The Charlottesville Tom Sox could not be more excited to welcome back to our 2018 team College of Wooster junior infielder Michael Wielansky. So much has been written about Michael that we are going to spare you his stats while we just try to sum up some of his accomplishments, as well as let you hear directly from him.
Michael finished 1st in the league in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, total bases, doubles, hits, and runs. For his summer 2017 effort, he was the Valley Baseball League MVP, first team All-Valley at second base, and Perfect Game named him a 1st team All-American. Baseball America named him the 9th best prospect in the league, while Perfect Game pegged him at #4. He also represented the league in the Southern Collegiate Showcase that pitted a team of prospect from the VBL against top prospects from 4 other leagues.
His summer 2017 season was so remarkable that it led John Leonard of the blog All Things Valley League to say, “Michael Wielansky might have just had the best Valley League season in the past 15 years, and perhaps one of the best ever.”
As a freshman at Wooster, Wielansky was named second team All-Region by ABCA and D3baseball.com. He was named first team All-Conference, and NCAC New comer of the Year. Then as a sophomore, he was first team All-American by ABCA, Mideast Region Player of the Year, ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove winner at shortstop, and to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District team.
We asked Wielansky what was his big personal takeaway from his historic 2017 season. “I learned that it doesn’t matter where you play or come from … the game of baseball is played the same at all levels. I learned that not only me, but also all our D3 guys could compete and succeed with guys from big schools.”
On why he wanted to come back to Charlottesville in 2018, Wielansky said “the Tom Sox goal is to build the best summer collegiate baseball experience in the country. That describes what they are doing perfectly. The entire organization provides everything a college ballplayer could hope for … amazing host families who go above and beyond their responsibilities; great meals sponsored by generous local restaurants; a coaching staff who is so respected and focused on the development of players; and amazingly supportive fans that show up and support us every night. I can’t imagine anyone in the country matches what this organization does at a comprehensive level.”
Asked to comment on coaching Wielansky, Coach Corey Hunt had this to say. “Michael is hands down the most ‘frustrating’ player I’ve ever coached. You wonder why he takes this pitch and swings at another, yet he bats almost .500. He is an amazing player that we will all enjoy watching on TV some day. I’m just glad he is on our club because I can’t imagine trying to figure out how to get him out.”
From GM Jeff Burton “Michael represents everything we want this organization to be about. He came to Charlottesville last summer with something to prove, and with zero sense of entitlement. He simply went about his business with professionalism and class, and he turned in what was simply a remarkable season. He’s kind and compassionate to all, both on and off the field. He’s serious about not only his baseball craft, yes, but also his schoolwork, his impact on the world off the field, and what he may do when his baseball days are done. We simply could not have been more pleased to be associated with this young man and so value the opportunity to be impacted once again next summer.”
Wielansky will do an internship in finance with Hayek Kallen, an investment advisory firm, while here next summer.
Welcome back to the Tom Sox, Michael Wielansky.