European Baseball Players in American Education Final [L-P]

On Saturday, we gave you the final season update for the first 15 (alphabetically) European baseball players in American Education [link]. Sunday, we broke down 11 more [link]. Today, 14 additional athletes join the list in Eli Lingos, Alejandro Martín Pancorbo, Brian McAuliffe, Conor McNamara, Martin Mužík, Jan Nebenfuhr, Nick Niarchos, Martin Nicolay, Slater O’Brien, Nick Pantos, Andrew Papantonis, Daniel Patrice, Hayden Platt, and Axel Poesmans. These athletes represent Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, and Spain and include multiple athletes on our end-of-season awards list to be unveiled on Thursday.

Eli Lingos, LHP (SR, Arizona State University [23-32], Ariz.) [Bio]
LingosLingos was a reliable starter all season for the Sun Devils, peaking in a two-start stretch in late March in which he tossed 17 scoreless innings, scattering 11 hits and four walks, sending down 15 on strikes. Overall, the Greek-American finished with a 3.83 ERA and an excellent 2.36 BB/9, striking out 72 in 91 2/3 frames. In his four-year career, Lingos was 17-18 with a 4.21 ERA and 2.94 walks per nine over 66 games, including 42 starts. Though undrafted, Lingos would make for a nice No. 2 for Greece after Doxakis.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1GS, 7IP, 10H, 3ER, 3BB, 7K, HR
March 12-18 1GS, 7.2IP, 5H, 1ER, 3BB, 4K
March 19-25 1GS, 8IP, 5H, 0ER, 3BB, 8K
March 26-April 1 1GS, 9IP, 6H, 0ER, 1BB, 7K
April 2-8 1GS, 4.1IP, 9H, 3ER, 0BB, 3K
April 9-15 1GS, 6IP, 9H, 5ER, 1BB, 8K, HR
April 16-22 1GS, 6IP, 5H, 2ER, 1BB, 5K
April 23-29 1GS, 7IP, 13H, 6ER, 4BB, 2K, 2HR
April 30-May 6 1GS, 4IP, 8H, 3ER, 1BB, 0K
May 7-13 1GS, 6IP, 7H, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
May 14-20 1GS, 3.1IP, 6H, 6ER, 1BB, 0K, 2HR
May 21-27 1GS, 6IP, 3H, 0ER, 1BB, 6K

Alejandro Martín Pancorbo, RHP (HS SR, Sagemont H.S. [16-8], Fla.) [Bio]
Martín is a member of the Catalonian Baseball Federation and pitched regularly in his last year in high school, accumulating a 5.42 ERA in 31 innings, with a 38-to-18 strikeout-to-walk ratio, allowing 35 hits. Martín also had six plate appearances, going 2-for-4 with two runs, two walks, and one strikeout. The 6-1 (1.85m), 175 (79kg) pitcher will attend Nova Southeastern University in the autumn and plans to try out for the Sharks, who have produced big leaguers J.D. Martínez, Mike Fiers, Miles Mikolas, and Carlos Asuaje.

Brian McAuliffe, IF (SO, Denison University [32-12], Ohio) [Bio]
mcauliffe042817McAuliffe held down a starting role at the hot corner all season and finished with a respectable .248/.349/.393 batting line. Those numbers, however, were dramatically lower than his rookie year, when he saw infrequent playing time, but slashed .382/.493/.618. In 200 career at bats, McAuliffe has an excellent 30-to-40 BB-to-K ratio and will likely play a key role for a Denison squad that advanced to the NCAA DIII South Regional.

