Playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League does not guarantee that a ballplayer will be drafted highly in the Major League Baseball Draft. It sure doesn’t hurt his chances, though.
The Cape Cod League once again dominated the MLB draft’s first round, which was held on Monday, June 3. For the second year in a row a Cape League alum, former Falmouth Commodores catcher Adley Rutschman (Oregon State), was the top player drafted. Rutschman began a run that saw 14 former Cape Leaguers go in round one. Three of the top four players selected played summer ball on the Cape.
The Chatham Anglers boasted the most first-round picks this season, with four former players getting taken. Wareham had three alumni go in round one, while two Falmouth and Brewster players got nabbed. Orleans and Cotuit had one selection each, as seven of the team’s 10 franchises had players taken off the board. By the end of the second round every team had at least one player taken.
Wareham alum Andrew Vaughn was the third overall selection, by the Chicago White Sox, and former Orleans outfielder JJ Bleday was selected fourth overall by Miami. Former Chatham Anglers’ catcher Shea Langeliers went ninth to the Atlanta Braves followed by former Brewster Whitecap Hunter Bishop getting selected 10th by the San Francisco Giants. This was the second consecutive draft where the Cape League produced at least five top-10 picks, with six alumni going in the first 10 picks last year.
Through the first four rounds of the draft, 60 players who spent time on Cape Cod Baseball League teams were selected. Harwich had 10 players taken to lead all CCBL teams through the top four rounds, as of June 4. Falmouth and Chatham both had seen eight of their former members picked while Orleans boasted seven. Bourne and Yarmouth-Dennis both had six from their past rosters selected while Wareham was next with five. Hyannis and Brewster both had four names go and Cotuit saw two of its players picked.