04/29/2006 3:01 PM
for immediate release: 29 April, 2006
Brewster Whitecaps 2006 Season Preview
BREWSTER, Mass. -- After landing in last place of the East Division in 2005, the Whitecaps are looking forward to change. And change has definitely taken place during the off-season, bringing with it a new field, a key management change and a roster packed with versatility and strength.
It has been a long time waiting, but the Whitecaps finally have a place in Brewster to call home. Beginning in June, the Whitecaps will play out their first season at the new field at the Stony Brook School on Underpass Road in Brewster.
As everyone within the organization looks forward to the new field, Ned Monthie is also looking forward to his new position as General Manager. Monthie served on the Board of Directors for the Whitecaps and has a background in coaching and teaching. He is very excited about his new role and the 2006 team.
Entering into his fourth year as head coach, Bob Macaluso is very excited about all the changes to the Whitecaps and is very much looking forward to the upcoming season. Speaking about the recruitment process, Macaluso stressed the importance of “versatility and effectiveness” of the players. He stated that each player is “outstanding” and all of them have unique capabilities to offer to the team.
One of the most versatile players is infielder Colt Sedbrook of Arizona, who leads the Wildcats with a .321 batting average. Infielder Michael Fisher (Georgia Tech) is also flexible on the field and is a powerful switch hitter with great defensive skills.
Outfielder Justin Snyder (San Diego) is yet another adaptable player and will be leading off the Whitecaps batting order. Power hitter Collin Cowgill (Kentucky) is set to be a big part of the offense as well, hitting in the middle of the lineup.
Pitching will be a major source of the Whitecaps’ strength. Some of the major players to look out for are Matt Couch (San Diego), Preston Guilmet (Arizona) and Robert Poutier (Virginia). Certainly, each of these players will be a strong force on the mound.
Sharing the duty behind the plate will be Trent Kline (South Carolina) and Ryan Babineau (UCLA). Babineau was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 13th round of the 2005 MLB Draft. Both are very skilled catchers who are sure to be an asset to the team. Backup catcher Clint Arnold (Arkansas), who primarily plays outfield, will definitely make an impression with his hitting ability.
Filling out the rest of the exceptional roster is the sole returnee to the team and one of the best hitters last summer, Matt Cusick (USC). Infielders David Adams (Virginia), Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt), Jemile Weeks (Miami), Andrew Romine (Arizona State), outfielder Michael Metzger (UCLA), pitchers Will Atwood (South Carolina), Jared Clark (CSF), Erik Davis (Stanford), Barry Enright (Pepperdine), Adam McDaniel (Georgia), Miles Morgan (Texas Tech), Aaron Poreda (San Francisco), and Wes Roemer (CSF) will also don the Whitecaps uniform this summer.
Be sure to come out and watch the Whitecaps take on the defending champion Orleans Cardinals on June 15th at the new field at the Stony Brook School in Brewster. Also, join the Whitecaps organization at the Stony Brook Homecoming celebration being held on Sunday, July 2.
By Johnna DeChristoforo, CCBL Intern, [email protected]