Hyannis Harbor Hawks

A call from the Cape

"As he waited, Bradley’s thoughts may have drifted to much earlier in the day, which began with a phone call back on the Cape from Tino DiGiovanni, one of his family hosts in 2009 when Bradley played for the Hyannis Mets."

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Journey to the Bigs

Get a small glimpse into what it takes to be part of the Cape Cod Baseball League! Make sure you are watching or set those DVRs, this is something you don't want to miss!

CAPE COD: A JOURNEY TO THE BIGS premieres Tuesday, April 17 on FS1 at 11:00 PM ET.

The special also airs on FOX Sports regional networks on Wednesday, April 18 (check local listings).

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Alumni Ryan Flaherty

"Tonight Ryan Flaherty became just the third third baseman in Atlanta franchise history to score four runs and collect four hits in a game, joining Chipper Jones (1995, 2000, 2001) and Terry Pendleton (1991)."

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Alumni Devin Smeltzer

“We hear hundreds of stories every year about Major Leaguers visiting children in need. It isn't every day, however, that one of those kids ends up becoming a professional baseball player himself.”

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Game 07: Harbor Hawk Pitching Unravels Late in Loss to Kettleers

With the game tied at three heading into the eighth inning, it looked like it was anyone's game to win. That quickly changed after a leadoff walk to start the eighth, Kettleers' designated hitter Thomas Dillard blasted a two-run home run that began a two-inning onslaught that powered Cotuit (5-3) to a 10-4 win over Hyannis (4-3) on Tuesday night.

Cotuit first baseman Zach Biermann followed Dillard with a home run himself to extend the lead to three and ending what had been a solid relief appearance for Brett Schulze (Minnesota). Dom Masullo (Morehead State) came to start the ninth attempting to hold the deficit to three. Unfortunately for Hyannis he could not. Masullo allowed four free passes before being pulled. The Kettleers added four runs in the game's final ending before sealing the victory.

The late inning scoring frenzy from Cotuit ended any hopes of a comeback win for the Harbor Hawks. Starter Nick MacDonald (Florida International) looked good through two innings facing only six hitters. He then found himself in trouble in the third inning as a couple of walks and hits led to three Kettleer runs.

Hyannis battled back in the fifth to tie the game. First baseman Pedro Pages (Florida Atlantic), Cather Kyle Wilkie (Clemson) and center fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) started the inning with two hits and a walk to load the bases. Second baseman Braden Comeaux (Rice) and third baseman Davis Wendzel (Baylor) followed with RBIs via a single and walk to bring the game within one. The walk-off hero from Sunday against Brewster, left fielder Eric Rivera (Florida Altantic) drove in the tying run with a fielder's choice.

Comeaux appeared to be one of the few highlights of the blowout. He collected two hits including his RBI single to get the fifth inning rally rolling. Along with a few over the shoulder grabs. Comeaux talked about how he's been able to stay consistent in the early part of this season.

"The first game out here I was pretty nervous. You hear all the hype about the pitching and stuff, how pitching dominants," he said. "My approach I try to stay relaxed, see the ball big. These are some of the best pitchers in the country. I just got to stay calm, stay ready, stay relaxed and stay within myself."

The Harbor Hawks squandered an opportunity to take the lead and to get back in the game in the sixth and eighth. With two outs in the sixth the Harbor Hawks left runners at the corners to end the inning and did the same in the eight, but with the bases loaded.

Hyannis will face the Wareham Gatemen for the first time this season when they travel to Spillane Field for their 6:30 p.m. game on Wednesday.

June 19, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 05/06: Hyannis Sweeps Doubleheader with the Whitecaps

The Harbor Hawks took both games of their Sunday doubleheader with the Whitecaps as Hyannis improved to 4-2 on the season, while Brewster dropped to 2-4. The two victories were both by a single run, but the games couldn't be more different.

The first game ended in highlight fashion. With runners on first and second with the game extended into extra innings, left fielder Eric Rivera (Florida Altanic) delivered a clutch hit. Rivera dropped a blooper into right field, center fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) scored from second and the Harbor Hawks chased after Rivera, who walked off the 4-3 win.

Rivera talked about his approach at the plate in the game's deciding moment.

