July 23, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Rising junior outfielder A.J. Pollock (Hebron, Conn.) was recognized as a member of the Rivals.com Cape Cod Elite 11 squad on Wednesday. Pollock, who was listed at No. 10, was one of six non-pitchers and only two outfielders on the squad.
Pollock, who will start in the outfield in Saturday's Under Armour-Cape Cod Baseball All-Star Game, currently leads the league with a .391 batting average and is tied for the lead in doubles (11). He also ranks among the Cape's top five in hits (45, 3rd), on-base percentage (.474, 2nd), slugging percentage (.557, 3rd), extra-base hits (14, 3rd) and runs scored (29, 2nd). He has helped the Commodores to a 16-15 record at the break, just three points out of the Western Division lead (Hyannis, 36 points).
Rivals.com said of Pollock...
Pollock finished the 2008 season hitting .352 with four homers and 42 RBIs for the Fighting Irish. He has translated a good spring to even more success this summer. Pollock was recently selected to play in the All-Star Game for his production with the Falmouth Commodores. Pollock is hitting .391 a pair of homers and 18 RBIs. He's also slugging .555 and has a .477 on-base percentage. He has also recorded 10 doubles, one triple and 61 total bases. Though many players are having great summers, few have accomplished more than Pollock.
CAPE COD LEAGUE: JULY'S ELITE 11
1. RHP BRYCE STOWELL, UC IRVINE
The latest: After having a productive sophomore campaign for UC Irvine, Stowell was selected in the 22nd Round of the MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians. Though it seemed at the beginning of the summer that Stowell would return to school, plans might be changing for the right-hander. Stowell is having a sensational summer for the Bourne Braves. He has made six appearances this summer and has a 1.14 ERA in 31 2/3 innings. He has also struck out 40 and walked 5. Though Stowell hasn't announced he's returning to Irvine, the Indians would have to go well above slot money to sign the junior from La Habra, Calif.
2. SS GRANT GREEN, USC
The latest: One of the nation's top returning players for the 2009 season, Green continues to improve his stock at the Cape Cod League. Through 32 games with the Chatham A's, Green is hitting .392 with five homers and 17 RBIs. He's also slugging .608 and has a .483 on-base percentage. He has also recorded 10 doubles, a triple and 76 total bases. While the Trojans had a disappointing 2008 campaign, Green hopes to put them over the hump in 2009. The junior certainly is making a good impression at the Cape this summer.
3. OF MARC KRAUSS, OHIO UNIVERSITY
The latest: Despite hitting .332 with 10 homers and 54 RBIs for the Bobcats last season, Krauss entered the summer as a virtual unknown to many observers. That certainly has changed the past few weeks. The Ohio junior outfielder is having an outstanding summer for the Bourne Braves. Krauss is hitting .407 with three homers and 28 RBIs. He's also slugging .593 and has a .518 on-base percentage. He has also recorded five doubles, a triple and 51 total bases. Krauss definitely is having a summer to remember.
4. RHP BRANDON WORKMAN, TEXAS
The latest: We knew what Workman was about before he ever stepped foot on the University of Texas campus. While the talented right-hander failed to impress in his first season with the Longhorns, he's well on his way to changing that perception this summer. Workman is having a great summer on the mound for the Wareham Gatemen. The righty has appeared in seven games and has a 3-2 record and a 2.12 ERA in 46 2/3 innings of work. He has also struck out 58 and walked 11. Workman has also thrown a complete game. Though it's still early, we wouldn't be surprised to see Workman consistently in Texas' 2009 weekend rotation.
5. RHP ANDREW CARRAWAY, VIRGINIA
The latest: After going through the MLB Draft undrafted, Carraway has done a terrific job at the Cape Cod League this summer. Carraway is playing for the Hyannis Mets, where he's 3-2 with a 1.32 ERA in 34 innings of work. He has also struck out 42 and walked 9 in six appearances. With the return of Carraway, and possibly right-handed pitcher Jacob Thompson, the Virginia pitching staff could be in outstanding shape entering fall workouts. After having a 4.06 ERA in 2008 for the Cavaliers, Carraway has to be pleased with his summer performance thus far.
6. 3B CHRIS DOMINGUEZ, LOUISVILLE
The latest: After finishing the 2007 season with a less than stellar batting average, Dominguez entered 2008 hoping to improve his average. The third baseman accomplished that goal with the Cardinals, and has also turned in an impressive summer at the Cape Cod League. Though his batting average has recently dipped, Dominguez is having a productive summer. The sophomore is hitting .266 with eight homers and 23 RBIs for the Hyannis Mets. He's also slugging .548 and has a .311 on-base percentage. Drafted by Colorado in the fifth round of the MLB Draft, Dominguez has the option to turn pro. However, sources tell me that Dominguez could become a first or second rounder by returning to college.
7. 2B JIMMY CESARIO, HOUSTON
The latest: I'll be honest, it amazes me that Cesario was selected in the 46th Round of the MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies. Had anyone seen Cesario the last few weeks of the season, you'd certainly think he'd get drafted higher than that. As it stands, Cesario appears to be leaning toward returning to Houston for his senior season. Cesario is having an exceptional summer at the Cape Cod League. He's hitting .376 with a home run and 27 RBIs. Cesario is also slugging .40 and has a .428 on-base percentage. With how well he's performing this summer, getting Cesario back on campus would be a huge development for the Cougars.
8. LHP DALLAS KEUCHEL, ARKANSAS
The latest: As a sophomore this past season, Keuchel had a less than stellar campaign on the mound for the Razorbacks. However, the left-hander is making up for that this summer. Keuchel has had a great summer for the Wareham Gatemen. The lefty is 1-1 with a 1.60 ERA in 45 innings of work. He has also struck out 30 and walked 9, while throwing one complete game in seven appearances. With the Razorbacks hoping to take a step forward in 2009, Keuchel could be the key to success.
9. RHP NICK MCCULLY, COASTAL CAROLINA
The latest: After having a successful sophomore campaign for the Chanticleers, McCully has translated that into a productive summer for the Bourne Braves. McCully has been a force on the mound, and is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 30 innings of work. He has also struck out 31 and walked 5 in six appearances. McCully was also selected to play in the Cape Cod All-Star Game. While the Chants reached the Super Regional round in 2008, McCully has the ability to take Coastal a step further in 2009.
10. OF A.J. Pollock, NOTRE DAME
The latest: Pollock finished the 2008 season hitting .352 with four homers and 42 RBIs for the Fighting Irish. He has translated a good spring to even more success this summer. Pollock was recently selected to play in the All-Star Game for his production with the Falmouth Commodores. Pollock is hitting .391 a pair of homers and 18 RBIs. He's also slugging .555 and has a .477 on-base percentage. He has also recorded 10 doubles, one triple and 61 total bases. Though many players are having great summers, few have accomplished more than Pollock.
11. 1B RICH POYTHRESS, GEORGIA
The latest: Poythress is remembered most by his impressive play in the College World Series, but the Georgia first baseman is primed for an even better offensive campaign in 2009. Poythress is having a great summer with the Orleans Cardinals. He is hitting .345 with eight RBIs. But most impressive, the first baseman has a .500 on-base percentage. Recently selected to the Cape Cod All-Star Game, Poythress obviously has translated a successful spring into more production this summer. The Bulldogs will be glad to have him back in 2009.