Cape Cod League Top Prospects: 1-20

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Another Cape Cod League season has come and gone and in its wake it leaves us with another intriguing crop of college talent to ponder for the 2017 and 2018 draft classes. Throughout this week, we will be unveiling our Cape Cod League Top 100 Prospect list with corresponding in-depth scouting reports on each player.

As is the case each year, the Cape found itself loaded with top tier draft talent. While the 2017 college draft class did not appear particularly top heavy with position players, the Cape did yield a strong amount of depth and quality in that department. We also saw a number of high upside power arms emerge or begin to show signs of tapping into their raw potential.

This crop of Cape talent was also a complicated one. A pair of arms, Peter Solomon and Colton Hock, both had moments in which they looked like they could be the Jeff Hoffman or Sean Manaea of this summer, seizing the stage and becoming the league’s number one prospect. But both introduced equal parts intrigue and doubt in the minds of scouts, as they endured enough struggle to cloud the picture at the top of teams’ follow lists. Other arms like Corbin Martin and Brady Singer rose to the occasion by showing tantalizing glimpses of tremendous, star level upside.

We also saw a late summer renaissance by that crop of hitters that coming into the summer, and in the early part of the Cape season, did not look overly promising. Players like Kevin Smith, Pavin Smith, and Michael Gigliotti grew as hitters as the summer progressed, tapping into power potential and finding more discipline at the plate.

Populated by a number of first round candidates, numbers 1-20 on our Cape Cod League Top 100 Prospects list is an eclectic mix of different styles of pitchers and hitters, including a blossoming Texas A&m fireballer, a Maryland star, a slew of ACC standouts, and much more. Here’s a look at the first of installment of our top 100, players 1-20.

To be eligible for our rankings, pitchers were required to have thrown at least six innings and hitters were required to have a minimum of 20 at-bats on the Cape. Draft year is listed in parentheses. Our rankings are compiled through extensive first hand evaluation by National Prospect Writer, Frankie Piliere, combined with input from Cape Cod League coaches and MLB scouts.


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