Mooney is just the second member of the Red Storm in the last decade to earn a place on the preseason watch list for the nation’s most celebrated amateur baseball award, joining Jeremy Baltz, who secured selection to the preseason watch list in both 2011 and 2012.
Several Johnnies have been recognized in the midseason version of the watch list, most recently Thomas Hackimer in 2016 and Joe Panik in 2011.
A two-time First Team All-Big East selection and the 2017 Big East Pitcher of the Year, Mooney has pieced together a 19-5 record with a 2.12 ERA in 32 career appearances, 29 of which have been starts.
As a rookie in 2017, he became just the second player in conference history to be named the conference Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year simultaneously.
He compiled an 8-2 record with a 1.71 ERA that season, striking out 88 batters and surrendering just 16 walks in 100 innings of work.
In 2018, Mooney tied the program’s single-season wins record by posting an 11-3 mark with a 2.56 ERA in 16 starts. He became just the sixth hurler in St. John’s history to fan 100 or more batters in a campaign, registering 104 strikeouts while allowing just 28 walks.
Mooney has earned postseason All-America honors on seven separate occasions over the course of his collegiate career, claiming three his freshman year before taking home a quartet of All-America accolades in 2018.
He was named the National Freshman Pitcher of the Year by Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in 2017, and has twice been a finalist for the College Baseball Foundation’s National Pitcher of the Year Award.
Mooney and the Red Storm will kick off their 2019 campaign on Friday, when the team travels to third-ranked UCLA for a three-game set with the Bruins.