"I've been struggling a little bit - just go up there see the pitch and put a good swing on it. And luckily it worked out," he said. "I always like to be on the adversity side of it, but you know I've been struggling I take it as motivation. Just come out every day and play hard - good things will happen."

For most of the game the Hyannis bats were quiet as they were being shut out until the sixth inning. With the help of an error from the Whitecaps, the Harbor Hawks started putting hits together. Barefoot and right fielder Trevor Hauver (Arizona State) drove in the first two runs. Rivera then tied the game up at three, sending it to extras before finally walking it off in the eighth.

The Harbor Hawks seemed to carry the momentum into game two. Instead of falling behind early, it was Hyannis who took control to start the game. Brewster's starting pitcher Allbry Major (Xavier) didn't have his command walking the first three batters he faced.

Third baseman Seth Gray (Wright State) cashed in on Major's mistakes as he smashed a ball of the wall for a double to put the Hawks up 2-0. With a struggling pitcher, Gray talked about the mentality coming to the plate in that situation.

"I talked to coach (Ron) Polk when I was on deck, he said 'If the guy in front of you walks we're going to take one because he's been wild and can't find the zone,'" he said. "I took until I got a strike, then 3-2 (count) he threw me one I could hit and drove it to the right-center gap."

First baseman Griffin Dey (Yale) drove in another run on a fielder's choice and Gray later scored on a wild pitch. The Harbor Hawks used the four-run first inning to power them to a 6-5 win in the second game against the Whitecaps. Gray also mentioned how the Harbor Hawks went from being shut out in the first five innings of the doubleheader to scoring eight over the next four innings.

"I'm a big believer in contagious hitting. If the guy in front of you hits a hard line drive I believe there's a better chance the guy behind will do the same thing and I feel like that was big today," he said.

Hyannis controlled most of the game as they came into the final inning with a 6-2 lead. Although, the Whitecaps didn't go down without a fight. After a walk and a single with one out to open the frame, Brewster center fielder Hunter Bishop (Arizona State) doubled to bring in one run.

Right fielder Brandon Wulff (Stanford) then doubled as well to bring in Bishop and second baseman Michael Massey (Illinois Champaign). But Wulff tried extending the double to a triple and a diving tag by Gray cut him down for the second out.

Brett Schulze (Minnesota) came in to make his Harbor Hawk debut, striking out the only batter he faced and completing the doubleheader sweep.

Hyannis will enjoy their first official off-day on Monday before returning back to action on Tuesday at McKeon Park against the Cotuit Kettleers at 6:00 p.m.

June 17, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 04: Harbor Hawks Surrender Three Home Runs in Loss at Chatham

For the early part of their game at Veteran's Field, the Harbor Hawks struggled to keep the ball in the yard. The Anglers left the yard in each of the first three innings. And Chatham (2-2-1) rode the three homers to a 10-1 win against Hyannis (2-2) on Saturday night.

The first of three Angler dingers came off the bat of the NCAA Division I home run leader in right fielder Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State). Harbor Hawks' starting pitcher Travis Marr (Clemson) fell victim to the dangerous bat of Torkelson as the right fielder lifted one over the left field wall to put Chatham up 1-0.

Marr gave up two more home runs in the next two innings. After allowing back-to-back singles to Chatham's first baseman Tristin English (Georgia Tech) and catcher Blake Sabol (USC), Marr gave up a three-run home run to English's college teammate designated hitter Kyle McCann (Georgia Tech).

Sabol collected the third home run of the night for Chatham. The catcher's two-run shot in the third extended the Anglers' lead to seven. Sabol finished the night with three hits and Torkelson added another RBI later in the game.

The Harbor Hawks deficit reached 10-1 after the fourth inning. But relivers Zach Kohn (Central Michigan) and Wes Engle (Texas State) finally stopped the bleeding tossing a combined four and a third scoreless innings to close out the game.

Kohn making his team debut came in during the fourth inning with two runners on. He'd strike out the one batter he faced in the frame to get out of the jam. Kohn picked up two more strikeouts in his next two scoreless innings.

Engle threw two perfect innings, retiring all six batters he faced. The left-hander has been dominant in his short outings so far this season with Hyannis.

