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Even as the Amsterdam Mohawks stumbled out of the gate this summer with a 3-7 record and brought up the rear much of the first half in the Perfect Game Collegiate League’s Eastern Division, it was premature to write off the team’s chances of capturing another league title.
Sure enough, the Mohawks gathered up a head of steam over the second half, losing only one of their final 16 regular-season games, and cruised into post-season play. From there, they won four of five playoff tilts, beating a stubborn Elmira team in the final, to capture their fourth championship in the last five years—including 2009 and 2010, in their final two years in the New York Collegiate League before joining the PGCBL as a charter member.
Under the astute direction of general manager Brian Spagnola and head coach Keith Griffin, who have been on board for all four titles, the Mohawks assembled another prospect-heavy squad this summer, with 12 players on the accompanying list of the league’s top 25 prospects. That’s in contrast to 2012, when Amsterdam had only seven players in the top 25, yet won the PGCBL title in more convincing fashion by going wire to wire with a club-record 39 wins.
The team never really got rolling until all hands were on deck after being burdened with early-season injuries and the late arrival of a number of key players from NCAA Division I teams involved in post-season play. Just three players returned from Amsterdam’s 2012 championship team.
In each of the last two seasons, the top league’s top two prospects were Mohawks pitchers. Last year, Southeastern Conference underclassmen Rocky McCord (Auburn) and Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky) occupied the top two spots; this summer, electric reliever Mike Urbanski (Binghamton) and lanky starter Trey Wingenter (Auburn) established themselves as the prospects for scouts to keep closest tabs on going forward.FAST FACTS
Year League Established:
2011States Represented in League:
New YorkNo. of Teams in League:
10 (9 in 2012)Regular-Season Champion (best overall record):
Amsterdam Mohawks (31-16-1; 45-18 overall)Post-Season Champion:
Amsterdam MohawksTeams, Perfect Game Summer 50/Final Ranking:
No. 9 Amsterdam MohawksNo. 1 Prospect, 2012 (per PG CrossChecker):
Rocky McCord, rhp, Amsterdam Mohawks (Auburn; played in Cape Cod League in 2013)First 2012 Player Selected, 2013 Draft:
Nic Pivetta, rhp, Glens Falls Golden Eagles (New Mexico JC; Nationals/4th round)
Player of the Year:
John Nogowski, 1b, Amsterdam Mohawks (Florida State)Pitcher of the Year:
Eann Cox, rhp, Cooperstown Hawkeyes (Lewis, Ill.)Top Prospect (as selected by league):
None selectedBATTING LEADERS
Michael Pierson, 2b, Utica Brewers (.404)Slugging Percentage:
Dylan Smith, dh/1b, Amsterdam Mohawks (.556)On-Base Average:
John Nogowski, 1b, Amsterdam Mohawks (.497)Home Runs:
Luke Emling, of, Adirondack Trail Blazers (10)RBI:
Landon Thibodeaux, of, Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs; Dylan Smith, dh/1b, Amsterdam Mohawks (34)Stolen Bases:
Dalton Herrington, of, Mohawks Valley Diamond Dawgs (34)PITCHING LEADERS
Three tied at 6ERA:
Dylan Collett, lhp, Elmira Pioneers (1.71)Saves:
Donald Frew, rhp, Newark Pilots (6)Strikeouts:
Eann Cox, rhp, Cooperstown Hawkeyes (64)BEST TOOLS
Josh Anderson, 3b, Glens Falls Golden EaglesBest Hitter:
Kyle Barrett, of, Amsterdam MohawksBest Power:
Dylan Smith, dh/1b, Amsterdam Mohawks; Matt Dacey, 1b, Albany DutchmenFastest Base Runner:
Joe Moroney, of, Watertown RamsBest Defensive Player:
Mike Fischer, c, Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs; John Nogowski, 1b, Amsterdam MohawksBest Velocity:
Mike Urbanski, rhp, Amsterdam MohawksBest Breaking Ball:
Mike Urbanski, rhp, Amsterdam MohawksBest Command:
Mike Urbanski, rhp, Amsterdam MohawksTOP 25 PROSPECTS
1. MIKE URBANSKI, rhp, Amsterdam Mohawks (Binghamton/JR in 2014)
Statistically speaking, Urbanski’s sophomore year at Binghamton didn't stand out; he posted a 2-1, 4.74 record over 19 innings out of the bullpen. But the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Urbanski came on strong towards the end of the season, and closed out his club’s America East Conference championship-clinching win against Maine with one of his two saves. Given a chance to work on a regular basis as a closer during the summer with the Mohawks, his game took off. His fastball quickly spiked to 92-94 mph, peaking at 95, and his slider became a dominant second pitch. Additionally, he learned to command both pitches with precision, the result of a subtle adjustment to his delivery and corresponding decision to work only from the stretch position. Over a sequence of six straight appearances, he retired 27 batters in a row. That streak ended when he gave up a hit that cost his team a game, though he inherited both runners that scored. He also allowed three ninth-inning runs (all unearned) in Amsterdam’s 7-3 win over Elmira in the third and deciding game of the league championship series, but fittingly was on the mound when the Mohawks clinched the title. In 30 regular-season innings on the summer, spread over 18 appearances, he went 5-2, 2.67 with four saves, while also walking just six and striking out 40. If he can repeat his performance, or even come close to duplicating it as a junior at Binghamton, Urbanski could be one of the first college closers drafted, possibly as early as the second or third round.