Week Stats
Feb. 26-March 4 3G, 5-for-13, 5R, 2B, 2RBI, BB, 4K
March 5-11 3G, 2-for-12, R, RBI, K
March 12-18 3G, 2-for-10, 3R, 3B, 2BB, 3K
March 19-25 5G, 5-for-14, 2R, 3 2B, 7RBI, 3BB, 6K
March 26-April 1 3G, 5-for-12, 4R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, BB, SB
April 2-8 3G, 4-for-15, 4 2B, 5RBI
April 9-15 3G, 2-for-6, R, 2B, RBI, K
April 16-22 4G, 2-for-14, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, BB, 2K
April 23-29 5G, 1-for-17, 3BB, 6RBI, SB
April 30-May 6 5G, 5-for-15, 6R, HR, 5RBI, 4BB, 4R
May 7-13 3G, 3-for-9, 2R, 2 2B, 4RBI, 3BB, K
May 14-20 2G, 0-for-6, RBI, 2K

Conor McNamara, RHP (SO, Marist College [27-23], N.Y.) [Bio]
McNamaraMcNamara made 13 starts and two relief appearances, giving the team plenty of innings (69 2/3), but struggling with the longball (12 homers, plus 14 doubles) and occasional control problems. Still, not many sophomores hold down rotation spots for DI programmes, and the 5.56 ERA and 43/22 K/BB ratio can be improved on. The Irish-American has made 19 starts in two seasons and should return to the Red Foxes’ rotation in 2019.

Week Stats
Feb. 19-25 2G, 1GS, 6.1IP, 10H, 8ER, 0BB, 7K, 2HR
Feb. 26-March 4 1GS, 4.2IP, 4H, 4ER, 4BB, 4K
March 5-11 DNP
March 12-18 2GS, 11.1IP, 16H, 8ER, 5BB, 8K, 2HR
March 19-25 1GS, 6.2IP, 3H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 2GS, 7.2IP, 6H, 3ER, 5BB, 2K, HR
April 9-15 1GS, 5.1IP, 5H, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, 2HR
April 16-22 1GS, 5.2IP, 7H, 1ER, 2BB, 3K
April 23-29 1GS, 4.1IP, 11H, 5ER, 0BB, 2K
April 30-May 6 1GS, 6IP, 6H, 2ER, 2BB, 3K
May 7-13 1GS, 4.1IP, 8H, 5ER, 0BB, 2K, 2HR
May 14-20 1G, 2.1IP, 3H, 1ER, 1BB, 1K, HR
May 21-27 1GS, 5IP, 7H, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, 2HR

Martin Mužík, C-1B (SO, Wake Technical Community College [27-18-1], N.C.) [Bio]
muzik.jpgIt was another monstrous campaign for Mužík, the top European offensive prospect in education. After slashing .406/.482/.744 last year, the catcher and first baseman improved on each category. In 45 games and 150 at bats, Mužík hit .407, collected 10 doubles, 6 triples, and 12 roundtrippers (.793 slugging), scored 48 runs and drove in 56, and improved significantly on last year’s strong plate discipline with a 24-to-18 BB-to-K ratio (.497 OBP).

In two years and 93 games, Mužík came up with a .406/.489/.768 slash line with 61 extra base hits, 98 runs, 103 RBI, and 20 stolen bases. As if that was not enough, Mužík improved his numbers behind the dish, throwing out 22.7 percent of runners.

After the season, Mužík took home NJCAA Second Team All-American, First Team All-Region, and Wake Teach Athletic Director Award honours. An email inquiring as to whether Mužík received an offer from a four-year programme to Head Coach Eric Sibrizzi was unreturned, but Mužík has proved that he can hit at an elite level.

Week Stats
March 5-11 4G, 7-for-15, 5R, 2B, 3RBI, 2BB, K, SB
March 12-18 4G, 3-for-12, R, HR, 3RBI, 2BB, 2K, SB
March 19-25 2G, 0-for-4, RBI, BB, K
March 26-April 1 3G, 4-for-11, 2R, 3B, HR, 4RBI, BB, 2K
April 2-8 2G, 3-for-4, 4R, 2B, 3B, HR, 7RBI 5BB
April 9-15 3G, 2-for-8, 4R, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2BB, 2K, SB
April 16-22 5G, 7-for-18, 6R, 2 2B, HR, 8RBI, 2BB, K, SB
April 23-29 3G, 5-for-12, 4R, 2HR, 3RBI, 3BB, 3K
April 30-May 6 3G, 4-for-9, 4R, HR, 6RBI, 2BB, 2K
May 7-13 3G, 4-for-13, 2R, 3B, HR, 4RBI, BB, 4K, CS

