Kinetic PT/Tampico Athlete of the Week: Dean Mihos (Owen J. Roberts baseball)

Athlete: Dean Mihos

School: Owen J. Roberts

Sport: Baseball

The week that was: Mihos, a slugging, sure-handed senior shortstop, was the right man in the right spot for the streaking Wildcats last Thursday in Bucktown.

With OJR trailing PAC Frontier Division champion Phoenixville 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Coastal Carolina recruit stepped to the plate with one out and the bases loaded. After a first-pitch strike, Mihos found the barrel and rifled the ball to the gap in left center, unloading the bases with a walk-off, three-run triple to extend the Wildcats winning streak to 14.

It was all in a day’s work for Mihos, who also doubled, scored one run and stole one base in the 6-5 comeback victory over the Phantoms. Three days earlier on Monday, Mihos was 1-for-1 with a two-run homer in an 8-1 triumph over Perkiomen Valley, the top-seeded Wildcats’ semifinal opponent in the PAC Final Four playoffs beginning Monday at Bear Stadium in Boyertown.

The Kinetic PT/Tampico Beverage Athlete of the Week reached in all three of his plate appearances against the Vikings, adding one walk and hit batsman to his stat line that included two stolen bases. In between the wins over PV and Phoenixville, he sat out a 14-0 romp over Norristown with a minor illness.

“I have never coached a kid more committed to baseball,” said OJR veteran coach Greg Gilbert. “He would come to preseason workouts for two hours and then go to the cages to hit some more.”

That tireless work ethic has yielded huge dividends this season for Mihos, who is putting up the kind of numbers that are usually reserved for video baseball, fantasy edition.

Following a rare 0-for-2 outing Wednesday in a 6-4 triumph over Spring-Ford that stretched OJR’s win streak to 16, Dean is hitting .490 (24-49) with nine doubles, five triples and two homers for a perfect 1.000 slugging percentage.

In addition, he has scored 31 runs and driven home 24 and compiled an on-base percentage of .648 with 16 walks and 6 HBPs for an off-the-charts OPS of 1.648.  All that on the heels of a solid junior season that produced a .305 BA with four doubles, three triples and a home run.

“Dean is a fast, slick fielding shortstop,” said Gilbert. “He runs extremely well, hits for average and for power. Dean was the leadoff hitter on last year's team and has moved to the three hole this year. He is also able to pitch, earning the save at Boyertown earlier this season. Dean is a well-rounded player who works very hard at being the best player he can be.”

Sounds a lot like the faded, dog-eared scouting report once issued on Gilbert several decades back. But the OJR skipper, who spent several years as a shortstop in the Atlanta Braves organization, wasn’t buying the idea that the pupil and the teacher have similar skill sets.

“Parallel?” Gilbert scoffed. “I will tell you flat out, Dean Mihos is way better than I ever was.  This kid is special.  If they don't hold him back because he might hit a few less home runs than other guys... we could be watching him on TV someday. He is that good.”