Arizona and Andy Lopez have a few pitchers up in New England this summer getting some work in, and Nathan Bannister is proving his value for next season.
In five appearances this summer, Bannister has posted a 3-0 record and a 1.50 ERA in 24 innings pitched.
In all five of the games he's pitched in, Bannister has gone at least four innings, and has thrown six innings in each of his last two outings.
Usually, pitching dominates in Cape Cod play because it's a whole bunch of college guys using wood bats. But his 1.50 ERA is the second-best of all the pitchers that are up there with a minimum of .8 innings pitched per team game. Only Adam Whitt from Nevada has a better ERA, sitting at 0.75. Bannister and Whitt are currently tied for the league-lead in opponent batting average as well.
The idea of Bannister as a starter is intriguing. In these two games that he's thrown six innings, he has not walked a single batter, and has given up a total of seven hits. 68 and 75 pitches total respectively in those starts, which is efficient.
He had six walks, three hit batters and 23 hits allowed in just 15 innings this season for the Wildcats.
Another potential 2015 starter, Tyger Talley, recently joined Cape Cod League play and recorded a two-inning save on July 11th against Bannister's Orleans Firebirds. Kevin Newman also returned to The Cape after failing to make Team USA, and is currently defending his batting title with a .409 batting average. Newman's had at least two hits in all but two games since his return on July 3rd.
Good on Bannister though. After messing with the arm-slot all season, it looks like he's definitely found something that works for him, and is effective.