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UNC Baseball Summer League Update

With time for each of the summer leagues to start, let’s check in on how the Diamond Heels are doing.

Cape Cod Baseball League Photo by Simon M Bruty/AnyChance Productions/Getty Images

A couple weeks ago, we let you know where a lot of the Diamond Heels were going to be spending the summer. Thanks to the reorganization of the minor leagues, there are a lot more opportunities for college players to hone their skills with wood bats between school years.

After a year of inactivity and no baseball, this summer opportunity has to be welcome for anyone getting a chance to play.

While most leagues had already gotten underway, the Grandaddy of them All, the Cape Cod League, started play a little over a week ago, and now all 23 Diamond Heels selected for a summer league can get ready for the 2022 season and try to enhance their prospects for any MLB scouts watching.

The opportunity is especially important with the other changes MLB has implemented in the draft. A draft that used to seem endless is now only going to be 20 rounds, which means less players will become the property of clubs, but also allows players to get a chance at a free agent contract. Combine this with the smaller minor leagues, and more players are going to try and play beyond the confines of a typical college season.

So let’s see how everyone has started their summer:

Cape Cod League

Johnny Castagnozzi-Chatam Anglers

4G, 8 AB, 3 H, .375 Avg, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K-Released 6/25

Shawn Rapp-Cotuit Kettleers

2G, 5 IP, 0-1, 7.20 ERA, 1 SV, 8K, 1 BB, 5H

Coastal Plain League

Patrick Alvarez-Asheboro Copperheads

20G, 73 AB, 23 H, .315 Avg, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 17 BB, 11 K, 5 2B, 1 3B

Cannon Pickell-Asheboro Copperheads

3G, 1 GS, 3 13 IP, 0-1, 29.70 ERA, 3 K, 10 BB, 2 H

Will Stewart-Asheboro Copperheads

16G, 53 AB, 15 H, .283 Avg, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 8 BB, 1 SB, 16 K, 2 2B

Hunter Stokely-Asheboro Copperheads

20G, 76 AB, 22 H, .289 Avg, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 8 BB, 1 SB, 20 K

Max Riemer-High Point-Thomasville HiToms

11G, 28 AB, 6 H, .214 Avg, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K

Colby Wilkerson-High Point-Thomasville HiToms

9G, 28 AB, 6 H, .214 Avg, 1 RBI, 7 BB, 1 K

Davis Palermo-Holly Springs Salamanders

3G, 4 13 IP, 1-0, 4.15 ERA, 4K, 4 BB, 3 H

Will Sanday-Holly Springs Salamanders

2G, 2 GS, 7 IP, 0-1, 6.42 ERA, 5K, 2 BB, 11 H

Mikey Madej-Holly Springs Salamanders

6G, 16 AB, 3 H, .188 Avg, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K

Tyler Causey-Lexington County Blowfish

No Stats

Brandon Eike-Tri-City Chili Peppers

1 G, 0 AB, 1 BB, 1 SB

Max Alba-Wilmington Sharks

3 G, 1 GS, 9 IP, 0-0, 2.00 ERA, 5 K, 1 BB, 7 H

Northwoods League

Connor Ollio-Madison Mallards

No Stats

Caleb Cozart-Madison Mallards

No Stats

Mac Horvath-Rochester Honkers

14 G, 51 AB, 16 H, .314 Avg, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 11 BB, 2 2B, 15K

Tomas Frick-Wisconsin Woodchucks

No Stats

Appalachian League

Eric Grintz-Bluefield Ridge Runners

6 G, 19 AB, 7 H, .368 Avg, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 6K

Ohio Valley League

Nick James-Full Count Rhythm

3 G, 2 GS, 14 23 IP, 2-0, 3.07 ERA, 23 K, 5 BB, 10 H

Valley League-Started June 5th

Will Schroeder-Front Royal Cardinals

10 G, 33 AB, 10 H, .303 Avg, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 2B, 5 BB, 8 K

If you live near any of these teams and get a chance to check them, head out to the ballpark. After a summer stuck indoors, any sporting event you can go to see will be a good one!