By: Samantha Santos – Intern
We are excited to announce our roster for the 2022 season! The best and brightest ball players from across the country will make their way to Cape Cod to hone and develop their skills over the course of the summer. Please join us in welcoming your 2022 Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox!
Grant Taylor — Grant Taylor comes to Y-D after wrapping up his third season at Washington State. This past spring, he tied for the team lead with 71 strikeouts in 71.1 innings pitched. In his final start of the season, Taylor tossed a complete game shutout against Arizona State, allowing just two hits. In the 2021 season, the 6’4 right-hander pitched to a 3.04 ERA over 26.2 innings. On top of playing baseball for the Cougars, Taylor is also pursuing a construction engineering degree.
Matt Kavanaugh – Matt Kavanaugh is a 6’4 southpaw redshirt sophomore joining the Y-D squad from his home state of Florida, where he plays at Nova Southeastern University. In his first two seasons, Kavanaugh kept hitters off the base paths; he allowed 0 hits in an appearance more often than he allowed 2+ hits. Kavanaugh held a 0.86 WHIP through his first 2 complete seasons, with an 11.86 K/9 during that time. He went 3-0 on the 2022 season with a 3.38 ERA in 24 innings of work. Through those 24 innings, Kavanaugh picked up 27 strikeouts.
Zach Jacobs – Yarmouth-Dennis gains an experienced returner in Zach Jacobs, who is joining the Red Sox for his second summer. In 2021for UC Riverside, Jacobs amassed 88 innings of work, all of which came in his 13 starts. His 88 innings were the 4th most in the Big West Conference. In that span, Jacobs only walked 16. In 2021, Jacobs pitched his second career complete game, which included a season-high seven strikeouts. For Y-D that summer, Jacobs picked up another 25.1 innings while keeping full control of the strike zone. Over the 113.1 total innings, Jacobs pitched in 2021, he surrendered only 24 walks.
Owen Hackman – Owen Hackman comes to Y-D from Loyola Marymount University in California. As a relief pitcher, he has greatly improved in his sophomore season, his ERA dropping from 5.95 in 2021 to 2.68 this season. Hackman also more than halved his WHIP from 2.847 to 1.008. In his 43.2 innings of work this season, striking out 51 and giving up only 4 homeruns. He now holds a 3-2 record on Loyola Marymount’s season coming to the CCBL.
Alonzo Tredwell – Standing at 6’8 and weighing 235, UCLA Freshman right-handed pitcher Alonzo Tredwell was one of the most accomplished pitchers of his high school class, being ranked the 56th overall RHP in the Country. Tredwell’s arsenal is comprised of a low-90s fastball that could rise with development, a slider, a 12-6 curveball and a changeup. Alonzo has recovered well from Tommy John surgery his senior year of high school and has been dominant for UCLA this season out of the bullpen. He holds a 1-0 record with 2 saves and is posting a 2.19 ERA to go along with 22 Strikeouts in just 12.1 innings of work.
Will Rudy – Will Rudy will join Y-D from the west coast’s California Polytechnic State University. The 6’1 right-hander made his most notable career appearance in March against Sonoma State, where he pitched 9 innings with only 1 hit, 1 walk, while tallying 12 strikeouts and no runs. Rudy did have a no-decision for the loss in extra innings. Rudy has accumulated quite the lineup of awards and accomplishments for his impressive talents, including D2CCA All-West Region First Team, CCAA Most Valuable Pitcher, All-CCAA First Team, CCAA All-Tournament Team in 2022. He was also a CCAA All-Academic (2x; 2019-20, 2020-21), and CCAA Spring All-Academic in 2021.
Bryce Robison – The former 12th ranked player from the 2019 High School class in the state of Nevada, Bryce Robinson has lived up to the hype. As a true Freshman, Robison appeared in 7 games, pitching 13.2 innings, allowing only 2 runs on 8 hits while striking out 10. The BYU coaching staff then decided to have Bryce work as both a starter and reliever, a tough ask for any pitcher. With that role, Robison shined, posting a 7-2 record with a 3.78 ERA in 64.1 innings in 6 starts, and 17 relief appearances. Bryce is stepping up once again this season. He is 5-0 with a 2.48 ERA in 3 starts and 9 relief appearances, with a 6.25 K/BB ratio, limiting the opponents’ batting average to an impressive .223.
