California Collegiate League

The California Collegiate League (CCL), founded in 1993, is a collegiate summer baseball league headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, United States. It is associated with the National Baseball Congress.

The California Collegiate League
SportBaseball
Founded1993
CommissionerTBA
No. of teams10
Country United States
Most recent
champion(s)
Santa Barbara Foresters
Official websiteCalifornia Collegiate League: Home

The CCL hosts a 39-game summer season including a north-vs.-south All-Star Game.[1] Players use wooden bats and professional-level baseballs to further their development as potential professional ballplayers.

History

Four new teams from Northern California joined the CCL in 2014 (Menlo Park Legends, Neptune Beach Pearl, Pacific Union Capitalists and Walnut Creek Crawdads).[2]

Since 2014, the CCL has undergone significant growth and expansion, now chartering teams from Placerville to Orange County. Teams added to the league since the conclusion of 2013 postseason include, the Walnut Creek Crawdads, the Neptune Beach Pearl, the Menlo Park Legends (who have since left the league), and the Orange Country Riptide.

In 2015, the Texas Rangers, selected Dillon Tate with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, marking the highest a CCL alumnus has been drafted.[3]

In 2017, the California Collegiate League will expand to include the Rockville Rock Hounds, the Auburn Wildcats, the Long Beach Legends, and the Arroyo Seco Saints. This will bring the total number of teams from 10 to 14.

Current teams

Team Location Home field Year Founded
Academy Barons Compton MLB Urban Youth Academy 2007
Arroyo Seco Saints Pasadena Jackie Robinson Field at Brookside Park 2004
Conejo Oaks Thousand Oaks Sparky Anderson Field 2006
Healdsburg Prune Packers Healdsburg Recreation Park 1921
Lincoln Potters Lincoln McBean Stadium 2016
Orange County Riptide Irvine Orange County Great Park 2015
San Luis Obispo Blues San Luis Obispo Sinsheimer Park 1946
Santa Barbara Foresters Santa Barbara Santa Barbara City College Pershing Park 1991
Solano Mudcats Solano Vanden Baseball Field 1990

    Former teams

    • Auburn Wildcats
    • Ventura Halos
    • Southern California Catch
    • Rockville Rockhounds
    • Neptune Beach Pearl
    • Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox
    • Walnut Creek Crawdads
    • Bakersfield Sound
    • Glendale Angelenos
    • Los Angeles Brewers
    • Monterey Bay Sox
    • Menlo Park Legends
    • Oxnard Suns
    • PUF Capitalists
    • Team Vegas

    Champions

    Season Winner Runner-up Result
    2012 San Luis Obispo Blues
    2013 Los Angeles Brewers Santa Barbara Foresters 2-1 (best of 3)
    2014 Los Angeles Brewers Neptune Beach Pearl
    2015 Neptune Beach Pearl Los Angeles Brewers
    2016 Santa Barbara Foresters Conejo Oaks
    2017 Orange County Riptide Healdsburg Prune Packers
    2018 Conejo Oaks Orange County Riptide
    2019 Santa Barbara Foresters Arroyo Seco Saints

    Statistical leaders history

    Batting

    Year Batting Average Runs Scored Runs Batted In Home Runs Stolen Bases
    2014 Jon Torres, Los Angeles Dylan Moore, Los Angeles Granger Studdard, Santa Barbara Nick Maguire/Tristan Gray Granger Studdard, Santa Barbara
    2015 Larry Barraza, Academy Barons Larry Barraza, Academy Barons Aaron Cisneros, Academy Barons Aaron Cisneros, Academy Barons Keyon Allen, Academy Barons
    2016 Bret Boswell, Santa Barbara Billy Wilson, Healdsburg Martin Teague, Academy Barons Chad Spanberger, Conejo Billy Wilson, Healdsburg
    2017 Dayton Provost, Ventura Bryce Nagata, Healdsburg Jamey Smart, Healdsburg Lucas Halstead/James Free II Bryce Nagata, Healdsburg

    Pitching

    Year Earned Run Average Wins Strikeouts Saves
    2014 Matt Esparza, Los Angeles Vance Tatum, San Luis Obispo Jon Duplantier, Santa Barbara Andrew Vinson/Evan Rutter/Eddie Muhl
    2015 Angel Rodriguez, Conejo Gary Cornish, Santa Barbara Peter Bayer, Los Angeles Adam Atkins, San Luis Obispo
    2016 Kyle Johnston, Santa Barbara Korey Anderson, San Luis Obispo Tanner Murphy, Orange County Reece Buska, Academy Barons
    2017 Tanner Lawson, Santa Barbara Ty Weist, Santa Barbara Ty Weist, Santa Barbara Justin Smith, Neptune Beach

    Notable alumni of current teams

    While all teams in the California Collegiate League have combined for over 100 years of history, not all teams have played in the CCL throughout their history. The notable alumni of the current teams who have played in the CCL or in their respective teams' previous leagues include:

    Academy Barons

    Arroyo Seco Saints

    Conejo Oaks

    Neptune Beach Pearl

    Santa Barbara Foresters

    San Luis Obispo Blues

    Healdsburg Prune Packers

    Orange County Riptide

    • Dominic Fletcher
    • Beau Phillips
    • Caleb Killian

    References

    1. "California Collegiate League All-Star Game to be nationally televised on July 17". Think Blue LA. 15 July 2013.
    2. "CCL Accepts Petition from Four Bay Area Teams to Join League in 2014". Summer Baseball Insider. 8 October 2013.
    3. "Alumni - Academy Barons". Academy Barons Baseball. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
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