With the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft in the books, already there are more than a dozen CCBL alumni on the board. Eight pitchers, five position players, 13 Cape Leaguers total in the first round – here’s a look at the draftees so far with Cape League ties:
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Kyle Schwarber: #4 Overall, Chicago Cubs Indiana University catcher and former Wareham Gateman, Kyle Schwarber was the first on the board for the CCBL. The lefty hit 18 home runs in his third season with the Hoosiers to catch the eye of Cubs VP of scouting, Jason McLeod. “Kyle has been one of the premier performers in the college ranks the last few years,” said McLeod “He is a high character guy we think teammates will rally around.” The 6-foot, 230-pound slugger, is expected to sign a deal worth less than the $4.6 million allotted to the No. 4 slot (Chicago Sun Times).
Aaron Nola: #7 Overall, Philadelphia Phillies Harwich Mariner (2012) Aaron Nola took the No. 7 overall pick after another outstanding season with the LSU Tigers. The righty posted a 7-4 record while recording the fewest walks in the league in his first season at LSU, and only went up from there. The Baton Rouge native led the Tigers to the College World Series in his sophomore season, notching a 12-1 record with a 1.57 ERA. Nola was perviously selected in the 22nd round of the 2011 MLB draft in his senior year of high school by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Kyle Freeland: #8 Overall, Colorado Rockies Denver, Colorado native and 2013 Hyannis Harbor Hawks ace stole the show with his reaction to being selected by his hometown team. But Freeland was calm, cool, and collected when he lead the lead the Harbor Hawks and the CCBL with 48 strikeouts on the season in 2013. The lefty was also named to the CCBL All-Star team last season posting a 3-2 record with a 2.25 ERA. As a junior at the University of Evansville he went 10-2 with a 1.90 ERA, recording 128 strikeouts to 13 walks.
Jeff Hoffman: #9 Overall, Toronto Blue Jays It was one Harbor Hawk after another as Hoffman took the No. 9 spot. The righty stood out in Hyannis, striking out 30 batters in 30 innings while posting a 2.40 ERA overall. In his third season at East Carolina, the Latham, N.Y. native earned a 3-3 record with a 2.94 ERA. He wrapped up what will likely be his final season with the Pirates with 72 strikeouts to 20 walks in 67.1 innings. Hoffman has a mid to upper-90’s fastball and a nasty curveball in his arsenal.
#BlueJays scouting director Brian Parker on Jeff Hoffman “We thought for most of the spring we wouldn’t even get a chance to take [him]”
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) June 6, 2014
Max Pentecost: #11 Overall, Toronto Blue Jays
Sean Newcomb: #15 Overall, Los Angeles Angels
Brandon Finnegan: #17 Overall, Kansas City Royals
Erick Fedde: #18 Overall, Washington Nationals
Nick Howard: #19 Overall, Cincinnati Reds
Casey Gillaspie: #20 Overall, Tampa Bay Rays
Bradley Zimmer: #21 Overall, Cleveland Indians
Luke Weaver: #27 Overall, St. Louis Cardinals
Alex Blandino: #29 Overall, Cincinnati Reds
Stay tuned for more news on the CCBL alums in the 2014 MLB Draft. And for all things Cape League in the draft, don’t forget to follow @Official_CCBL on twitter.