Luke Jewett – The former 67th ranked right-handed pitcher in the 2021 High School National Class, Luke Jewett has been an immediate difference for 13th ranked team in Division 1, UCLA. Of all bullpen arms, Luke Jewett ranks second in appearances with 16. In those 16 appearances, Jewett has a 3.57 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP, allowing no runs in 12 of the 16 appearances. His pitching arsenal is highlighted by a low-90’s Fastball, a “high action changeup”, and a sharp breaking ball. Jewett will garner attention during the Pac-12 award season but has already been recognized as Two-Time Preseason Underclass All-American in both 2020 and 2021, and Top Prospect Team at Perfect Game National Showcase·Area Code Games participant.
Braden Montgomery – Stanford University freshman Braden Montgomery is a big-time two-way player. He is a switch-hitter with power from both sides who can also get up to 93mph with effortless mechanics on the mound. Along with a state title and other accolades from his high school career, Montgomery posted a .479/.590/.875 slash line with seven home runs and 50 RBI. Montgomery also got it done on the mound in 2021, posting a 9-0 record with a 0.74 ERA to go along with 116 strikeouts in 56.2 innings of work. Braden Montgomery was the 66th overall ranked draft prospect for the 2021 MLB Draft by MLB.com and just recently signed an NIL deal with Roc Nation Sports.
Luke Savage – Luke Savage was impressive in his freshman year for the TCU Horned Frogs when he put up a 3.32 ERA with a 5.0 K/BB ratio while going 3-0. This year in his sophomore campaign, Savage has taken things to a different level. Savage owns a 1.69 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 32.0 innings this season. Savage has appeared in 19 games and has not allowed a run in 15 of those games. In conference play, Savage has been even better; he owns a 0.81 ERA which leads the Big-12. Aside from being an All Big-12 candidate, what Savage does off the field is even more impressive. He started a non-profit, Blessed Feet, which works to deliver athletic footwear to athletes who don’t have the financial resources to afford their own shoes.
Connor Markl – An elite left-handed pitcher from Grand Canyon University, Connor Markl fills up the zone, boasting a 4.63 K/BB rate in 36.0 innings. In a dominant outing against Stanford, the sophomore put up 10 strikeouts and 1 walk in 6.0 innings pitched, tied for his longest appearance of the 2022 season. Markl’s control is not only a key aspect of his success, but also an integral part of the GCU pitching philosophy, which in part looks like: less than 1 walk per 3 innings, more than 62% strikes and 65% first pitch strikes. Markl’s success rate in these three metrics is 91.7%, a mark good enough for the coaching staff to deem Connor Markl the ace.
Coby Ingle – After having to sit out Western Carolina University’s 2022 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Coby Ingle is ready to take on Cape Cod this summer with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. Before his transfer to Western Carolina University, Ingle played for North Carolina State University’s Wolfpack baseball. In 2021, Ingle lead NC State’s freshman in ERA and innings pitched, with a 2.57 ERA in 14 innings for the season. The sophomore relief pitcher will bring his southern flair to the Y-D squad for the summer.
Ivran Romero – In his first college appearance, Ivran Romero threw a scoreless 1-2-3 inning. That was just the beginning for the rookie, as he proceeded to string along 19 more consecutive scoreless innings to start his career. It would be the longest stretch to start a career in the 21st century for the University of San Diego. Romero finished the year with a 3-1 record to go along with a 3.14 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 43 innings though 19 relief appearances and one start. In his sophomore campaign, Ivran has kept the hitters at bay. He holds a 1-1 record with a 2.25 ERA in 11 appearances out of the bullpen, two of which were saves. Y-D is excited to have this sophomore join us for the summer.
Dylan Ray – 6’4, 230-pound right-handed pitcher Dylan Ray uses his strong frame to his advantage. Through 14.1 innings for the University of Alabama, Ray has 27 Strikeouts, good enough for a 16.96 K/9, which is in the top 1% of all qualified pitchers at the D1 level. The size, strikeout numbers, and grit has led Alabama Head Coach Brad Bohannon to say this about Dylan, “He’s a guy that we’re really counting on…He can run his fastball up to 95 and he’s got a really good breaking ball and a good changeup, and he throws a ton of strikes.” Ray missed his True Freshman season due to a UCL tear and is now back and ready for a strong summer with the Y-D squad.
