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Names to Know from the CCL All-Star Game

by Steve Garrity on Jul. 30, 2010
The 2010 Cape Cod League All-Star game is in the books, a little less than 24 hours old. A full nine innings this time, unlike last year's contest at the Fens which was called after only four and half innings due to monsoon like weather. The Western Division All-Stars took the game and shut out their Eastern Division brethren 5-0 behind some stellar pitching. It isn’t too shocking to hear that pitching was the story and dominating force at a Cape Cod League event- each team brought along nine and each was given one inning to show off their stuff. But pitchers weren’t the only players that were able to impress last night. Both sides showed off defensively and offensively including some nice plays from the West’s Kevin Medrano keeping a ball from heading to the outfield then throwing out a runner at home in the first, or the East’s Caleb Ramsey throwing a one hopper from dead center in the 7th to nearly catch a runner at home. At the plate 5’6" Tyler Hanover almost hit the lone bomb of the night, scraping the top of the Green Monster and settling for a double. Several players came out to show their worth last night and did not fail to impress. Below is a break down of some of the most impressive performers and intriguing prospects from last night's contest.

Eastern-Division All-Stars


Caleb Ramsey CF, Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, University of Houston
– After surprisingly going undrafted, Ramsey did nothing but impressed during the Cape’s All Star event. He started things off by singling off a 96-mph fastball from West starter Austin Wood, a 2010 fourth round selection by the Tampa Bay Rays. Ramsey continued to impress by gathering another single in his second at bat and then stealing base easily using his above average speed. Caleb showed off a gun in centerfield later in the game, nearly missing an outfield assist on a one hopper from dead center. Winning the MVP last night, Ramsey showed off plenty of tools and should find himself on plenty of scouts' follow-list this time around.

Kolten Wong UTL, Orleans Firebirds, University of Hawaii
- Though Wong didn’t necessarily stand out in his performance the way Ramsey did, he showed why he is one of the top names to follow on the Cape. Playing second base last night for the Eastern Division all-stars, Wong had many people raving about his versatility in the field. He has played the outfield, numerous infield positions, and there has been some talk about him trying out catching. At second, he showed tremendous range, soft hands, and a strong arm. At the plate, Kolten went hitless in four at bats, but he showed he could handle the wood, showing off a pretty swing that is short and compact with very quick hands. Wong is extremely athletic and should be a name that will be talked about up until the 2011 draft.

Marcus Stroman RP, Orleans Firebirds, Duke University
- Stroman won’t be eligible for the draft until 2012, but he was just as impressive as any other pitcher during last night’s event. Coming in for the East in the second inning, Stroman made it look easy giving up one hit, to go along with a strikeout. A bonofide bullpen arm with closer potential, he displayed a big time power arm with a 90+ mph fastball that had good life and movement, along with a big time breaking ball. He isn’t the biggest guy in the world at only 5’9" 180 lbs, but Stroman is extremely athletic- running a mid 6.8 60 and playing the field for the Duke Blue Devils. He was named the ACC freshman of the year this past season and will no doubt be a name to follow in the next couple of years.

Levi Michael SS, Harwich Mariners, University of North Carolina
- Like Wong, Michael didn’t necessarily impress with his performance last night but he is no doubt a name to know on the Cape. Michael graduated a year early from high school so he could enroll at UNC for the spring semester and ended up being their starting second basemen that season. He went hitless in two at bats last night, but don’t get it fooled, Levi can handle the bat. A switch hitter for the Tar Heels, he makes consistent contact and drove the ball everywhere. A shortstop coming out of high school, Levi seems firmly planted at second base both now and in the future. He is a smooth defender with soft hands, good range, and a strong arm. As the 2011 draft nears, his will be a name to follow.

