Kolek Leads Mat-Su To Alaska League Crown

Summer College League Top Prospects

Stephen Kolek

Stephen Kolek struck out 32 in 37 innings for Mat-Su

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Postseason Recap: The Mat-Su Miners failed to finish off their historic regular season with a championship in 2015 but they were back in the finals again after owning the best regular season record again this summer. This time they sealed the deal, sweeping the Peninsula Oilers in two games. Stephen Kolek (Texas A&M), Mick Vorhof (Grand Canyon) and Jordan Floyd (Kansas State) combined to hold the Oilers to just five hits and first baseman Jake Scudder (Kansas State) rapped out three hits and scored twice as the Miners took game one, 3-1. Game two was not as close as designated hitter Jacob Hughey (Long Beach State) and Garrison Schwartz (Grand Canyon) led the way with four hits from the leadoff spot and two RBIs from the three-hole respectively. Tyler Wyatt (Grand Canyon) got the win with three scoreless innings of relief before Floyd slammed the door on the series-clinching win.

1. Stephen Kolek, rhp, Mat-Su (So., Texas A&M)

A year after Corbin Martin was named the circuit's best prospect, another Aggie landed atop the list as the physical righthander Kolek flashed the type of movement and velocity on his fastball that made some think he could be a first-round pick in due time. The younger brother of 2014 No. 2 overall pick Tyler Kolek, Stephen pitched in just 12 games for the Aggies as a freshman but impressed anyway, striking out 21 in 30 innings and posting a 3.30 ERA. He was even better for the Miners this summer, striking out 32 in just 37 innings and finishing with a 2.45 ERA. Already 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Kolek used a cutter, two-seam fastball and sinker, all of which sat 89-92 mph this summer, to overpower opposing hitters. Other pitchers on the circuit might have thrown harder, but few boasted more movement on their pitches than Kolek. The hard sinker is his best pitch currently and if he is able to add strength and velocity down the road as Miners' coach Ben Taylor expects he will, the pitch will be downright lethal. He pitches off his variety of fastballs but his secondary stuff isn't below-average either. The changeup has good sink in its own right and has a chance to be an average pitch down the road while the curveball needs refinement but did show good depth at times. Despite his size and how hard he throws Kolek doesn't put a lot of effort into his delivery and his motion is very clean. This allowed him to throw all of his pitches for strikes in any count and keep hitters guessing. Kolek's command came and went this summer but that was at least partially attributed to the movement on his pitches.

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