Riverhead, N.Y. - Pete Greskoff, a junior at Brown, keeps improving his baseball skills. The slugging first-baseman-designated hitter for the Riverhead Tomcats earned two individual honors after competing in the 2009 season for the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League.
Greskoff shared the Santy Gallone Most Valuable Player award with Ken Gregory of the Jersey Pilots. Also, Greskoff gained the Slugging Award as the top home run and RBI leader in the 12-team league. Besides his 10 homers and 37 RBIs, Greskoff also led the ACBL in hits (48), walks (25) and extra-base hits (24). His .397 batting average placed second to Gregory's .405 batting average (including four homers and 34 RBIs).
"I think, personally, I had a pretty good season," said Greskoff. "Coming to this league I did not know what to expect. The level of competition was better than I expected. My swing was good. Even when it wasn't, I got some balls to drop in."
Greskoff quickly established himself a potent hitter for the Tomcats, who finished 22-19 overall. Riverhead coach Ron Davies repeatedly praised Greskoff for his consistent power hitting, which included 14 doubles and two grand slams. Greskoff batted almost 60 points higher against Hamptons Collegiate opponents then he did as a Brown sophomore in the Ivy League.
"Pretty much every season I have had for the last two years has been better than the previous season," said Greskoff.
As a college freshman for Brown, he batted .292 in 23 games with four homers and 15 RBIs. In the summer of 2008, he played American Legion baseball in his hometown of Paoli, Pa., which is near Philadelphia. This past spring, he helped power the Brown Bears with a .339 average, 11 homers and 36 RBIs. For the Tomcats, he quickly made a successful transition from using a metal bat to the wood-bat league. Pro scouts will remember his 2009 ACBL stats as he looks forward to the 2019 pro draft.
"What did I prove," said Greskoff. "That I can hit for power with wood."
From Jim Furlong of the Riverhead News-Review