Nathan Minnich of Shepherd Wins 2012 Tino Martinez Award

The recipient of the 2012 Tino Martinez Award is senior first baseman Nathan Minnich from Shepherd University (W.Va.). The award is presented to the most outstanding player in DII college baseball. The annual honor is named after the former University of Tampa Spartan, United States Olympian, first round draft pick and MLB All-Star, Tino Martinez.

Minnich, who was a Tino Martinez Award finalist last season and finished eighth, was a runaway winner this season, receiving the first place vote on over half of the ballots cast and also captured the Internet fan vote.

The 6’3”, 240-pound slugger from Waynesboro, PA anticipates hearing his name called in this year’s Major League Baseball after posting incredible stats reserved for video games. He finished the season batting .487 (74 for 152) with 21 home runs, 12 doubles and 72 RBIs, while racking up a .980 slugging percentage. He led the country in slugging percentage, on-base percentage, walks per game and RBIs. He also ranked second in batting average and home runs and finished ranking third in runs scored per game.

After Minnich the voting was tight between the remaining five candidates. Southern New Hampshire’s Tim Flight edged Concordia St. Paul’s Bryan Lippincott for second place.  Lippincott in turn finished in third by a slight margin over Western Oregon’s Grady Wood and St. Mary’s (TX) Rene Solis who tied for fourth place. Flight and Lippincott were able to secure the second and third places in the final vote standings thanks to a substantial push from the Internet based fan vote. Sunshine State Player of the Year Anthony Boza of Lynn finished sixth in the voting.

Initial nominations for the award were made by baseball sports information contacts and media members. A panel of media, coaches and sports information officers was polled to finalize the candidates and determine the winner. A fan Internet vote also contributed to the final vote.

Chase Larsson of the Cameron Aggies was the recipient of the award last season after leading DII in home runs (29), RBI (84), slugging percentage (1.000) and total bases (190). Mount Olive’s Carter Capps, the 2011 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s National Pitcher of the Year, finished in a close second.

Erskine’s Bryan Fogle of won the first edition of the award in 2010 after batting .430 and leading DII with 28 home runs, 103 RBI (the second most in NCAA history) and 203 total bases. The Flying Fleet star was drafted by Tampa Bay following the season. Runner-up Hayden Simpson of Southern Arkansas was a first round draft choice of the Chicago Cubs.

