05/15/2007 1:33 PM
for immediate release: 15 May, 2007
Brewster Whitecaps 2007 Season Preview
Whitecaps Look To Erase Bitter Loss From Last Season
BREWSTER, Mass. – Fresh off building a new ballpark in their home town, the Brewster Whitecaps enjoyed a banner season in 2006, making it all the way to the Eastern Division finals.
This year the roster will almost completely turn around, but the goal remains much the same.
It starts with great support from the community and Brewster is backing the Whitecaps. Through donations and hard work, numerous upgrades have been made to Stony Brook Field, including new bleachers, a new press box and brand new batting cages.
The Whitecaps bring back Bob Macaluso, who enters his fifth season as field manager. Each year it seems Brewster’s roster becomes more competitive and athletic.
One player who thrives on offense and defense is first baseman Yonder Alonso (Miami-Fla). Alonso led the Hurricanes in home runs (10) and runs batted in (69) in 2006 and also with the glove, attaining a .994 fielding percentage.
The Whitecaps look for speed at the top of their lineup and infielder Greg Miclat (Virginia) will fill that void. Miclat had 21 steals last season and was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2006.
One player on the roster has baseball tradition attached to his name. Austin Yount (Stanford) is the nephew of Major League Hall of Famer Robin Yount. Yount will be able to fill multiple positions on the field; he can play both infield and pitch out of the bullpen.
On the mound the Whitecaps feature some quality arms that can relieve and start. Tyson Ross (California) was named Pac-10 Honorable Mention as a freshman with a 6-4 record and a 3.19 era last spring. Another electric arm is right hander, Kyle Shinaberry (Texas). Shinaberry will be a key component to the bullpen as he can relieve and start. Last year he put up solid numbers with a 3.31 earned run average as a freshman.
Brewster fans will be happy to see a couple of familiar faces return to the team this season. Ryan Babineau (UCLA) will be staying behind the plate for the Whitecaps. Last year, Babineau posted a .340 on-base percentage for the summer and caught in 27 games. Also returning is pitcher Preston Guilmet (Arizona), who led Arizona in innings pitched and strikeouts this past season.
Filling out the roster for Brewster is catcher Charlie Cutler (California), along with infielders David Cooper (California), David Doss (South Alabama), Danny Lima (Tennessee), and Michael Marseco (Samford).
The outfielders are comprised of Brad Glenn (Arizona) who led Arizona with 10 homeruns last season. Byron Wiley (Kansas St.), Blake Tekotte (Miami, FL) and Tim Murphy (UCLA) who will also pitch out of the bullpen.
Pitchers include Mike Colla (Arizona), Ryan Cook (USC), Adam Crabtree (Boston College), Cory Hamilton (Cal-Irvine), Ben Hornbeck (Kansas State), Nate Karns (NC State) and Clinton McKinney (UNC Greensboro).
The Whitecaps begin the season on the road as they face the Orleans Cardinals on June 15. The home opener comes the next day vs. Cotuit Kettleers at 5 p.m.
John Hannemann, CCBL Intern ([email protected])