Nick Mondak Dominated Hitters In Futures League

Summer College League Top Prospects

Dante Baldelli (Photo by Cliff Welch)

Dante Baldelli (Photo by Cliff Welch)

Futures Collegiate Baseball League Top Prospects
Nick Mondak, lhp, Torrington (Fr., St. John's)
Dylan Grove, rhp, Martha's Vineyard (So., Oklahoma)
Ricky Constant, rhp, Nashua (Jr., Massachusetts-Lowell)
Dante Baldelli, of, Nashua (Fr., Boston College)
Jake Nelson, rhp, Nashua (So., Pennsylvania)
Isaiah Musa, rhp, Seacoast (So., Broward, Fla. CC)
Eric Hamilton, 3b/1b, Pittsfield (Sr., Oswego State, N.Y.)
Gavin Hollowell, rhp, Nashua (Fr., St. John's)
Dillon Nelson, of, Martha's Vineyard (So., Indian Hills, Iowa CC)
Mike Hart, of, Seacoast (Sr., Massachusetts)

SEE ALSO: Summer College League Top Prospects

Postseason Recap: The Nashua Silver Knights didn't even need a decisive third game to dispatch the Worcester Bravehearts, winning 9-8 in Game One and 8-5 in Game Two to bring home the third Futures Collegiate Baseball League title in franchise history. The Silver Knights battled back from a three-run deficit early in the opener and ended up winning the game in the 11th inning, thanks in large part to five hits--two of which were home runs--and six RBIs from first baseman Ryan Sullivan (Southern New Hampshire). In Game Two, the Silver Knights' offense was paced by two doubles from outfielder Yanni Thanopoulas (Amherst, Mass.), a pair of hits from DH Mickey Gasper (Bryant) and a pair of hits from outfielder Charlie McConnell (Northeastern). Collin Duffley (Massachusetts-Lowell) turned in a solid start (5 IP, 2 ER, 5 SO) to help stake the Silver Knights to an early lead they would not relinquish.

1. Nick Mondak, lhp, Torrington (Fr., St. John's)

The lanky Mondak spent all summer dominating college hitters for Torrington, finishing with a 1.45 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 43 innings. But what was especially impressive for opposing coaches is that he put up those numbers while using his 88-92 mph fastball almost exclusively all summer. In one start against Seacoast, Mondak struck out 12 hitters in seven scoreless innings and Seacoast manager Ben Bizier estimated Mondak threw three offspeed pitches in the entire outing. The key is his ability to spot the pitch on either side of the plate and its subtle late life which helped him generate a lot of swings and misses. Mondak's easy delivery and projectable frame (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) make many think there is more velocity in his arm and the fact that he was still throwing 90-92 late into some of his outings only served to reinforce that belief amongst opposing coaches. The effectiveness of his fastball meant that his changeup and curveball are still very much works in progress. They were effective this summer because Mondak's easy arm action meant that all three pitches looked the same coming out of his hand. But the changeup doesn't have a lot of sink to it yet and while the curveball does have some bend, it is more of a show-me pitch than a true weapon. The pitches aren't sharp yet and weren't used as more than a change of pace this summer, but Mondak made up for that by being able to throw his secondary pitches for strikes consistently. What makes Mondak such an intriguing prospect is that he is barely 18 years old. His ability to throw strikes with all three pitches, repeat his delivery and command his fastball is uncommon for pitchers fresh out of high school.

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