Based on their outstanding play this season sixty players have been added to the 2013 Tino Martinez Award Watch List. 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, MLB All-Star and newly named member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame, Tino Martinez. Semifinalists are scheduled to be announced on
May 6th, 2013.
Initial nominations for the award were made by baseball sports information contacts, coaches 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 contributes to the final vote.
The recipient of the 2012 Tino Martinez Award was senior first baseman Nathan Minnich of Shepherd University (W.Va.). Minnich 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.
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 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.
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Click here to see the initial 2013 Tino Martinez Award Watch List release.
(Players sorted by team)
|Aldridge, Tyler||Sr.||2B/3B||Delta State|
|Baker, Nick||Jr.||RHP||Chico State|
|Barkell, Ty||So.||1B||USC Aiken|
|Barlow, Kaleb||Jr.||2B||West Florida|
|Beasley, Derek>||Jr.||LHP||USC Aiken|
|Becker, Sean||Jr.||RHP||Cal State East Bay|
|Berry, Jermaine||Sr.||3B||Mount Olive|
|Boston, Dylan||So.||DH||North Alabma|
|Brock, Chandler||So.||OF||Alabama Huntsville|
|Bruns, Coley||So.||RHP||Grand Canyon|
|Busby, Andrew||Sr.||RHP||Alabama Huntsville|
|Carpenter, Garrett||Jr.||UTL||Colorado Mesa|
|Cudney, Nate||Sr.||LHP||Belmont Abbey|
|Danner, Joey||Jr.||LHP||Colorado Mesa|
|Dotson, Bubba||Sr.||OF||Missouri Western State|
|Easterling, Brannon||Jr.||RHP||St. Edward’s|
|Edgerton, Jordan||So.||3B||UNC Pembroke|
|Esquerra, Zach||Jr.||OF||Cal Baptist|
|Fink, Grant||Sr.||3B||Missouri Western State|
|Fischer, Garrett||Jr.||OF||St. Cloud State|
|Garza, Alexis||Jr.||RHP||Incarante Word|
|Gerstenslage, Bill||Sr.||DH||USC Aiken|
|Gratza, Kevin||Jr.||OF||Central Missouri|
|Harris, David||Sr.||SS||Southen Arkansas|
|Henrichs, Mikey||Sr.||1B||Upper Iowa|
|Jay, Peter||Sr.||RHP||New Haven|
|Jeremiah, Pierson||Sr.||3B||Chico State|
|Owen, Jeff||So.||RHP||Cal State Monterey Bay|
|Perez, Jonathan||Sr.||RHP||St. Mary’s|
|Pezzuto, Andrew||Gr.||2B/IF||Southern New Hampshire|
|Regan, Alex||So.||LHP||Mount Olive|
|Reitano, Bradon||Jr.||SS/2B||Mount Olive|
|Robinson, Cody||Jr.||OF||Northeastern State|
|Rodriguez, Jose||Sr.||OF||Nova Southeastern|
|Schulze, Michael||Jr.||SS||Missouri Western State|
|Scott, Cameron||Sr.||1B||Columbus St.|
|Sidhu, Harmen||Sr.||RHP||Sonoma State|
|Teague, Kyle||Sr.||RHP||Grand Valley State|
|Ward, Davis||Jr.||RHP||Ouachita Baptist|
|Wright, Jordan||Jr.||RHP||Henderson State|
|Wuest, Brian||Sr.||1B/OF||Nebraska Kearney|