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Aug '21 29

Czech Republic’s Mensik Signs with Angels, on Cusp of Professional Debut

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The Czech Republic’s Vojtech Mensik, who played in this year’s NCAA Divison I College World Series with the North Carolina State University Wolfpack, is on the cusp of making his professional debut in Arizona. As first reported by Milujeme Baseball, the 23-year-old infielder signed with the Los Angeles Angels on July 14 and was placed on the active roster of the team’s rookie-level affiliate last week. He has yet to make an appearance for the ACL Angels.

Menšík started all 56 games for the Wolfpack in the 2021 season, one of only three players to do so for an NC State squad that made a surprise run to the College World Series. The Brno native went 3-for-11 in Omaha, with a double and two RBI, and reached base by error on another two occasions.

Unfortunately, the team’s 2-0 start in Omaha was derailed by a COVID-19 outbreak that forced the Wolfpack, in its third game, to play the University of Vanderbilt Commodores with just 13 active players. North Carolina State was able to field just nine position players, Menšík among them, and only four pitchers in a 3-1 loss to Vanderbilt. The game was the squad’s last, as it was forced to forfeit the following day’s elimination game against Vanderbilt, allowing the Commodores to progress to the tournament finals.

In 412 plate appearances over three seasons with the Wolfpack, Menšík slashed .245/.334/.375, stealing 22 bases in 25 attempts. The 6-0, 182-pound infielder played mostly third base for the ‘Pack, but has experience around the horn. He will be remembered by NC State fans for, apparently, his “amazing plays” at the corner, particularly his spectacular effort on the “bunt from Vandy” in what turned out to be his final collegiate contest.

For photos of Mensik in Arizona, check out our Facebook page.

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