Semifinalists for the 2013 Tino Martinez Award Announced

tinoawardThe semifinalists for the 2013 Tino Martinez Award have been announced. 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.

There are forty-one semifinalists with five players from each of the eight DII regions. In year’s past there were at least six players from each region; however the process has been modified slightly and this year each school has been limited to a single player advancing to the semifinal round.

Initial nominations for the award were made by baseball sports information contacts and media members. A panel of media, coaches and sports information officers will be polled to finalize the candidates. The group will once again vote on the finalists, with a fan Internet vote also contributing to the crowning of the winner.

The finalists are scheduled to be named on Monday, May 20th. The winner will be announced after the conclusion of the DII Baseball Championship held in Cary, NC from May 25th to June 1st.

The recipient of the 2012 Tino Martinez Award was senior first baseman Nathan Minnich of ShepherdUniversity (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.

Martinez-1987WSChase 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). MountOlive’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.

Name Year Pos School
Herold, Shayne Sr. UTL Gannon
Moore, Travis Sr. OF Winston Salem State
Murphy, Chris So. RHP Millersville
Petty, Kyle Sr. UTL Cal U (PA)
Sell, Nicholas So. 3B Seton Hill
Fink, Grant Sr. 3B Missouri Western State
Harris, David Sr. SS Southen Arkansas
Martin, Harvey Sr. RHP Minnesota St.
Ward, Davis Jr. RHP Ouachita Baptist
Wuest, Brian Sr. 1B/OF Nebraska Kearney
Cotter, Casey Sr. OF Merrimack
Frank, Robert Jr. RHP St. Thomas Aquinas
Graham, Trevor Jr. RHP Franklin Pierce
Hatt, Dave Sr. RHP Wilmington
Mendez, Junior Jr. RHP Southern New Hampshire
Borgschult, Matt Sr. C Drury
Guenther, Brad Sr. C Wayne State (MI)
Helwich, Tom Jr. LHP Lewis
Peterson, Jordan So. RHP St. Joseph’s
Sortwell, Alex Jr. OF Ashland
Tindall, Nick So. C Quincy
Adams, Mike Jr. LHP Tampa
Branstetter, Josh Sr. RHP Delta St.
Brock, Chandler So. OF Alabama Huntsville
Matuski, Jason Sr. 1B Lynn
Stephens, Jake Sr. RHP West Florida
James, Dylan Jr. RHP West Texas A&M
McClain, Matt So. LHP St. Mary’s
Neumann, Lee Sr. OF Angelo St.
Ramirez, Miguel Sr. RHP Tarleton State
Taska, Taylor Jr. UTL Texas A&M Kingsville
Carter, Ethan Sr. RHP UNC Pembroke
Dillon, Matt Jr. RHP Mount Olive
Gerstenslage, Bill Sr. DH USC Aiken
Lomascolo, Nick Sr. LHP Catawba
Scott, Cameron Sr. 1B Columbus St.
Wharton, James Sr. 1B Cal State LA
Becker, Sean Jr. RHP Cal State East Bay
Bengard, Jon Sr. RHP Cal Baptist
Owen, Jeff So. RHP Cal State Monterey Bay
Sani, Kyle Sr. C/DH Central Washinton
Sidhu, Harmen Sr. RHP Sonoma State


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