2. TREY WINGENTER, rhp, Amsterdam Mohawks (Auburn/SO in 2014)
Long and lanky with plenty of projection in his 6-foot-7, 190-pound frame, Wingenter’s ceiling is significant. He is already armed with a fastball at 91-94 mph with good movement, as well as a tight, mid-80s slider, but has barely scratched the surface of his ability as he is so big and lanky that he has difficulty repeating his delivery, and as a result his command is inconsistent. As he progresses, his challenge will be to locate his fastball more consistently to both sides of the plate, while adding a dependable third pitch. With a frame that has room for another 30-35 pounds, he could also throw much harder in time. Wingenter pitched sparingly as a freshman at Auburn, working in 15 innings over six appearances (2 starts), but made significant strides on the summer as a starter. In 47 innings, he went 2-4, 3.04 and struck out 55 while walking 19. With a valuable summer of experience under his belt, Wingenter should have a solid chance to establish himself in the Auburn rotation next year.
3. JOSH ANDERSON, 3b, Glens Falls Golden Eagles (Florida International/RS-JR in 2014)
Anderson has travelled down this path before. Following his freshman year at an Arizona junior college in 2011, he was ranked the No. 2 prospect in the PGCBL after hitting a robust .368-9-38 for Glens Falls. But he barely played another competitive game at any level between then and his unexpected return to the league this summer after first sitting out his sophomore year at Yavapai (Ariz.) Community College, only to be red-shirted last spring after transferring to Florida International. Despite his extended time on the sidelines, the powerful 6-foot, 220-pound Anderson was essentially the same player this summer in almost all phases that he was two years ago. He flashed similar raw power, if not a little more to the pull side, and hit .340-3-19 in his second go-around with steady, hard contact. He has the same quick hands and solid approach to hitting. Anderson also settled in comfortably on both infield corners, and demonstrated an ability to stick at third base with his powerful arm, solid lateral actions and sound instincts, but is also athletic enough and has the aptitude to play anywhere in the infield. Anderson clearly has the raw talent and most of the other qualities necessary to be a factor at the pro level, but after being passed over in this year’s draft he’ll have a lot to prove to scouts next spring at FIU.
4. MATT SNYDER, lhp, Amsterdam Mohawks (Temple/RS-SO in 2014)
6-5 LHP was red-shirted as FR at Virginia Tech, transferred to Fulton-Montgomery (N.Y.) CC last spring, has since moved back to D-I level at Temple; may have been best, most-consistent arm in PGCBL with 9 straight quality starts, dominating performance in deciding game of playoffs when carried shutout to final inning; had impressive command of fastball/curveball/change repertoire, with 89-91 mph FB featuring excellent arm-side run; posted 5-0, 1.35 record with 19 BB/43 SO in 47 IP; very competitive pitcher, has chance to throw harder as adds bulk to lean frame.
5. KYLE BARRETT, of, Amsterdam Mohawks (Kentucky/SO in 2014)
Had solid college debut at Kentucky, led Wildcats in hitting by wide margin at .349; enjoyed similar success at plate on summer with .343 average, but was much more of a factor on bases with his superior speed, had team-best 18 steals in 22 attempts, was clocked in 6.63 seconds in 60 at league all-star game, also gets down line in sub-4.0 seconds; has good hands at plate, good bat control, could become more of an impact player at top of order with better bunting skills; excellent defender in outfield, gets good reads off bat.