2012 Tino Martinez Award Watch List

2012 TINO MARTINEZ AWARD WATCH LIST

* – Designates a player added midseason

Name Year Pos School
Conwell, Kyle Jr. OF Abilene Christian
Zarrella, Anthony Jr. 1B Adelphi
DeBruin, Grant Jr. 1B Alabama Huntsville
Feckley, Jake So. RHP/IF Angelo State
Wilder, Nate Sr. 3B/RHP Arkansas Tech
Bader, Ethan So. RHP Armstrong Atlantic State
Taylor, Zach Jr. OF Armstrong Atlantic State
Shipman, Scott Jr. RHP Augusta State
Hansen, Derek Jr. UTL Augustana (SD)
Coleman, Lyndon Sr. OF Barry
English, Adrian So. SS Barry
Witkowski, Corey Sr. LHP Barry
Vasquez, Justin Sr. OF Belmont Abbey
Budkevics, Bo Jr. RHP C.W. Post *
Bengard, Jon Jr. RHP Cal Baptist *
Broussard, Geoff Sr. RHP Cal Poly Pomona *
Santora, Mike Sr. SS Cal Poly Pomona
Whitman, Jordan Jr. OF Cal Poly Pomona
Asakura, Gabriel Sr. RHP Cal St Los Angeles
Pond, Josh Sr RHP Cal St San Bernardino
Gallardo, AJ Sr. LHP Cal State East Bay *
Duran, Daniel Sr. 3B Cal State LA *
Handza, Troy Sr. OF Cal U
Petty, Kyle Jr. UTL Cal U *
Rivera, Devyn Sr. RHP California Baptist
Dawson, Josh Sr. 2B Cameron
Koeneman, Kyle Sr. 1B Carson-Newman *
Dula, Chris So. 3B/RHP Catawba
Jankowski, J.J. Sr. RHP Catawba *
Satterfield, Ethan So. OF Catawba *
Coons, Jordan Sr. UTL Central Missouri *
Schwartz, Bret Sr. SS Central Missouri
Lopez, Edgar Jr. RHP Central Oklahoma *
Maples, J.P. Jr. OF Central Oklahoma *
Rycroft, Austin Sr. OF Central Oklahoma *
Daywalt, Jesse Sr. 2B Chestnut Hill
Hopkins, Bob Jr. RHP Chestnut Hill *
Baker, Nick So. RHP Chico State
Foster, Cody Sr. OF Chico State *
Manlove, Ben Jr. C Chico State
Christensen, Jared Sr. LHP Colorado Mesa
Popick, Jeff Sr. OF Colorado Mesa
Snell, Nolan Jr. RHP Colorado Mesa
Leibrandt, Brodie Jr. LHP Columbus State *
, Ryan Sr. OF Columbus State
Teschner, Brett Jr. C Columbus State
Lippincott, Bryan Sr. 3B Concordia
Pomierski, Tim Jr. RHP CSU Pueblo
Zosel, Harold Jr. RHP CSUMB *
Branstetter, Josh Jr. RHP Delta State
Newcomb, Aaron Sr. RHP Delta State *
Dedrick, Mike Jr. RHP Dixie State
Littlewood, Tyson Sr. 1B Dixie State
Villanueva, Emilio So. OF Drury
Ernst, Brian Jr. UTL East Stroudsburg *
Cuda, Joey Sr. RHP Eckerd
Cuda, Joey Sr. RHP Eckerd *
Vaskas, Joe Sr. 1B/DH Emporia State
Rusch, Max Sr. RHP Flagler
Kish, Colin Jr. OF Florida Southern
Snyder, Mike Sr. 3B Florida Southern
Clabough, KC Sr. SS Florida Tech
McChesney, Ryan Sr. C Florida Tech
Sandifer, Don Jr. RHP Francis Marion
Sosnoskie, Buddy Sr. OF Francis Marion
Crawford, Jack Jr. LHP Franklin Pierce *
Roche, James Gr. OF Franklin Pierce
Thompson, Ryan Jr. RHP Franklin Pierce
Funk, Tanner Sr. SS GCSU
Guinane , Mike Jr. LHP GCSU
Repenning, Cody Jr. RHP Grand Canyon
Anderson, Steve Sr. OF Grand Valley State
Garman, Ryan Sr RHP Grand Valley State
Schepel, Kyle Sr. RHP Grand Valley State
Ninemire, Billy Jr. 1B Harding
Presley, Chase Sr. 2B Harding
Amaral, Blake Sr. 3B Hawaii Pacific
Guarneros, Jorge Sr. RHP Incarnate Word
Jewasko, Kirk Sr. LHP Incarnate Word
Zinsmeister, Robbie Jr. SS Indiana (PA) *
White, Jordan Sr. OF Kentucky Wesleyan
Houck, Shayne Sr. 3B Kutztown
Toth, Matt Sr. OF Lake Erie
Botsford, Brett Sr. OF Le Moyne
Zielinski, Derek Jr. RHP Le Moyne *
Bolling, Mike Sr. OF
Ward, Cameron Sr. RHP Limestone
Boza, Anthony Sr. 1B Lynn *
Kale, Shawn Sr. RHP Lynn
Pate, Coty Sr. 1B Mars Hill *
Aschley, Eric Sr. RHP Mercyhurst
Blair, Zak Jr. 2B Mercyhurst
August, Mike Sr. SS Millersville
McMonagle, Mike Sr. RHP Millersville
Rothschild, Brooks Sr. RHP Millersville
Bellin, Bryce So. RHP Minnesota State *
Kincaid, Ben Sr. P/OF Minnesota State
Skjefte, Lucas Jr. OF Minnesota State *
