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UVA Baseball Players In Collegiate Summer Leagues

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The most famous of the collegiate summer baseball leagues is the Cape Cod League, which got a fair amount of publicity because of a crappy movie with Jessica Biel. But there are a number of leagues, and 4 of them had at least one Wahoo. We're taking a look at all of the guys and their performances in the summer leagues.

Kenny Towns was one of 11 Wahoos to play summer ball.
Kenny Towns was one of 11 Wahoos to play summer ball.
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With the school year beginning, we thought we'd take a look at how our Wahoo baseball players faired in the various collegiate summer leagues.

The most famous of these leagues is the Cape Cod League, and the Hoos had 4 players competing there. But another 7 players participated in 3 other leagues, and we'll check out their performances as well.

Cape Cod League

Kenny Towns - 16 games, .250 BA, .290 OBP, .288 SLG, 15 Ks, 2 BBs, 2 doubles, 7 runs, 4 RBI.

Towns continued to struggle at the plate. I'm left to wonder if he has an undisclosed injury.

Joe McCarthy - 15 games, 314 BA, 446 .OBP, .392 SLG, 9K, 11 BB, 4 doubles, 10 runs, 6 RBI.

McCarthy picked up right where he left off, getting on base and showing a bit of pop. Cape Cod league isn't really known for being an offensive league, so his numbers are pretty good.

Josh Sborcz - 5 games, 2 starts, 1-1 record, 16 IP, 4.50 ERA, 1.375 WHIP, 8ER, 13K, 4 BB.

Sborca wasn't great, but he wasn't bad either. 13 Ks in 16 IP is very nice. He'll almost definitely return to the weekend rotation.

John La Prise - 25 games, .407 BA, .478 OBP, .420 SLG, 13K, 11 BB, 1 double, 9 runs, 11 RBI, 5 SB.

La Prise raked during his time in Hyannis. Batting over .400, with an OBP near .500 is tremendous. Perhaps you'd like to see more power from the youngster.

NE Collegiate Baseball League

Alec Bettinger - 5 games, 3 starts, 1-1 record, 19IP, 5 ER, 2.36 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 10 BB, 22 K,

Pretty solid performance from the rising sophomore. He'll certainly be given a shot to join the rotation this year.

Connor Jones - 5 games, 4 starts, 3-0 record, 22.2IP, 5 ER, 1.98 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 14BB, 22 K.

Jones pitched very well out of the bullpen last year, and despite his performance as a starter in the summer, might stick in the pen. Could he be the heir apparent to Howard as the closer?

Jack Roberts - 7 games, 1 start, 0-2 record, 9.1 IP, 13 ER, 12.53 ERA, 2.14 WHIP, 12 BB, 11 K.

Roberts, as the numbers attest, did not pitch well. Might just have been out of shape after a redshirt year.

Robbie Coman - 21 games, .325 BA, .385 OBP, .446 SLG, 2 HR, 4 doubles 10 RBI, 10 runs, 6 BB, 7 K, 2 SB

Coman was solid at the plate for the Hoos this year, and was even better during the summer. I would be surprised if he wasn't the #1 C this year for the Hoos.

Northwoods League

Matt Thaiss - 26 games, .286 BA, .375 OBP, .352 SLG, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 11 R, 3 doubles, 12BB, 9 K.

Speaking of catchers, Thaiss also performed very well in the summer league. He'll probably be the #2 catcher behind Coman.

Tyler Allen - 18 games, .240 BA, .397 OBP, .300 SLG, 3 doubles, 9 K, 12BB, 5 RBI, 5 runs, 3 SB.

Allen wasn't bad in limited playing time for the Madison Mallards. The OBP is very nice, but obviously you'd like to see some power. He's athletic, plays the field and runs the bases well. Likely a reserve OF for the Hoos this year.

Valley League

Kevin Doherty - 6 games, 2 starts, 2-0 record, 16.1 IP, 3 ER, 1.65 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 13K, 5 BB.

Here is yet another guy who performed very well in the summer league. I don't know much about the Valley League, but his numbers were very good compared to other players in the league. The WHIP is high, but the ERA and the Ks are very nice. He should be a bullpen regular for the Hoos this year as a junior.