As mentioned yesterday, Texas' Chance Ruffin has been dropped from Cotuit's roster. Now Ruffin's Longhorn teammate, freshman phenom RHP Taylor Jungmann, has been released by Wareham. The Gatemen have also released Arkansas outfielder Jarrod McKinney. Those moves have allowed Wareham to add Bourne native Keith Bilodeau (RHP; Maine) and Bruce Kern (RHP; St. John's) to the full-time roster. As expected, there are a few former Cape League "temp" players now playing in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Somewhat surprisingly though, two players who were signed to "permanent" contracts have left their Cape League teams and are also performing in the NECBL. Infielder Derek Ingui (Franklin Pierce) has left Y-D and is now playing for the Lowell All-Americans. RHP Erik Goeddel (UCLA) is no longer with Brewster. He is now playing for the New Bedford Bay Sox.
Nick Schwaner, IF/OF from the University of New Orleans has been added to Bourne's roster after being released by Chatham.
Rob Catapano (LHP; Tennessee) has left Orleans after pitching only 2.1 innings over the course of 3 games. Catapano pitched for Orleans in 2007 and had returned after a one year absence.
Speaking of Orleans, despite a 6-7 record, I think they have a pretty good looking lineup. They are only batting .216 as a team but with Gary Brown (CS-Fullerton) and Alex Hassan (Duke) recently arriving, I expect to see more production from the Firebirds. Pitching remains a bit of a question mark, but Hassan's presence at the back end of the bullpen should help immensely. Hassan picked up the save in his only pitching appearance to date.
Brewster's league-worst ERA jumped from 4.15 to 4.33 after last night's game. The good news for the Whitecaps is that the offense came alive in a 9-8 victory over Chatham. The loss was the Anglers fourth in a row. UNC's Matt Harvey took the loss in his first appearance for Chatham this year. Harvey gave up a hit and walked two batters in one-third of an inning. Harvey is tentatively scheduled to start against Orleans on Saturday. It will be interesting to see how he fares because his stock is falling rapidly in the eyes of some. Although he was 7-2 at UNC this year, Harvey allowed 88 hits and walked 42 in 75 innings.
Wareham is looking much more formidable with the recent additions of Brett Eibner (Arkansas) and Arizona State teammates Zach Wilson and Jordan Swagerty. All three were late arrivals because their teams went deep into the College World Series.
Highly-touted Hunter Morris (Auburn) made his first appearance in a Falmouth uniform last night. Morris was 1 for 4 and had what proved to be the game-winning RBI in the Commodores 4-2 win over Orleans. Morris played for Team USA last summer.