Shaun Gamelin – If you are looking for a dominant pitching season at the NCAA level, look no further than Y-D’s Shaun Gamelin in 2022. In 8.1 innings of work, Gamelin has struck out 20 batters, an 80% strikeout rate. In Shaun’s 9 appearances so far this season, he has gone 1-2-3 with 3 strikeouts 4 times. More incredibly, from March 15 through April 12, Gamelin allowed a grand total of 0 baserunners – no walk or hits–while striking out 83% of the hitters he faced during that span. To add to the madness, Gamelin has not pitched in a game that Rhode Island College has lost this season. Of course, Gamelin has added trophies to his windowsill over the course of his career, including First Team All-Little East in both 2020 and 2021, and Team All-New England in 2021.
Sam Klein – Sam Klein, a hard-throwing right hander from Bloomington, Indiana has taken a huge leap forward from his freshman to sophomore season. Klein has more than halved his ERA, going from a 5.52 to a 2.25, raised his K/BB ratio from a 1.09 to a 2.86, lowered his WHIP from a 1.71 to a 1.08, and hasn’t allowed an extra base hit all year. All these improvements have led Ball State squad to appoint Klein as their closer, a role that he has exceled in, having 6 saves in 7 opportunities. Klein leads the conference in saves and has Ball State at #1 in the standings. Klein comes from a family of dominant pitchers, his brother, Will Klein, is the No. 20 prospect for the Kansas City Royals.
River Ridings – As a Freshman, River Ridings was one of the elite bullpen arms in the nation for Texas Christian University. Ridings posted a 1.08 ERA over 33.1 innings in 23 appearances, striking out 39 and limiting opposing hitters to a batting average of .182. In his sophomore season, Ridings was selected for the closer role by the coaching staff, and now is the high-leverage reliever for the #12 ranked team in the country. In Ridings freshman year, he was 2021 1st team Perfect Game Freshman All-American, 2021 2nd team D1 Baseball Freshman All-American, 2021 2nd team NCBWA Freshman All-American, and 2021 Big 12 All-Freshman Team.
Garrett Gainous – A sophomore exercise science major, right-hander Garrett Gainous will be joining Y-D for the 2022 summer. In his 15 starts during the 2021 season, Gainous pitched 83 innings with 83 strikeouts in that time. In that time, he had a 9-5 record. Those 9 wins were the most in the country by any freshman starting pitcher. Interestingly, Gainous spent considerable time playing centerfield in high school. His most dominant outing of the 2022 season came in April against the University of Louisiana Monroe where Gainous gave up only 2 hits (one of which was a home run) and 0 walks through 7 innings. Through those 7 innings, Gainous picked up an impressive 12 strikeouts as well.
Zach Veen – A 6’0 lefty from Point Loma Nazarene University, Zach Veen comes to Y-D after a sensational sophomore season. Veen carried a sparkling 1.38 ERA and 0.48 WHIP into the NCAA Division II National Championships, where the Sea Lions are hunting for a national title. He struck out 54 batters in 39 innings during the regular season, and has continued to put up strong performances on the mound through the Sea Lions’ postseason run. A second-team Division II All-American, Veen entered the National Championships with a perfect 5-0 record and six saves.
Michael Boeve – Michael Boeve, the former #1 ranked third baseman in the state of Nebraska has been an everyday starter from his first day at The University of Nebraska Omaha. In his freshman season, he led the team among all qualified starters, batting .317, driving in 29 runs in a team-high 47 games. In his sophomore season, Boeve leads his team in almost every major offensive category- slugging percentage, OPS, doubles, total bases, BB/K%, OBP, homeruns, batting average, stolen bases – while paving the way for the Summit League. The lefty batter and right-handed thrower will make his Cape League debut with Y-D this summer.
Homer Bush Jr. – Homer Bush Jr. brings elite speed, standout defensive glove, and proven results in the box to the Y-D squad. A sophomore everyday starter for Grand Canyon University, Bush Jr. is hitting .287 while leading the team in walks and coming in second in stolen bases. Perfect Game ranked Homer as the 4th ranked outfielder in the State of Texas for the class of 2020. That same year, Baseball Factory scouts praised the young up-and-comer: “His actions are very natural at the plate, in the field and on the bases”. Being a highly touted prospect as well as a “natural” is par for the course for Homer Bush Jr. His father, Homer Bush, was a career .286 hitter across a 7 season MLB career.
Jonathon Long – There are few players on the Cape this Summer with a baseball journey like Jonathon Long. After his senior season of High School, Jonathon was relatively unrecruited, and ended up at Long Beach State where he walked-on as a freshman. That Freshman year, Jonathon went from a walk-on that wasn’t guaranteed to make the Varsity team, to the everyday starter at third base. That season, Jonathon slashed .341/.410/1.001 with only 25 strikeouts compared with 11 walks. After his breakout freshman season, Coach Valenzuela decided to give “Jonny” a scholarship for his final 3 seasons.
