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Cape Cod All-Star Preview: Players to Watch
The theme of the Cape League this year is power bats and Gregor is one of the best ones the league has to offer. Gregor, a physically strong lefty hitter, had not fully tapped into that power until this summer, and he's now putting himself in position to be a potential first round type bat come June.
Ryon Healy, 1B, Oregon
Few hitters on the Cape have done as much at the plate as Healy. At 6-foot-5, Healy is long and athletic, but it's his lightning fast bat and opposite field power that have really stood out. And, in a summer where power has ruled, Healy's batting practice displays are still must see events.
Phil Ervin, OF, Samford
Not many people knew about Ervin entering the summer, but they certainly do now. Ervin has led the league in home runs for most of the season, and has perhaps the most compact swings on the Cape. His athleticism and speed only add to his impressive array of tools.
Tom Windle, LHP, Minnesota
If power hitting bats have been the number one theme of this summer's Cape League, left-handed pitching is a close second. There are some quality southpaws to check out this summer, and Windle is near the top of that list. A strike thrower, Windle sits at 90-92 mph with his fastball, and spots his breaking ball and changeup exceptionally well. This is a college arm that has the arsenal to advance quickly as a professional.
Aaron Blair, RHP, Marshall
In terms of performance, Blair has been one of the most consistent arms on the Cape this summer. A 6-foot-5 right-hander, Blair works at 90-92 mph with his fastball. While he may not be overpowering at least yet, his command and secondary pitches have been a major strength for him all summer.
Colin Moran, 3B, North Carolina
The term pure hitter works quite fittingly with Colin Moran. He's rail thin currently, and the question remains as to just how much he'll fill out and how much power he will have, but there will be no questions about his pure hit tool. His easy, relaxed swing has impressed scouts all summer from the left side.
Brandon Trinkwon, SS, California Santa Barbara
Moran is not alone when it comes to having a smooth left-handed swing. Trinkwon's stock has been on a steady upward trajectory all summer, as he's shown a combination of exciting raw tools and outstanding polish at the plate. His ability to go to the opposite field against tough left-handed opposition has been especially impressive.
Drew Dosch, 3B, Youngstown State
This is indeed the year of the hitter on Cape Cod, and many hitters could make a claim for being the best all around bat. Dosch may have the strongest case, however. There are many similarities to the Twins' Justin Morneau, and that's just one of the aggressive comparisons scouts have made with him this summer. His power to the opposite field could make him one of the most exciting bats in the 2013 draft class.
Sean Manaea, LHP, Indiana State
There has been no brighter star on the Cape this summer than Sean Manaea. The lefty with a fastball that reaches 96 mph and hovers around 92-94 has simply blown right through his opposition this summer, and he's done it mostly on the strength of that fastball. While his changeup and breaking ball show potential, it's been that fastball that has had scouts and opposing hitters marveling at Manaea. Regardless of the velocity, no one can seem to catch up with his heater. Part of that is movement and life, and part of that also stems from his easy, methodical delivery.
Dan Slania, RHP, Notre Dame
Each summer on the Cape, there tends to be one reliever who stands out above the others. This summer, Dan Slania can stake a claim to that title. The 6-foot-5, 275 pound Slania sits at 93-95 mph with his fastball and has done an excellent job of pounding the zone with it this summer. What has really stuck out to talent evaluators, however, has been his outstanding fastball movement.
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