Amsterdam's Mike Urbanski (Binghamton) on the mound at Shuttleworth Park. Photo courtesy Amsterdam Recorder/Michael Kelly
Mike Urbanski (Binghamton) of the Amsterdam Mohawks has been selected as the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s top professional prospect by Perfect Game USA. The scouting service released a list of the number one rated summer league prospects earlier this week. A list of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s top 25 prospects, as compiled by Perfect Game USA, will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
Urbanski, the closer for the nationally-ranked Amsterdam Mohawks, was a first team All-PGCBL selection and he was the winning pitcher for the East in the 2013 PGCBL All-Star Game.
The rising junior from Binghamton University went 5-2 with four saves and a 2.67 earned run average in 18 regular season appearances. Urbanski pitched 30.1 innings out of the Amsterdam bullpen and compiled 40 strikeouts and six walks. He averaged 11.87 strikeouts per nine innings and amassed a 0.923 WHIP. Opponents against the Amsterdam closer managed a .204 batting average.
Urbanski tied for third in the league in victories and saves. He won his final five decisions in a row and earned all five victories over PGCBL playoff teams. He recorded his first win over Newark on June 23 and added two triumphs each against Albany and Mohawk Valley.
The Schenectady, N.Y., native set a league record when he retired 27 batters in a row over six appearances between June 28 and July 11. Seventeen of the 27 outs were recorded via strikeout. The streak began against rival Glens Falls on June 28. Urbanski conceded a one-out single and then seated the next two men he faced. Three nights later, Urbanski struck out seven and retired 10 men in a row in a 4-3 win over Mohawk Valley. The 6-foot-4 hurler retired the side in order against Glens Falls on July 3. Less than a week later on July 9 versus Cooperstown, Urbanski increased his string of outs to 20 in a row. He struck out four of the five batters he faced in 1.2 scoreless innings. Two nights later, Urbanski tossed two perfect frames in the completion of a suspended game against Albany from July 5. He returned to the Shuttleworth Park mound to face Albany in the regularly-scheduled game with the bases loaded and no outs. Urbanski induced a fly out to center field for the first out, his 27th in a row. A one-out single by Albany’s Matthew Dacey (Richmond 2013-14) ended Urbanski’s string of perfection.
At the PGCBL All-Star Game, the Binghamton product was one of three East pitchers to retire the side in order and he was the only one of the three to not have a ball hit out of the infield. Urbanski struck out the first man he faced and then induced back-to-back ground outs to end the inning.
PGCBL Top Prospects - Perfect Game
2011 - Erick Gaylord, Watertown
2012 - Rocky McCord, Amsterdam
2013 - Mike Urbanski, Amsterdam