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2016 MLB Draft Prospects: 2015 Cape Cod League Week Three

How are future MLB draft prospects doing a third of the way through the Cape Cod season?

Donnie Walton
Donnie Walton

The Cape Cod League recently completed it's third week of play. Here are where the standings currently sit:

Team W L T W% Runs Scored Runs Allowed Differential
East Division
Orleans Firebirds 16 6 0 .727 93 46 47
Chatham Anglers 12 11 0 .522 75 81 -6
Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox 11 12 0 .478 90 88 2
Harwich Mariners 10 11 1 .455 79 96 -17
Brewster Whitecaps 10 11 0 .476 84 85 -1
West Division
Hyannis Harbor Hawks 14 9 0 .609 88 68 20
Wareham Gatemen 11 10 1 .500 88 75 13
Bourne Braves 10 10 2 .455 72 69 3
Falmouth Commodores 8 14 0 .364 53 95 -42
Cotuit Kettleers 7 15 0 .318 68 95 -27

The Orleans Firebirds continue to be the class of the Cape Cod League this summer, with the highest winning percentage and the best run differential - an easy feat when you both score the most runs and allow the fewest runs. Their 47 run differential is over twice that of the next-best team, the West Division-leading Hyannis Harbor Hawks.

Let's also check in on the top contributors for each team. And just for you all, this includes OPS+ and ERA+, a minorleagueball.com exclusive resource.

