2010 Preview: Cotuit Kettleers

by Andrew Wirtanen in


Cotuit will probably feature an entirely new squad this season. Their only returner is Zach Cone, who was stellar for Georgia this season (.363, 10HRs, 13SBs) and may end up on Team USA. Zack Cox (University of Arkansas) was also on the roster, but he was selected #25 overall in the 2010 MLB Draft. It's unlikely the Cardinals would draft him that high if there wasn't a good chance of him signing. Watch the video on MLB.com about Zack, where Peter Gammons gives a nice nod to the Cape League. As the official CCBL Cotuit preview mentions, the most hyped player this year is Michael Yastrzemski (Vanderbilt), who is the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski. Michael's late father (Mike) also played on the Cape. At Vandy, Mike hit .252 in his freshman season and started about 60% of the season. He'll look to impress on Cape and go back to school as an everyday starter.

The most interesting Vandy player to watch is probably Sonny Gray. He's got a great baseball name, and racked up 108.2 innings with 113 strikeouts in his sophomore season. Unfortunately, he was also noticed by Team USA so we may never get to see him. Also in the rotation will be Stony Brook standout Nick Tropeano, who recorded 99.2 innings with 106 strikeouts. The other surefire guy in the rotation will be Matt Andriese (UC Riverside) who lit up the WCCL last summer going 5-0 with a 0.78 ERA.

In the batting lineup there's a lot of speed and power. But there is one player above all others: Paul Hoilman (East Tennessee State). At 6'5" and 235 lbs., he's a pretty big guy and has a lot of power. He hit .421 with 25 HRs and 48 RBI this spring. Last year in the NECBL, Hoilman hit a league-leading 8 home runs.