The books have closed on the first month of play in the Cow League, and all teams have completed their first 11 games of an 82-game schedule. So far, some clear early leaders and laggers have emerged, such as the hot-hitting Hillsborough Dinos (California) and Gatineau Devil Bears (Battle Creek), both of whom are leading their respective leagues with 8-3 records, and the struggling Halifax Gunboats (Calgary), who are win-less at 0-11.
At the end of the first week of play, the league Player of the Week awards went out. Miami Marauders (Detroit) second baseman Dusty Edwards was an easy choice for the Atlantic Coast League, as he went 15-for-35, hitting .429, with a pair of homers and 8 RBIs. Dusty was a solid performer during spring training for Detroit, and by the end of May found himself called up.
In the Frontier League, Bob Ketcheson was named the Player of the Week for his .533 average and 4 stolen bases. The switch-hitting right fielder for the Toledo Tornadoes (Ohio) had been solid all week, but especially shined in a 4-for-4 game on Sunday against Kelowna Inferno (Rimouski) where he earned player of the game as he racked up a double and three singles, adding to that a walk, while scoring three times. Toledo won in a lopsided finish, 11-5.
One of the finer pitching performances in the Cow League during the month of May was Baltimore Bruins (Jacksonville) RHP Yo Goto‘s 7.0 inning effort against the Hartford Judges (Chicago), where he struck out 12 batters and allowed just a single hit. Goto has dominated batters at the AAA-level Cow League for some time, but has yet to be rewarded with a full-time promotion by any franchise. Last season he threw a no-hitter against the Windsor Larks (Norfolk), while in the Chicago organization.
Injuries Adding Up
As soon as there are baseball games, there are baseball injuries. The Cow League is no different. Since the season started on May 21, there have been 30 players injured. One of the worst was St Anthony SeaWolves (Anchorage) shortstop Dan Carter, who was knocked senseless in a collision while sliding into a base and was diagnosed with post concussion syndrome. He is expected to miss 8-9 months.
Brampton Longhorns (Toronto) right fielder Dylan Block, a 2015 draft pick, was injured fielding a line drive, and will miss about 3 months, also with post concussion syndrome.