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With the college baseball season officially over, nearly everyone participating in summer league baseball should be in place in the next couple of days.CSTV.com will take a look around these leagues each week to let you know who's hot and who you should be on the lookout for when the 2008 season gets underway.
Cape Cod League
Bourne Braves: It is easy to figure out how the Bourne Braves are 10-4 and in first place of the Western Division.They can flat-out hit.The Braves lead the league in hitting with a .282 team average.Iowa's Kevin Hoef leads the league in hitting with a .396 average, while teammate Brian Pruitt of Stetson is second with a .390 average.Pruitt and William & Mary's Ben Guez lead the league with 16 RBI apiece.
Clemson starter D.J. Mitchell continues to impress through three starts.The righty is fourth in the league in ERA, as he's 1-1 with a 0.95 mark.In 19 innings, Mitchell has allowed only two earned runs while striking out 16 batters.Six-foot-five righty Jeff Richard of Central Michigan has been great out of the bullpen.Richard is 1-0 in six appearances with a 0.82 ERA in 11 innings.
Brewster Whitecaps: Miami's Yonder Alonso still leads the team in hitting with a .327 average and when you include his 13 walks, his on-base percentage is a stellar .470.The `Canes first baseman has also stolen four bags to lead the team.Cal 1B David Cooper is tied for the team lead with two homeruns, and leads the club with 14 runs batted in.Tennessee infielder Danny Lima has hit the ball well in his 12 games, as he's hit at a .314 clip.
San Diego starter Matt Couch continues to shine in the same role for Brewster.Although he hasn't picked up a win, in three starts, Couch has an ERA of only 2.00, and has struck out 15 batters in 18 innings.Texas lefty Keith Shinaberry is 2-0 in seven relief appearances.Although he's only pitched 4 1-3 innings, Shinaberry has struck out four while walking none, and not allowing a run.
Chatham A's: UCLA 3B Jermaine Curtis has hit the ball well, to the tune of a .351 average in his first nine games.Michigan's Zach Putnam, a new arrival, has hit .364 in his first four games, including launching a homerun on a team that only has two as a squad.Another new arrival, North Carolina's Tim Federowicz, who is fresh off a College World Series Finals appearance, went 3-for-4 with a walk in his 2007 Cape Cod League debut.
The A's top three starters have been as good as they can be through the first couple of cycles in the rotation.UCLA starters Charles Brewer and GavinBrooks lead the way, Brewer has a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings, while Brooks has 14 K's in 10 1-3 innings.KentState's Chris Carpenter, working on a temporary contract with the A's, has a 2.00 ERA in nine innings of work, with 13 strikeouts.
Cotuit Kettleers: Purdue's Ryne White leads a team that is only hitting .247 on the year, with a .359 average.Appalachian State's Jason Rook is the only other player hitting above .300, as the outfielder has hit at a .353 clip.Auburn infielder Mike Bianucci has half of the team's homeruns with two, but is only hitting .224 in his first 15 games.Oklahoma rising freshman Aaron Baker has the other two, as they are each also tied for the team lead with nine RBI.
The Cotuit pitching staff has struggled a bit, with a team ERA of 5.82 through 15 games.Ohio State's J.B. Shuck has been their best starter, as he's 2-0 with a 2.65 ERA in three starts.Purdue's Josh Lindblom has been solid out of the bullpen, as he's 3-0 in seven appearances with a 2.57 ERA, as he has 14 strikeouts in 14 innings.USC rising freshman phenom Robert Stock struggled this week out of the `pen.Stock has a 7.36 earned run average in four appearances, giving up three runs in 3 2-3 innings, but has converted a save chance.Stock does have five K's.
Falmouth Commodores: If you think Cotuit has struggled with the bats this year, take a look at Falmouth.The Commodores have hit only .214 as a team, but they have hit eight homeruns.Go figure.Washington's Matthew Hague has hit for a .319 average, is tied for the team lead with two homeruns, and is also tied for the team lead with 10 RBI.WichitaState's Conor Gillaspie has only played in six games, but has hit .391 with a homerun and 5 RBI.
