Saturday, the Rutgers baseball program announced excellent news that four-year starter Tom Marcinczyk signed to play for the Somerset Patriots. He is the second member of the Rutgers baseball class of ‘17 to enter the professional ranks, following Max Herrmann. The former Knights outfielder is already on the roster and is in uniform for tonight’s game at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater.
Marcinczyk was named OTB’s unsung hero for Rutgers baseball in 2017 after registering his 200th career hit, one of only 17 players in program history to do so. As a senior he hit .274 with 7 HR, 29 runs batted in (2nd on the team), scoring 32 runs (3rd). He finished his career with 208 hits, 19 dingers, 126 RBI, 123 runs, and 30 stolen bases.
His best year came as a sophomore when he was named 3rd Team All Big Ten. During that 2015 season led the Scarlet Knights with a batting average (.325), home runs (7), total bases (103), slugging (.507) and OBP (.409) while not committing a single error in Big Ten games. His junior season was also solid leading the team in homers, triples, and doubles!
The Middlesex, NJ native was named both a 2016 and 2017 All-Big Ten Academic Team as a criminal justice major. Prior to joining the Scarlet Knights, Marcinczyk led nearby Middlesex High School to the 2013 Group 1 State Championship. He set Middlesex records for both base hits (164) and wins as a pitcher (27), finishing with a career batting average over .500.
Good luck Tom!