While waiting for Mother Nature to cooperate, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at one team and see what havoc Team USA, the College World Series and other issues can cause at this time of the year. I'm thinking that this year may not be much different from most other years, but let's take a look at the defending champion Harwich Mariners. Between the time I checked and now, more players may be arriving, but; out of the original 30 players listed on their posted roster, it appears that 18 are not yet with the team. That seems like an extraordinary number of missing "contract" players. To fill those roster spots, the Mariners have recently signed ten players. Harwich has added three pitchers, one catcher, four infielders and two outfielders. They seem to be hardest hit in the infield, where it appears that only two of the original nine players have arrived. One of Harwich's new outfielders is Keenan Wiley (Kentucky) who played in 44 games for Y-D last summer.
Another interesting note from Cotuit concerns Sean Gilmartin. He was dropped from the Kettleers roster a few weeks ago. I was surprised because he continued to pitch for Florida State, so that ruled out an injury. Gilmartin was a top of the rotation pitcher for the Seminoles and was recently picked as a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. He posted a record of 12-3 with a 3.49 ERA while holding opponents to a .221 batting average. Gilmartin was the workhorse of the staff with 98 innings pitched, so I thought FSU coach Mike Martin may have shut him down. Turns out that isn't the case because Gilmartin has recently been added to the roster of the North Shore Navigators of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Interesting.