08/22/2015 5:24 PM
Article By: John Garner Jr.
The West Division champion Hyannis Harbor Hawks led the way with seven players named to the 2015 Cape Cod Baseball League Year-End All-League Team.
Hyannis All-League performers included shortstop Errol Robinson (Mississippi), outfielders Corey Bird (Marshall) and Jacob Noll (Florida Gulf Coast), DH Austin Hays (Jacksonville) and pitchers Nick Deeg (Central Michigan), Aaron Civale (Northeastern) and Dakota Hudson (Mississippi St.).
Cape League Most Valuable Player and Top Pro Prospect Nick Senzel (Tennessee) of Brewster, who hit .364 with four homers and league-leading 33 RBIs and was named Summer League Player of the Year, is the All-League third baseman.
Batting champion Andrew Calica (UC-Santa Barbara) of Wareham, the first Cape League batter to hit better than .400 since 1990 with a .425 average, is an All-League outfielder, while Outstanding Pitcher Mitchell Jordan (Stetson) of Orleans, who was 6-0 and tied Eric Milton’s modern era record with a 0.21 ERA, was an All-League pitcher.
“After an exhaustive and in-depth analysis of every player, we’ve identified our final roster that comprises this talented all-star team,” CCBL Commissioner Paul Galop said. “The Cape League has so much talent at every position a process such as this is extremely difficult. We believe this team has been established through a fair and extraordinarily deep process involving several league officials.”
Filling out the All-League infield were first baseman J.J. Matijevic (Arizona) and second baseman Nick Solak (Louisville) of Bourne. Utility infielders included Tommy Edman (Stanford) of the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox and Michael Paez (Coastal Carolina) of Cotuit.
Joining Calica, Bird and Noll in the All-League outfield are Toby Handley (Stony Brook) of Brewster, Kyle Lewis (Mercer) of Orleans, and Heath Quinn (Samford) of Falmouth. Utility outfielders are Bobby Dalbec (Arizona) of Orleans and Adam Pate (North Carolina) of Harwich.
The other DH is Gio Brusa (Pacific) of Y-D while catchers are Cassidy Brown (Loyola Marymount) and Will Haynie (Alabama) of Cotuit.
Rounding out the All-League pitching staff are Evan Hill (Michigan) of Wareham, Eric Lauer (Kent State) of Orleans, Ricky Thomas (Fresno St.) of Y-D, who was a perfect 7-0 with a 1.02 ERA, Jon Woodcock (Virginia Tech) of Cotuit, big southpaw Ben Bowden (Vanderbilt) of Y-D, flame-throwing Ian Hamilton (Washington St.) of Wareham and Brandon Miller (Millersville) of Chatham.
The bullpen consisted of closers Austin Conway (Indiana St.) of Bourne and Thomas Hackimer (St. John’s) of Brewster.
“Congratulations to all members of this Cape Cod Baseball League Year-End All-Star Team,” Galop said. “They all have earned and deserved this recognition.”
More than 1,100 Cape League alumni have gone on to perform in the major leagues, including a record 276 in 2014. The CCBL again led all collegiate summer leagues with more than 200 players drafted overall, including 14 in the first round during the 2015 Major League Baseball Player Draft.