Bourne Braves: Versatility is a great thing to have for any prospect, and Bourne’s Shane Muntz (Wake Forest) is trying to prove that he can excel from both parts of the battery. Muntz has worked behind the plate as the starting catcher for Bourne in three games this season, going 3-for-7 (.429) with a double. He’s also pitched out of the bullpen for the Braves. In his one appearance thus far, things did not go well for the right-hander as Orleans tagged him for four runs in an inning of work. Muntz pitched in 22 games for the Deamon Decons this past season, posting a 6.93 earned run average. As a hitter, he batted .313 with 14 homers and 45 RBIs.
Brewster Whitecaps: Controlling the strike zone is the name of the game for starting pitchers, and Alabama sophomore Connor Shamblin has gotten off to a rough start in that area. Shamblin has walked a league-high 10 batters over 6.2 innings of work. The righty, who hails from Lakeland, Tennessee, issued five bases on balls on June 12 in a four-inning loss against Orleans. In his second start of the year, on June 18, he issued five more free passes over 2.2 innings against the Braves. Brewster came back to win that game, 4-3. Considering the accuracy issues, Shamblin is still doing okay overall. His ERA is a respectable 4.05 and he has given up just four base hits and three earned runs.
Chatham Anglers: Infielder Jorge Arenas will likely be moving up in the batting order for the Anglers sooner than later. Arenas, who has been batting in the bottom third, has been an on-base machine for the Anglers this season. The rising senior at Stetson University has posted a .500 on-base percentage and has a 1.643 OBP over his first six games this year. Arenas knocked three doubles over a seven at-bat span June 15 and 16. He’s seen his batting average rise to a healthy .429.
Cotuit Kettleers: When Oraj Anu (Kentucky) puts the ball in play he’s been special for the Cotuit Kettleers. Anu has fanned 10 times over his first seven games, which is tied for the most K’s in the league. However, he’s 8-for-17 (.470) when putting the ball in play. A decent power hitter, Anu has two home runs on the season and has driven in seven runs for the Kettleers through June 18. Manager Mike Roberts has batted him in the middle of the order and used him as a designated hitter and right fielder.
Falmouth Commodores: Second baseman Hayden Cantrelle (Louisiana Lafayette) struggled last year as a rising sophomore in the Cape League, but has come back with a vengeance. The junior-to-be had the best game of his CCBL career on June 17, hitting an eventual game-winning grand slam and also a double. He raised his batting average to .296 and has driven in seven runs and hit two homers. Cantrelle is batting at the top of Jeff Trundy’s order and has helped them get off to a strong start to the season.
Harwich Mariners: Logan Allen, of Florida International, certainly likes it when he sees Falmouth batters in the box opposite him. Allen leads the Cape Cod League in strikeouts after his first two starts, both of which have come against the Commodores. In 11 innings against Falmouth, Allen has posted a 1-0 record and has surrendered just four hits. He’s struck out a league-high 17 batters and has walked just one. Opposing hitters, all Commodores so far, are hitting just .111 against him.
Hyannis Harbor Hawks: Reliever Konnor Ash (Missouri) has been lights-out for the Hawks early this season. Working two three-inning relief stints, Ash has posted a 0.00 earned run average and has given up just two base hits and three walks. Opposing hitters have struggled, striking out 11 times, just short of twice per inning, and have a combined slugging percentage of just .105.
Orleans Firebirds: One position that scouts don’t typically find a lot of base-stealing potential is catcher. Eastern Kentucky’s AJ Lewis, however, has shown that he does not fit the stereotype of the lead-footed backstop. Lewis entered play on June 19 leading the Firebirds in steals, swiping three bags in four attempts over his first six games this year. Lewis has been hitting in the leadoff spot for the Birds, posting a .435 on-base average and .350 batting average. He’s hit safely in every game he’s played so far.
Wareham Gatemen: Second baseman Darren Baker (California) began his Cape League career with a scorching start. Baker put together a six-game hit streak to start the season and entered play on June 19 with the most hits of any player in the league. Baker went 11-for-26 to open the season before a hitless game at Falmouth. The son of former big league star Dusty Baker has already had a pair of three-hit games, doing that on back-to-back nights last week against Hyannis and Chatham. He has been hitting second in the Wareham lineup. His 31 at-bats are the most of any player in the league. He has yet to accept a base on balls.
Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox: Catcher Austin Wells had a great story to share with his dad on Father’s Day. The rising sophomore went 4-for-7 in a doubleheader at Cotuit, knocking three balls out of the yard for his first three Cape League homers of the season. The three-bomb day for the Sox, who won the first game and tied the second, leapfrogged Wells to the top of the CCBL home run standings for the season. He also knocked in six runs that day and has eight RBI for the season entering play on June 19. Wells also leads the CCBL in slugging percentage at .850.