Head Coach Jamie Shevchik
Jamie Shevchik returns for his second year at Brewster.
In his inaugural season last summer, Jamie led the Whitecaps to a playoff berth, compiling the second best overall record in the Cape League.
During his 15-year career as head coach at Keystone College (PA), Coach Shevchik has built the Giants into a regional power. Headed into conference playoffs in May as the top seed once again in 2016, Shevchik’s teams have compiled an impressive, 497-157 overall record, a .760 winning percentage. He has been honored as the CSAC Coach of the Year four times in the past seven seasons. Over the past six years, Coach Shevchik has seen 15 former Keystone players sign independent contracts with Major League teams.
Coach Shevchik has also compiled a glowing record in collegiate summer baseball, including an eight-year run as the head coach at Danbury in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. His Westerners made five NECBL playoff appearances and won their division in 2010 and 2012.
Coach Shevchik joined the Keystone baseball coaching staff in January 1998 as an assistant. In 1993 and 1994 as a player, he was an outstanding pitcher and outfielder at Keystone. Following his graduation from Mid Valley High.
A Division I coach for more than 20 years with St. Francis College and Wagner College, Tommy Weber brings the Whitecaps proven player development and leadership skills. He also boasts successful summer college baseball experience, thanks to six years managing the Staten Island Tide in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, a team he founded in 2010. In his six years at the helm, the Tide earned three division titles and three Championship Game appearances, winning the title in 2011. The team was 137 – 86 on his watch. In 2014 Coach Weber also worked with the Brooklyn Cyclones, New York Mets Class A short season club. He is a professor at St. John’s University’s School of Sports Management, where his courses include Techniques of Effective Coaching and Current Issues in Sports. A record setting shortstop at Wagner, he signed with the Boston Red Sox where a spring training injury ended his playing career. Tom is an accomplished golfer and jazz pianist. He lives with his wife Carolyn in New York City.
Third Base Coach, Infielders
Lance Ratchford joined the Marist College Red Foxes this spring where he is coaching outfielders, first base and coordinating camps and clinics. Before that, he was the top assistant and hitting coach for three seasons at SUNY Oneonta, as well as assisting for three years in summer ball with the Oneonta Outlaws of the NYCBL. Coach Ratchford also founded Triple Crown Baseball Factory, an indoor baseball training facility. As a college player for Keystone, he was part of the 2011 team that reached the NCAA D3 College World Series, finishing third. That same year, he was named to the NCAA Regional All Tournament Team and honored as the CSAC Academic All Conference Shortstop. Before Keystone, Coach Ratchford played three years at D2 Mansfield University. He was a .317 college hitter overall, including his career-best .339 in 2011 for Keystone and Coach Shevchik
2016 marks Coach Straub’s third year assisting Head Coach Jamie Shevchik for the Keystone College Giants. Besides developing pitchers and catchers, Coach Straub serves as the Giants Recruiting Coordinator. In summer 2013 Austin joined Head Coach Jamie Shevchik as his assistant in the New England Collegiate Baseball League for the Danbury Westerners. Straub, of Manlius, NY, started his collegiate career at Rider University where he performed as both a catcher and a pitcher. A Keystone College transfer in 2010, Austin helped lead the fourth nationally ranked Giants to a World Series berth in 2011 and an overall record of 38-12. As a catcher at Keystone College he was an all-conference selection in 2012 as a catcher and in 2013 as a utility player.
Evan Kirsch joined the Delaware State baseball staff as the Hornets’ pitching coach in October 2015. He had been pitching coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY. Besides winning the 2015 Liberty League regular season and conference championships, RPI was named the Liberty League’s Coaching Staff of the Year. The league’s top two hurlers in conference earned run average, overall and league strikeouts, and conference wins were members of the Engineer staff. Kirsch played in college at Millersville University (PA) and professionally for the Taos Blizzard in the PECOS League, where he posted a league-high 18.34 strikeouts per nine innings. He signed pro with the Trios-Rivieres Aigles of the CAN-AM League in 2014. Kirsch also college summer ball in the NYCBL, PGCBL and Valley League, where he set league and franchise records for single-season appearances, ranked in the top three for lowest opponent batting average and was named to the Top 10 Relief Prospects List.