"Basically, just slowing it down and just staying within myself. Not getting too quick and that's what has been the bread and butter for the past two outings for me," Engle said about his Saturday night outing. "I know no matter the score it's a showcase league. It doesn't matter what the score is, it doesn't matter who is pitching, who is up to bat. Everybody is trying to get drafted. I know when I go out there it doesn't matter the situation I have to perform."

The Hyannis offensive also struggled in the loss as they only produced four hits. The single Harbor Hawk run came from the bat of designated player Todd Lott (Louisiana-Lafayette.) Lott kept a hot bat as a day after homering against Cotuit he singled in third baseman Seth Gray (Wright State).

The Harbor Hawks will look to bounce back on Sunday when they host the Brewster Whitecaps for a doubleheader with the first game starting at 3:00 p.m. at McKeon Park.

June 16, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 03: Hauver, Lott Homer in Hyannis’ Win Over Cotuit

In their first road game of the season, the Harbor Hawks looked at home on Lowell Park in Cotuit. A pair of solo home runs from second baseman Trevor Hauver (Arizona State) and left fielder Todd Lott (Louisiana-Lafayette), along with a solid team pitching performance lead Hyannis (2-1) to a 4-1 victory over Cotuit (1-2) on Friday night.

The game's scoring started with Lott's leadoff home run in the third. The solo shot to opposite field was the first of three hits in the inning. Catcher Kyle Wilkie (Clemson) and centerfielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell) followed Lott with a single and double respectively. Wilkie came in to score on a sacrifice fly from the bat of first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino (Old Domination) to extend the lead to two.

Hauver drove in the next two Harbor Hawk runs. The Arizona State second baseman launched a towering home run to start the fourth inning. He then drove in shortstop Alec Trela (Memphis) with an RBI double in the sixth. Hauver talked about what worked for him in his big night at the plate.

"I had an at-bat the other night with the guy throwing pretty hard and I felt like I was seeing it pretty well. My first at-bat I saw some pitches against the guy," he said. "And he did the same sequence the second at-bat, I picked up on it and that's why I was able to put a good swing on that change-up. The next pitcher, I just battled and was able to put it in the left-center gap."

Pitchers Houston Roth (Ole Miss) and Hayden Kettler (Baylor) made their Harbor Hawk debuts on Friday night and excelled. The two combined to throw the first eight innings of the game allowing one hit on six hits against the Kettleers. Roth, pitched more to contact by hitting his spots creating groundballs and weak flyballs. Kettler on the other hand, struck out six in his four innings of work.

Gavin Hollowell (St. John's) came in to close the game out and picked up the save with a flashy ending. He walked one, but quickly erased him to finish the game. Holloway got the next hitter to groundout to him and turned a double play to seal the win.

After the win and with three games under his belt Hauver also talked about his experience so far in the Cape.

"It's been great, this place is beautiful up here," he said. "It's awesome being with all the different players around the country. The coaching staff is awesome, getting to know a lot from (assistant coach) Ron Polk. He's obviously a legend in the SEC. It's been a great experience and excited to learn more."

Hauver and the Harbor Hawks will travel to Veterans Field for a 7:00 p.m. matchup with the Chatman Anglers on Saturday night.

June 15, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 02: Harbor Hawks Capture First Win of the Season

Mariners' starter Jack Dreyer (Iowa) had kept the Harbor Hawks' bats quiet through four innings. Dreyer only faced 13 batters in those first four innings giving up just two hits. But the Hawks figured him out in the fifth.

Catcher Pedro Pages (Florida Atlantic) led off the inning with a single. Third baseman Seth Gray (Wright State), right fielder Colin Hall (Georgia Tech), second baseman Taylor Garris (Samford), shortstop Braden Comeaux (Rice) all followed with singles of their own.

And just like that Dreyer's night was ended without getting through the fifth. In total, Hyannis (1-1) added four runs on five hits with the help of an error in the fifth as it carried them to a 5-3 win over Harwich (1-2) on Thursday night.

"It was just contagious hitting," Pages said. "I led it off that inning - got a base hit. After that everyone just putting good swings on the ball and just kept going. That's something about baseball. If you hit, it keeps going."

