The Pacific Northwest will be well represented on the 2012 Brewster Whitecaps. Three players each from rivals Washington and Washington State, one from Bellevue Community College (Bellevue, WA.) and two from Oregon State dot the roster. Here is the link to the newly-posted roster: http://www.brewsterwhitecaps.com/roster.htm. John Altobelli, head coach at Orange Coast Community College, is the new manager of the Whitecaps after Tom Myers stepped down to accept a position in the scouting department of the Chicago Cubs.
Three members of last year's Whitecaps team will return to Stony Brook Field for a second summer. Washington RHP Austin Voth is the lone returning pitcher. Although he did not have any decisions to his credit, Voth was a key member of the 'Caps bullpen. He appeared in 14 games - all in relief - and posted a 1.98 ERA and a WHIP of 1.19. Voth struckout 30 over 27.1 innings of work and held opposing batters to a .184 avg. Washington State outfielder Jason Monda was second on the team in batting with a .333 avg. Monda also had 16 RBI and was successful on 13 of 15 stolen base attempts. His college teammate, infielder Trace Tam Sing, batted .242 in 28 games, serving mostly in a utility role. Voth and Monda played for the East squad in the league All Star game.
Fresno State sophomore outfielder Aaron Judge will be a player to watch. Judge was named Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. He batted .358 for the Bulldogs with 30 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Judge was the number one ranked prospect in the Alaska League last summer.
Florida State freshman LHP Brandon Leibrandt is expected to play for Brewster. He was drafted in the 48th round by the Tampa Bay Rays last year after posting a 13-0 record with a 0.71 ERA in 79 innings for the Marist School. If the name is familiar, Brandon's dad is Charlie Leibrandt who had a very good major league career with the Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers. He compiled a record of 140-119 and a 3.71 ERA over 14 seasons. Charlie played in three World Series, winning one with the 1985 Royals.
As with the other teams, we will take a more in-depth look at the Whitecaps roster as we get closer to the season.