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PG: Auburn trio enjoying Amsterdam

Amsterdam players celebrate Dylan Smith's (Auburn) second home run at Cooperstown on June 26. Photo courtesy Amsterdam Mohawks

Filed by Hudson Belinsky

The Amsterdam Mohawks, one of the most feared clubs in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, have assembled another talented club in 2013. PG’s Allan Simpson wrote last week about the club’s recent hot streak, and the Mohawks have seen plenty of production from a trio of players from Auburn: Jordan Ebert, Trey Wingenter, and Dylan Smith.

Ebert, Wingenter, and Smith are all hoping to impress new Auburn coach Sunny Golloway, previously the Head Coach of the Oklahoma Sooners, this summer. Ebert was an everyday player prior to Golloway’s arrival, but Smith and Wingenter have a chance to earn more playing time with strong summers.

After a hamstring injury on Opening Day, Smith missed just over a week. It’s taken him a little while to really hit his stride, but he’s quickly establishing himself as one of the top offensive prospects in the league. Over his past six games, Smith is batting an incredible .546, and he’s smacked two home runs and five doubles.

“He’s got real power. Big, physical kid. Has a chance to be very good hitter,” said long-time Amsterdam skipper Keith Griffin.

On the mound, Wingenter might have the highest ceiling of any prospect in the league. His fastball is routinely in the low-90s, checking in as high as 94 this summer. The 6-foot-7 right-hander is really focusing on development this summer. He played a small role out of the bullpen at Auburn this past season, but he might be ready to take on more responsible for Coach Golloway next season. Through five starts, he has a 3.47 ERA and 26 strikeouts over 23 1/3 innings.

“It feels good,” Wingenter said of his increased time on the mound. “I’m starting to get more comfortable on the mound with each start and as I’m staying in a routine, pitching every five days, I’m really working on trying to get better every time out. It’s definitely been nice to get out to a pretty quick start.

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