Tre’ Morgan – You may recognize this LSU standout from SportsCenter, where he had the #3 play on the weekend Top Plays segment. Morgan came into LSU ready to set the SEC on fire, as he slashed .357/.441/.967 with 26 extra-base hits in his freshman year. Morgan is an athletic, defense first, first baseman who is now racking up awards for his bats as well as his glove. These include 2021 First-Team Freshman All-American (Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA), 2021 D1 Baseball Second-Team Freshman All-American, 2021 Second-Team All-SEC, 2021 Freshman All-SEC, 2021 SEC All-Defensive Team, and 2-time SEC Freshman of the Week all in Morgan’s freshman year.
Jack Costello – As a Freshman at the University of San Diego, Jack Costello played well above his experience. Costello finished the season with the longest consecutive game hit streak (12) in the West Coast Conference and had an impressive 17 multi-hit games to go along with it. In total, Costello finished his freshman campaign slashing .338/.402/.892 to go along with an impressive strikeout rate of just 9%. These numbers were good enough for Costello to be recognized as All-WCC Freshman Team, All-WCC Honorable mention and Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American. Now in his sophomore season, Costello has kept pace excelling as an everyday starter for the Toreros, slashing .328/.393/.857. The sophomore outfielder has gained the attention of professional teams and is slated to be a high-value draft pick for the 2023 MLB draft.
Jordan Thompson – Jordan Thompson started 61 games for LSU as a Freshman, where he slashed .250/.324/.716 with 8 homeruns. No homerun in his career was more theatrical than his Walk-off homerun against Oklahoma this season; Bottom of the 11th, 2-1 count, in the Houston Astro’s Minute Maid Park, live on ESPN, Thompson got a hold of one and ended the game, bat-flip and all. Thompson is having a great start to the 2022 season, with all his batting statistics taking a jump, he’s currently slashing .301/.422/.884. Thompson has racked up some impressive awards from both his high school days and now in the SEC.
Cole Carrigg – Over the course of a season, Cole Carrigg will gear up to catch, turn double plays up the middle, make a homerun robbing catch in the outfield, and he’ll even get up on the mound where he can throw over 90 MPH. As a Freshman, Carrigg started 33 games from 5 different positions, slashed .270/.406/.847 with a 1.05 K/BB rate, as well as posting a 0.00 ERA in 2 appearances on the mound. As if playing every position wasn’t enough, Carrigg is also a switch hitter. Coming up clutch was part of the formula for success in Cole’s freshman season, recording a 91% success rate with runners at third with less than two outs, delivering 10 RBI in 11 chances.
Hunter Haas – A sophomore from the Arizona State University, Hunter Haas rejoins the Y-D Red Sox for his second summer. In 2021, Hunter Haas had one of the better freshman seasons for any player at the Division 1 level. While being an everyday starter, primarily at the hot corner, Haas slashed .304/.371/.773 to go along with 12 stolen bases and only 25 strikeouts in 55 games in the highly regarded Pac-12. Haas had 22 multi-hit games including a streak of 7 consecutive games with multiple base-hits. While his bat was powerful, his glovework garnered its own attention; he was Pac-12 All-Defensive Team, ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Finalist (3B) and more. You can’t mention Hunter Haas without mentioning the word clutch. Haas knocked in the go-ahead or walk-off RBI seven times in ASU’s 33 wins, he also hit .406 on the season with runners in scoring position.
Pascanel Ferreras – The former 5th ranked shortstop in the 2020 high school class from the state of Georgia, Pascanel Ferreras returns to the Y-D squad for his second summer on the Cape. After his summer 2021 success for Y-D, Pascanel garnered the attention of the press and piled up many awards for the 2022 season including Southern Conference Preseason Player of the Year, Preseason First-Team All-SoCon, and Preseason Third-Team All-America. To follow up the impressive preseason nominations, Pascanel punished pitchers this season, slashing .362/.443/.672 while starting every game for Western Carolina. For the Southern Conference, Pascanel ranks 6th in hits, 8th in RBIs, and 9th in total bases.
Gunner Gouldsmith – 5’7 infielder from Washington State University Gunner Gouldsmith adds to the list of west coast natives calling Cape Cod their home this summer. The switch hitter from Reno, Nevada made 23 starts in 2021 for WSU, hitting .281 with 16 hits and 5 RBI. He would go on to leave WSU baseball after the conclusion of the season.
