Vega & Soldinger to Play in Prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan College baseball standouts Anthony Vega and John Soldinger will be teammates this summer playing for the Chatham Anglers of the prestigious Cape Cod Summer League. The 2012 All-MAAC First Team honorees are the first Jaspers to play on the Cape since Manhattan baseball alumni Nick Derba and Matt Rizzotti both were members of the Chatham A's in 2006.
Vega was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 30th Round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday. The 6'1" centerfielder from Patchogue, N.Y. set career-highs in every statistical category during the 2012 season to help lift Manhattan to its second straight MAAC title and berth into the NCAA Tournament. Vega hit .326, scored 41 runs and stole 32 bases which were the 13th most nationally. He was second on the team with 5 home runs and 41 RBI. Vega started all 60 games in centerfield, posting only one error and a .993 fielding percentage.
Soldinger earned All-MAAC honors for the third straight season in 2012, after ranking second in the conference with six wins. The 6'3" right-hander from Bay Shore, N.Y. led the league with six complete games, while also posting a MAAC best with five conference victories. Soldinger maintained a .259 batting average against starting 13 of 16 appearances in 94 1/3 innings of action. He posted 53 strikeouts and was named MAAC Pitcher of the Week twice. Soldinger, a rising senior, ranks 7th in program history with 21 career wins.
Vega and Soldinger helped Manhattan win its second straight MAAC Championship in 2012. The Jaspers were sent to the Columbia Regional of the 2012 NCAA Tournament where they went head-to-head with two-time reigning College World Series Champion South Carolina and Coastal Carolina.
The regular season of the Cape Cod Summer League begins on June 14 and runs through August 7. Live broadcasts for all of Chatham's games are available at Chathamanglers.com.