BALTIMORE, MD – Catcher Ryan Orgielewicz was named the 2017 ABCA/Rawlings Mid-Atlantic Regional Position Player of the Year for his phenomenal senior season, it was announced Tuesday. Three other Blue Jays picked up All-Region honors as senior shortstop Conor Reynolds was selected to the Second Team and junior third baseman Mike Smith and sophomore pitcher Josh Hejka earned Third Team honors.
Orgielewicz is the second Blue Jay to be named the Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year, joining assistant coach Jonas Fester, who captured the honor in 2007. Orgielewicz hit 73-for-181, leading the team with a .403 batting average, including 13 home runs, 16 doubles and two triples. The Larchmont, NY, native’s 13 homers rank third in the country and are tied for the fifth-most in a single season in Hopkins history. Orgielewicz made 44 starts for JHU, with 30 appearances as the catcher and 14 as the designated hitter. The senior primarily batted in the cleanup spot for head coach Bob Babb, leading the team with 56 RBI, which rank ninth in the country and are tied for the ninth-most in JHU history. Orgielewicz led Hopkins with 22 multi-hit games and 16 multi-RBI games in 2017. The catcher was the lone Blue Jay on the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region All-Tournament Team, as he hit 9-for-16 with three home runs and 11 RBI in NCAA Regional play.
Reynolds earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors for the second time in his career, picking up first team honors in 2015. The Baltimore native is the ninth Blue Jay to earn All-Region honors at least twice and is the first shortstop to do so. Reynolds reached base in 36-straight games to close out his career, leading the team in walks (43), runs (58) and on-base percentage (.527). The senior’s 43 walks are the most in a single-season in Hopkins history, helping him to a program record 112 walks, and his 58 runs are the eighth-most in a season by a Blue Jay. Reynolds led the Blue Jays with 17 doubles, tied for the 10th-most in a single season, tied for first on the team with two triples and ranked second with nine home runs.
Smith and Hejka earned All-Region Third Team honors. Smith recorded a .350 batting average and ranked second on the team with 34 RBI and third in hits (56) and walks (20). The Charlotte, NC, native recorded an on-base percentage of .454, as he was hit by a pitch 13 times on the season. The junior hit a trio of home runs on the season, including two for walk-off victories over ranked opponents, Cortland State and Salisbury. Hejka ranked third on the team in ERA (2.04) with the most innings pitched by a Blue Jay reliever (35.1). The pitcher, from Dearborn, MI, led Hopkins with six saves in addition to a 4-1 record.
Johns Hopkins is one of three teams to have four players honored as members of the ABCA/Rawlings Mid-Atlantic All-Region teams. The four Blue Jays also tie the most to be recognized by the ABCA since 2013. Hopkins finished the season with a 38-8 record, the ninth-best win percentage in program history, and ranked fourth in the ABCA Collegiate Baseball Coaches’ Poll.