Picked Up Pieces

by Dave B. in

A few picked up pieces of info while we wait to see if former Yarmouth-Dennis star Buster Posey beats out Jason Heyward for National League Rookie of the Year honors... Joe Mercurio (Univ. of Maine; Chatham '08) has been added to the coaching staff at High Point University as a volunteer assistant. Mercurio will work with the outfielders while serving as first base coach.

Kaleb Merck (Texas Christian; Falmouth '10) is expected to have Tommy John surgery and miss the 2011 season. Preseason expectations are high for TCU going into next year but the loss of Merck - who was expected to be the Horned Frogs closer - could be a big obstacle to overcome. Merck was 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA in 16.2 innings for the Commodores. Opponents batted just .211 against him.

Oklahoma infielder Caleb Bushyhead tore an ACL while participating in a drill. Bushyhead played in 10 games for Cotuit last summer.

The University of Arizona Athletic Dept. has passed along the news that freshman RHP Konner Wade will play for the Wareham Gatemen next summer. The 6'3", 190 lb. Wade is from Scottsdale, AZ and starred at Chaparral HS. He was chosen in the 35th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The University of Memphis has announced that sophomore RHP Dan Langfield will play for the Brewster Whitecaps in 2011. Langfield is from Somerset, MA. In 2008, Langfield suited up for the Ohio Warhawks where he played with present Memphis teammate - and 2010 Brewster star - Drew Martinez. As a freshman for the Tigers, Langfield pitched 39 innings and posted a 4-4 record with a 4.62 ERA.

Speaking of Martinez, I'm hearing that even though he is a junior, there is a good chance the speedy outfielder who finished second in the race for the Cape League batting crown may return for another summer on the Cape.

At the University of Michigan Scout Day on September 27, Derek Dennis and Anthony Toth made Wareham fans proud. In a scrimmage that day, Dennis was 5-6 with two doubles and Toth hit a two-run homerun.

It was a sad day for college baseball when the University of California-Berkeley recently announced that they are dropping their baseball program. Other schools have eliminated baseball in recent years - Northern Colorado and Vermont to name two - but the impact of a school like Cal dropping the sport could reverberate around the college baseball landscape. (To give a balanced perspective, the Univ. of Oregon and Seattle University have added baseball in recent years.) While other schools that have cut their baseball programs are mostly smaller schools located in the northern part of the country, the Bears play in the high-profile Pac 10 and do not have the excuse that they can't draw fans and compete because they are in a cold weather climate. The Athletic Dept. also announced that for budgetary reasons they are dropping men's and women's gymnastics and women's lacrosse. Cal has fielded a baseball team since 1892. The 2011 season is expected to be their last. Some Cal alumni in MLB with ties to the Cape League include Brandon Morrow (Y-D; '04, '05), Conor Jackson (Bourne; '01), Geoff Blum (Brewster; '93) and John Baker (Y-D; '00, '01).

Ex-MLB star, and possible Hall of Famer, Jeff Kent (Cotuit; '88) spoke for many who have ties to the Cal baseball program when he said "I'm disgusted right now. I'm absolutely embarrassed to be a Cal baseball alum knowing the school is cutting the program."

I would like to thank the Sport Information Directors and other folks in the Athletic Departments at various schools for passing along information about players who have played in, or will be playing in, the CCBL. CodBall appreciates you sending us the info and I will include it in a more timely manner in future CodBall posts.