This summer, four UConn baseball players will head to Cape Cod to play in the renowned Cape Cod Baseball League.
Pitchers Jared Dettmann, Brian Ward and Dan Feehan, as well as catcher Alex DeBellis will all be playing in the league, whose 44-game regular season begins June 14.
Dettmann and Ward will both pitch for Manager Harvey Shapiro in Bourne, with this being Ward’s second straight summer with the Braves. Feehan will head to Hyannis to play for the 2011 West Division Champion Harbor Hawks, and DeBellis will spend his summer in Chatham under the direction of John Schiffner, the Cape League’s all-time winningest manager.
So far, all four of the players have performed well for the Huskies this season. Feehan has pitched out of the bullpen, while both Ward and Dettman have been used primarily as starters and DeBellis has split time with redshirt senior Joe Pavone behind the plate.
Dettmann is yet to lose a decision in six appearances, and is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA. Feehan has thrown 16 1/3 innings so far for UConn and has a 4.96 ERA with 16 strikeouts and six walks on the year. DeBellis has played in 30 games and is batting .264 with 17 RBI. Ward started off the season strong and as the No. 1 starter for the Huskeis, but has battled a case of dead arm for the last several weeks and his struggles have raised his ERA to a mediocre 5.59, though he still holds a solid 3-2 record in nine appearances – eight of which were starts. Last summer, Ward went 2-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 17 innings of work for the Braves.
Playing on the Cape is a big step for all four players, as it is a well-respected venue for up-and-coming college players, and draws numerous major league scouts throughout the summer. According to the league website, 250 Cape Cod alumni played in the MLB in 2001, making one in seven major leaguers alums of the league. Notable Cape Cod alumni include Mark Teixeira, Evan Longoria, Lance Berkman and Jacoby Ellsbury.
In addition to the four players, UConn assistant coach Chris Podezwa is also an assistant with Yarmouth-Dennis. This will be Podezwa’s ninth summer with the Red Sox.
Image via Markow76/Flickr