AMSTERDAM - Mohawks relief ace Mike Urbanski of Binghamton University was named the Perfect Game Collegiate League's top professional prospect by PerfectGame USA, a leading scouting service.
Urbanski was dominant as the Mohawks closer during the 2013 season. He displayed a 91-93 mph fastball, which occasionally topped in the 94-95 mph range. He also featured a hard slider. He will be eligble for the MLB draft in 2014.
This marks the fifth time in the last six years the Mohawks have had the league's top professional prospect.
Mike Urbanski, above, who played for the Amsterdam Mohawks, was named the Perfect Game Collegiate League’s top professional prospect by PerfectGame USA. (The Leader-Herald)
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 PGCBL's Eastern Division, it was premature to write off the team's chances of capturing another league title.
The Mohawks gathered 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 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 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 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, reliever Mike Urbanski (Binghamton) and starter Trey Wingenter (Auburn) established themselves as the prospects for scouts to keep closest tabs on going forward.