By Kettleers Media Team
August 5, 2014
The five Cotuit media interns – writers Matt Schneidman and Sam Blum, broadcasters Brendan Glasheen and Greg Mroz and video coordinator Axel Boada – collaborated on six different awards for the 2014 Kettleers and they are as follows:
Note: Only players currently on the Kettleers’ roster are eligible.
Offensive Most Valuable Player
Winner: Logan Taylor (Texas A&M)
Head coach Mike Roberts says he puts his best hitter at the leadoff spot, and that’s where Taylor consistently found himself in the last part of the season. He has recorded a hit in 17 of the Kettleers’ last 19 games and is second on the team with a .306 batting average. Taylor also led the team in home runs with five, as his fifth came on an opposite-field shot on Monday against Falmouth.
Honorable Mention: Jackson Glines (Michigan)
Glines was aptly given the nickname “Gline-Drives” by his head coach with the Wolverines, Erik Bakich. Glines was first on the team with a .313 batting average and hit one home run, a towering shot to right in the ninth inning on July 14 against Orleans. Since being released by Brewster after hitting .471 as a temporary player for the Whitecaps, Glines has found himself in the top half of the lineup in every game he’s started for Cotuit.
Defensive Most Valuable Player
Winner: Jeremy Taylor (East Tennessee State)
Although he only played in 25 games despite being with the Kettleers for the whole season, Taylor is the only position player still on the roster not to have been charged with an error. He made several acrobatic plays in left field, including a diving catch against Bourne on July 29 to save a run. He has patrolled left field efficiently in the last several weeks, as the losses of John Norwood and Rhett Wiseman have allowed Taylor more playing time to show what he’s capable of in the field.
Honorable Mention: Drew Jackson (Stanford)
Although Jackson led the team in errors with eight, he most likely led the team in highlight-reel plays as well. Despite several dropped infield popups, Jackson was never charged with a throwing error at third, showcasing his strong arm throughout the season. His best defensive game may have come at Yarmouth-Dennis on July 18, a game in which Jackson turned an unassisted double play and a running catch into the stands in left that was eventually overturned.
Most Valuable Pitcher
Winner: Adam Whitt (Nevada)
Whitt was absolutely outstanding this year, leading the Cape League in earned run average at a 1.00 mark. He finished with a 5-0 record, while also recording four saves. In his 36 innings, Whitt only allowed one extra-base hit and 12 walks, while striking out almost one batter per inning. The deception on his sidearm release was a clear go-to for Roberts late in games, as it will be during the playoffs.
Honorable Mention: Jeff Kinley (Michigan State)
Kinley wasn’t too shabby himself, as the southpaw finished with a 1.40 ERA in 32 innings. He pitched most of the season as a late-inning reliever, but Roberts has since moved Kinley to the starting rotation, where he’s excelled, only allowing one earned run in 11 innings. Kinley only walked 10 batter this season while recording three saves, and will be Cotuit Game 2 starter against Falmouth in the playoffs.
Most Improved Player
Winner: Ian Rice (Houston)
After the June 29 loss to Wareham, Rice saw his average dip to a meager .182. In the next six games, he elevated it to .300 and although he finished at a .254 clip, Rice showed gradual improvement at the plate, especially against left-handers. In his only at-bat on Monday, Rice hit arguably the farthest ball of the season for the Kettleers, sending a solo shot well over the trees in left. Despite battling through a ball that hit him in the Adam’s apple and a concussion that came from a hit by pitch, Rice became a better defensive catcher, even as defensive stalwart Tres Barrera showed his prowess behind the plate.
Best Pro Prospect
Winner: Tres Barrera (Texas)
Despite hitting just above .200, Barrera impressed for someone just coming out of their freshman year of college. He tallied four home runs in only 20 games, good for second on the team. Barrera rarely allowed balls to get past him behind the plate, showing off his impressive mobility and strong arm when Roberts put him behind the dish. With the raw power and defensive skills Barrera has at his age, the future is bright for this Longhorn.
Coach’s Award (Given to a player who best embodies the values of Mike Roberts)
Winner: Jake Fincher (North Carolina State)
In his second year playing for Roberts, Fincher reached a .453 batting average by July 6 and led the entire league in that category for quite some time. Although he’s dropped off at the plate, Fincher has been a stalwart in center and right when put in the starting lineup and has been one of the few to show an ability to play Roberts’ style of small ball. His speed and bunting skills have been of value to Cotuit, especially since that typical Mike Roberts style has been trumped by power hitters this year.