6. ED CHARLTON, of, Amsterdam Mohawks (New Jersey Tech/JR in 2014)
Charlton’s second season in PGCBL, batting average dipped from .360 in 2012 to .300 this summer, but overall prospect status made solid strides; showcased every tool in encore, especially a vastly-improved arm in CF, also bigger/stronger; hit six homers (7 in 2012); was solid run producer for Mohawks with 33 RBI, but can improve pitch recognition, especially in identifying breaking balls.
7. ZACH REMILLARD, 3b, Albany Dutchmen (Coastal Carolina/SO in 2014)
As 38th-round pick of Astros out of local HS, 6-1/200 Remillard made easy transition to PGCBL a year ago with poised, purposeful approach, hit resounding .369-4-31; hit .221-3-21 during FR season at Coastal Carolina, numbers dipped to .296-1-16 in return to PGCBL, swing/approach had changed, raw power potential not as evident; equally apparent, though, that Remillard still a fast-twitch athlete with significant ceiling, just needs to work out kinks at plate; has big arm, ideal range/footwork at 3B, could even hold his own at all four infield positions.
8. JORDAN EBERT, of/2b, Amsterdam Mohawks (Auburn/SO in 2014)
Versatile, athletic talent; made 54 starts for Auburn as FR, playing mostly 2B; Amsterdam used him mainly in LF, but also saw time in CF, 3 infield positions and could be long-range fit at any of positions except SS; has a quick trigger at plate and squares up balls to all fields, hit .303-4-22 at Auburn, went 3-for-9 in brief Cape Cod League audition before released, rebounded to hit .318-5-27 for Mohawks, where he joined Auburn teammates Dylan Smith, Trey Wingenter; well-rounded player as power, speed (6.7 in 60), arm all viable tools, appears to profile best as offensive 2B.
9. JOHN SANSONE, ss/2b, Amsterdam Mohawks (Florida State/SO in 2014)
Took his talents to Florida State after turning down 2012 draft offer from Tigers (39th round), played every day for Seminoles at 2B as FR, hit .233-2-32; improved offensive performance on summer for Mohawks to .288-3-23, flashed bat speed/raw power; displayed solid middle-infield skills, better fit at 2B long-term.
10. JOE MORONEY, of, Watertown Rams (Kansas/JR in 2014)
Ranked among fastest players in PGCBL this summer on basis of 6.61-second time in 60-yard dash at all star game, also was pest on base paths with daring approach, stole 25 bags in 27 attempts; displayed outstanding skills/instincts in center field with excellent jumps, ability to run balls down, also has solid-average arm; made huge strides at plate after getting just 26 at-bats as SO at Kansas with disciplined, contact-oriented, line-drive approach to all fields, hit .308-0-18, led league with 41 runs in first real exposure to wood.
11. JAY GONZALEZ, of, Utica Brewers (Auburn/RS-JR in 2014)
From strictly a tools perspective, Gonzalez had one of highest ceilings of any player in league this summer; fast-twitch athlete with speed in all phases of game, flashes intriguing raw power in smaller 5-9/170 frame, though game is better suited to be igniter at top of a lineup; hit .362-1-31 this summer, also had 17 SB after being sidelined all of JR season at Auburn while on suspension for violation of team rules; Rangers took a late-round stab at him in 2013 draft on basis of raw tools, excellent 2012 season at Auburn (.308 average, team-leading 48 R, 30 SB).
12. DYLAN SMITH, dh/1b, Amsterdam Mohawks (Auburn/SO in 2014)
Without doubt, 6-3/220 Smith hit balls farther, had most raw power than any player in PGCBL this summer; took time to catch his stride after getting just 3 at-bats in spring at Auburn, but made solid impression overall at plate, hit .323-6-34; 1B by trade, saw most time over summer in DH role due to Mohawks regular first-sacker John Nogowski.
13. BUDDY PUTNAM, of, Glens Falls Golden Eagles (South Florida/RS-SO in 2014)
Putnam’s game saw marked improvement from a year ago in PGCBL, also from spring at USF, where he hit .182-1-8 in 77 at-bats; played in every game for Glens Falls and not only hit .296-3-33 with 16 doubles, but made solid impression with other aspects of game; showed a strong arm from right field, solid-average speed, but garnered most attention with plus raw power in projectable 6-3/195 frame; lefthanded stroke that was among smoothest in league this summer, though swing could be shortened.
