Derek Goldrick of John Stark: Baseball player of the season

  • John Stark’s Derek Goldrick was dominant on the mound, striking out 76 batters and allowing just 18 hits all season. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor file

Monitor staff
Published: 6/27/2018 10:30:14 PM

Derek Goldrick has the type of tools college scouts dream about.

His frame – 6-foot-5, 210 pounds – is ripe to add strength, his raw power with the bat can’t be taught and the way the ball comes out of his hand on the mound is the reason Quinnipiac University came calling.

In a lot of ways, Goldrick is the total package on the diamond, and one that the John Stark baseball team was lucky to have for the last four years.

“He’s not the rah-rah, pump-up guy, but he shows leadership by example,” Stark coach Dennis Pelletier said. “You watch him walk on the field and everyone turns and looks.”

Goldrick helped lead the Generals to a 14-4 record and spot in the Division II tournament quarterfinals with his tremendous two-way talent.

In 68 plate appearances, Goldrick hit .380 with five home runs and 18 RBI – both team highs. He scored 17 runs, stole seven bases, smacked five doubles and walked 15 times to just eight strikeouts.

On the mound it was sheer domination.

Goldrick overpowered nearly all of D-II by striking out 76 batters over 43 ⅔innings. He finished the season 6-2 with a 1.28 ERA and surrendered 18 hits all year.

In Stark’s biggest game of the season against No. 13 Merrimack Valley in the opening round of the postseason, Goldrick whiffed nine, gave up three hits and blanked the Pride over six innings of work.

With a consistently high 80s fastball and a good feel for his slider, Goldrick transformed himself into an effective power pitcher. But that wasn’t always the case.

“With Derek, we always thought of him as a hitter first because that’s what he was at Stark,” Pelletier said. “In his first couple of years he was really, really wild as a pitcher but we knew eventually he would get there.”

There was never a doubt about Goldrick’s potential, though, not even from Day 1.

“We knew from his freshman year,” Pelletier said. “David Nelson (a former Stark standout and college player at Franklin Pierce) pointed out that (Goldrick) was going to be the best player we ever had. And at the time, David was, so he certainly made an impression right away.”

Now Goldrick is hoping to do the same when he attends Quinnipiac University in the fall.

Looking ahead, Goldrick will spend the summer with the Senior Legion Weare Post 65 team before heading off for his first year of college ball. Looking back, Goldrick played a huge role in changing the culture of the baseball program at John Stark.

“In the past, John Stark might have got one kid (like Goldrick) every 10 years or so. But it almost seems like every other year now we’re getting a guy at that level,” Pelletier said.

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