Baseball America already is predicting who will return to Omaha’s College World Series next year…who will be drafted next summer (http://www.baseballamerica.com/online/draft/features/262598.html) … and who are the top prospects for next summer’s baseball leagues.
In The Last Best League by Jim Collins, Wareham Gatemen GM John Wylde has his list of prospects for the next season ready for review on Aug. 15th before field manager Cooper Farris returns home. Interestingly, only the Wareham Gatemen team is brave enough to post a likely 2007 roster -- http://www.gatemen.org/team.shtml. Others have rosters online but don’t bill them as their current working rosters. See Andrew Wirtanen's blog as well on this -- http://www.andrewwirtanen.com/?cat=8 .
The CCBL recently posted the Perfect Game Crosschecker top prospects http://www.capecodbaseball.org/ but that is a more likely list of who will get drafted than who will play on the Cape next season. Some will and some won’t.
Again, in The Last Best League we follow Chatham’s manager, John Schiffner, as he pledges never to invite back more than two players from the previous season. He found too many were drafted, forcing him to fill in all season. “Schiffner knew he’d gambled coming into the 2002 season. The experiment had been worth it, he said, but he wouldn’t hold spots for that many juniors again.”
CCBL Commissioner Paul A. Galop’s end of season report only whispers about the ’07 season. “The planning has already begun for the 2007 [season] as CCBL officials along with franchise management brainstorm ideas to constantly improve what the CCBL is all about and how we do it.” I, for one, can hardly wait to see what the merchandise management folks dream up. Hopefully they will have a solution to the weak all-star showing in ’06 (see my post, “The League is Going to Hear About This” http://codball.blogspot.com/2006/09/league-is-going-to-hear-about-this.html)
Waiting for Brackman For me, the most exciting potential for ’07 is the possibility that Andrew Brackman (NC State) might return to pitch in ’07. Brackman was 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA and a .140 BAA in six appearances with the New Orleans Cardinals. Depending on what you read, he is #1 or #2 on the prospects lists for the ’07 draft.
ESPN, Baseball America, The North Carolina sports pages and others have burned up space this fall speculating about whether he will sit out basketball this year to concentrate on baseball. According to ESPN, Brackman is a skilled big man who has averaged 7.6 points and 3.5 rebounds for the NC State Wolfpack. The final decision appears to be that he will sit out basketball and focus on baseball.
If he chooses to return to the Cape next summer it will be to drive up his contract and his place in the pick. More importantly, it will be another opportunity for Cape fans to enjoy budding greatness.
Prospects According to Baseball America’s John Manuel, here are top 50 prospects for the ’07 draft and some potential hot names on the Cape if they choose to wait it out:
Who do you think we should look for on the Cape in ’07?