Jan Nebenfuhr, RHP (FR, Arizona Western College [13-8], Ariz.) [Bio]
Jan NebenfuhrNebenfuhr only saw action in eight games this spring and pitched to only one batter after an excellent start on March 23, suggesting the Czech may have gone down with injury. The overall number show some promise, with 23 whiffs in 23 2/3 frames, but his 6.08 ERA and 4.27 BB/9 were the worst on the staff. Given a healthy season in 2019, however, Nebenfuhr should continue to get opportunities.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1G, 2.2IP, 4H, 2ER, 1BB, 3K
March 12-18 1GS, 4IP, 2H, 4ER, 2BB, 7K, 2HR
March 19-25 1GS, 7IP, 4H, 3ER, 3BB, 5K
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 DNP
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 1G, 0IP, 1ER, 1BB, 0K
April 23-29 DNP
April 30-May 6 DNP
May 7-13 DNP
May 14-20 DNP

Nick Niarchos, IF-RHP (JR, High Point University [34-22], N.C.) [Bio]
niarchos_nick_web.jpgNiarchos saw very little action until May, then appeared in three games in a span of 12 days. While the Greek-American’s ERA was good (2.70), he walked nine and surrendered eight hits, striking out only five. On Mar. 9, Niarchos also came in at third base as a reserve, responding with a 1-for-3 with a run, two RBI, and a sacrifice hit. In three years, Niarchos has pitched in 28 games with a 4.91 ERA in 33 innings and has gone 3-for-23 at the plate.

Week Stats
March 5-11 1G, .1IP, 1H, 0ER, 1BB, 0K
March 12-18 DNP
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 1G, 2IP, 1H, 1ER, 2BB, 1K
April 2-8 DNP
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 2G, 1.2IP, 2H, 0ER, 2BB, 0K
April 23-29 1G, .1IP, 0ER, 1BB, 0K
April 30-May 6 DNP
May 7-13 1G, 1IP, 2H, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
May 14-20 2G, 3.2IP, 2H, 1ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
May 21-27 DNP

Martin Nicolay, C (FR, Averett University [10-28], Va.) [Bio]
NicolayAfter a month on the bench, Nicolay finally made his university debut, but on the season had a mere three at bats and had only five defensive chances without an attempted baserunner. The Belgian backstop will hope for more action next spring.

Week Stats
March 5-11 DNP
March 12-18 1G, did not bat
March 19-25 1G, 0-for-1
March 26-April 1 1G, did not bat
April 2-8 1G, 0-for-2, K
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 DNP
April 23-29 DNP
April 30-May 6 DNP
May 7-13 DNP

Slater O’Brien, LHP (SO, Saint Joseph’s University [21-27], N.Y.) [Bio]
O'Brien.JPGAfter failing to take the mound in this rookie year, O’Brien pitched sparingly for the Hawks in his second campaign. After struggling in two early appearances, the Irish-American went three weeks without coming into a game and was hit hard again. However, O’Brien finished with two good outings in which he struck out three in 3 1/3 and surrendered a single hit. Overall, he had a 5.79 in 9 1/3 frames, walking 11 and whiffing five.

Week Stats
Feb. 19-25 DNP
Feb. 26-March 4 1G, 1IP, 2H, 2ER, 1BB, 0K
March 5-11 DNP
March 12-18 1G, 1IP, 0H, 2ER, 4BB, 1K
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 DNP
April 9-15 1G, 2IP, 3H, 2ER, 2BB, 0K
April 16-22 DNP
April 23-29 1G, 2.1IP, 1H, 0ER, 2BB, 1K
April 30-May 6 1G, 1IP, 0H, 0ER, 1BB, 2K
May 7-13 DNP

Nick Pantos, RHP (FR, NJCAA II No. 20 Frederick Community College [36-17], Md.) [Bio]
PantosPantos had a superb collegiate debut, nearly leading the Cougars to the Region XX title after a stellar season in which he punched out 90 in 67 frames and allowed a mere 39 hits with a 2.96 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. At one point, Pantos tossed 18 consecutive scoreless innings with a mere five hits and five base-on-balls and 26 Ks and in his final five starts had an ERA of 1.47 and 12.91 K/9.

