Wake Forest righthander Ryan Cusick shined for the HiToms (Aaron Fitt)

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Prospect Notebook: ACC, SEC Talents Headline Coastal Plain Action

Summer Baseball

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Roughly four months after the 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, baseball is back, albeit on a limited basis. Many summer leagues canceled their seasons before they ever started, which means more high-end talent was funneled into the handful of established leagues and upstart leagues trying to cobble together some kind of 2020 campaigns.

Just seven of the 15 Coastal Plain League franchises are competing this summer, and they have been split into two pods to reduce travel — Savannah, Macon and Lexington County in the Southern Division, and High Point-Thomasville, Wilson, Martinsville and Peninsula in the Mid-Atlantic Division. I began my summer circuit last week in Martinsville with a couple of games between the host Mustangs and the HiToms of High Point-Thomasville (HPT).

The HiToms clearly benefited from a major talent influx thanks to the cancellation of the Cape Cod League season, leading a host of well-known ACC prospects to take their talents to Thomasville. And Martinsville’s roster is highlighted by a quartet of Arkansas Razorbacks.

Here are some observations on players who stood out in my first two looks:

 

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