Lower Cape Players Well Represented On East All-Star Team

By: Brad Joyal

Topics: Cape Cod Baseball League , Orleans Firebirds , Chatham Anglers , Harwich Mariners , Brewster Whitecaps

Reigning Cape League Most Valuable Player Brock Wilken will represent the Harwich Mariners at this week's All-Star Game. BRAD JOYAL PHOTO

For the first time since 2019, the Cape Cod Baseball League will hold an All-Star Game this weekend.

Cape League fans from the Lower Cape will be plenty familiar with the East Division roster, as a combined 21 of the 28 players on the team hail from the Brewster Whitecaps, Chatham Anglers, Harwich Mariners and Orleans Firebirds.

The defending champion Whitecaps and the Mariners each had six players named to the team, while the Anglers had five and the Firebirds four.

The CCBL All-Star Game will be played at 6:05 p.m. Saturday at Spillane Field in Wareham. Prior to the game, players from both teams will take part in autograph signings before a home run derby is held at 5 p.m.

It’ll mark the league’s first All-Star Game since 2019, when more than 5,000 spectators attended the mid-summer showcase at Eldredge Park. The 2020 season was canceled entirely due to COVID-19, and the league announced All-Star teams but didn’t hold a game last summer.

Harwich first baseman Joe Vetrano (Boston College) will earn the start for the East Division, joining Mariners teammates Nick Goodwin (shortstop, Kansas State) and Brock Wilken (third base, Wake Forest) in the starting lineup.

All four Orleans All-Stars – Nate Furman (second base, North Carolina Charlotte), Travis Honeyman (outfielder, Boston College), Luke Keaschall (designated hitter, Arizona State) and pitcher Bryce Warrecker (Cal Poly) – will each represent the Firebirds in the East’s starting lineup.

Chatham outfielder Jake DeLeo (Georgia Tech) rounds out the Lower Cape starters as the lone Angler in the scheduled starting lineup.

“It’s an honor,” DeLeo said Sunday, just hours after the league announced the rosters. “This is the best league in the country, it always has been. It’s the most prestigious league and those names [of the All-Stars] are all the big names in college baseball.

“Everyone is a really good player and being able to be an All-Star for Chatham and play alongside the guys from my team and those other guys from the other teams is really cool.”

Brewster reserves on the team include Kurtis Byrne (catcher, Texas Christian), Alex Freeland (shortstop, Central Florida), Grayson Tatrow (outfielder, Abilene Christian), Carson DeMartini (utility player, Virginia Tech) and pitchers Brennen Oxford (Wake Forest) and Ryan Chasse (Campbell).

Chatham’s reserves are infielder Marcus Brown (Oklahoma State), utility player Caden Grice (Clemson) and pitchers Ben Hampton (West Virginia) and Alex McFarlane (Miami). Utility player Tommy Seidl (Alabama) and pitchers Zane Probst (Seton Hall) and Drew Conover (Rutgers) are Harwich’s three reserves.

Chatham manager Tom Holliday said he was happy for the players who were selected.

“I think any time you make an All-Star team and you make an All-Star team on Cape Cod, that’s an honor,” Holliday said. “That’s one of those lifetime honors. I’m happy for them and I think it’s good that we have the All-Star Game back on the Cape.”

Holliday’s only critique of the game? He wishes it was being played at Fenway Park like years past.

“It would’ve been really, really sweet if we were playing at Fenway Park,” the Anglers manager said. “That’s what they used to do up here. Sometimes people change things and you say, ‘Why?’”

Email Brad Joyal at brad@capecodchronicle.com. Twitter: @BradJoyal