Pictured: Max Perlman, second from the left, with Some West
-Courtesy, Josh Kummins
BOSTON, Mass. - Harvard pitcher Max Perlman threw a scoreless inning in the 2010 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game at Fenway Park and drew rave reviews in the process.
Perlman, in his second year with the Wareham Gatemen, entered the game in the third inning for the West team, which ended up winning the game by a score of 5-0.
Perlman allowed a seeing-eye single to the first batter he faced but then made quick work of his next foe, with a four-pitche strikeout while another the second out was caught stealing. Perlman then finished his inning with a weak ground out. During his inning of work, Perlman touched 90 miles per hour on his fastball and unleased a slider in the low 80's with a devastaing change up.
Perlman's outing took him less than four minutes but they were memorable to a player who has striggled with injury problems since being named a Freshman All-American in 2006.
The 6-foot-7 righty suffered through an elbow injury that kept him out of the majority of his sophomore and junior campaigns at Harvard. Although he did make five appearances for the Crimson in 2010, he was still rehabbing and searching to regain his form.
“I mean, it was just a long rehab process,” he explained in a press conference from Fenway. “A lot of work in the gym, it was a long throwing program. Once your arm gets back and healthy, you really just have to get the feel of all your pitches, get the feel of the game back. Being out of it for close to a year, you lose a lot of the feel. So it really helps to just get out there and play.”
He has since made the injury a thing of the past, and is currently dominating some of the best young hitters from across the country. As he certainly knows from experience, the CCBL is a great stage to compete with the best of the best.
“One through nine, everyone [in the Cape Cod league] is such a good player,” he explained. “You have to get up and ready for every game, there’s no weak spots in any lineups. It’s just fun to play with good competition both against you and on the same team.”
This summer, Perlman has made six starts for Warehman, going 3-1 with a 1.65 ERA, which is good for sixth in the league. In addition, he is in the top five in strikeouts and innings pitched.