I will never get used to the end of a Cape Cod Baseball League season. It’s such an intensive season – rarely does a day go by without it – and then . . . poof. It’s gone.
Fun while it lasted though. Some notes as we head into the very, very long off-season . . .
I was a little surprised that Bradley Zimmer won the Playoff MVP award. He’s a fantastic player and he had a good finals series, but Austin Byler had a tremendous post-season. He had a hit in all eight of Cotuit’s playoff games and finished with 12 for a .429 average. He led the team in postseason average, home runs, extra-base hits and RBI.
Byler’s 12 hit total is the same as the leader in each of the last four postseasons, since the league expanded and created more playoff games. Some kind of magic number.
Christian Cecilio was the winning pitcher in the clinching game of Cotuit’s series victory over Falmouth and in the clincher of the championship win over Orleans. Pretty impressive feat and somewhat surprising on the surface. Cecilio had an ERA over three in the regular season and didn’t often pitch deep into games. But take away one bad start in which he gave up seven earned runs in 1.1 innings, and Cecilio had a fantastic summer. He didn’t allow more than two runs in any other start.
Perfect Game named Bourne’s Max Pentecost its Summer Player of the Year. It’s a well-deserved honor for Pentecost, who was also the Cape League’s MVP award winner. PG’s Frankie Piliere, who did great work scouting the Cape all summer, said Pentecost was “one of the most impressive all-around catchers to play on the Cape since Buster Posey.” High praise right there.
The Cape League released its all-league team last week. You can check it out here. Scott Heineman, who hit .304 and led the league in stolen bases, looks like the biggest snub to me.
The last award winner also trickled in as Jeff Hoffman has been named the Cape’s top pro prospect. He’s the second straight Hyannis pitcher to win the honor, joining his former teammate Sean Manaea.
I’m planning on doing the minor league all-stars feature that I did last year. It’s still a little ways off, but for now, how about the season former Wareham Gateman George Springer is having? The Astros prospect started the season in Double A and has since moved to Triple A. Between the two levels, he has hit 37 home runs and has stolen 42 bases. If he hits three more home runs he’ll become the first 40/40 player in the modern history of minor league baseball.