Wojtarowicz, a six-foot-three, 185-pound two-way player, entered the August 25th CPBL All-Star Showcase Tryouts in Burlington having spent limited time on the mound prior. However, in his bullpen, he was impressive, and fast-forward a month later, he’s closing out the All-Star Showcase’s final game.
The left-hander sat in the upper 80’s, touching 89 at the event, an additional four ticks on his fastball than what he showed in his pen at the tryouts. He went two innings, striking out three. And just a couple of weeks later, in early October, he committed to Frontier Community College in Illinois.
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It was a big month and a half for the 2021 graduate, who enjoyed his experience at the Showcase. “I had a great experience at the Showcase. It felt great to be able to showcase my abilities to the many scouts that attended,” said Wojtarowicz.
From afar, Frontier Community College watched his outing through the televised broadcast and came away impressed with how he pitched. “Coach Brenneman was happy with my performance at the Showcase,” said Wojtarowicz. “The Ontario Terriers Organization are really good at finding the right fit for their players. They identified Frontier CC as one of the schools I should consider.”
Wojtarowicz is set to arrive at Frontier CC for the 2021 year and will be doing so as a dual player, spending time both on the mound and in the outfield. The upside on the mound is especially intriguing, while positionally, he profiles as a right fielder. There’s athleticism, allowing him to cover ground with clean actions, while the arm certainly profiles at the position.
When asked about his strengths, he commented on his work ethic and mental skills more than his playing ability. “I am a very hard-working, dedicated and positive baseball player. Playing multiple sports over the years has helped me gain confidence and become extremely resilient and mentally tough.”
Wojtarowicz was quick to give his family credit for helping him get to this point, stating, “without their support I wouldn’t have been able to play the game of baseball that I love.”
“I’m excited about the whole baseball college experience and playing against other top competition in the conference. I’m looking forward to working with their coaching staff, listening to their experience and improving as a baseball player and maturing as an adult.”
Wojtarowicz certainly improved his stock in limited action in the 2020 season, and there’s clearly upside, specifically on the mound. For now, his focus is on self-improvement, both on and off the field. “In the meantime it’s pretty simple—I will learn as much as possible about baseball, school and being a good person,” he said.
Look for Wojtarowicz to continue to trend upwards in his senior swan song, before heading off to Illinois.