2010 Preview: Bourne Braves

by Andrew in

I didn't plan it this way, but the last team for us to preview are the 2009 CCBL Champion Bourne Braves. Looking back on our '09 Preview, we didn't even mention what turned out to be the biggest name on the team: MVP Kyle Roller (who will soon don pinstripes). That's because Roller wasn't on the roster to start the season. Cape League rosters change very rapidly, with injuries and breakout temporary players that were only slated to play for a week or two. The Braves have a trio of returners with right-handed reliever Michael Dimock (Wake Forest), infielder Pierre LePage (Connecticut), and infielder Zack MacPhee (Arizona State). All will look to lead the Braves to another championship. LePage will be fun to watch, as he is should be one of the quickest on the team. He hit .327 and had 29 steals this past season. MacPhee may have the biggest impact though. After a disappointing season last year on Cape, he's ready to make a big splash. He hit .395 with 9 HRS  and 64 RBIs for the Sun Devils.

The biggest name on the Bourne roster is Anthony Rendon (Rice), but he has a Team USA invite. Rendon would easily earn the cleanup spot. He hit .394 with 26 HRs and 85 RBIs in the spring. Last year, he was also on both Bourne and Team USA's roster, but was sidelined with an ankle injury. Also on both Bourne and Team USA's invite roster is shortstop Ryan Wright (Louisville). Wright put up similar big numbers with a .366 average, 16 HRs and 80 RBIs.

Even if the Braves lose Rendon and Wright, they will not be without star hitters. Daniel Bowman (Coastal Carolina) hit .276 with 14 HRs and 52 RBIs. Travis Shaw (Kent State) hit .330 with 15 HRs and 60 RBIs. Austin Maddox (Florida) is having an exciting year. When he gets back from the CWS, he should have a huge impact in the batting order. He's hitting .333 with 17 HRs and 71 RBIs in his freshman year. Sophomore catcher Peter O'Brien (Bethune-Cookman) hit .386 with 20 HRs.

The pitcher to watch on the Braves is Anthony Meo (Coastal Carolina). As one of the two primary starters for the Chanticleers, Meo went 96.2 innings with 94 strikeouts and a 13-2 record.