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MLB Draft - Day 2 - 58 CCBL Alums Drafted

06/12/2020 5:04 AM

Article By: Taylor Viles

Opening night of the MLB draft on Wednesday was successful for the CCBL as 35% of the players drafted had suited up for the league.  Rounds 2-5 proved to be no different the following night as 58 former Cape League players heard their names called.  

Falmouth fans didn’t have to wait long on night two of the draft to hear a familiar name from the 2019 summer season.  Former Commodores outfielder Zach DeLoach was taken six picks into the second round and 43rd overall by the Seattle Mariners.  DeLoach benefited greatly from his Cape League experience as he only hit .261 will 11 home runs over three years with Texas A&M, but once he picked up the wooden bat on Cape Cod he worked with his approach and the change was noticeable.  DeLoach won the Cape League batting title last season hitting .353 with five home runs while helping the ‘Dores to the Western Division championship series against the Cotuit Kettleers.

The Kettleers were the next team to be represented in round two as Casey Schmitt was picked 49th overall by the San Fransisco Giants.  Schmitt was drafted as a third baseman but played on the mound as well on the Cape registering 26 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched.  He also managed five home runs in the regular season and three in the postseason, two of which came in Cotuit’s championship-clinching victory over Harwich.

Former Harwich Mariner Logan Allen was taken 56th overall by the Cleveland Indians. In just three starts on the Cape, he collected two wins, racked up 24 strikeouts and allowed no earned runs.  

Then the floodgates opened up as Allen began a stretch where six of seven draftees were Cape League alumni. This included yet another member of the 2019 Cape League Champion Kettleers, Kyle Nicolas who came up big in the 2019 playoffs registering two saves and a 1.50 ERA.  

As picks continued to roll in, former Cape Leaguers’ names were all over the draft board as highlighted by the final three rounds where the league was represented by 54% of the athletes called.

Former Commodore Trei Cruz was taken by the Tigers as the first pick of round three and is well on his way to becoming a third-generation MLB’er as both his father and grandfather made it to the big leagues.  On Cape Cod, Cruz excelled, batting .307 with 22 RBI’s while also making the all-star team.

Overall, the 2020 MLB draft yet again demonstrated that the skill that comes through Cape Cod every summer is bound for the MLB as 44% of the selections made throughout the course of the entire draft are Cape League alumni.

Here is a breakdown of every Cape League alum drafted Thursday night:

Round 2-
43- Seattle Mariners: Zach DeLoach, OF, 2019 Falmouth Commodores/Texas A&M
49- San Fransisco Giants: Casey Schmitt, 3B, 2019 Cotuit Kettleers/San Diego State
56- Cleveland Indians: Logan Allen, LHP, 2019 Harwich Mariners/Florida International
57- Tampa Bay Rays: Ian Seymour, LHP, 2019 YD Red Sox/Virginia Tech
58- Oakland Athletics: Jeff Criswell, RHP, 2018 Brewster Whitecaps/Michigan
59- Minnesota Twins: Alerick Soularie, OF, 2019 Brewster Whitecaps/Tennessee

Competitive Balance Round B-
61- Miami Marlins: Kyle Nicolas, RHP, 2019 Cotuit Kettleers/Ball State
62- Detroit Tigers: Daniel Cabrera, OF, 2018 Bourne Braves/2019 Harwich Mariners/LSU

Compensation Picks-
67- San Fransisco Giants: Nick Swiney, LHP, 2019 Cotuit Kettleers/North Carolina State
68- San Fransisco Giants: Jimmy Glowenke, SS, 2019 Bourne Braves/Dallas Baptist
70- St. Louis Cardinals: Alec Burleson, OF, 2019 Bourne Braves/East Carolina

Round 3-
73- Trei Cruz: 2019 Falmouth Commodores
74- Anthony Servideo: 2019 Hyannis Harbor Hawks
75- Zach McCambley: 2019 Cotuit Kettleers
76- Tyler Gentry: 2019 Brewster Whitecaps
77- Trent Palmer: 2019 Wareham Gatemen
78- Kaden Polcovich: 2019 Chatham Anglers
79- Nick Garcia: 2019 Orleans Firebirds
80- Cole Wilcox: 2019 Orleans Firebirds
81- Sam Weatherly: 2019 Falmouth Commodores
84- Bryce Bonnin: 2018 Cotuit Kettleers
92- Zavier Warren: Bourne Braves
93- Levi Prater: 2019 Wareham Gatemen
94- Holden Powell: 2019 Cotuit Kettleers
97- Jesse Franklin: 2018/2019 Brewster Whitecaps
99- Trevor Hauver: 2018/2019 Hyannis Harbor Hawks
101- Tyler Brown: 2018 Orleans Firebirds

Round 4-
102- Gage Workman: 2018/2019 Brewster Whitecaps
104- Jake Eder: 2019 Orleans Firebirds
106- Nick Frasso: 2019 Orleans Firebirds
107- Tyler Keenan: 2019 Harwich Mariners
112- Kade Mechals: 2018 Orleans Firebirds
114- R.J. Dabovich: 2019 Chatham Anglers
118- Jeremy Wu-Yelland: 2019 Chatham Anglers
120- Matthew Dyer: YD Red Sox
121- Joey Wiemer: 2019 Harwich Mariners
122- Ian Bedell: 2019 Wareham Gatemen
123- Brady Lindsly: 2018 Hyannis Harbor Hawks
125-Tanner Murray: 2019 Orleans Firebirds
126- Spencer Strider: 2018 Falmouth Commodores
127- Dane Acker: 2019 Chatham Anglers
129- Beck Way, 2019 Cotuit Kettleers
130- Carson Taylor: YD Red Sox
131- Zach Daniels: 2019 Orleans Firebirds

Round 5-
134- Kyle Hurt: 2018 Chatham Angler
136- Zach Britton: 2019 Orleans Firebirds
137- Taylor Dollard: 2019 YD Red Sox
138- Logan Hofmann: 2019 Falmouth Commodores
140- Jack Blomgren: 2019 Wareham Gatemen
141- Adam Seminaris: 2019 Orleans Firebirds
143- Joe Boyle: 2019 Harwich Mariners
146- Baron Radcliff: 2019 Falmouth Commodores
148- Shane Drohan: 2019 Falmouth Commodores
149- Brandon Pfaadt: 2019 Wareham Gatemen
151- Hayden Cantrelle: 2018/2019 Falmouth Commodores
156- Bryce Elder: 2019 Wareham Gatemen
157- Stevie Emanuels: 2019 Brewster Whitecaps
160- Shay Whitcomb: 2019 Orleans Firebirds