I went to two Cal Poly games this weekend. Its not everyday that we have a team as good as them swing through town–they are ranked #4 in the nation.
I made a special trip to Sundays game pretty much to get one guy, Brian Mundell. I missed him on Friday (someone stole all my stuff, so pregame was me talking to an friendly usher), and I had a feeling that I would regret not getting his autograph later on in the year. I almost did not go–the weather was terrible–but it cleared up nice and I was able to get Mundell (and a couple other guys) and enjoy a great game.
One a side note: I love getting autographs, but man, I hate bugging guys for them. But of all the teams to roll through Hawaii this season, Cal Poly was one of the nicest. Mundell was one the coolest guys I have met this season–even shook my hand–so it always makes me feel less dorky doing this when guys are as classy as him.
I normally never ask a player for two autographs, but I am thinking that he might turn into a big deal over the next season or two, so I jumped at the chance. “Baseball America” rated Mundell one of the Top 5 prospects for the 2015 draft, so that is how I originally noticed him. And he is having a great season so far: .320/.424/.500 and is tied for the team league with 4 HR. He had Tommy John Surgery in the off-season, so right now he in only a DH…but he is making the most of it.
Cal Poly has a great catcher in Chris Hoo, so I would imagine it will be tough for Mundell to bump him. But if his catching skills are half as good as is hitting he will be a very exciting player in 2015, and I am sure plenty of major league team will be looking forward to drafting him.