July 24, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego's right-handed pitcher Matt Couch has been tabbed a Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star, it was announced by the league office.
Couch, a 6-0 senior from Sacramento, Calif., has been playing summer ball for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League, and he has been one of the most efficient pitchers. Thus far in the summer, Couch has posted a 1-1 overall record with a 2.77 ERA. He has a team-leading 32 strikeouts in 39.0 innings of work.
Couch will appear in the 45th Annual Cape Cod All-Star game this Saturday at Wareham's Spillane Field at 6 p.m. (EST).
Enjoying its 123rd season in 2007, the 10-team Cape League originated in 1885 with individual town teams, was reorganized into the Cape Cod Baseball League in 1923 with teams in Chatham, Falmouth, Hyannis and Osterville and is now the premier collegiate baseball summer league in the country.
A total of 198 former Cape Leaguers currently perform in the major leagues, including former Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito (Wareham '97-'98), former MVP Frank Thomas (Orleans '88), former AL batting champion Nomar Garciaparra (Orleans '93), and current Boston Red Sox captain Jason Varitek (Hyannis '91 & '93).
Cape League alumni of yesteryear include Baseball Hall of Famer Harold "Pie" Traynor (Falmouth '19), former New York Yankee greats Red Rolfe (Orleans '30) and Thurman Munson (Chatham '67), Cy Young Award winner Mike Flanagan (Falmouth '72), Rolaids Fireman-of-the-Year Jeff Reardon (Cotuit '74-76), former AL MVP Mo Vaughn (Wareham '87-88), long-time major league scout Lennie Merullo (Barnstable '35) and major league Manager of the Year Nat "Buck" Showalter (Hyannis '76).