The Mariners are also putting a lot of stock into sophomores this year with 23 on the roster. They have two returners, including Matt Price (Virginia Tech). Price was selected by Boston in the 8th round of the MLB draft, so we'll have to wait and see if he will sign or not. If he doesn't sign, he'll be one of Harwich's key starting pitchers. The most exciting member of the pitching staff by far is Joe Holtmeyer (Nebraska at Omaha). Holtmeyer dominated in the spring with 152 strikeouts in only 87.1 innings. Look for him to light up radar guns in the mid-90s this summer. The other returner is infielder Levi Michael (UNC), who should be a solid everyday player for the Mariners. Levi led the Tar Heels in batting with a .346 average. Nearly all of the Mariners, including Levi, hit about .300 with 10+ home runs. Of course we all know that season stats are much different than CCBL stats. But, on paper, the Mariners have one of the best hitting teams in the league. The power hitters on the Mariners are: freshman Max White (Oklahoma), who hit .313 with 14 HRs and 41 RBIs; sophomore Stewart Ijames (Louisville), who hit .324 with 14 HRs and 63 RBIs; and Team USA invitee Mike Mahtook (LSU), who hit .335 with 14 HRs, 50 RBIs, and 22 SBs.
Even if Mahtook makes the final Team USA roster, the Mariners batting lineup is full of talent.