The summer baseball season has ended for the three members of Florida’s College World Series-winning team who played in the Cape Cod League.
Two Gators — right-handed pitcher Michael Byrne (Cotuit Kettleers) and outfielder/pitcher Austin Langworthy (Falmouth Commodores) — made it to the playoffs, but their teams were eliminated in the first round last weekend.
Byrne, a relief pitcher who last spring set the Gators’ single-season saves record at 19, posted a 0.63 ERA over 14 1/3 innings spanning seven appearances for Cotuit. He gave up 2 runs (1 earned), 10 hits, struck out 13 batters and walked 5.
Langworthy, who played his freshman season at Florida last spring, was used primarily as a hitter and an outfielder during his time on the Cape. In 22 games, Langworthy posted a .223 batting average with 12 RBI and scored 14 runs. The left-handed pitcher also had two appearances on the mound, giving up 1 earned run and 2 hits in two innings.
Infielder Jonathan India, the third Florida player, did not get to experience the playoffs because his Harwich Mariners finished 15-28, and in last place, during the regular season. India played in 19 games and finished third on the Mariners roster with a .273 batting average with 3 RBI and 9 runs scored. Six of India’s 18 hits went for extra bases — including 1 home run — and his 13 walks tied for the second on his team.
All three are expected to play big roles for Florida in 2018 as the Gators look to repeat as national champions. The experience in the Cape Cod League, which is the premier summer college league in the nation, should help. Founded in 1885, the Cape league has had more than 1,100 future major league players on its rosters through the years, according to the league website.
Outfielder Austin Bodrato, a spot player during his freshman season for the Gators and one of six Gators in the Northwoods League this summer, had another solid week for the Kenosha Kingfish. In five games last week, Bodrato posted a .467 batting average (7 for 15) with an RBI and a walk. Bodrato is hitting .293 in 25 games.
Here are how the other five Florida players in the Northwoods League are performing:
- Right-handed pitcher Tyler Dyson is 4-0 with a 1.58 ERA over five starts after giving up 1 earned run over 6 2/3 innings last week.
- Left-handed pitcher Andrew Baker lowered his ERA to 2.41 after throwing three scoreless innings in one relief appearance last week.
- Right-handed pitcher Nate Brown dropped to 0-2 and saw his ERA jump to 3.37 after giving up 4 runs (2 earned) over 4 1/3 innings in his lone start last week.
- Right-handed pitcher Nick Long, who had a rough first two weeks in the Northwoods, threw six scoreless innings in a start last week to lower his ERA to 6.63. Long has given up 1 earned run over his last 11 innings (0.82 ERA).
- Right-handed pitcher Billy McKay, a reliever, went 0-1 and recorded a save in three appearances last week. He gave up 3 runs (1 earned) over five innings. He has a 2.85 ERA with 10 saves in 25 relief appearances.