Overall, the Greek-American struck out 12.09 per nine, 22nd in NJCAA DII, with high rankings in complete games (5, No. 5), shutouts (2, No. 7), wins (9, No. 14), strikeouts (No. 16), and ERA (36th), all of which earned him First Team All-Region honours. With a sophomore season as good as his first, Pantos has a chance to earn a scholarship to a top programme and would look splendid in a rotation beside Doxakis and Lingos.

Week Stats
March 5-11 2GS, 6.1IP, 10H, 6ER, 4BB, 11K, HR
March 12-18 1GS, 7IP, 2H, 1ER, 2BB, 7BB
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 2GS, 14IP, 9H, 6ER, 1BB, 20K, HR
April 2-8 DNP
April 9-15 1GS, 6.2IP, 4H, 2ER, 4BB, 9K
April 16-22 1GS, 6IP, 1H, 0ER, 3BB, 10K
April 23-29 1GS, 7IP, 2H, 0ER, 1BB, 6K
April 30-May 6 1GS, 5IP, 2H, 0ER, 1BB, 10K
May 7-13 1GS, 6IP, 3H, 3ER, 2BB, 9K

Andrew Papantonis, IF (FR, No. 18 University of Virginia [8-4], Va.) [Bio]
Papatonis_Andrew_18MPapantonis had his coming out party on Mar. 6 against Davidson, coming in as a pinch hitter and drilling a three-run homer, adding a single and a free pass. The Greek-American saw fairly regular action as a pinch hitter in the first half of the season, with a single start at shortstop. In the final seven weeks, Papantonis appeared in only two games, playing an inning apiece at short and second. On the whole, he was 4-for-16 with a double, triple, and four walks, striking out seven times.

Week Stats
March 5-11 2G, 2-for-3, R, HR, 3RBI, 2BB, K
March 12-18 2G, 0-for-3, BB, HBP, K
March 19-25 1G, 1-for-1
March 26-April 1 1G, 0-for-3
April 2-8 3G, 1-for-2, 2B, RBI, BB
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 1G, 0-for-1, K
April 23-29 DNP
April 30-May 6 DNP
May 7-13 DNP
May 14-20 1G, 0-for-1, K
May 21-27 DNP

Daniel Patrice, 1B-SS-P (JR, Thiel College [15-24], Pa.) [Bio]
CAC at spring training 3-9-17. (Photo by Ed Mailliard, Topps)Both the Tomcats and Patrice had poor starts to the season as Thiel was 2-8 while the French infielder was 3-for-19 with four errors in the field, but both righted the ship to some extent. Patrice was red-hot in April, slashing .375/.407/.521. Transitioning to first, Patrice drastically improved his defence over the course of the season and finished with a .292/.330/.443 line, a disappointment from 2017 when he hit .381 with a .930 OPS. He was an All-Conference Honourable Mention, though.

Patrice also saw three games on the mound, all in the season’s first fortnight, and was fairly solid, allowing two runs on seven hits and five walks in seven innings, striking out four. It is unclear why he did not pitch again.