Eastern Kentucky's Christian Friedrich is a solid 2-0 in his first two starts, as in 10 innings pitched, he's racked up a stellar 19 strikeouts.Missouri's Kyle Gibson continues to throw well, as in three starts, Gibson has a 0.56 ERA.In 16 innings, he's allowed only one earned run while striking out 18 batters.Nebraska righty Erik Bird is 1-0 in six relief appearances, with a 1.17 ERA, and has the team's only save.
Harwich Mariners: Florida second baseman Cole Figueroa has continued to hit, as he now sits at .333 through 13 games.Western Carolina's Steve Strausbaugh has hit .294 and leads the team with nine runs batted in.Louisville's slugging 3B Chris Dominguez has joined the club, and in six games, has hit .261 with a homerun and three RBI.
Seton Hall's Corey Young is 1-0 in two starts with a 2.70 ERA.In 13 1-3 innings pitched, Young has allowed only eight hits and four runs.Auburn lefty Evan Crawford has really racked up the strikeouts out of the bullpen, as he has 21 in only 12 2-3 innings while allowing only five hits.Crawford's ERA is also good, sitting at 0.71 in his six appearances.
Hyannis Mets: Long BeachState infielder Shane Peterson has been solid at the plate in 14 games.Peterson leads the squad with a .373 average, and has also driven in eight runs.Bradley's Dan Brewer has a team-high two homeruns and also a team-leading 13 RBI while hitting .327.UAB's Phil Bell has swiped six bags so far while hitting .280.Vanderbilt teammates David Macias and Shea Robin have yet to hit much, with Macias hitting just .174 and Robin only at .182.But there's still a lot of summer left to go.
Oklahoma starter Andrew Doyle is 3-0 in his first three summer starts, as he's got a starter-best 3.43 ERA.Cal State Northridge's James Jolicoeur has thrown well out of the bullpen, to the tune of a 1.35 ERA.In four appearances, he's logged 13 1-3 innings already, while striking out 13 batters along the way, and only allowing eight hits in the process.
Orleans Cardinals: Miami outfielder Dennis Raben is tied for the league lead with four homeruns, and leads the team with 14 RBI while hitting .288 so far.The team is 9-6, but has only hit .212 through the first 15 games. Virginia's Eric Reese is also hitting at .288 to tie for the team lead in that category.
Reese's teammate at Virginia, Michael Schwimer is 2-0 in his first two starts, and is yet to give up a run.In ten innings, Schwimer has struck out 14 batters while only allowing four hits.USC rising freshman Brad Boxberger has also looked good, as he's allowed only two earned runs in 15 1-3 innings in three starts but has yet to record a decision.Vanderbilt's Nick Christiani has been good out of the `pen, not allowing an earned run in nine innings this summer.
Wareham Gatemen: Arizona State's Ike Davis has arrived in Cape Cod, and has picked up right where he left off during the 2007 regular season.Davis is hitting .385 in his first four games with an RBI.LSU's Blake Dean is off to a good start as well, hitting .286 with a team-leading two homeruns and five RBI.Arizona's Diallo Fon has been solid as well, hitting .340 with five RBI in his first 15 games.
SoutheastLouisianaState's Wade Miley has racked up the innings in his first four starts, throwing 27 innings including two complete games.Miley is 1-2 with a 1.33 ERA, as he's picked up 27 K's.Georgia Tech's Chris Hicks has been good in the closer's role, throwing 9 2-3 innings in seven relief appearances, and has a 0.93 ERA with three saves.
Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox: Georgia SS Gordon Beckham is tied for the league lead with four homeruns, and has hit .328 so far with a team-leading 13 runs batted in.Kentucky outfielder Collin Cowgill is off to a nice start for the Red Sox, as he's hit .321 in the first 15 games with 10 RBI.Stanford's Jason Castro is another hitter above .300, as he comes in at .316.
Coastal Carolina starter Bobby Gagg has been one of the best thus far in the Cape.Gagg is 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA in three starts (four appearances) that have totaled 25 1-3 innings.Baylor's Nick Cassavechia has been solid in relief, going 9 1-3 innings thus far without giving up a run, plus he's recorded two saves for the Red Sox.