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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Auburn trio enjoying Amsterdam

Hudson Belinsky        
Photo: Perfect Game

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.”

Ebert is happy to continue working on his game while spending a summer with a couple of his teammates.

It’s just a lot of fun, getting to watch Trey pitch and he’s pitched so well,” Ebert said of the time he and his Auburn teammates have had in the PGCBL. “And Dylan has been tearing the cover off the ball so it’s a lot of fun.”

Ebert’s hitting a healthy .327 and getting on base a .368 clip, but it’s his defensive versatility that has Coach Griffin excited for the rest of the summer. 

We’ve played him at four different positions; he’s played second, short, third, and left,” said Griffin. “He’s done a nice job at all of them. He can play a lot of positions, and he’s not the best guy at any of them, but he’s credible (at all of them) and he does a nice job, which is huge.”

In Coach Golloway’s interaction with Ebert thus far, he’s stressed that Auburn should be a slam dunk for a regional appearance every single year.

That’s going to be our goal—not whether we’re going to a regional, but whether we’re going to host a regional,” Ebert said.

For now, the trio will focus on developing on the field and enjoying their summer in upstate New York.

It was kind of a blessing to get both of them out here, living under the same roof, across the country and on the same team and getting to play with those guys every day,” Wingenter said of his summer collegiate experience.

Next season, each player has a chance to play a key role as Auburn attempts to take the next step as a program.

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