Team Player Team P AB AVG OBP SLG OPS OPS+ RC
Bourne Braves Boldt, R BOU CF 88 .273 .343 .341 .684 110 10.4
Robson, J BOU CF 41 .366 .447 .537 .984 158 9.8
Solak, N BOU 2B 55 .309 .418 .400 .818 132 9.1
Player Team G IP ERA ERA+ WHIP K/9 K/BB ERC
Smoyer, R BOU 4 20.1 1.77 170 1.13 1.3 0.5 2.39
Rogers, J BOU 3 14.2 2.46 122 1.09 8.6 2.8 2.45
Baker, B BOU 6 13.1 1.35 223 0.83 9.5 4.7 1.10
Jensen-Clagg, N BOU 3 12.2 2.13 141 1.18 14.2 2.2 2.35
Pittore, G BOU 7 10.1 0.00 Inf 0.97 11.3 2.2 1.41
Ravel, A BOU 2 9.2 0.93 324 1.14 7.4 8.0 3.14
Team Player Team P AB AVG OBP SLG OPS OPS+ RC
Brewster Whitecaps Senzel, N BRE 2B 76 .316 .381 .513 .894 144 14.3
Tenerowicz, R BRE 2B 47 .277 .357 .489 .846 136 8.2
Lyman, C BRE CF 50 .360 .389 .420 .809 130 8.1
Player Team G IP ERA ERA+ WHIP K/9 K/BB ERC
Ryan, Z BRE 6 16.0 1.69 178 1.19 8.4 3.0 3.49
Jenkins, J BRE 3 16.0 1.69 178 1.19 6.8 1.5 2.70
Highberger, N BRE 8 13.0 0.00 Inf 1.38 4.8 1.2 3.83
Butler, H BRE 5 12.1 2.19 137 1.05 9.5 2.6 2.55
Hackimer, T BRE 9 10.0 0.90 334 1.40 11.7 4.3 3.99
Team Player Team P AB AVG OBP SLG OPS OPS+ RC
Chatham Anglers Brooks, T CHA OF 67 .269 .390 .299 .689 111 7.6
Short, Z CHA SS 68 .191 .295 .368 .663 107 7.1
Persico, L CHA OF 51 .255 .296 .451 .747 120 6.8
Player Team G IP ERA ERA+ WHIP K/9 K/BB ERC
Dunshee, P CHA 4 22.1 2.82 107 0.76 7.7 9.5 1.22
Zeuch, T CHA 4 20.2 1.31 230 1.21 7.4 3.4 2.86
Gallen, Z CHA 3 15.0 0.00 Inf 0.93 13.8 3.8 1.34
Miller, B CHA 6 11.2 3.09 97 0.77 11.6 15.0 1.28
Adams, J CHA 2 11.0 0.82 367 1.18 6.5 4.0 3.76
Team Player Team P AB AVG OBP SLG OPS OPS+ RC
Cotuit Kettleers Paez, M COT SS 58 .328 .494 .414 .908 146 11.4
Klein, J COT CF 50 .340 .375 .420 .795 128 7.9
Stephens, B COT OF 51 .294 .368 .412 .780 125 7.3
Player Team G IP ERA ERA+ WHIP K/9 K/BB ERC
Woodcock, J COT 4 20.1 1.33 226 0.69 8.0 9.0 1.34
King, J COT 4 19.1 2.33 129 1.40 7.9 4.3 4.00
Brown, D COT 5 19.0 2.37 127 1.37 6.6 1.6 3.33
Milburn, M COT 3 15.0 1.80 167 0.73 8.4 Inf 1.86
Team Player Team P AB AVG OBP SLG OPS OPS+ RC
Falmouth Commodores Quinn, H FAL RF 60 .300 .368 .383 .751 121 7.9
Gray, T FAL SS 44 .295 .373 .364 .737 118 6.1
Yacyk, A FAL 1B 26 .269 .321 .500 .821 132 4.2
Player Team G IP ERA ERA+ WHIP K/9 K/BB ERC
Tribby, A FAL 5 23.0 1.57 192 1.17 4.7 1.3 2.33
Villines, S FAL 8 12.0 2.25 134 0.92 6.8 9.0 1.50
Frankenreider, A FAL 8 11.2 0.00 Inf 0.60 13.1 3.4 0.44
Team Player Team P AB AVG OBP SLG OPS OPS+ RC
Harwich Mariners Biggio, C HAR 2B 53 .321 .486 .415 .901 145 10.7
Pate, A HAR CF 63 .302 .371 .413 .784 126 9.7
Walker, N HAR OF 67 .224 .372 .328 .700 113 8.0
Player Team G IP ERA ERA+ WHIP K/9 K/BB ERC
Bramblett, G HAR 3 17.0 1.06 284 1.18 6.9 2.6 3.13
Williams, H HAR 4 15.1 1.76 171 1.24 9.4 4.0 2.97
Ravert, J HAR 4 12.2 2.13 141 1.11 7.8 1.8 1.98
Durruthy, W HAR 6 12.0 0.75 401 0.83 6.0 2.7 1.52
Team Player Team P AB AVG OBP SLG OPS OPS+ RC
Hyannis Harbor Hawks Noll, J HYA 2B 72 .347 .373 .472 .845 136 12.7
Robinson, E HYA SS 70 .300 .359 .400 .759 122 10.2
Tiberi, B HYA 3B 46 .435 .500 .457 .957 154 10.1
Player Team G IP ERA ERA+ WHIP K/9 K/BB ERC
DeVries, J HYA 5 28.0 0.32 941 1.42 7.1 9.0 4.30
Smeltzer, D HYA 4 26.2 2.36 128 1.05 6.4 9.5 2.23
Hudson, D HYA 6 23.1 1.93 156 0.73 6.9 6.0 1.40
Tatum, V HYA 3 15.0 1.80 167 1.20 7.2 2.0 3.52
Civale, A HYA 6 13.1 0.68 443 0.83 8.8 3.3 1.14
Skinner, M HYA 8 13.1 2.03 148 1.28 8.8 2.6 3.14
Team Player Team P AB AVG OBP SLG OPS OPS+ RC
Orleans Firebirds Lewis, K ORL OF 65 .338 .380 .662 1.042 168 16.6
Dalbec, B ORL 3B 29 .310 .412 .724 1.136 183 8.3
Call, A ORL OF 44 .318 .380 .432 .812 131 7.1
Brigman, B ORL SS 26 .385 .414 .577 .991 159 6.1
Player Team G IP ERA ERA+ WHIP K/9 K/BB ERC
Jordan, M ORL 5 27.0 0.00 Inf 0.52 10.3 6.2 0.17
Lauer, E ORL 4 20.0 1.80 167 1.00 9.9 2.0 1.81
Cedotal, K ORL 4 16.0 1.13 266 0.69 8.4 5.0 0.77
Scheetz, K ORL 10 12.2 1.42 212 0.47 9.2 3.3 -0.07
Ryan, J ORL 5 8.0 1.13 266 0.88 13.5 4.0 0.86
Team Player Team P AB AVG OBP SLG OPS OPS+ RC
Wareham Gatemen MacKinnon, D WAR 1B 66 .318 .375 .364 .739 119 8.8
Calica, A WAR CF 28 .464 .531 .571 1.102 177 8.3
Player Team G IP ERA ERA+ WHIP K/9 K/BB ERC
Hill, E WAR 4 17.1 1.04 289 0.87 5.2 1.7 1.68
Clark, B WAR 3 16.0 0.56 538 0.94 6.2 2.2 1.73
Houston, Z WAR 4 14.0 1.93 156 0.79 11.6 4.5 1.85
Hamilton, I WAR 6 13.2 1.32 228 1.17 5.9 1.8 2.11
Spitzbarth, S WAR 8 12.0 0.75 401 1.17 9.8 2.6 2.67
Fox, B WAR 2 9.2 0.93 324 1.03 6.5 2.3 1.95
Jefferies, D WAR 2 8.0 1.13 266 0.75 9.0 8.0 0.82
Dyer, G WAR 3 8.0 2.25 134 0.75 7.9 7.0 1.84
Team Player Team P AB AVG OBP SLG OPS OPS+ RC
Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox Billingsley, C YD CF 89 .270 .340 .382 .722 116 11.2
Walton, D YD SS 81 .321 .352 .383 .735 118 10.9
Edman, T YD SS 67 .299 .373 .418 .791 127 10.0
Player Team G IP ERA ERA+ WHIP K/9 K/BB ERC
Thomas, R YD 4 24.2 0.73 412 0.77 8.4 3.8 1.25
Bieber, S YD 3 18.2 1.93 156 0.91 6.8 7.0 2.43
Bell, E YD 6 8.0 1.13 266 1.63 10.1 4.5 7.07

