July 12--HARWICH -- The Chatham Anglers were at Whitehouse Field on Tuesday night for a game with the first-place Harwich Mariners on Cape Cod's elbow. The air was misty with dense saltwater humidity, the mosquitoes could have doubled as British Spitfires -- and the players wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else.
Andrew Chin of Newton and Boston College and Wake Forest'sMax Tishman of Wellesley were not in action, but the southpaws are a big part of Chatham manager John Schiffner's rotation.
"They are both doing well," Schiffner said. "Chin threw a gem the other night and we couldn't get the win for him, and Tish has been throwing fantastic considering that most of the year he was a situational lefty at Wake Forest."
Chin and Tishman are in transitional phases, and the Cape Cod League is the perfect arena to plot their respective futures.
Chin, a redshirt junior at BC, was provided an appealing and lucrative option June 7. He was selected by the New York Yankees in the 15th round (452 overall) of the Major League Baseball draft. Out of high school in 2011, he was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays in the fifth round (169th overall), but he had undergone Tommy John surgery his senior year at Buckingham Browne & Nichols and elected to head off to college.
The fact that Chin is enjoying his second season in Chatham would indicate a return engagement as the Eagles' ace. But Chin said he will let his work for the Anglers influence his leanings toward a return to BC or a move to the minor leagues. Chin has made five starts this summer and is 1-1 with a 3.85 ERA.
"Essentially every team in this league is a college All-Star team, so you are getting the best in the country," Chin said. "Right now I'm going to wait until the deadline and see what happens so I don't have an answer whether I'm going back to school or sign yet. I was really excited about being drafted by a class organization. But I think I made the right move going to college and playing in the Cape League."
Tishman was nationally recruited out of Lawrence Academy and his short list of colleges included Wake Forest and Virginia. He redshirted his freshman year and joined the Demon Deacons pitching staff as a starter this past season. After two unproductive starts, he spent the remainder of the campaign in the bullpen.
Tishman burns to return to Winston Salem, N.C., with a starter's command of his four pitches. This summer, he has made four starts and is 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA.
"I view the Cape League as minor league ball like a low-(Single) A or rookie ball with the best college guys in the country all competing and showing their skills," Tishman said. "It's a great experience that makes us all better. The goal when I get back to campus is the front of the rotation and that is what I'm playing for this summer. I'm building up my innings and arm strength in the starting role so when I come back in the fall I'll be ready."
Chatham feels like a second home for Tishman because it is just that. His family has a summer home in town and he attended Anglers games as a youth, and in fact he served as the bat boy in 2002.
Schiffner is cognizant of his young pitchers' ambitions.
"These kids are on loan to us and we want to make sure they get a good experience," Schiffner said. "But we are not going to beat them up so that they leave here tired or injured."
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