"One thing I'm noticing about this team is a lot of guys really scrap out at bats and don't strikeout a lot," Hyannis head coach Chad Gassman said. "Saying that, they kind of wore him (Dreyer) down a little."

Starting pitcher Mike Mokma (Michigan State) wasn't perfect against the Mariners, but he battled out of jams to put his team in a position to win. With the help of the Harbor Hawks big fifth inning, Mokma earned the victory after a five-inning performance. The right-hander gave up two runs on six hits while striking out four.

Mokma talked about the adjustments he made in game after a rough start in the first.

"(Started) Establishing fastball in really helped. And finishing with the slider," he said. "I left some change-ups out over the middle of the plate and they hit them. So, we went away from that, focusing on the fastball."

Harwich added a run in the top of sixth to cut the lead to one. Hyannis came back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning as Pages came in to score on a fielder's choice.

The Harbor Hawks' bullpen then sealed the first victory of the season. Jeremy Randolph (Wright State), Adam Elliot (Louisville) and Dylan Thomas (Hawaii) combined to toss three scoreless innings to end the game. The trio struck out five Mariners and allowed two hits to complete the win.

"All the pitchers were locked in. They all came out of the bullpen ready to go," Pages said.

"Second Cape Cod game so the nerves aren't there as much. (The pitching) Wasn't better tonight, we were a little more efficient. But I think the first game was a little bit of nerves," Gassman said about the difference in pitching between the first two games.

Hyannis will travel to face the Cotuit Kettleers on Friday at 5:00 p.m. The Kettleers also will go into the game with a 1-1 record.

June 14, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon
 
Game 01: Pitching Woes Doom Harbor Hawks in Season Opener

The Harbor Hawks used five different pitchers during Tuesday's season opener against the Falmouth Commodores. The staff surrendered seven walks, two hit-by-pitches and 11 hits as Hyannis dropped the first game of the 2018 season to the Commodores, 10-4.

Nick MacDonald (Florida International) started the game for the Hawks. After loading the bases via a double, hit by pitch and a walk to begin the first inning, MacDonald kept the game scoreless with a ground-ball double play to end the frame.

He wouldn't be as fortunate in the third inning as he allowed five runs before being relieved by the right-hander Ryan Pepiot (Butler). Pepiot also struggled in his Harbor Hawks debut only going two and a one-third innings, allowing four runs on five hits and striking out five.

Wes Engle (Texas State) did finally stop the bleeding for Hyannis when he came in during the sixth. The Southlake-native gave up just one hit over his two innings of work at McKeon Field. Adam Elliott (Louisville) and Dylan Thomas (Hawaii) followed Engle's suit as each threw an inning of relief. They'd combine to allow one run on a hit.

Hyannis' offensive highlight came from the bat of left fielder Matthew Barefoot (Campbell), who hit the team's first home run of the season with his two-run shot in the ninth. The Harbor Hawks also struck first on Tuesday, when right fielder Colin Hall (Georgia Tech) scored on a first and third play in the first inning. Hyannis didn't add their second run of the night until the fifth inning. First baseman Vinnie Pasquantino (Old Domination) led off the inning with a double. Shortstop Alec Trela (Memphis) brought Pasquantino in with a single.

Going into the ninth inning, the Hawks needed eight runs to tie. Barefoot brought them closer and they'd continue to put pressure on Falmouth loading the bases but failed to score and left the runners stranded to finish the game.

The result may have not favored the Harbor Hawks on opening night, although head coach Chad Gassman saw plenty of positives. One of them being how the team only surrendered one run after fifth inning.

"We're just trying to figure out what's going on," he said. "We threw five pitchers tonight. A lot of it had to do with the first few innings - probably Cape Cod nerves and guys settling in a little bit. But I saw a lot of good things tonight too."

Gassman and crew will continue to figure things out as they take on the same Commodores on Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. in Falmouth.

June 12, 2018
Byline: Brady Vernon

 
2018 MLB Draft - Who are the former Harbor Hawks

As we inch closer to the MLB draft the people of Hyannis and employees of the Hawks may hear a few names that are familiar. There are former Harbor Hawks available to draft and the following are receiving the most attention. It would be no surprise if they got the phone call with offers from teams in the early rounds.

