This Saturday, the CCBL will select their All Star rosters. Being selected is an honor, as these 50 players represent what the ten field managers believe are the best of the best college players here on the Cape this summer. Past All Stars include Tim Lincecum (Harwich 05) and Buster Posey (YD 06,07), who made news with Lincecum’s 148 pitch no-no against the Padres last week.
The selection process typically takes place in a hot classroom at some local school (the past few years, it’s been at Pope John Paul II in Hyannis), with the ten coaches meeting in gym clothes or surf shorts–a far cry from their buttoned up appearance at the fields.
The teams were expanded to include 25 players this year, and will be broken down like this:
1 designated hitter
Players have to have played at least one inning in the position they’re selected for; hitters must have two plate appearances per team game by the time of the selection meeting; starting pitchers must have 0.6 innings pitched per team game by the time of the meeting; and relief pitchers must have 0.3 innings of work per team game by the meeting.
Here’s a peak at what I think the All Star rosters will look like when we publish them tomorrow (and they are in no particular order…I’ve actually just randomly been inserting them as I drop players off and re-add them. Yes, I’ve gone over this list every day for two weeks before I decided to post it):
C: Pentecost (Bou) & Stein (Fal) … (Ewing was another choice for catcher here but I put him in INF here)
INF: Caputo (Bou), Cron (Fal), Baum (Hya), Ewing (Hya), Newman (Fal), Byrd (Fal), and Spoon (Hya) or Gillaspie (Fal)
OF: Hoskins (Fal), Davis (Fal), Freeman (Bou), Boyd (Bou), Robbins (Bou), Wiseman (Cot)
P: J. Long (Bou)*, J. Walsh (Cot), Ellis (Cot), Riga (War), Simpson (War), Kubat (Bou), Freeland (Hya) Kellogg (Bou), Eck (Hya)…Seddon (Cot), B. Miller (Cot), Means (Fal) are also on my radar, as was Thome (Hya), though he dropped off a bit last week.
*potential starting pitcher
Many of these players were shoe-ins in my mind. And of course, Mike Ford (Cot) was my top pick, and he just signed with the Yankees. I digress, but only because I lost two of my predictions on the East side.
C: Joe (Cha), Slaybaugh (Orl)
INF: Flores (Cha), Happ (Har), Blandino (YD), Mitsui (Bre), Davidson (Orl), Pehl (YD),…and in 7th I’ve split between Brizeula (Bre), Gunsolus (Cha), and Kivett (Orl), who somehow snuck up there with his avg this week
OF: Fisher (Har), Heineman (Bre), Marconcini (Orl), Stewart (YD), Luplow (Orl), Fish (Orl)
P: Bummer (Har)*, Szkutnik (Orl), Shepherd (Har), Kamplain (Bre), Poyner (Orl), Schiraldi (Cha), Savas (YD), Troupe (Orl), Hunter (YD), and I’ll keep Fedde (YD) in the wings in case the promise of him coming back from Team USA earns him a spot in absentia (he has the innings and as long as he stays active on the roster, he’ll be eligible).
*potential starting pitcher
Barbosa (Har) was another guaranteed outfield pick in my mind, until he signed with Seattle on Thursday.
All that said, these predictions are total conjecture, and if I bat .300 I will be pretty excited. For the record, the reason I didn’t place these in order of who would be picked in what order is the coaches won’t do it that way tomorrow.