They’ve had this up for a bit, so if you’ve missed it…well, here it is again anyways. The Kettleers posted their roster for the upcoming season as well.
I am SO excited to see their roster every year. Blame it on growing up down the road from Lowell Park, on my first “beat” interview involving a long discussion with GM Bruce Murphy over the 2008 roster…yes, it’s been nearly five years. Or, perhaps, you can blame it on the fact that four of the guys on the roster are current players at Vanderbilt, where I’m doing an internship.
Zo (Kevin Ziomek) will be a returning pitcher for the Kettleers. I didn’t get to see him all that much last season on the Cape because of conflicting scoring schedules, but I’ve seen him pitch a few times here. Watching him pitch is like watching him say to himself, “Oh, I think I’ll throw a 100mph fastball here. Sounds like a good time. Yeah, I think I’ll do it.” And then he does it.
Tony Kemp is FAST. Ronnie Richardson (Harwich 10-11), Patrick Biondi (Cotuit 11), sorts of fast. And an absolute character, capable of eliciting laughter from anyone. Last year, Coach Roberts said he needed a player who could galvanize his teammates and light a fire in them. Kemp might be just that guy.
And let’s not forget Beede. The first round draft pick straight out of high school who turned down a contract to play for Vanderbilt. A little rough around the edges so far, but the kid has all the makings of an All-Star, and a spring season playing under Tim Corbin and working with pitching coach Derek Johnson will do wonders.
And Connor. Good corner guy. I foresee him playing third or short for Mike this summer. (Highly doubtful he’ll unseat Anthony Gomez here at Vandy for the 6 spot).
Besides Zo, the only other player set to return is pitcher Bobby Wahl, whom, if you couldn’t figure out from my posts last year, seriously impressed me. I’m looking forward to watching him pitch this spring against Vandy (and not looking forward to it at the same time). With Zo and Wahl, Roberts will have a good 1-2 punch in his pitching, and Beede has the potential to bring something to the table there too.
I’ll have to look into the roster a bit more, but I’m excited anyways. Seven more months…