We're not quite as organized as we were last season so look for our season previews of the CCBL's 10 teams in no particular order over the course of the coming week or so. Gettin' excited?
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The organization has not let up. It is reaching deeper into schools like TCU, Oklahoma State and Florida. Looking over this season's roster, I'm impressed.
I'm also impressed with a couple of other Falmouth Commodore updates. The team's website is dramatically better this season. And the team has added new lights at Guv Fuller Field. The better to see you my dear, Homer!
Returning this year is Wichita State catcher Chris O'Brien, son of former MLB catcher Charlie O'Brien. It was Charlie O'Brien who invented the hockey-style helmet and mask used by many catchers today.
Regular readers of this blog know I am a Native Okie. So is Chris, hence my unabashed bias for calling out a Tulsa ballplayer! But he's got some additional cred as well. Last season he led the Commodores in on-base percentage. This college season he is hitting .291 with 44 RBIs at Wichita State, and he's a pretty good defensive catcher (.983 fielding percentage). Look for him to go high in the 2011 draft.
2009 Cape League All-Star B.A. Vollmuth (Southern Mississippi) returns to Falmouth. Last year Falmouth did not advance to the playoffs but one of the final memories of last season was Vollmuth's line-drive to centerfield scoring O'Brien to beat Wareham in the final game of the season. Our friends at the College Baseball Blog ranked him in the top 100 this season.
It's fun to see University of Oregon players starting to show up on Cape League rosters. Christian Jones will pitch for Falmouth this season. Oregon restarted its Division I baseball team after it saw Oregon State win back-to-back College World Series titles. Oregon has now emerged as a nationally ranked baseball squad. Go U. of Nike!
My son, Ryan, and I will be previewing two other West teams -- Wareham and Bourne. Stay tuned. Let us know what you know and what you think about Falmouth and the division this season.