Malakhi Knight – 6’3, 200 LBS Freshman from UCLA comes to Yarmouth-Dennis as one of the most highly touted freshman prospects in the Country. Last Summer in the West Coast League, Knight batted .342 with 25 runs, 11 extra-base hits (three home runs), 23 RBIs, and 8 stolen bases, which was good enough for an All-WCL Team honorable mention. He has a slew of awards, including the #1 ranked high school player in the state of Washington. Knight was also a star basketball player in high school, winning the Boys Basketball Player of the Year Award in 2019-20.
William Hamiter – Alabama outfielder William Hamiter is ready to make his Cape League debut this summer. At Northridge High School, Hamiter spent most of his time as a middle infielder at both shortstop and second base. Hamiter missed the beginning of Alabama’s 2022 season due to a foot injury that kept him off the diamond until the beginning of April. The Tuscaloosa native is currently batting .283 on the season and is not slowing down anytime soon. On May 21, he hit his season high with 4 RBI against the University of Arkansas, which included a home run. His entrance into the SEC marked his entrance to the outfield.
Cole Roberts – An everyday starting infielder -and captain- over at Loyola Marymount University in California, Roberts has excelled in his role this year. Beyond having a career year in offensive production, Roberts brings consistency and leadership to his university squad, being one of just two players who have started every game this season. As LMU looks to finish the year strong with Roberts’ help, one could think that pressure could get to the young star. Fortunately for LMU, Roberts has been in the baseball limelight his whole career – excelling under pressure runs in the family. Cole’s Father, Dave Roberts, is the Manager of the 2020 World Series Champion LA Dodgers.
Fernando Gonzalez – A Y-D Red-Sox returner, this sophomore hails from Panama City, Panama. Fernando Gonzalez was a defensive catcher when he signed with the University of Georgia. Gonzalez set the school record with a 1.000 fielding percentage in 330 total chances. His offensive prowess also showed up for the Bulldogs, slashing .254/.275/.343 across 40 games in the fiercely competitive SEC. Gonzalez has shown himself to be a very versatile player, having experience at third base, shortstop and on the mound in high school in addition to his home behind the plate.
Luke Shliger – Luke Shliger joins Y-D fresh off one of the most impressive NCAA seasons by a catcher in 2022. As a sophomore, Shliger is leading the Maryland University baseball team to their best record in school history and back-to-back NCAA Regionals appearances for only the third time in school history. He has done so by being the everyday catcher, slashing. 331/.486/1.042, stealing 13 bases (Which is second on the team and top 10 in the country for a catcher), while also throwing out 11 runners from behind the plate. His .486 OBP ranks top 10 Division 1 catchers. Shliger also leads the Big Ten in walks. In addition to his season-long successes, Shligers’s most notable moment came back in late April when he caught the 20th Perfect Game in D1 Baseball History.
By: Mike Puzzanghera – Intern
Kris Bow – A 6’4 right-handed hurler, Kris Bow excelled this past season for the College of Southern Nevada. Bow was named the NJCAA Region 18 Relief Pitcher of the Year for 2022, ending the year with a 2.16 ERA while working both as a starter and out of the bullpen for the Coyotes. He struck out 64 opposing batters in 41.2 innings on the mound. Bow excelled at limiting damage — he allowed just one home run and seven total extra-base hits all season. The big righty appeared in key spots all year for the Coyotes, earning five saves while also starting Southern Nevada’s first playoff game against Southern Idaho.
Brian Edgington – The CAA leader in strikeouts will make his way to Y-D this summer from Elon. Brian Edgington, a 6’0 right-handed pitcher, struck out 83 batters in 80 regular season innings for the Phoenix to lead the conference. Edgington pitched for Elon for three seasons after stops at Saint Joseph’s and Mercer County Community College, lowering his ERA each year and hitting a 3.56 mark this past spring. Given the chance to start Friday nights for the Phoenix this season, Edgington rarely disappointed, starting 15 games (including one complete game) on his way to an All-CAA Second Team selection.
Our roster is constantly evolving as players come and go. We’ll edit this article to add in additional players as they sign on with us.
Mark your calendars for Opening Day on June 12! The Y-D Red Sox will take on the Orleans Firebirds at Eldredge Park in Orleans. First pitch will be at 6:30pm. Visit our Schedule page for the full 2022 Y-D Red Sox schedule.