The world is Patrick Connaughton’s oyster right now, so it seems. The 2011 Notre Dame basketball/baseball commit had a spectacular senior season on the hardwood and his right arm is dialing up the heat as his final baseball season winds down.
The small forward is ranked the 130th overall recruit for the upcoming basketball season and a three-star player by 247Sports.com.
Interest from Major League Baseball teams is ramping up as well. Here’s a recent snippet from the Boston Globe:
Local scouts agree the second-best prospect in the area is St. John’s Prep senior right-hander Pat Connaughton. The 6-5, 190-pounder has committed to play basketball and baseball for Notre Dame in the fall — a fact that might scare some teams off. But, as one professional scout recently said, kids with Connaughton’s frame who can throw 93-94 mph don’t grow on trees, so it may be worth the gamble to some team.
St. John’s beat BC High, 5-3, to claim a share of the Catholic Conference title Friday. Connaughton struggled in the first inning, but found his groove to help push his squad to a 13-5, 5-3 record. Connaughton was wild early, allowing three runs in the first inning. He settled in and only allowed two his and struck out 12 batters over the next eight innings.
On April 20, Connaughton returned to action after a severely sprained ankle kept him out of several games. He tossed a no-hitter for a 5-0 victory over Arlington. St. John's, ranked No. 4 in the state, wraps up the regular season today before starting postseason play.
Earlier this month, ESPN prep basketball analyst Adam Finkelstein mentioned Connaughton, the Massachusetts Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year, as one of the top surprises of the Class of 2011. He wrote:
“Pat Connaughton's breakout performance at the 2010 AAU Nationals was an incredible story. The small forward from Saint John's Prep in [sic Danvers], Mass., went from a low-major prospect to a high-major priority in a matter of days. While his rise up recruiting boards was a shock to those who hadn't heard his name, it was even more surprising to people like myself, who had watched him for years and saw no warning signs of such an explosion. Ultimately, his story should be an example for young players about the importance of hard work (his daily eight-hour training sessions are the stuff of legend) and believing in yourself.
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