Honorable Mention

Tyler Hanover 2B, Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, Louisiana State University
- When anyone talks about Hanover there is always one player who he is compared to- Dustin Pedroia. Strange as it might seem though, Tyler looks much smaller. Listed at 5’6", he plays much bigger and packs a surprising punch. He leads the Cape with ten doubles and just barley missed a homerun over the Green Monster in last night's contest. At the plate Hanover had one of the better swings in the All-Star game; smooth and balanced with extremely quick hands. In the field Tyler played third for the East, and also started at third base as a freshman for LSU. He can also handle the switch over to second (which will be his position in the pros), as he is an extremely capable defender with good tools across the board. With the way Hanover has performed it wouldn’t be shocking to see him follow the same path as Pedroia and become a high round pick next year.


Western-Division All-Stars


Zach Wilson RF, Wareham Gatemen, Arizona State University
- The MVP for the Western-Division, Wilson showed why he is one of the top names on the Cape. At the plate he is extremely quiet, with no wasted movement. He uses his fast hands for a short and compact stroke that allows him to rake up some good bat speed and produce some big time power. In his first at bat last night, Wilson showed good pitch recognition and patience; quickly falling behind 0-2 before working his way back to 3-2 and then lining out hard to centerfield. In fact every time he made contact last night he hit the ball with authority. He flew out to left in his second at bat, before coming through in the 7th with an RBI double, later coming around to score. Wilson has a prototypical right fielder's build, but has also played first for the Sun Devils. His calling card is going to be his bat, but the way he has been hitting he shouldn’t have to wait long on draft day.

Cameron Seitzer 1B, Hyannis Harbor Hawks, University of Oklahoma
- Seitzer was one of the most impressive players at Fenway last night. He can do it all on the baseball diamond. A prototypical first basemen’s build at 6’5" and 205 lbs. He is long, lean, and lanky with plenty of room to fill out. He had the prettiest swing last night- a natural left handed stroke. Seitzer is extremely controlled at the plate, with a short and compact swing that should allow him to hit for average and power at the next level. In the field he is one of the top defensive first basemen with very good range, hands, and footwork around the bag. He has the Major League bloodline that scouts love; his father Kevin played in the big leagues for more than a decade. With another big season at Oklahoma he could be in the early round mix.

Jed Bradley SP, Wareham Gatemen, Georgia Tech University
-Bradley was one of the most talked about names during last night’s game. He is a very polished pitcher from the left hand side. At 6’3" and 205 lbs, Bradley has the long, athletic build that scouts love. During the game it was strange to see how many pitchers had a herky jerky, violent delivery, but not Bradley. His is extremely smooth and fluid, which allows him to have tremendous command and control- he also hides the ball very well. Jed has a good feel for all three of his pitches, which include a fastball at 90-93, a change-up, and a very good slider. If Bradley can continue on this path, he will no doubt be one of the top college pitchers off the board.

Andrew Susac C, Falmouth Commodores, Oregon State University
- In a down year for college catching, Susac is one of the top college catching prospects around. He will no doubt be one of the top receivers off the board-potentially the first college catcher- and with last night's performance behind the plate it wasn’t hard to see why. Susac started out the game for the Western Division, and showed off his defensive skills right away. Behind the plate he moves extremely well, and blocked everything that bounced in front of him. Combined with showing off a strong arm during warm-ups, he is everything you'd want from a catcher defensively. At the plate, Susac was 0-2 but showed he has a nice swing with quick hands and little wasted movement- he is one of only a handful of players to be hitting over .300 on the Cape this season. Susac struggled with the Beavers this season hitting only .260, but if he continues to improve, he will no doubt be at or near the top of the catching board in 2011 for the college class.

HONORABLE MENTION

Tony Zych RP, Bourne Braves, University of Louisville
- Zych came in the ninth to close out the game for the Western-Division and did not disappoint. He had one of the strongest arms in the entire game from either staff with a fastball that touched 97, to go along with a nice slider. Zych's delivery is deceptive, as he has an arm action that makes the ball tough for batters to pick up, only showing it at the very last minute. On the Cape this season Zych has picked up nine saves in 13 appearances, striking out 24 batters in 16.1 innings with a 1.10 era; this was after struggling with Louisville this season. A 46th round pick of the Cubs in 2008, Zych will likely not have to wait that long to hear his name called this time around.