FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
Led by Most Valuable Player A.J. Pollock of the Falmouth Commodores and the trio of hard-hitting catcher Tommy Medica, infielder Joseph Sanders and pitcher Chris Manno of the league champion Harwich Mariners, the 2008 All-League Team has been announced by Cape Cod Baseball League Commissioner Paul Galop.
In all, 22 players were selected, including five from the Hyannis Mets, four from the Bourne Braves and three each from the Mariners and the Commodores.
Pollock (Notre Dame) was named league MVP after finishing second in the batting race behind Falmouth teammate and fellow CCBL All-League second baseman Jimmy Cesario (Houston), .387 to .377. He is joined in the All-League outfield by Marc Krause (Ohio U.) and Jordan Henry (Mississippi), both of the Bourne Braves, and Trent Ashcraft (East Carolina) of the Hyannis Mets. Harwich’s Sanders (Auburn) was selected as utilityman.
Cesario, who won the Thurman Munson Award as CCBL batting champion, is joined in the infield by defensively perfect first baseman Ben Paulsen (Clemson) of the Hyannis Mets, Outstanding Pro Prospect Grant Green (Southern California) of the Chatham A’s, power-hitting third baseman Chris Dominguez (Louisville), who led the league with 10 home runs, and utility infielder Raynor Campbell (Baylor) of the Wareham Gatemen.
Starting pitchers include Nick McCully (Coastal Carolina) and Bryce Stowell (California-Irvine), both of the Bourne Braves, Nick Hernandez (Tennessee) of the Cotuit Kettleers, Matt Thomson (San Diego) of the Orleans Cardinals, Andrew Carraway (Virginia) of the Hyannis Mets and Harwich’s Manno (Duke).
The team’s two catchers are Harwich’s Medica (Santa Clara), who finished third with a .352 batting average, and Tony Sanchez (Boston College) of the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. Sportsmanship Award winner Kevin Patterson (Auburn) of the Cotuit Kettleers and Brent Milleville (Stanford) of the Brewster Whitecaps were chosen as designated hitters.
Relief Pitcher of the Year Russell Brewer (Vanderbilt) of the Hyannis Mets, who recorded a league-leading 12 saves, shares the All-League bullpen with flame-throwing Ben Tootle (Jacksonville State) of the Falmouth Commodores.
2008 All-League Team
Position Player Team School
First Base Ben Paulsen Hyannis Mets Clemson
Second Base Jimmy Cesario Falmouth Commodores Houston
Shortstop Grant Green Chatham A’s USC
Third Base Chris Dominguez Hyannis Mets Louisville
Infield Utility Raynor Campbell Wareham Gatemen Baylor
Outfield A.J. Pollock Falmouth Commodores Notre Dame
Outfield Marc Krauss Bourne Braves Ohio
Outfield Trent Ashcraft Hyannis Mets East Carolina
Outfield Jordan Henry Bourne Braves Mississippi
DH Kevin Patterson Cotuit Kettleers Auburn
DH Brent Milleville Brewster Whitecaps Stanford
Catcher Tommy Medica Harwich Mariners Santa Clara
Catcher Tony Sanchez Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox Boston College
Starting Pitcher Nick McCully Bourne Braves Coast. Carolina
Starting Pitcher Nick Hernandez Cotuit Kettleers Tennessee
Starting Pitcher Matt Thomson Orleans Cardinals San Diego
Starting Pitcher Andrew Carraway Hyannis Mets UVA
Starting Pitcher Bryce Stowell Bourne Braves UC Irvine
Starting Pitcher Chris Manno Harwich Mariners Duke
Relief Closer Pitcher Russell Brewer Hyannis Mets Vanderbilt
Relief Closer Pitcher Ben Tootle Falmouth Commodores Jacksonville St
UT Joseph Sanders Harwich Mariners Auburn