Scouting Notes: Cape Cod League Update

Tom Windle

By summer's end we'll have a far more complete read on the 2013 draft class, but as the Cape Cod League has pushed beyond the halfway point it has become abundantly clear that college bats are going to be a major strength in this crop. In this edition of scouting notes, we're taking a look at the players that have impressed me the most thus far on the Cape.

This look at the Cape Cod League only focuses on the players I've already evaluated and only 2013 draft eligible prospects. A comprehensive evaluation of the league's talent will be completed at season's end.

The Arms

The pitching is far outweighed by the potent bats on the Cape this summer, and that is quite a rarity. There are a number of the league's top pitchers I have yet to see and evaluate, but clearly this year is an oddity in that the league is not as pitching dominant as it typically is.

Kevin Ziomek, LHP, Vanderbilt

He'll have to hold his velocity better later in outings and clean up his delivery, but 90-93 on the fastball, a big breaking ball, and well spotted changeup make him a fascinating lefty to watch.

Trey Masek, RHP, Texas Tech

A live armed right-hander, Masek's 91-94 mph fastball jumps on hitters, and his potential plus curveball will miss bats in the pros.

Tom Windle, LHP, Minnesota

Arguably the most impressive pitcher on the Cape, Windle sits around 91 mph with outstanding command, and spots his slider and changeup.

Ben Lively, RHP, UCF

He's been hit or miss in his outings, but he lives at 91-93 mph with sink and shows quality secondary offerings. Command is a question mark.

Michael Theofanopoulos, LHP, Cal Berkeley

The results have not been there but the stuff is intriguing. Sits 90-91 mph with his fastball and flashes plus breaking ball from the left side.

Barrett Astin, RHP, Arkansas

Command in the strike zone will need to improve but he has three high quality offerings, including a 90-93 mph fastball and hard curveball.

The Bats

There hasn't been this type of crop of power hitting bats in the Cape Cod League in a very long time. The record setting offensive numbers that are being posted this year are not a result of circumstance. These hitters are just incredibly talented. Some of the hitters are limited in terms of future position, but there's also a deep pool of highly athletic hitters who could someday play premium positions in the big leagues.

Jared King, OF, Kansas State

King is as impressive a hitter as I've seen on the Cape in recent years and he does it from both sides of the plate. His speed and defense are simply a bonus to his potentially dynamic bat.

Aaron Judge, OF, Fresno State

Size, strength, and athleticism are just the beginning for Judge. He shows booming batting practice power and his in game swings have been very consistent.

Eric Jagielo, OF, Notre Dame

He's been one of the league's most consistent performers and he continues to have quality at-bats against the top pitchers in the league.

JaCoby Jones, OF, LSU

Jones is beginning to figure it out and he's getting closer to being the toolsy talent scouts have been waiting for. His approach looks sound and his raw power is among the most impressive on the Cape.

Austin Wilson, OF, Stanford

One of the best known commodities entering the summer, Wilson's offensive skills have not failed to show up. His power to the middle of the field has the potential to be special.

Daniel Palka, 1B, Georgia Tech

Built like a tank, Palka is already flashing big time left-handed power that could make him a 35 home run bat in the big leagues.

Colin Moran, OF, NC State

The term pure hitter applies to Moran. Couple that with his speed and athleticism and you have one of the elite position players in the 2013 class.

Michael O'Neill, OF, Michigan

The nephew of former big leaguer, Paul O'Neill, he's making his name on his own by showing off impressive opposite field power and good athleticism.

Ryon Healy, INF, Oregon

Few hitters in the league put on a batting practice show like Healy, and he's carrying a lot of those performances into game action.

Drew Dosch, 3B, Youngstown State

His swing has looked silky smooth from the left side and the power to the middle of the field appears to come easy to him.

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