Note from Greg: Below is my son's first post for CodBall. Ryan is a talented pitcher and catcher who has watched many seasons on the Cape. He's also an avid reader of baseball books and websites. And not a bad writer himself.
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The Wareham Gatemen is one of the most storied CCBL teams in the league's 124 year history. Entering their 47th year, the Gatemen boast six CCBL titles, along with 17 alumni in the Major leagues.
These alumni include athletes such as Houston 1st baseman Lance Berkman, former outfielder and now Baseball Tonight analyst Doug Glanville, Tampa Bay power hitter Carlos Pena, and Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher, to name a few.
Recently, though, the Gatemen have struggled in living up to their storied history. Last year's 19-19 record did not help. The Gatemen lost a one-game playoff that would have sent them to the semis. And this was the third year for the Gatemen with a .500 or below record.
This year, the Gatemen look to turn things around to honor the franchise's great history and the late John Wylde, the long time general manager.
Here's some of the top prospects looking to turn things around as they hit that plush crushed gravel infield at Spillane Field.
Robert Kral of The College of Charleston sports a .342 average in 202 at bats, leading the Cougars into the regionals as catcher
Also notable are three Team USA invitees: Matt Barnes, George Springer, and Alex Dickerson. Springer and Barnes attend Uconn. Dickerson attends Indiana, posting a .419 average. All three bat over .300. If selected for Team USA they will not play for Wareham.
Lee Mazzilli Jr., the son of former 13 year vetaran, Lee Mazzilli, an all star in 1979 and world series winner in 1986 with the Mets. Mazilli, Jr., who attends Connecticut, comes in with a .315 average.
The Gatemen also have seven Non Roster invitees with players from Louisville, Michigan, Indiana, and Oklahoma State.
A detailed season preview can be seen on the Right Field Fog blog.