Sudbeck, Jeremy Sr. 1B Minnesota State
Gronek, Zack Sr. LHP Missouri S&T
Fontana, Chuck Sr. LHP Molloy
Peterson, Heath Sr. 1B Montevallo *
Ross, Chris Jr. OF Montevallo
Berry, Jermaine Jr. 3B Mount Olive *
Callaway, Antonio Sr. OF Mount Olive *
Coffey, Daniel Sr. 1B Mount Olive
Escalante, Geno Jr. C Mount Olive *
Mercurio, Mike Jr. SS Mount Olive *
Rogers, Jacob Sr. 3B Mount Olive
Mohr, Clay Sr. OF New Mexico Highlands
McElwee, Josh Sr. RHP Newberry *
Boughner, Chad Jr. RHP North Alabama *
LaMunyon, JP Jr. 3B North Alabama
Schmidt, Michael Jr. 2B North Alabama
Sloan, Jake Jr. DH North Alabama
Hobby, Blake Sr. RHP North Georgia
Hooper, Derek Jr. 2B North Georgia
Fulmer, Derek Jr. UTL North Greenville
Provence, Drew Sr. RHP North Greenville
Taylor, Adam Jr. OF North Greenville
Loeding, Brett Jr. RHP Northern Kentucky *
Sneed, Zeb Jr. RHP Northwest Nazarene
Asuaje, Carlos So. 2B Nova Southeastern
Regoli, Areo Sr OF Nova Southeastern
Westcott, Zachary So. RHP Nova Southeastern *
Thompson, Brian Sr. RHP Quincy
Shoutta, Jon So. DH/1B Regis
Porter, Ryan Sr. OF Rockhurst
Mager, Kevin Sr. 3B Rollins
Name Year Pos School
Haines, Alex So. LHP Seton Hill *
Minnich, Nathan Sr. 1B/DH Shepherd
Lee, Thomas Jr. RHP Sonoma State
Bako, Peter Sr. OF Southeastern Oklahoma State
Gentry, Blake Sr. OF Southeastern Oklahoma State
Grimmett, Nick Jr. IF Southeastern Oklahoma State
Buck, Trey Sr. SS Southern Arkansas
Shields, Doug Sr. RHP Southern Arkansas
Thomas, Justin Jr. LHP Southern Arkansas *
Thomas, Rafael Sr. OF Southern Arkansas
Geffert, Ryan Sr. 1B Southern Connecticut State
Zbin, Chris Sr. LHP Southern Connecticut State
Mooney, Dylan Sr. C Southern Indiana
Vance, Brad Sr. SS Southern Indiana
Flight, Tim Jr. LHP Southern New Hampshire *
Mendez, Junior So. RHP Southern New Hampshire *
Kelly, Robert Jr. P/1B St. Anselm
Fischer, Kyle So. RHP St. Cloud State
Imholte, Phil Jr. OF St. Cloud State *
Lieser, Scott Jr. RHP St. Cloud State
Harris, Tyler Sr. RHP St. Edward’s *
Johnson, Stephen Jr. RHP St. Edward’s
Shank, Adam Sr 1B St. Edward’s
Brnovich, Ryan Jr. 2B/SS St. Leo
Cokinos, M.P. Jr. C St. Mary’s
Migl, Tyler Sr. OF St. Mary’s
O’Neal, Carl Jr. RHP St. Mary’s
Perez, Jonathan Jr. RHP St. Mary’s *
Richard, Billy Jr. OF St. Mary’s *
Solis, Rene So. LHP St. Mary’s *
White, Michael Sr. OF/P Stonehill
Bierman, Sean Sr. LHP Tampa
Jones, Andrew Sr. OF Tampa
Packrall, Preston So. RHP Tampa *
Schrader, Jake Jr. 1B Tampa
Stuckly, Ethan Sr. OF Tarleton State
Colon, Alexi Sr. OF Tusculum
Goodman, Craig Sr. RHP Tusculum *
Susdorf, Danny Jr. OF UC San Diego
York, Tony Sr. RHP UC San Diego *
Cole, Garrett Jr. RHP UMass Lowell
Kneeland, Cam Sr. SS UMass Lowell
Haley, Josh Sr. OF UNC Pembroke
Lewis, Braxton Sr. RHP UNC Pembroke
Aranas, Nick Sr. OF USC Aiken
Bourdo, Tyler Sr. 2B USC Aiken *
Brown, Wyatt Jr. RHP USC Aiken *
Carmon, Stephen Sr. SS USC Aiken
Miller, Josh Jr. C USC Aiken *
Glisson, Christian Sr. DH Valdosta State *
Hurley, Billy Sr. RHP Wayne State (MI) *
Bisenius, Mike Sr. OF Wayne State College
Cole, Ladarrius Jr. OF West Alabama
Wendle, Joe Jr. 2B/SS West Chester
Wlodarchyk, Jordan Jr. DH West Chester *
Rodriguez, Andrew Jr. OF West Florida
St. Hilaire, Max Jr. OF West Florida
Stephens, Jake Jr. LHP West Florida
Drew, Stuart Jr. 2B West Georgia
Cooper, Jess Sr. 1B West Texas A&M
Easom, Jordan Sr. SS West Texas A&M *
Lind, Kirk Sr. RHP Western Oregon
Harbach Joe Sr. OF Wilmington *
Allison, Casey Sr. OF Wingate *
McPherson, Dodson Jr. OF Wingate
Yeung, Brian So. 1B Wingate
McMullen, Seth Jr. SS Winona State
Simon, Kodey Sr. RHP Winona State
Moore, Adam So. UTL Young Harris *

