Bryan Fogle is the initial recipient of the Tino Martinez DII Player of the Year Award. Bryan was one of six finalists named and after two weeks of online voting, Fogle was named the winner. Fogle received the news himself with a call by the former Major League All Star for whom the Award is named for to congratulate him.
This season Fogle batted .430 and lead DII with 28 home runs, 103 RBI (the second most in NCAA history) and 203 total bases. Those numbers, combined with 23 doubles, allowed him to amass a gaudy .910 slugging percentage which ranked third in the country. He also ranked in the top 10 in runs, runs per game, hits, home runs per game and RBI’s per game and was even a perfect 11 for 11 in stolen bases.
With his prolific season, combined with standout performances as an underclassman, Fogle established new NCAA career records for home runs (73), RBI (310) and total bases (630). He is the only player in NCAA Division II history to finish a baseball career with more than 300 hits, 70 home runs, 300 RBI and 600 total bases.
Fogle’s 2010 successes were a surprise to no one. He was named to the first team All-Conference Carolina Team in each of his first three seasons, was the 2009 Conference Carolinas co-Player of the Year and was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 30 th round in last year’s amateur draft. Despite the opportunity to go pro, Fogle was steadfast in his desire to get his degree (Fitness Management) and help his team advance to the post season.
As accomplished as he is on the field, Fogle excels in the class room as well. He earned Academic All-Conference honors this year and made the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll four times.
The winner of the Tino Martinez Award was chosen by a panel of DII baseball media and coaches from across the nation. Their votes narrowed down a list of 38 semifinalists to six finalists. A final ranking of the remaining student-athletes was then tallied to determine the winner. Fans and supporters were also given the opportunity to participate in the selection process as an online vote was also taken. Those results were combined with the panel to select the winner.
A pair of pitchers, Southern Arkansas’ Hayden Simpson and Franklin Pierce’s Jose Macias finished second and third in the voting. New Mexico Highlands Jason Carr finished forth, Greyson Schram of Concord was fifth and Joe Holtmeyer of Nebraska-Omaha was sixth.