Mohawks’ Wingenter named top prospect

AMSTERDAM – Baseball America has selected Trey Wingenter (Auburn) of the Amsterdam Mohawks as the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s top professional prospect. The magazine released a list of number one rated prospects for 21 different summer leagues today. A list of the PGCBL’s top prospects, as rated and compiled by Baseball America, will be released later this week. ??

Trey Wingenter was a starting pitcher for the nationally-ranked Mohawks. He was one of six members of the league champion Mohawks selected to the PGCBL’s Rising Stars team. ??

The rising sophomore from Auburn University finished second among all PGCBL pitchers with 55 strikeouts. He averaged 10.46 strikeouts per nine innings, 5.5 strikeouts per start and 1.17 strikeouts per inning pitched. Wingenter, a converted catcher in his third summer as a pitcher, went 2-4 with a 3.04 earned run average in 10 regular season starts. He struck out 55 batters and walked 19 in 47.1 innings pitched.

The Auburn product was second among all Amsterdam pitchers in starts and he was one of just four league pitchers to start at least 10 games. ??

Both regular season victories recorded by the Madison, Ala., native came against playoff participants. He pitched a four-hit shutout and struck out six batters over six innings in a 3-0 victory over the Newark Pilots on June 23 at Shuttleworth Park. At eventual PGCBL Championship Series opponent Elmira on July 25, the 19-year-old spun a two-hitter over six innings. He conceded one unearned run, walked one and struck out seven.

Wingenter’s longest outing came against the Adirondack Trail Blazers at the hitter-friendly Smith Sports Complex in Boonville on July 12. Wingenter struck out a season-high eight over seven innings pitched. He conceded three hits and retired 20 of the 26 batters he faced in a hard-luck defeat. ??

In the postseason, Wingenter propelled the Mohawks into the PGCBL Championship Series. Wingenter started Game 3 of the Eastern Division finals against Albany. He pitched six strong innings in a 9-4 Amsterdam victory. Wingenter was a 36th round (1091st overall) selection of the Seattle Mariners in 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He began his varsity baseball career at Bob Jones High School in Madison, Ala., as a catcher. The 6-foot-7 right-hander was converted to a pitcher prior to his senior season. As a senior, Wingenter went 9-0 with a 0.47 earned run average and 114 strikeouts in 60.0 innings pitched. He was named first team all-state in Class 6A by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

League top prospects, from Baseball America:

– 2008 – Logan Darnell, Amsterdam (Kentucky).

– 2009 – Braden Kapteyn, Amsterdam (Kentucky).

– 2010 – Mel Rojas, Amsterdam (Wabash CC).

– 2011 – Josh Anderson, Glens Falls.

– 2012 – Chandler Shepherd, Amsterdam (Kentucky).

  • 2013 – Trey Wingenter, Amsterdam (Auburn).