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Cape Cod League 2012 Pitchers

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The Cardinals love Cape Cod League alumni in the draft and so we should take a closer look at the Cape Code League stars from the summer of 2012 as the draft approaches. Today, let's take a look at the pitchers.

Here are the top six pitchers by ERA in the Cape Cod League in 2012:

Team

G

GS

IP

H

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Blair, A

YD

8

6

38.1

27

5

12

44

1.17

Manaea, S

HYA

9

8

51.2

21

7

7

85

1.22

Reed, A

HAR

7

7

36.2

42

9

7

38

2.21

Connolly, R

COT

23

0

51.1

38

13

15

56

2.28

Windle, T

BRE

7

7

38.1

29

10

7

47

2.35

Schlitter, C

FAL

8

7

43.0

36

13

8

41

2.72

Aaron Blair - RHP, is a draft eligible junior out of Marshall University. He's a 4 pitch pitcher who can touch 97 MPH. He's a big arm who saved his best work for the Cape Cod league. He would be a prototypical Cardinals selection. Seems like a late 1st, early 2nd round selection.

Sean Manaea - LHP, is a draft eligible junior of of Indiana University. He's awesome, lefthanded and pitched amazingly on the cape. Forget about him, Cardinals fans, he's going in the top 5-10 in the 2012 draft.

AJ Reed - LHP, is a sophomore and a 2014 draft prospect out of University of Kentucky.

Ryan Connolly - RHP, is a bullpen specialist, a senior of out Coastal Carolina University. He's a submarine pitcher. I want the Cardinals to draft him in the 3-10 rounds as a senior sign just because I'd (selfishly) love to have a submariner in the Cardinals organization.

Tom Windle - LHP, is a draft eligible Junior out of the University of Minnesota. He looks to be a late 1st round prospect. Minor League Ball has a scouting report on him, but he only started 4 games for Minnesota in 2012, so we will see which teams project him as a starter and draft him in the first round accordingly.

Craig Schlitter - RHP, is a draft eligible Junior out of Bryant University. Bryant is a small school, however it just made the jump to Division I. On the Cape, "the league's hitters have carried an OPS+ of roughly 48; they been 52% worse than average when forced to face him. On a similar note, Schlitter's ERA+ is approximately 301, or 301% better than league average." His twitter handle of @imtheschlitt is a fantastic embrace of his potentially awkward last name. Seems like a good under the radar selection, but with such a good performance on the Cape, he will not be under the radar for long.