Boston Latin outfielder Malcolm Nachmanoff has verbally committed to Stony Brook University for the 2014-15 school year, he announced this afternoon.
Officially committed to Stony Brook!!! #SeaWolvesBaseball
— Malcolm (@malcolm_mbn24) July 26, 2013
As a senior in 2013, the 6-foot-3, 195 pound Nachmanoff was named to the "Starting Nine" of ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team this past spring after earning MVP honors in the Dual County League’s Large division. He hit .507 with 26 RBI and five home runs, and also recorded a 1.45 ERA in 53 innings pitched. He is headed to Loomis Chafee (Conn.) next year for a post-graduate season, before heading to Stony Brook. When he arrives, he will join Lynn Classical's Kyle Devin and Salisbury (Conn.) Prep's Ryley MacEachern among the Massachusetts natives on the roster.
Nachmanoff, a South End resident, last visited the Stony Brook, N.Y. campus late last month, before heading down to tournaments in Georgia and Florida with the North East Baseball summer club. He gave a verbal commitment to the Seawolves late yesterday afternoon. He also had interest from Northeastern, Albany, Quinnipiac and South Carolina-Upstate at the time, but he says it basically came down to Stony Brook and Northeastern.
"It was so close, it was the hardest decision I'll ever make," Nachmanoff said of weighing the two schools. "I visited both schools, and when I visited Stony Brook I just liked the rural feel. I've lived in Boston my whole life, so it's good have that [rural feel] for four years, and I love the new facilities and all the new buildings they have at Stony Brook. One of my best friends is Kyle Devin, too, and he always has great things to say about it."
Nachmanoff said that in his most recent conversation with head coach Matt Senk two days ago, the coach told him that while there is depth at the outfield positions, Nachmanoff has the hitting tools to "contribute in the lineup right away".
In his first two varsity seasons at Latin, his freshman and sophomore years, Nachmanoff started at third base, with brief dabbles at second and shortstop as well. He moved to left field in 2012, then played centerfield this past spring.
"Hopefully I'm in the outfield, but I'm a versatile player," he said. "I just want to find a way to play right away."
In Nachmanoff, the Stony Brook coaching staff feels there is plenty of potential, though he realizes there is some work to be done.
"A lot of coaches like my upside and the leverage I get on balls," Nachmanoff said. "I have kinda just raw ability. I really haven't had a serious hitting coach with me, so I'm excited to work with [assistant coach Joe] Panucci and see what he can do with my swing. A lot of coaches like what I'm able to do without having had any hitting technique taught to me, but I know I have a lot of work to do with my swing. A lot of coaches said I'm a little long, so that's something I want to work on, too."