Robert Neustrom
Where he is ranked: Perfect Game Rankings - 148, Baseball America Top 500 - 188
Stats with Iowa: .314/.376/.868, 21 HR, .989 FLD%
Stats with Harbor Hawks: .302/.346/.825, 4 HR, 24 AB/HR

One thing was clear when Robert was a Harbor Hawk; he had power and could flat out hit. By the All-Star game, he was leading the Harbor Hawks in home runs. This feat earned him a berth in the CCBL All-Star game. By the end of the season he had the most home runs on the team, most RBIs, was first in slugging among qualifying players (players who played more than two games for the Harbor Hawks), and ISO (isolated power or SLG - AVG).

Over his three years at Iowa Neustrom slashed a .314/.376/.868. In the current season he more than doubled his home run production; between 2016-2017 Neustrom hit 10 home runs, in 2018 alone he hit 11. Definitely an encouraging development.

Jake Mangum
Where he is ranked: Perfect Game Rankings - 188, Baseball America Top 500 - 131
Stats with Mississippi State University: .355/.416/.860, 34 SB, 54 XBH
Stats with Harbor Hawks: .319/.343/.695, 11 SB, 36 Hits

Last year Jake Mangum was drafted in the 3rd round by the Yankees and turned it down for a summer at the Cape and another season at MSU. He turned in a brilliant performance for the Harbor Hawks, hitting .319, was third on the team in OBP, and led the team in stolen bases with 11 (responsible for a fourth of the team stolen bases). Not to mention he was fourth on the team in hits despite playing fewer games than the next four players. He showed off his fielding as he did not commit an error, one of the three players that did not commit an error while on the Hawks for more than a week.

Over his three years at MSU, Mangum proved he was a star. His triple slash over his career at MSU is an astounding .355/.418/.860. Not only did Mangum lead the team in doubles but in OPS on this year's MSU team. It should be interesting to see what happens next in Mangum's career.

Ford Proctor
Where he is ranked: Perfect Game Rankings - 118, Baseball America Top 500 - 200
Stats with Rice: .330/.423/.900, 14 HR, 13.64 BB%
Stats with Harbor Hawks: .273/.368/.728, 12 2B, 11.04 BB%

Ford Proctor should be known to all Harbor Hawks fans. Over the course of two summers Proctor continued to play quality baseball. Last year Proctor was second on the team in OBP, slashing a .260/.361/.731. Even with those solid numbers his BABIP (batting average on balls in play) was down compared to the team average (.304 vs .312) and compared to the league (.304 vs. .317). As well compared to his college BABIP of .394, it would seem that Proctor had some bad luck last summer.

A big worry about college ball is the player's transition from metal to wood bats. Metal bats are heavier but the ball has a higher exit velocity of the bat and goes farther. Proctor has shown he is just as good with a wood bat as his career in the Cape shows, his slash line of .273/.368/.728 shows that as he continues to develop he will deliver on his great promise.

Tyler Frank
Where he is ranked: Perfect Game Rankings - 171, MLB.com - 75, Baseball America - 68
Stats with FAU: .318/.436/.952, 23 HR, 15.04 BB%
Stats with Harbor Hawks: .262./.290/.721, 1 HR, 47.06% XBH

Tyler Frank is the name I see the most from the former Harbor Hawks when I take a look at these top prospect lists. Frank has distinguished himself on the field for both FAU and Hyannis. His efforts alone during his sophomore year, when he led the FAU team with a .336 batting average, caught the attention of Team USA, and he became the first FAU player to become part of team USA. After starting the summer in Hyannis he took a hiatus to play for Team USA before coming back to the Harbor Hawks for the last few weeks of the season. He hit a respectable .262/.290/.721

As mentioned earlier Frank had a great sophomore year. And even though he was great - he got better this year. As a junior, he has hit the same number of home runs (11), hit more doubles and triples than he did sophomore year despite a lower BABIP, and finally cut down on the strikeouts. It should be fun to see him get to the next level.

Honorable Mentions:
Mike Brettell - Baseball America - 350
Nick Sandlin - Basebal America - 151
Brendan Donovan - Baseball America - 488
Ryan Olenek - Baseball America - 159
Chris Cullen - Baseball America - 292
Justin Lewis - Baseball America - 232
 
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