14. AUSTIN LUECK, of, Watertown Rams (South Florida/JR in 2014)
Didn’t get a lot of exposure on summer as season ended after just 62 at-bats because of pulled thigh muscle; best all-around prospect on Watertown team that dominated West; speed most advanced tool, was near-equal of teammate Joe Moroney (No. 10), acknowledged as fastest player in league, stole nine bases in brief tenure; significant pop in 6-0/215 frame, hit .306-1-7, put on impressive power display in BP; solid defensive skills, plus arm; despite limited action, summer an upgrade from .245-2-13 season (30 SO, 94 ABs) at South Florida.
15. JOHN NOGOWSKI, 1b, Amsterdam Mohawks (Florida State/JR in 2014)
Selected PGCBL player of year on strength of league-best .497 on-base average, team-high .365 batting average, but real strength of game is Gold Glove-caliber skills at 1B, has excellent range/reactions/instincts around bag; strength of offensive game lies in ability to get on base, work counts; has uncanny hand-eye coordination, rarely gets fooled at plate; flashes some power, but mostly doubles power to gaps; hit .277-2-33 as SO at Florida State, went deep three times on summer.
16. MATT DACEY, 1b, Albany Dutchmen (Richmond/RS-FR in 2014)
Raw power display this summer was near-equal of anyone in league, won home run derby at all-star game, hit several balls a long way from left side during course of .263-6-31 season; has swing-and-miss tendencies (league-high 48 SOs/156 ABs), but acceptable tradeoff for plus power potential/run-producing ability, also can be overlooked because did not see game action in spring while in process of transferring from Michigan to Richmond; generally made good adjustments at plate on summer.
17. RICH VRANA, lhp, Amsterdam Mohawks (Marist/JR in 2014)
Ranked among most-effective pitchers in PGCBL this summer as combination starter/reliever, also had comparable success in similar role in spring; appeared in 13 games (4 starts) for Mohawks, went 6-0, 1.41, tied for league lead in wins, also walked just five, struck out 32 in 32 innings; as a SO at Marist, was 5-1, 2.87; 6-1/190 southpaw worked in 87-91 mph range, augmented FB with solid change, needs to develop breaking ball to become a starter as he progresses.
18. DYLAN DWYER, lhp, Amsterdam Mohawks (Kentucky/SO in 2014)
Unheralded lefty forced way into Kentucky bullpen as FR in spring, came on by leaps and bounds in summer as starter for Mohawks; 2-2, 4.87 record in 11 starts (41 IP, 25 BB/40 SO) not indicative of strides he made towards becoming legit prospect by end of season; struggled to command his stuff at times, but dominant when on his game; FB sat in 86-89 mph range with vastly-improved curveball squarely in conversation as top breaking ball in league; changeup also effective weapon when thrown for strikes; still room for physical growth in Dwyer’s 6-1/170 frame, could add significant velocity over next year or two strictly off arm speed he generates on power breaking ball.
19. DALTON HERRINGTON, of, Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs (Louisiana-Monroe/SR in 2014)
Earned first-team all-league honors for breakthrough summer at plate, on bases; hit .359-1-33 for Diamond Dawgs, stole league-best 34 bags, season was in sharp contrast to JR campaign at Louisiana-Monroe (.269-6-29, 9 SB, 7 BB-40 SO); went back to basics by emphasizing 6.6 speed, putting ball on ground, driving it to gaps more consistently instead of trying to hit ball out of park; has excellent CF skills but may profile more as RF at pro level with arm clocked at 92 mph; reunited on summer with Mohawk Valley coach Roberto Vaz after playing for him as FR/SO at LSU-Eunice JC.
20. GARRETT DeGALLIER, of, Glens Falls Golden Eagles (South Alabama/RS-JR in 2014)
Career has taken circuitous route from Gonzaga, Tacoma CC in Washington, to Glens Falls on summer, to South Alabama as fourth-year JR in 2014 college season; missed most of spring season with injury, took some time to hit stride with Eagles, was one of most-difficult outs, best talents in PGCBL in latter part of season; raw speed, defensive skills in CF are definite assets, gets job done at plate with good approach, decent pop for smallish 5-10/165 frame, hit .315-1-15 (20 BB/18 SO).
21. JOSH GARDINER, 2b, Amsterdam Mohawks (Radford/JR in 2014)
Coach’s favorite with scrappy, all-out approach in 5-8 frame; pound for pound, was best player in league as hit for both average (.327), surprising pop (15 2B, 4 HRs, 33 RBIs), had disciplined approach (26 BB, 17 SO), was a force on bases (15-of-16 SB) and made his share of highlight-reel plays in field; Mohawks took off as team when Gardiner put at 2B on regular basis, installed in 5-hole in lineup; receives excellent marks for his intangibles/makeup, profiles as SR-sign type.