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Chatham announces initial 2024 roster

by Chatham Athletic Association
Thursday, May 30, 2024

Chatham announces initial 2024 roster
The Chatham Anglers have released the team’s initial 2024 roster, made up of 43 players from 21 states who represent 33 colleges and universities. The roster will continuously update throughout the season.

Three players return from the 2023 team, a group that includes Coastal Carolina shortstop Sam Antonacci, Gonzaga left-handed pitcher Liam Paddack and NC State right-handed pitcher Shane Van Dam. Manager Jeremy “Sheets” Sheetinger enters his first year on Chatham’s coaching staff.

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Antonacci highlights the returnees after leading Coastal Carolina in batting average (.367) as a junior transfer this season. The infielder played in 17 games for Chatham last year, driving in five runs. Antonacci has helped lead the Chanticleers back to the NCAA Tournament where he will square off against two other rostered A’s in the Clemson Regional. Coastal Carolina battles Vanderbilt and Logan Poteet (catcher) and Jayden Davis (second baseman).

In addition to two Vanderbilt Commodores on the roster, Chatham is set to bring in seven other SEC players. Louisiana State left-handed pitchers Griffin Herring and Cameron Johnson are set to be a marquee additions from the SEC. Herring leads the Tigers in ERA this season with a 1.88 earned run average across over 40 innings primarily out of the bullpen. Out of high school, Johnson ranked as the No. 43 overall prospect by Baseball America heading into the 2023 MLB Draft. He received day one draft interest before opting to stick with his commitment to LSU. Gavin Van Kempen, a right-handed pitcher from West Virginia, has also previously received professional interest. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 20th round of the 2022 MLB Draft, though he decided to forgo the selection.

A couple of other notable A’s pitchers include twin brothers Malachi and Kyson Witherspoon, both current sophomores at Oklahoma. Malachi is the former No. 6 ranked right-handed pitcher in Florida, according to Perfect Game, and was picked in the 12th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2022. While Kyson, also a right-hander, was a Perfect Game top-280 prospect in Florida.

Texas’ Will Gasparino and Washington’s Aiva Arquette headline Chatham’s incoming position players. Gasparino, a 6-foot-6 outfielder, was ranked as the No. 75 overall prospect by MLB.com prior to the 2023 MLB Draft before choosing to stick with his commitment to Texas. While Arquette is formerly the No. 2 prospect in Hawaii, per Perfect Game. The infielder was an 18th-round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2022, and batted .325 during his sophomore season with the Huskies.

The Anglers are coming off a 15-27-2 season where they finished fifth in the Cape League’s East Division. The A’s have missed the postseason in each of the last three years.

Chatham begins its 2024 season on the road against Wareham on June 15 at 6 p.m. Each of the club's 40 games will be broadcast live on the Cape Cod Baseball Network, with the Anglers Extra Pregame Show beginning coverage 20 minutes before first pitch.

Chatham's Cape Cod Baseball League team dates to 1923, and has been known as the Anglers since 2010. The Cape Cod Baseball League's modern era began in 1963, but traces its roots to 1885.