The Cape Cod Baseball League, often regarded as the premier collegiate summer league, is gearing up for a momentous 100th season. As the league’s Opening Day approaches on June 10, anticipation and excitement are building among baseball enthusiasts. Ahead of the season, we’ve compiled a list of 10 players to watch, representing each team in the league. These players, hailing from esteemed college programs across the country, have demonstrated exceptional skills and promise for the 2023 CCBL season.
Will Butcher – Chatham Anglers, UNC Charlotte:
A standout player from UNC Charlotte, Will Butcher joins the Chatham Anglers. As a power-hitting first baseman, Butcher has already made waves in the college baseball scene. In the 2023 season, he showcased his prowess at the plate, boasting a .265 batting average and launching 10 home runs, further solidifying his reputation as an offensive threat.
John West – Brewster Whitecaps, Boston College:
Representing the Brewster Whitecaps, John West is a talented pitcher from Boston College. In the 2023 season, West maintained a 4.50 ERA. John relies heavily on a sinker/slider combo, with the latter producing a near 40% whiff rate on the season.
Ethan Anderson – Harwich Mariners, University of Virginia:
The Harwich Mariners welcome Ethan Anderson, a catcher from the University of Virginia. Anderson had an impressive 2023 season, hitting .372 with 90 hits, 64 runs, and 60 RBIs. This impressive line was the result of a very high contact rate on pitches both in and out of the strike zone and a max exit velocity of 109 mph. His contributions to the Mariners’ offense will be crucial throughout the summer.
Brandon Neely – Orleans Firebirds, University of Florida:
Hailing from the University of Florida, Brandon Neely takes the field for the Orleans Firebirds. In the 2023 season, he recorded an impressive 3.63 ERA with 61 strikeouts, thanks to a mid-90s fastball that induces a high whiff rate up in the strike zone.
Hunter Hines – Yarmouth – Dennis Red Sox, Mississippi State:
Mississippi State’s Hunter Hines graces the roster of the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox with his dynamic skill set. As an all-around player, Hines has made significant contributions in both the field and at the plate. In the 2023 season, he showcased his power, hitting 22 home runs.
Matt Duffy – Bourne Braves, Canisius College:
Matt Duffy, a pitcher from Canisius College, represents the Bourne Braves. In the 2023 season, he recorded a 4.13 ERA with 119 strikeouts.
Emilien Pitre – Cotuit Kettlers, University of Kentucky:
Emilien Pitre, a short stop from the University of Kentucky, joins the Cotuit Kettlers. Pitre brings a combination of power and speed to the field, making him a formidable presence in the lineup. In the 2023 season, he recorded a .322 batting average and showcased his speed by stealing 18 bases, making him a true offensive catalyst.
Jac Caglianone – Falmouth Commodores, University of Florida:
Jac Caglianone, a two-way prospect from the University of Florida, adds depth to the Falmouth Commodores’ lineup and rotation. College baseball’s Shohei Ohtani recorded pitch velocities up to 100 mph, and exit velocities up to 120 mph this Spring.
Tanner Hall – Hyannis Harbor Hawks, U of Southern Mississippi:
Representing the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, Tanner Hall, a pitcher from the University of Southern Mississippi, is set to make an impact on the mound. In the 2023 season, he boasted an impressive 2.08 ERA with 119 strikeouts in 108 innings, underscoring his potential.
Cam Cannarella – Wareham Gatemen, Clemson University:
Clemson University’s Cam Cannarella, a 3rd baseman, brings his skills to the Wareham Gatemen. With his exceptional defensive abilities and a knack for timely hitting, Cannarella is a valuable asset to any team. In the 2023 season, he recorded a .388 batting average, thanks to consistent hard contact to all fields and a swinging strike rate of just 6%.
As partners of the league for its centennial season, we’re excited to join forces to enhance the fan experience with live in-game and post-game digital content, offering a new way for the league to deliver real value to its supporters. Stay tuned for exciting joint activations as the season progresses and learn more about the partnership here.