By Jon Mettus
June 10, 2015
COTUIT — When Kettleers closer Adam Whitt’s mother called him, he could hardly tell what she was saying because she was so happy that she was crying. Minutes earlier, Whitt (Nevada) had fielded another phone call, this one from an MLB scout, asking if he wanted to be apart of the Houston Astros.
“I said, ‘absolutely,’” Whitt said. “… I went crazy. I was so excited.”
Whitt was taken in the 16th round of the MLB draft and was one of five current Cotuit players selected on Wednesday. Alex Winkelman (Southeast Missouri State) was also selected by the Astros (21st round) and Anthony Misiewicz (Michigan State) was taken by the Seattle Mariners in the 18th round.
Both Kettleers players from the University of Richmond were selected as Matt Dacey went to the Tampa Bay Rays in the 21st round and Tanner Stanley was snagged by the Kansas City Royals in the 36th.
“I think pretty much everything I was drafted on was this year,” Whitt said of how his draft stock improved after his season with Cotuit last summer. “Coming out here is definitely where I got noticed.”
After Wednesday’s game, head coach Mike Roberts finished his speech to the team before calling over the five players that were drafted, congratulating them and addressing the future.
Whitt isn’t sure what the future holds for him, whether it be heading to Florida to start preparing for professional baseball or staying in Cotuit a little longer, he said.
BECKER LIMITED IN 1ST START IN 3 YEARS
When Cal Becker (Riverside Community College) took the mound to start in Cotuit’s 5-0 loss to Hyannis at Lowell Park on Wednesday, he was doing something he hadn’t done in a long time.
The right-handed pitcher hadn’t started a baseball game in three years.
“I was real excited to compete,” Becker said. “I was eager to get out there.”
Becker pounded the strike zone with nearly all fastballs early in the game — reaching over 90 miles per hour — while also mixing in some changeups.
The Harbor Hawks hitters quickly picked up on it, however, as the second batter of the first inning, Corey Bird (Marshall), sent the fourth straight fastball he saw over Stanley’s head in right field. It bounced off the ground and hit the fence for an RBI double.
“I only got to use my fastball and changeup instead of executing with my slider and curve as well,” Becker said. “I’m excited to go back and retool and get my next outing.”
The first batter in the top of the second, Colby Bortles (Mississippi) watched two fastballs go by before launching the next over the wall in right-center field to put the Harbor Hawks ahead 2-0.
Becker took the mound for the top of the third inning, but surrendered another leadoff homer before being replaced by Justin Dunn (Boston College).
Becker allowed four hits, three runs and one walk during his two innings of work. He struck out one batter, but received the loss.
“I’m glad I got this one out of the way,” Becker said. “It’s only up from here.”
KETTLEERS FALL VICTIM TO 4 ERRORS
Cotuit was plagued by sloppy play on Wednesday as the Kettleers committed four errors and allowed a passed ball.
In the first inning, a pitch from Becker got away from catcher Will Haynie (Alabama) and Hyannis’ Darien Tubbs (Memphis) moved into scoring position before reaching home off the same at-bat.
Three times, Kettleers pitchers tried to pick off the Harbor Hawks runners, but threw out of the reach of the fielder covering the base, allowing the runners to advance.
“My job is to teach them to throw straight, teach them to throw strikes no matter whichever way they throw the baseball so that’s up to me,” Roberts said.
The Kettleers’ other error came when Brody Weiss (Riverside Community College) couldn’t snag a ground ball hit to second. The ball bounced off his body and away as he tried to pick it up, allowing Tubbs to reach base.