First Base Coach, Hitters, Catchers
2016 is Ryan Smyth's sixth year as an assistant coach with Keystone College and first with the Brewster Whitecaps. At Keystone, he coaches the team's hitters and catchers and coordinates recruiting. Smyth has coached more than 20 players in the past five years who have signed professional contracts. He has significant summer college baseball coaching experience, including six years in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) both as a hitting coach and manager before making the jump up to the Cape this summer. As a player, he was two-year standout player at Keystone after stints at Boston College and Brookdale Community College (NJ). In his two seasons with Keystone, he hit .349 with 87 hits, 19 doubles, 21 home runs, and 73 RBI’s. He ranks fifth all time for career home runs (21) after playing for only two seasons. He played professionally for the Evansville Otters in the Frontier League.
2017 Whitecaps Baseball Hot Stove with Coach Jamie Shevchik
Obviously no baseball is being played at Stony Brook field but that doesn’t we mean that we can’t think about baseball. One of our favorites rites of the off season is getting to chat with Coach Jamie Shevchik. So we caught up with him recently and asked a few questions…
1) You have an interesting sense of geography. What’s the story with your GPS gene? How did a guy from northeast Pennsylvania become such a big LA Dodgers and Minnesota Vikings fan?
I had no choice, I was literally born a Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Dodgers fan. My father was a huge Fran Tarkenton fan when he played for the NY Giants and when Fran returned to Minnesota my father’s allegiance followed. Same story with the Los Angeles Dodgers, my father was originally a Brooklyn Dodgers fan and followed them to the west coast. As the first born child in the family I wasn't given an option growing up. But I do have 2 younger rebellious brothers who’ve strayed from the flock and became Dallas Cowboy fans.
2) Last year, with the Whitecaps, had to be a little disappointing…sophomore jinx? Your thoughts?
Expectations were high and they should have been given the season we had in 2015. We had some tough luck with the roster before the season started and throughout the summer. We ended up losing more than 16 pitchers and 8 position players after May 1st. Summer school, innings limits, injuries, and the draft had us playing catchup through the entire summer and we were never really able to recover.
3) Tell us a little bit about the 2017 potential roster and who to watch in the upcoming college season?
We learned a valuable lesson from the 2016 season. This year we stayed away from recruiting draft eligible players and pitchers who potentially will throw a lot of innings at school and may get shut down before the Cape season starts. We’re bringing 5 players back from last year and they include 2 All Stars in 2nd Baseman Nick Dunn (Maryland) and 1st Baseman Bryce Jordan (LSU). We are also bringing back infielders AJ Graffanino (Washington), Julian Infante (Vanderbilt), and outfielder Beau Jordan (LSU). We’re also excited about this year’s new players — between both the full time and part time players on the current roster there are 14 Freshman All Americans and some other very high profile freshmen. Some of the top pitchers you will see in Brewster this summer are left handed Pitcher Nick Mondak (St. Johns) with a fast ball from 90-94 Nick pitched in the Futures Collegiate League as a High School Senior and was ranked the #1 pro prospect in the League by Perfect Game. Another pitcher we are excited about is left-hander Zach Thomson (Kentucky). Zach is also a freshman and was drafted in the 11th round in the 2016 draft making him the highest drafted player in the 2016 draft to turn down professional baseball and attend college. Some of the top position players are highlighted by sophomore outfielder and freshman all American Marty Costes (Maryland). Along with freshman all American honors, Marty was also ranked as the top prospect by Perfect Game in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League. Another outfielder is Steele Walker (Oklahoma). In 2016 Walker played in the Northwoods Collegiate League where his .406 batting average was tops in the league. Walker also had 7 Home Runs and only struck out 17 times in 212 at bats.
4) Some fans have asked if the Cape League is going through something of a change? Fewer players seem to coming from the blue chip D1 schools. For example, last year Falmouth had 3 players from Lipscomb University (including 2 who made the All Star team). No disrespect to Lipscomb but hardly a school that’s a household name. What’s going on? Summer baseball is changing across the country, more and more leagues keep popping up and players don't have to leave home to play in a decent summer baseball league. The Cape is still the most prestigious league in the country but more and more of the high profile programs are cautious about sending their prized arms out to pitch in the summer for fear of their players getting over worked or possibly suffering an injury. Some of the programs where players don't get seen as much by scouts are more willing to send their top players in order to get both the player and their program more exposure. I think the perfect example of this is Zach Lowther (Xavier) from last season. While Zach pitched more than 90 innings at school, he still came out to pitch the entire summer for the Whitecaps. Last summer Zach pitched his way into becoming one of the top left handed pitching prospects in the upcoming 2017 draft. Some of the smaller D1 schools that you will see on our roster this year include Kent State, Bryant, Western Michigan, Gardner Webb, Xavier, South Alabama, Mercer, and Seattle.