If you scan through the Cape League rosters at the beginning of the summer, it's likely to read like a collection of players from top Division 1 programs across the country. New England's top D2 and D3 players usually find summer stages in the Futures League or NECBL, with a rare exception finding his way to the Cape.
The end of this Cape League season is a little different due to the timing of the signing deadline for the MLB Draft (Aug. 1). There are more Cape League opportunities for New England's D2 and D3 prospects.
In the last two weeks, seven D2 and D3 players from New England programs have signed Cape League contracts. Those players include UMass Dartmouth's DJ Perron (Swansea, Mass.), Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) and Logan Maitland (Tiverton, R.I.), Middlebury College's Alex Price (Ridgefield, Conn.), Wheaton College's Paul Prue (Dennis, Mass.), Southern New Hampshire's Danniel Rivera (New Britain, Conn.) and Worcester State's Michael Chaves Jr. (Hudson, Mass.).
Price is in his second stint with the Falmouth Commodores this summer, while the rest of the New England natives are newcomers to the Cape League. In the aftermath of an MLB Draft that got pushed back a month to account for missed scouting opportunities during the pandemic, original Cape Leaguers for the 2021 season are continuing to come to terms on pro contracts before the deadline on Aug. 1. As a result, the most important question being asked to potential late-summer signees seems to be, "How soon can you get here?"