St. Catharine, Ky. – Steven Borkowski became the second player from the 2015 Patriot Baseball team to sign a Major League Baseball contract when he signed a free agent deal with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.
It wasn’t that long ago when former Patriot Baseball pitcher, John Werner was drafted in the 32nd round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Texas Rangers. Borkowski joins his teammate as the second from last year’s squad and the fourth from the Mid-South Conference.
“We are extremely excited for Steve,” noted Patriot head coach Luther Bramblett. “He worked extremely, hard to change his mentality, which allowed him to be more competitive and dominant on the mound.”
This past season Borkowski and Werner proved to be a masterful one-two punch on the mound. Borkowski appeared in 17 games and tabbed a 7-5 record to go along with four saves. He pitched in 91.2 innings collecting 86 strikeouts along with a 2.65 earned run average.
Borkowski also achieved a first in the history of the of the St. Catharine College Baseball program. On May 5th, Borkowski was named NAIA National Baseball Pitcher of the Week for his efforts at the Mid-South Conference Tournament. During that week, he threw a no-hitter against Cumberlands (Ky.) and posted three saves.
Borkowski has been working hard in the summer to better himself on the bump. He has been working with Top Speed Baseball. Top Speed is Northern California’s premiere collegiate-level summer program. He has pitched in nine games with five starts, throwing in 42.2 innings. He has fanned 46 batters while walking 12 and allowed just 23 hits. He has posted a remarkable 0.21 ERA with a 5-1 record.
“To have two guys from one team sign major league deals is awesome,” noted Bramblett. “It’s great for our program and the conference.”
Borkowski becomes the 18th Patriot to have the opportunity to play professional baseball and the 14th under Patriot skipper Luther Bramblett.