 2.81 ERA. Goeddel pitched one game for Brewster last summer before joining the New Bedford Bay Sox of the NECBL. He joins fellow Bruins Beau Amaral (OF), Tyler Rahmatulla (INF) and Dan Klein (RHP) on Chatham's roster.
Giving credit where credit is due, my son points out that the Team USA Trials will be held from July 6-11. This is later than in years past and the late dates could have a big impact on the Cape League. By the time Team USA's roster is finalized on July 11, or later, that won't give those players who don't make the national team much time to play on the Cape. You have to figue that by the time those players arrive on the Cape upon completion of the Trials, teams may be looking at having their services for about three weeks. With the late start to the Trials, we may see some of those players come to the Cape before leaving for Cary, NC in order to get some game action between the end of their college season and the start of the Trials. I assume the later start to the Trials is to accomodate those players who's teams are participating in the College World Series.
Speaking of Team USA, they have invited three more players to the Trials and all three are on CCBL rosters. Sean Gilmartin (LHP, Florida State/Harwich), Ryan Wright (INF, Louisville/Bourne) and Matthew Purke (RHP, TCU/Falmouth) are the most recent invitees. Out of the 22 players that have received invitations, 18 show up on Cape League rosters. Purke, a freshman, is the only non-sophomore on the list. Gilmartin is the sixth player from Harwich to receive an invitation. Trevor Bauer (RHP, UCLA/Yarmouth-Dennis) is no longer on the Team USA list of invitees.
In Cape League Notes - 4/18, we noted that Cotuit had recently dropped five players from their roster. Since that was reported, two more players - Drew Mahaffey (LHP, The Citadel) and Konstantine Diamaduros (INF, Wofford College) have been released by the Kettleers. The active roster that Cotuit has posted shows only 17 players and that number includes Sonny Gray (RHP, Vanderbilt) and Brad Miller (INF, Clemson) who have been invited to Team USA. I have to believe Arkansas infielder Zack Cox will be extended an invitation soon. Suffice to say, the Cotuit roster will be undergoing a major retooling.