Chase Larsson of Cameron Wins 2011 Tino Martinez Award

Chase Larsson of the Cameron Aggies is the recipient of the 2011 Tino Martinez DII Player of the Year Award. The award is presented to the most outstanding player in DII college baseball. The annual honor is named after the former University of Tampa Spartan, United States Olympian, first round draft pick and MLB All-Star, Tino Martinez.

Larsson didn’t just have one of the most prolific offensive seasons of the year, he complied some of the most impressive numbers in DII history. The slugging 6’4” outfielder from Vancouver, BC, finished the season for the Aggies leading DII in home runs (29), RBI (84), slugging percentage (1.000) and total bases (190). He also finished the regular season batting .432, good for 11th overall in the nation.

A former 18th round draft pick by the Kansas City Royals out of high school, Larsson was also named the Lone Star Conference Player of the Year and was awarded the South Central Region Player of the Year by Daktronics, the American Baseball Coaches Association and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Early in the season Larsson tied a school record with eight RBIs in a single game and matched a school and conference records when he belted three home runs in a single contest. Larsson also incredibly established a new NCAA Division II record when he mashed a homerun in nine consecutive games during a stretch in March.

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 47 semifinalists to eight 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.

Mount Olive’s Carter Capps, the 2011 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s National Pitcher of the Year, finished in a close second. Matt Johnson of the Arkanas Tech Wonder Boys and Barry’s Dean Green also fininshed near the top, placing third and fourth respectively. Dodson McPherson of Wingate was fifth, Ryan Thompson from Franklin Pierce was sixth and Ashland pitcher Ajay Meyer and Nathan Minnich from Sheperd rounded out the top eight.

Bryan Fogle of Erskine won the first edition of the award after batting .430 and leading DII with 28 home runs, 103 RBI (the second most in NCAA history) and 203 total bases. Fogle was drafted by Tampa Bay following the season. Runner-up Hayden Simpson of Southern Arkansas was a first round draft choice of the Chicago Cubs.

Bryan Fogle of Erksine Wins 2010 Tino Martinez Award

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.