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2015 Cape Cod League Summary: Hitters

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Who were the best performers at the plate in the 2015 Cape Cod League?

Bobby Dalbec
Bobby Dalbec

Hey everyone, sorry for the absence. I wanted to do two articles reflecting on how some of the best performers in the Cape Cod League did this summer, now that the regular season is over. This article will focus on the hitters. I have written three smaller pieces about three of the best in this year's Cape: Bobby Dalbec, Nick Senzel, and Andrew Calica. Absent is Kyle Lewis, who I still love, and was written about earlier in the summer. Below the write ups, you can find a table of the final stats for those with at least 50 AB, a 100 OPS+, and 10 RC/100 AB.

In the next few days, I will have a post reviewing the pitchers. After that, I will begin working on my first ranking of the draft talent for next June. I will probably go about fifty deep. So keep an eye out for that.

Bobby Dalbec: Dalbec was one of the top power bats in college ball this past season as a sophomore at the University of Arizona. He hit .319/.410/.601 with 15 home runs, 32 walks and 60 strikeouts in 213 at bats. Dalbec is a 6'4", 220 pound right handed hitter who went undrafted out of Legend HS in Colorado. He was ranked the 33rd-best 2016 draft prospect by Perfect Game last December, and 14th by Kiley McDaniel in April.

As a righty power bat with questions about his contact ability in the pro game, and an outside shot at playing third base with a likely move to first or the corners of the outfield, Dalbec reminds me quite a bit of D.J. Peterson. Interestingly, Kiley put the same comp on him. He stays loose at the plate, and his quick swing has no red flags for me personally.

This summer, he was arguably the best hitter in the Cape Cod League, putting up a .315/.432/.728 batting line while pacing the league with 12 home runs (four more than second place), a .413 ISO (.170 more than second place), 29.5 RC/100 AB (6.4 RC ahead of second place), and a 179 OPS+ (29 points ahead of second place). All while ranking 72nd in at bats. Right now, he is a first round draft pick next June just based on his bat. If he grows any more as a hitter, he could push into the top 10-15 overall picks.

Nick Senzel: Senzel was undrafted out of Farragut HS in Tennesee, but has done quite well at the University of Tennessee. Playing mostly second base, the 6'1", 205 pound right handed hitter has shown a knack for bat to ball skills, leading to a .320 BA over his first two seasons. He also shows decent speed, leading to 21 stolen bases in 27 attempts. And a nice eye that has led to a 53/61 BB/K ratio over 381 AB (about 445 PA).

He hasn't yet been ranked by Perfect Game or Kiley McDaniel, although that will likely change due to his performance in the Cape this summer, playing mostly third base. He hit .364/.418/.558, with a 150 OPS+, 35.5 RC, 23.1 RC/100 AB, and 14 stolen bases in 19 attempts. Senzel's swing can get a bit handsy in games, but if he starts using his legs more there should be an increase in in-game power. He could go in the first round most years, but with next year's stocked draft class, he may slip into the second or even third round. A strong spring could force him up the draft boards, though.

Either way, he's the type of player that could end up being a steal for whichever team grabs him.

Andrew Calica: Calica is a redshirt junior with UC Santa Barbara. He was drafted in the 17th round out of Eastlake HS in California by the Cleveland Indians. The 6'1, 180 pound outfielder has never shown much power, but he has good bat-to-ball abilities (.310 BA in about 458 PA) above-average speed (25 stolen bases), and a nice batting eye (43 BB/61 K). Defensively, he should be able to stick in center field. He hasn't been ranked recently by any of the big draft sites, although Perfect Game saw him as a top 200 draft prospect for 2015 when he was entering his freshman season.

This year in the Cape, he crushed the competition for the batting title, as his .425 BA was 61 points higher than Senzel, taking home the Thurman Munson Batting Champion Award. Overall, he hit .425/.480/.469 with a 146 OPS+, 24.5 RC, and 21.7 RC/100 AB. He still didn't show any power, however. His draft status next year will depend on whether he shows any growth in the power department. If he doesn't, he could still go in rounds 5-10 as a leadoff type. Personally, I love guys who walk and steal bases, and will always root for guys like Calica.