Batting

Week Stats
March 5-11 6G, 3-for-19, R, 2B, RBI, BB, K
March 12-18 DNP
March 19-25 1G, 2-for-4, 2RBI
March 26-April 1 3G, 3-for-7, R, 3RBI, 2BB, K, SB
April 2-8 1G, 1-for-3, RBI
April 9-15 4G, 5-for-13, 5R, HR, RBI, 3BB, 3K
April 16-22 4G, 7-for-16, 3R, 3 2B, 2HR, 5RBI, SF
April 23-29 4G, 5-for-16, 2R, 2B, RBI, BB, SF
April 30-May 6 1G, 0-for-5
May 7-13 3G, 3-for-12, R, 2B, 4K

Pitching

Week Stats
March 5-11 2G, 6IP, 6H, 1ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
March 12-18 1G, 1IP, 1H, 1ER, 2BB, 0K
March 19-25 DNP
March 26-April 1 DNP
April 2-8 DNP
April 9-15 DNP
April 16-22 DNP
April 23-29 DNP
April 30-May 6 DNP
May 7-13 DNP

Hayden Platt, C (SR, Elon University [36-23], N.C.) [Bio]
PlattElon and Platt both had shaky starts, but only the Phoenix fully overcame them and it appears that one of Great Britain’s top catchers missed the last few weeks of the season with an injury. Platt was heating up late in the season as well, slashing .360/.500/.560 over his final eight games. The backstop did throw out a third of runners attempting to steal and committing a single error and four passed balls (.994 fielding). Platt finished with a .234/.370/.336 line, well down from 2017’s award-winning .311/.430/.557 mark and, after missing the 2018 Under-23 European Championship Qualifier, it is unclear if or when he will suit up for GB again.

Week Stats
March 5-11 4G, 3-for-10, 3R, 5RBI, HBP, 5BB, 3K, SF
March 12-18 3G, 4-for-10, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, BB, 3K, SAC
March 19-25 2G, 0-for-8, RBI, 4K
March 26-April 1 4G, 3-for-9, 2R, HR, RBI, BB, 3K
April 2-8 2G, 0-for-6, 2BB
April 9-15 4G, 1-for-9, 2B, RBI, BB, HBP, 5K
April 16-22 4G, 4-for-11, 2 2B, 6RBI, BB, HBP, 5K
April 23-29 3G, 2-for-10, 2R, 2RBI, 2BB, HBP
April 30-May 6 2G, 3-for-6, R, HR, 2RBI, BB, HBP
May 7-13 DNP
May 14-20 DNP
May 21-27 DNP

Axel Poesmans, C (SR, Mid-American Christian University [21-35], Okla.) [Bio]
poesmans_509_mbaPoesmans heated up as the season went on, starting in most of the Evangels’ last month of contests. His best performance, however, came in mid-March as he followed up a game with a single and a three-run homer by belting a pair of dingers the following day. A 1-for-9 slump as the calendar turned into April ended quickly, though, as the Belgian backstop finished the year starting almost every game and showing a knack for clutch hitting, both with run-scoring hits and a series of sacrifice bunts.

In the end, he slashed .274/.343/.403 with a 12/31 BB/K ratio and a team-leading six sacs. Poesmans threw out 15.2 percent of runners attempting to steal, though he was guilty of eight passed balls and four catcher interferences. It seems likely that, although his university career is over, we see Poesmans in a Belgian uniform in the future.

Week Stats
March 5-11 Had 2RBI, including a SF
March 12-18 Had 2-for-3, HR, 3RBI game and another with 2HR
March 19-25 2G, 4-for-6, 2 2B, RBI (some statistics missing)
March 26-April 1 3G, 1-for-5, K
April 2-8 2G, 0-for-4, R, BB, 2K
April 9-15 No games.
April 16-22 5G, 4-for-17, 3RBI, 3K, SAC
April 23-29 3G, 2-for-7, 2 2B, RBI, 2BB, 2K, 2SAC
April 30-May 6 4G, 5-for-14, 2B, 2RBI, BB, 2K, SAC

Stay tuned for our next update tomorrow as we give you players surnamed R-S.

All photos courtesy of the athletes’ institutions unless otherwise noted.

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About Gabriel Fidler

Extra Innings UK covers baseball around the world, focussing on the sport at the national team level, with features on prominent players, scouting reports, and occasional breaking news. We are fully credentialled by MLB and have covered the World Baseball Classic, continental championships, and the U.S. minor leagues.
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