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Mohawks sign two pitchers from Florida State

Taylor Blatch (left) and Andy Ward (right) are both part of Florida State's 2013-14 recruiting class which was ranked 18th in the nation by Baseball America. Photos courtesy Perfect Game USA

The 2012 and 2013 PGCBL champion Amsterdam Mohawks have announced the signing of two pitchers for the 2014 season.  Taylor Blatch and Andy Ward, both freshman pitchers at Florida State University, have agreed to travel north for the summer and join the Mohawks.

They follow on the heels of two Seminoles who played for the Mohawks last summer.  PGCBL Player of the Year John Nogowski (1B) and John Sansone (2B) both were major contributors to the 2013 Mohawks championship team.  Both were also everyday starters for Florida State last spring.

Blatch, a Stuart, FL native was a 27th round selection by the Minnesota Twins in the MLB draft last June and was one of FSU’s top recruits.  Ward, an Oviedo, FL native missed his senior high school season after having surgery.

Taylor Blatch, Stuart, FL (Jensen Beach High School)

RHP, R/R, 5-11, 165
*Perfect Game National Rank: 132
*1st Team All-Area
*Drafted 27th Round (800 overall) by the Minnesota Twins
*High school coach: Chris Vaccaro

FSU Assistant Coach Mike Martin, Jr. on Blatch: "Taylor is a right-handed pitcher with an electric arm. He can get his fastball up to 94 mph. Taylor is another guy that will make an instant impact on the mound this year. He is also a very athletic player that can get off the mound and make a play."


Andy Ward, Oviedo, FL (Oviedo High School)
RHP, R/R, 6-3, 200
*2012 Perfect Game National East MVP Pitcher
*2011 WWBA 16U MVP Pitcher
*Miami Herald All-Broward 8A-6A First Team DH
*Missed 2013 season due to Tommy John surgery
*High school coach: Harold Hitt

Martin, Jr. on Ward: "Andy is a right-handed pitcher that is coming off Tommy John surgery this past spring. Before the surgery, he was ranked as one of the best right-handed pitchers in the country. Andy has a fastball that has been clocked at 93 mph with a wipe-out slider. When we finally get him healthy, Andy will make an immediate impact on this team."



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