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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Cape League update from Gammons

This from Peter Gammons' column today on espn.com:
It's a strong summer in the Cape Cod League for pitching, led by 6-foot-7 North Carolina freshman LHP Andew Miller of Chatham. Not only does he throw 91-96 mph now, but he hasn't begun to fill out. If he is healthy, he could be a top-three pick in '06. Rob Ray, a power reliever from Texas A&M pitching for Wareham, at one point fanned 22 of 24 batters he faced. Three other names of note: Matt Goyen, a left-hander with a good curveball and feel from West Georgia (27th round pick by Tampa Bay), has been lights out for Brewster; ditto Vanderbilt LHP Ryan Mullins (Chatham), Oregon State RHP Dallas Buck (Falmouth), Baylor RHP Mark McCormick (Wareham) and Virginia RHP Matt Avery (Brewster). The Red Sox signed Chatham's and Central Florida's Kyle Bono, an eighth-round pick who hadn't allowed a run and had a 22/2 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings. The Red Sox didn't have a first-round pick and are trying to fill their organization by signing lower picks with higher value: Bono, South Carolina 3B-1B Steve Pearce (10th round), Georgia LHP Mike Rozier (13th) and Harvard infielder Zak Farkas. The latter was a draft-eligible sophomore with two years remaining at Harvard, but grew up a diehard Red Sox fan on Beacon Street a half-mile from Fenway and can sign and report after classes end in May.
Can't wait to see one, maybe two or three games down on the Cape the first week in August!