In week two, the Harbor Hawks' Devin Smeltzer was named the Pitcher of the Week, thanks to no-hitting the Harwich Mariners. On the season, the 6'3", 175 pound lefty has a 2.36 ERA and 128 ERA+ over 26.2 innings, with a 1.05 WHIP, a 6.4 K/9, and an impressive 9.5 K/BB ratio. That K/BB ratio is the highest among any Cape Code pitcher with at least 12 innings pitched.

Smeltzer was drafted in the 33rd round by the San Diego Padres last year, but chose to attend college at Florida Gulf Coast University. He finished with a 6.97 ERA in fifteen games and eight starts totaling 41.1 innings. He gave up way too many hits - 13.7 H/9 - thanks to a .354 BAA, but he also had a very solid 3.1 K/BB ratio. The herky-jerky delivery from the port side draws Chris Sale comparisons, so of course he decided to attend Sale's alma mater.

Smeltzer currently sits in the 89-91 mph range, with a sweeping slider. He will always be tough on lefties thanks to the mechanical funk and throwing across his body. The larger questions that remain are how will he progress against right-handed hitters, and if he can maintain a starters workload. Again, similar to the questions about Sale in college. But if anyone doubts his mental fortitude, Smeltzer is a survivor of cancer that attacked him as a nine year old boy. He has two years to solidify his draft stock, but the early returns in his first Cape Cod summer are promising.

The week two Player of the Week was Donnie Walton, the middle infielder for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. The Oklahoma State Junior was just drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 23rd round. However, he is seen as a tough sign, given his father Rob is the pitching coach for Oklahoma State. He's hit a solid .306/.396/.407 over his three year college career, including a robust .326/.410/.481 line in 2015.

So far in the Cape, he's hitting .321/.352/.383 over 81 PA, good for a 118 OPS+ and 10.9 runs created. He's actually only the second-best hitter on the YD Red Sox, behind fellow middle infielder Tommy Edman, a Stanford SS who's hit .299/.373/.418 with a 127 OPS+ to date. Walton is a scrappy player who profiles best as an utility guy in pro ball, but sometimes those guys break out. Look at San Francisco Giants third baseman Matt Duffy, for example. He will likely go as a cheap senior sign in the top ten rounds next June, assuming he doesn't sign with the Brewers.

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