I went to Yarmouth-Dennis on Sunday and saw Y-D tie Wareham 2-2. The umpires called the game because of darkness after the tenth inning even though the field managers of each team wanted to play the eleventh.
Wareham left-handed starter Blake Monar from Indiana University pitched 7.1 strong innings, and the soon-to-be draft-eligible sophomore could go fairly high in next year's draft. Monar is average height for a pitcher with an athletic build at 6'2" 198. He throws easily and with good arm action, though he does fall off the mound toward third base. Monar's fastball sits in the 84-86 mph range but has good tailing action and he is able to spot it on both sides of the plate. His best pitch is a 73-74 mph curveball that is really a great pitch when he throws it well. Monar was leaving it up early in his start Sunday but once he settled in his hook got him a lot of outs. He also threw a good hard slider with two-plane break and began to work in a decent changeup later in his outing. Despite his limited velocity, Monar looked very impressive.
Right-handed reliever Brandon Workman from the University of Texas made his summer debut for Wareham on Sunday, blowing a save opportunity by allowing a game-tying solo home run to Y-D designated hitter Mickey Wiswall from Boston College in the bottom of the ninth. Workman is big with a solid build at 6'5" 225, though he does throw with effort and has a slightly awkward motion as he leans forward when he throws. Workman was one of my top-rated Cape League starters when he pitched for the Gateman last year, but his velocity was down Sunday from what I remembered. I expected to see Workman put up mid-90s numbers, but instead his fastball sat in the 89-91 mph range. Workman's curveball was still outstanding, though, and it quite possibly could be the best on the Cape this year. He throws it about 72-75 mph and it just has tremendous late, over-the-top break. Y-D hitters' only chance against Workman was against his fastball, and fortunately for them he threw one over the plate to Wiswall.
Y-D right-handed starter Greg Peavey from Oregon State, Houston's 32nd round pick last month, had a really good slider working Sunday, and looked as good as I've seen him in a few appearances this year and last. Peavey's fastball sat in the 88-91 range with really good tailing action and some sink. His 81-84 mph slider was really devastating at times, and he was able to throw it for a strike as well as get hitters to chase it out of the zone.
Right-handed reliever Drew Hayes from Vanderbilt, Seattle's 22nd-round pick, wasn't bad for Y-D either. He is average height with a stocky build at 6'1" 205, and he throws with effort. He also has a hitch in his delivery. Hayes' fastball sat in the 91-92 mph range with glove-side run, but his command of it was spotty at best. He showed a decent 78-81 mph slider, and an occasional changeup with good downward movement.
Right-handed reliever Chase Dempsay from the University of Houston provided a different look, as he threw side arm with stiff arm action and really just slung the ball toward the plate. Dempsay was a little thin and he threw with big effort. His fastball only sat mostly in the 84-85 mph range, but with the low arm slot it got on right-handed hitters quickly and was effectively faster than it really was. Dempsay also threw a decent 76 mph slider and a good 79 mph changeup.
The aforementioned Wiswall finished 3-for-4 for Y-D and had a few really good at-bats. He did a great job going with Workman's outside fastball for the game-tying opposite field home run, and he also showed good pitch recognition in an earlier at-bat when he stayed back on a curveball and drove a single to right. Wiswall looked uncomfortable taking ground balls at third base during infield practice even though that was his primary position for BC in the spring, but he might be too small at 6'1" 205 to remain at first base much beyond this summer. First baseman Brian Hernandez from UC-Irvine, Cleveland's 39th round pick, looked very comfortable in the field tonight, and made a few good plays on throws in the dirt.
I will be at Hyannis at Chatham on Monday.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Cotuit 8 Chatham 2: Left-handed starter Chad Bell from Walters State Community College, the Rangers' 14th-round pick last month, pitched a no-hitter for Cotuit, allowing two unearned runs in the ninth inning and striking out eight. Designated hitter Kevin Keyes from the University of Texas and first baseman Brandon May from the University of Alabama, the Cubs' 36th-round pick, each homered for Cotuit.
Brewster 10 Bourne 2: Centerfielder Jarrett Parker from the University of Virginia went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for Brewster. Designated hitter Harold Martinez from Miami and catcher Dan Butler from the University of Arizona also homered for the Whitecaps. Right-handed starter Kyle Blair from the University of San Diego pitched a complete game.
Orleans 9 Falmouth 2: First baseman Riccio Torrez from Arizona State hit a home run for Orleans, and third baseman Michael Olt from UConn went 2-for-4. Shortstop B.A. Vollmuth from Southern Mississippi went 2-for-4 for Falmouth.
Harwich 6 Hyannis 5, 15 innings: Leftfielder Trent Mummey from Auburn went 4-for-5, second baseman Phil Gosselin from the University of Virginia went 3-for-7 and centerfielder Leon Landry from LSU went 3-for-8 for Harwich. Centerfielder Johnny Ruettiger went 4-for-7 and second baseman Nick Crawford from UAB, shortstop Ryan Graepel from UNC and designated hitter Dan Burkhart from the Ohio State University each had three hits for Hyannis.
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