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8 former Anglers sign as undrafted free agents before Aug. 1 deadline

by Andrew Crane, 08-03-2021

8 former Anglers sign as undrafted free agents before Aug. 1 deadline

Since the MLB Draft’s conclusion on July 12, five current and former Chatham Anglers have signed with professional organizations as undrafted free agents. They join the 11 that were selected across the draft’s 20 rounds, longer than last year’s five-round version but still condensed from the typical 40, and give the Anglers 13 UDFAs in the past two seasons.

Those who went drafted and undrafted had until Aug. 1 to sign with professional teams, debating whether to launch their pro career early or return to school and leverage themselves for a higher draft slot — or for a position on draft boards in general — next season. The five UDFAs that signed played for the Anglers as recently as this season and as far back as 2019, when Chatham won the East Division regular-season title before losing to Harwich in the first round of the playoffs.

Adam Scoggins, Los Angeles Dodgers

When Scoggins played with Chatham, he was their most frequently used reliever and a consistent left-handed option out of the bullpen late in games. He struck out 16 batters in 6.1 innings, including a seven-strikeout, three-inning performance in his final outing against Wareham on July 9. Anglers manager Tom Holliday often used him as a chess piece against lefties, but throughout the summer — and especially in that last outing against the Gatemen — Scoggins demonstrated that he could retire hitters on both sides of the plate.

He spent his final two collegiate seasons at Oral Roberts, where he didn’t allow a run in five of his six outings during a condensed 2020 season and finished with a 3-1 record and 2.88 ERA this past year. Scoggins struck out 45 batters, walked just 13 and notched a team-high seven saves out of the bullpen. And before he played with the Golden Eagles, Scoggins threw 23 innings across two years with Crowder College, finishing with a rate of 19.29 strikeouts per nine innings his sophomore year.

Cade Cabbiness, Los Angeles Angels

While with the Anglers, Cabbiness appeared in 20 games but hit just .188 before leaving the Cape after a July 14 game against Hyannis — his first multi-hit game of the season. Four of his nine hits turned into extra bases, and all but one of those hits were directed toward the left side of the field. Cabbiness, an outfielder at Oklahoma State, started 50 of 56 possible games in 2021 and finished with a .282 average, recording just over a hit per game.

OSU head coach Josh Holliday said in June that Cabbiness “plays outfield like a shortstop” and is the best right fielder that he’s ever seen. He also started in center field and as the Cowboys’ designated hitter across his five seasons in Stillwater, compiling five multi-hit games in 2020 and another 15 this season.

Daniel Federman, Baltimore Orioles

Federman became the first Angler, current or former, to ink a deal after the draft’s conclusion, coming to an agreement with the Orioles within a day of the final round. He spent two seasons in the CCBL, the latest serving as a three-appearance stretch where he boosted his stock and mastered his fourth pitch with pitching coach Dennis Cook. A seven-outing 2019 season, including the start in Game 1 of the East Division Series, was followed by 9.2 innings this year where he struck out 15 batters and walked none.

In between those two Cape League seasons, Federman bounced around the rotation and bullpen at Miami, peaking as their Friday night starter to open his senior season but then finding himself back in a reliever role a few weeks later. But after allowing just one earned run with Chatham all summer, salvaging a tie for the Anglers in their season-opener and then propelling them to two additional wins, Federman positioned himself as a post-draft option for MLB teams, ultimately settling on the Orioles to start his professional career.

Jack Owen, Oakland Athletics

After missing the beginning of the 2021 season with an injury, Owen returned to lead Auburn’s staff in strikeouts and innings pitched with 46 and 51, respectively.

He appeared in five games for Chatham across a month in 2019, making one start and finishing with a 7.07 ERA. But Owen only walked two batters while striking out 14, flashing a low walk to strikeout ratio that’s followed him throughout four seasons with the Tigers. Baseball America ranked him as the No. 96 player in college baseball entering the 2020 season, and, just over a year later on July 16, Owen turned that into a professional contract with Oakland.

Jamal O’Guinn, Cincinnati Reds

For the past two summers, O’Guinn played with teams managed by Holliday, one with the Anglers in 2019 and another with the Tulsa Drillers — where Holliday, his staff and some of the players slated to appear with Chatham last season — in 2020 after COVID-19 shortened the college baseball season and canceled the CCBL. O’Guinn hit .259 for the Anglers, the third-highest number among players who appeared in more than five games, and compiled 30 hits, 20 RBI and a team-high 28 walks in 37 games.

He started 48 of 51 possible games for USC this past season, ranking second on the Trojans with 36 RBI and third with a .459 slugging percentage carried by 17 extra-base hits, and extended his presence as a consistent presence, and outfielder, in their lineup.

Parker Scott, Philadelphia Phillies

Scott spent a two-week stretch with Chatham in 2019, throwing 10 scoreless innings and striking out 17 while walking just one. He threw a season-high seven innings in his final Cape League appearance and only start, striking out nine in a 6-1 win over Orleans. Then, in his next season at Oklahoma State, Scott led the Cowboys with three wins and 31 strikeouts across 25 innings, tossing at least six innings in every start and striking out a season-high 13 batters against BYU on March 5.

That set the stage for a final season at OSU where he finished 8-1 with a 2.54 ERA. Scott didn’t record double-digit strikeouts like he did twice in 2020, but strung together nine in seven shutout innings against Texas Tech.

Paxton Wallace, Los Angeles Angels

Wallace returned from a season-long injury in 2020 — one that held him out of the lineup for the few games before the year’s cancellation — and won a Rawlings/ABCA Gold Glove for Wichita State at third base. At the plate, he hit .322 with a .533 slugging percentage and a team-high 49 RBI while playing in all 54 games. With Chatham in 2019, Wallace hit .209 in 32 games, recording 14 hits, driving in eight runs and drawing 12 walks.

His best Cape League game, and only multi-hit game for the Anglers, came on July 6 when he went 3-for-3 with a single, double and triple against Cotuit, finishing a home run shy of the cycle in the seven-inning Chatham win. With Wichita State this past season, Wallace recorded 19 multi-hit games, mixing in four games with three hits in each, and paced the Shockers’ offense to an American Athletic Conference elimination game where their season ended against Tulane.

Zach Cable, Chicago White Sox

Cable transferred to Oklahoma State after two seasons at Chattahoochee Valley Community College and made five relief appearances in the shortened 2020 season. He then returned the next season and threw 12.2 innings and finished with a 5.63 ERA. With Chatham, Cable appeared in six games, all out of the bullpen, and struck out 10 batters in 10 innings — compiling a 4.50 ERA.

His one win that summer came when he fired four shutout innings against Cotuit on July 6, surrendering one hit and three walks while striking out a pair of Kettleers. Cable touched triple-digits during a Coastal Plains League game in 2020, and transitioned to pitcher despite being recruited as a catcher.