Jesse Adams, Chatham Anglers (Cape Cod Baseball League)
The Anglers are using a multi-man rotation, giving Adams one start roughly every 10 days. On June 29th, which feels like forever ago, he went five innings, allowing one run on seven hits in a 9-2 win in Wareham. He struck out five and walked none, facing five over the minimum. In going five innings, he picked up his first decision. He is now 1-0 with a 0.81 ERA in 11 innings thrown, having struck out eight and walked only two in two appearances.
Johnny Adams, Harwich Mariners (Cape Cod Baseball League)
Adams exploded earlier this week, going 2-for-4 in a 5-3 loss to Yarmouth-Dennis, while drawing a walk and recording a steal with a run scored. It came a handful of days after a three-hit performance in a 3-2 loss to Falmouth, where he recorded a double and a run scored. Both days are keeping him right around the .250 batting average mark, and he's fast becoming the type of player nobody can sleep on.
Adams is fourth on the team in batting average, tied for the team lead in homers, fourth in RBI, and second in runs scored. Although the team itself is struggling offensively (they rank ninth out of 10 in offense), it's not because of the local product endearing himself to fans at Whitehouse Field.
Jake Alu, Wachusett Dirt Dawgs (Futures Collegiate Baseball League)
After watching his average fall to .100, the incoming freshman hit his way out of his slump in a big way. He went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk in a 5-4 loss to Torrington. It upped his average to .231, and it upped his on base percentage from .182 to .333. His OPS doubled, going from .282 to .564.
Scott Braren, St. Joseph Mustangs (MINK Collegiate Baseball League)
Braren is very quietly putting together a good season out in the Midwest. Having put together a couple hitting streaks, he's hitting at a .279 clip, having most recently gone 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, and a stolen base in a 3-2 victory over the Clarinda A's. On the season, he's registered eight extra base hits, including two triples and two homers, and has 12 RBI. More impressive is his patience at the plate; he's recorded 21 walks to just 13 strikeouts.
Donovan Casey, Martha's Vineyard Sharks (Futures Collegiate Baseball League)
Casey is on fire this summer at both the dish and on the hill. He pitched over two innings in picking up his second victory of the season on the bump in an 11-5 victory over the Worcester Bravehearts, going 2-for-6 with two RBI and a run scored at the dish. On the season, he's 2-0 on the hill in three appearances with a 1.08 ERA, having struck out 10 guys while walking only one. He's completed just over eight innings of work.
At the plate, he's hitting .315 with three homers and eight doubles. His 27 RBI are among the league leaders and tops on the team.
Justin Dunn, Cotuit Kettleers (Cape Cod Baseball League)
Although Dunn is 0-3 this summer, he settled into a closer's role with Cotuit that will have scouts keeping an eye on him this year as he becomes draft eligible. He has four saves on the year with a 2.45 ERA, giving up a run in his most recent outing, a 2-1 walkoff win for the Brewster Whitecaps on the 15th. That came on the heels of six straight outings without a run scored, during which he recorded his saves.
On the season, he's thrown 14.2 innings with 12 strikeouts to just three walks.
Gabriel Hernandez, Staten Island Tide (Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League)
Eight games into his summer, Hernandez is showing why he's one of the more dynamic Eagles on the roster. In eight games just over the bridge from his native Brooklyn, he's hitting .423 with 11 hits in 26 at-bats, eight runs scored, three doubles, and seven RBI. He opened up his summer on a tear, going 9-for-11 with seven RBI before settling down, but he registered at least a hit or a run scored in every game except for one - his last appearance, a 2-0 loss to the New Jersey Eagles, yielded an 0-for-4 game with a Golden Sombrero.
Mike King, Hyannis Harbor Hawks (Cape Cod Baseball League)
King pitched the metropolitan franchise to a 3-1 victory in his most recent outing, a 3-1 victory over Wareham. In that game, he scattered eight hits over five innings, getting out of his jams with only one run allowed, striking out four, and only walking one. On the season, he's 2-1 in five starts, throwing 22 innings with 19 strikeouts to just five walks. He averages just a little over a hit per inning and should see his name rocket up scouting boards heading into the fall. Hyannis is, at last check, 17-13 with a commanding six point lead for first place in their division.