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Urbanski named top pro prospect from summer league
6-foot-4 junior pitcher draws MLB attention with stellar summer playing for Amsterdam
September 23, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton junior pitcher Mike Urbanski was selected as the top professional prospect in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League by PerfectGame USA, the nation’s leading scouting service. Urbanski was the closer for the Amsterdam Mohawks and the top prospect honor capped an all-star summer season for the 6-foot-4 right-hander, who will be eligible for the MLB draft this coming June.
Urbanski struck out 40 in 30.1 innings for the Mohawks, who captured their fourth PGCBL league championship in the last five years with a win over Elmira in the title series. He went 5-2 with four saves and a 2.67 earned run average in 18 appearances. Urbanski had a more than 6-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (40-to-6) and opponents hit just .204 off him.
According to the Amsterdam release, “Urbanski displayed a 91-93 mph fastball which occasionally topped in the 94-95 mph range. He also featured a hard, devastating slider.”
Last spring, he helped Binghamton capture an America East championship with a team-high 16 appearances. He had two wins, two saves and closed out Maine in BU’s 4-0 title game win with a scoreless ninth inning.
“Being honored as PGCBL’s top prospect is true testament to how hard Mike has worked to develop his skills and turn himself into an elite pitcher,” head coach Tim Sinicki said. “He’s been a tireless worker on the field with Coach Johnson (pitching coach Dustin) and in the weight room with Coach McGovern (Bryan). With continued commitment, Mike has the ability to be one of the top pitchers in the America East Conference come this spring.”
The Bearcats currently have four pitchers in affiliated MLB organizations: Scott Diamond (Minnesota Twins), Murphy Smith (Oakland Athletics), Mike Augliera (Boston Red Sox) and Lee Sosa (Oakland Athletics). Binghamton has produced 17 MLB draft picks and professional signees in the last eight years.