It was literally a two-jacket evening in Hyannis on Tuesday night, but luckily Hyannis and Orleans made it quick and Orleans won 2-0 in about 2 hours and 10 minutes.
There were three major league scouts in attendance at various points of the game, but none seemed extremely interested in too many of the players.
Orleans first baseman Jaren Matthews from Rutgers provided all the offense in the second inning when he smoked a line-drive two-run homer to right-center at the hitter-friendly McKeon Park. Matthews has a mature, powerful body with thick legs and he turned on a fastball and really cranked it. He did show some vulnerability against off-speed pitches later in the game, though.
Hyannis centerfielder Trent Whitehead from East Carolina was the best looking position player for the Mets, even though he went 0-for-4. Whitehead crushed a fly ball to deep center field, covered a lot of ground in the outfield and showed a strong arm.
Neither starting pitcher was that outstanding, even though Orleans lefty Elliot Glynn from UConn pitched six shutout innings during which he allowed one hit. Glynn is listed at 6'1" 175 but he looks smaller and has an immature build. His fastball sat between 84-86 mph, and he also threw a 71-73 mph slider with good movement even if it didn't have especially tight break. Glynn has very good control and mixes his pitches well, but his stuff doesn't really translate to higher levels.
Scouts were slightly abuzz about Orleans right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle from Lynn University. One scout said he saw Kahnle touch 95 mph during the spring, but his fastball topped out at 93 on Tuesday. Kahnle had a solid build at 6'0" 225, and he threw with some effort in his delivery. Kahnle looked to be overthrowing a little bit and he struggled with his control. He also threw a tight 80-81 mph slider.
Hyannis right-handed reliever Kevin Moran from Boston College showed some potential in his two innings of work. He has a tall, athletic build and a projectable frame at 6'4" 205, and he brings energy and an intense presence to the mound. His fastball sat in the 89-91 mph range but he could probably throw harder with improved mechanics. He showed a very good 75-77 mph curveball with big, steep break that really darts downward late. He also threw an 86 mph cutter. Moran's a local kid from Barnstable who has a big following at games. He's somebody worth watching this summer.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Y-D 6 Harwich 5: Y-D right-handed starter Michael Goodnight from the University of Houston pitched six strong innings, allowing one run on three hits. Jordan Casas from Long Beach State went 4-for-4 for Y-D.
Bourne 4 Falmouth 2: Kyle Roller from East Carolina had three hits for Bourne.
Cotuit 5 Chatham 3: Cotuit's Chris Bisson from the University of Kentucky stole two bases to give him a league-leading 10 on the season, and Cotuit starter Chad Bell from Walters State Community College allowed three hits through five innings pitched.
Brewster 2 Wareham 2: Wareham starter Matt Barnes from UConn had scouts talking as he struck out seven in five innings pitched. Steven Maxwell from TCU pitched four shutout innings of relief for Brewster.