Bourne Braves: Closer Tyler Brosius has been outstanding so far out of the Braves bullpen. The right-hander, who attends Rhode Island, has allowed just one batter to reach base in his four appearances so far. The New Jersey native has three saves and a 0.00 earned run average with six strikeouts and a walk over 4.1 innings of work. On June 17, against Harwich, he struck out four of the six batters he faced over two innings to earn his first save of the year.
Brewster Whitecaps: Adjusting to the Cape Cod League can be tough, and it has been for Alabama’s Tyler Gentry. Gentry entered action on Wednesday with just four hits in 37 at-bats this season. That correlates to a .108 batting average over the first quarter of the season. Gentry entered play on June 26 having gone hitless over his last 20 at-bats. The cold streak is likely to end, though. He batted .310 at Alabama this spring and led the team in hits (65), homers (13) and RBI (42).
Chatham Anglers: Chatham has gotten off to a hot start, and the Anglers have one of the league’s hottest hitters in their lineup every day. First baseman and outfielder Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State) missed the first week of action but has made up for it with a fantastic week. Through his first five games Torkelson has collected one hit in every game. Four of those five hits have been of the extra-base variety as he has two doubles and two home runs along with seven runs batted in and four runs scored. Torkelson entered play on June 26 with a .385 batting average, 1.000 slugging percentage and league best OPS of 1.556.
Cotuit Kettleers: Outfielder and second baseman Nick Gonzales (New Mexico State) has reached base in all 11 of the games that he has appeared in for the Kettleers this season. Following his game on Wednesday, June 26, Gonzales had been issued a league-high 10 bases on balls. He’s also collected 11 hits in 39 at-bats and has scored 12 runs, the most in the league in that category as well. He currently boasts a .472 on-base percentage.
Falmouth Commodores: Manager Jeff Trundy certainly won’t be accused of overworking his pitching staff this summer. Over the first nine games of the year for Falmouth the team has deployed 21 different pitchers. Twelve pitchers have pitched in two games, and reliever Logan Hoffman’s (Northwestern State) three appearances are the most of any Commodore so far. Starter Tommy Sheehan (Notre Dame) is the only member of the staff to have pitched as many as eight innings as of Tuesday, June 25. The fact that the team also has had the most rainouts, with eight already, has played a big factor as well.
Harwich Mariners: Blake Espinal isn’t giving up a lot of hits; it’s just that he’s been giving up big ones. The lefty reliever from Seton Hall, and the Bronx, has made two appearances so far for the Mariners. Both times he gave up home runs, which have not helped his statistics. After giving up a bomb in Hyannis’s first win of the year, on Sunday, June 23, Espinal saw his earned run average jump to 7.71. He’s only allowed three hits and one walk in his 4.2 innings of work, but those four base runners have become four runs.
Hyannis Harbor Hawks: The Hawks may be off to a bad start, but don’t blame reliever Konnor Ash (Missouri). Ash has been striking out batters at a hectic pace. Over his first three appearances the righty has struck out 14 batters in just seven innings of work. Opposing hitters have managed three singles and no earned runs. Ash has issued five walks over his seven innings, but opponents have not yet taken advantage of those.
Orleans Firebirds: Kids from Bentley University usually kick around the league for a week or two early in the season before all of the big school kids arrive, or late in the year, after some have been shut down. They don’t typically play a full season, and they certainly don’t lead the Cape League in hitting and make the all-star team. Max Troiani, a native of Pittsford, NY, is trying to buck those trends and is doing a heck of a job in that effort. Troiani currently ranks fourth in the league in average, sporting a .341 average. The outfielder has hit safely in four of his last five games and has at least one knock in eight of the 12 games he’s appeared in.
Wareham Gatemen: Ian Bedell (Missouri) could very easily be tied for the league lead in victories. However, he still sits at 0-0 on the season. Bedell took a no-decision in his first game of the year after working 4.2 innings against Chatham. He left the game after giving up a two-out single in the fifth despite being in control. That night he gave up three hits and walked two, and did not allow a run. On Sunday, June 23, he went the required five innings against Orleans, and again threw up zeroes during his stint while allowing three hits and a walk. He left with the game scoreless and the Gatemen later allowed just one run and lost 1-0. Over 9.2 innings of work he has yet to give up a run, has fanned nine and walked three.
Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox: Andrew Eyster (South Carolina) had a memorable day against the Falmouth Commodores on June 23. Eyster left the yard in both games of a doubleheader, tying for the league lead in dingers in the process. Eyster has clobbered three homers so far, now good for a four-way tie for second in the league, and is hitting a robust .400 on the season. Against Falmouth on Sunday, June 23, he went 4-for-6 with two home runs, two singles, three runs scored and five runs batted in. Not a bad day’s work.