Douglas Kroll from CSTV.com highlights a few top collegiate outfielders who are familiar to Cape Cod Baseball League fans in a column this week. Kroll examines top outfielders who are returning to major college baseball programs next season. Several come for the Cape. Dennis Raben (Orleans) and Ike Davis (Wareham) get honorable mentions but two big Cape names receive a little extra analysis (from Kroll's column):
1. Dominic de la Osa (Wareham), Vanderbilt - Just having junior superstar Pedro Alvarez would have the Commodores as one of the favorites to make it to Omaha. Throw in senior Dominic de la Osa, and they are likely to become one of the favorites to win it. De la Osa returns to Nashville after being drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 10th round of last June's draft. The Coral Gables, Fla., native was a First-Team All-American in 2007, thanks to his .378 average, team-leading 20 homers and 62 RBI. Throw in his 20 steals and de la Osa is a threat in every facet of the game. He is coming off one of the worst summers that he could of possibly had, as he went just 12-for-101 (.119) playing for Wareham in the Cape Cod League. Think he's ready for Feb. 22 to come?
5. Mark Sobolewski (Orleans), Miami - Deciding who goes into the final spot in any ranking is a hard thing to do, but especially when it comes to the outfield. Miami's Mark Sobolewski is the only sophomore on this list, but he definitely deserves to be here. After shifting into Miami's outfield more than halfway through his freshman season, the Sarasota, Fla. native sometimes single-handedly propelled the Hurricanes into the NCAA Tournament. He finished his first collegiate season with a .345 average, eight homeruns and 54 RBI. His average and RBI totals were second only to those of Yonder Alonso who put up monster numbers.