Player Team P AB AVG OBP SLG OPS OPS+ BB/K RC RC/100AB
Calica, A WAR OF 113 .425 .480 .469 .949 146 0.47 24.5 21.7
Senzel, N BRE 2B 154 .364 .418 .558 .976 150 0.38 35.5 23.1
Reynolds, B ORL OF 81 .346 .470 .395 .865 133 1.21 14.7 18.1
Bird, C HYA CF 93 .344 .440 .355 .795 122 1.63 14.0 15.1
Matijevic, J FAL 1B 144 .333 .353 .479 .832 128 0.20 24.5 17.0
Brigman, B ORL SS 51 .333 .400 .431 .831 128 1.50 8.9 17.4
Solak, N BOU 2B 140 .329 .438 .393 .831 128 1.14 23.5 16.8
Noll, J HYA 2B 135 .326 .366 .452 .818 126 0.37 21.9 16.2
Cieri, N WAR C 91 .319 .382 .330 .712 110 0.26 10.6 11.7
Edman, T YD SS 148 .318 .382 .405 .787 121 0.72 22.4 15.1
Robson, J BOU CF 85 .318 .437 .518 .955 147 0.75 19.2 22.6
Quinn, H FAL RF 142 .317 .384 .486 .870 134 0.32 25.3 17.8
Dalbec, B ORL 3B 92 .315 .432 .728 1.160 179 0.30 27.2 29.5
Tiberi, B HYA 3B 127 .315 .364 .362 .726 112 1.00 16.6 13.1
Robinson, E HYA SS 141 .312 .376 .397 .773 119 0.54 20.7 14.7
Robertson, K WAR 2B 87 .310 .406 .333 .739 114 0.91 11.1 12.7
Warren, C WAR CF 105 .305 .392 .343 .735 113 0.87 13.7 13.1
Call, A ORL OF 99 .303 .377 .354 .731 113 0.65 13.0 13.2
Fraley, J CHA OF 63 .302 .389 .349 .738 114 1.00 8.4 13.3
Hays, A HYA OF 156 .301 .341 .397 .738 114 0.37 21.3 13.6
Lyman, C BRE OF 133 .301 .333 .338 .671 103 0.20 14.7 11.0
Lewis, K ORL OF 150 .300 .344 .500 .844 130 0.38 26.1 17.4
Meggs, J BRE OF 107 .299 .339 .346 .685 106 0.50 12.4 11.6
Paez, M COT SS 129 .295 .417 .372 .789 122 1.17 18.9 14.6
Billingsley, C YD CF 174 .293 .354 .397 .751 116 0.56 24.1 13.8
Stephens, B COT OF 120 .292 .393 .358 .751 116 0.73 16.1 13.4
MacKinnon, D WAR 1B 130 .292 .338 .323 .661 102 0.55 13.6 10.5
Hampson, G CHA SS 79 .291 .356 .329 .685 106 0.50 9.3 11.7
Brusa, G YD OF 124 .290 .336 .532 .868 134 0.22 22.0 17.7
Gaa, S COT 3B 121 .289 .341 .314 .655 101 0.29 12.5 10.3
Walton, D YD SS 157 .287 .345 .344 .689 106 0.42 18.4 11.7
Karaviotis, M WAR SS 95 .284 .343 .326 .669 103 0.44 10.3 10.9
Handley, T BRE OF 120 .283 .405 .392 .797 123 0.92 18.7 15.6
Tenerowicz, R BRE 2B 110 .282 .377 .409 .786 121 0.55 16.8 15.3
Julks, C BOU OF 165 .279 .350 .376 .726 112 0.44 21.5 13.0
Escarra, J BRE C 101 .277 .388 .376 .764 118 0.90 14.7 14.5
Brown, C BRE C 112 .277 .336 .393 .729 112 0.29 14.1 12.5
Pate, A HAR CF 146 .274 .373 .342 .715 110 0.58 18.6 12.8
Rogers, J HYA C 73 .274 .300 .425 .725 112 0.33 9.7 13.2
Boldt, R BOU CF 165 .273 .341 .339 .680 105 0.57 19.1 11.6
Wrenn, S YD CF 139 .273 .322 .424 .746 115 0.22 18.2 13.1
Gray, T FAL SS 101 .267 .336 .327 .663 102 0.31 11.0 10.9
Humphreys, R BOU IF 132 .265 .372 .402 .774 119 0.64 19.4 14.7
Biggio, C HAR 2B 114 .263 .425 .316 .741 114 0.86 15.1 13.3
Skoug, E FAL C 97 .258 .301 .351 .652 100 0.21 10.0 10.3
Shelby, J HYA 2B 86 .256 .319 .360 .679 105 0.33 9.7 11.2
Kendall, J COT CF 79 .253 .330 .392 .722 111 0.30 10.0 12.6
Chatham, C BOU SS 75 .253 .296 .413 .709 109 0.24 9.0 12.0
Donadio, M YD OF 115 .252 .344 .313 .657 101 0.50 11.6 10.1
Dawson, R ORL OF 115 .243 .333 .383 .716 110 0.44 14.3 12.5
Persico, L CHA OF 115 .243 .302 .357 .659 102 0.36 12.5 10.8
Craig, W CHA 3B 132 .242 .366 .318 .684 105 0.66 14.9 11.3
Palmeiro, P HAR 1B 133 .241 .313 .346 .659 102 0.26 14.0 10.5
Czinege, T CHA IF 84 .238 .326 .321 .647 100 0.37 8.8 10.5
Haynie, W COT C 115 .235 .318 .478 .796 123 0.27 16.9 14.7
Fernandez, V BOU CF 51 .235 .286 .392 .678 104 0.27 5.8 11.4
Knizner, A WAR C 112 .232 .353 .313 .666 103 0.83 11.3 10.1
Gonzalez, M HAR IF 99 .232 .276 .384 .660 102 0.16 10.5 10.6
Peurifoy, R BRE RF 92 .228 .349 .315 .664 102 0.67 9.9 10.8
Murphy, S ORL C 93 .226 .314 .366 .680 105 0.35 9.8 10.5
Neuse, S HAR SS 136 .221 .283 .375 .658 101 0.34 14.7 10.8
Berry, B COT 1B 105 .219 .311 .390 .701 108 0.46 12.0 11.4
Justus, C HAR IF 124 .210 .308 .379 .687 106 0.39 13.9 11.2
Abreu, W ORL CF 64 .203 .307 .359 .666 103 0.39 6.9 10.8