The annual Cape Cod Baseball League All Star game will be held tonight in Fenway Park. As a native to Cape Cod, I am partial to this local summer league, but there is little disputing that the Cape League attracts the premier talent in college baseball. In 2008, there were 207 CCBL alumni playing in the major leagues (roughly 15 percent of all players). Nearly one out of three players who attended four-year colleges played in the Cape League.
Through the years I have been fortunate enough to watch future stars like Chase Utley, Evan Longoria, Tim Lincecum, Mark Teixeira and countless others come through the league as rising prospects trying to make a name for themselves. Just about every year the league churns out the next group of promising players.
The All Star game is a chance for hundreds of professional scouts to gather and watch some of the premier collegiate talent. 2009 first round picks Tony Sanchez, Grant Green, A.J. Pollock each played in the game last year. The 2007 All Star game featured Gordon Beckham, Aaron Crow, Kyle Gibson, Yonder Alonso, Buster Posey, Jason Castro, Allan Dykstra, Reese Havens, and Conor Gillaspie, all of whom would develop into future first round selections.
So who will emerge from this year’s crop? The West team’s starting pitcher Brandon Workman (Texas) will be playing in his second CCBL All Star game. Workman is a big power pitcher and features a mid-90s fastball. He is off to a solid start this Summer after a promising Spring with Texas. Jedd Gyorko (West Virginia) is batting .368 with three home runs after hitting well over .400 this Spring. Gyorko played shortstop in college but is playing third base on the Cape.
For the East squad Brian Fletcher (Auburn) belted 17 home runs this Spring and his hitting .317 this summer. Brian is the son of former major league infielder Scott Fletcher. Derek Dietrich (Georgia Tech) has hit three homeruns thus far on his way to being named an All Star reserve shortstop. Dietrich was a third round selection out of high school but elected to go to college instead.
Below are the complete All Star rosters: