The 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.
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). 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.
|Moore, Travis||Sr.||OF||Winston Salem State|
|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|
|Frank, Robert||Jr.||RHP||St. Thomas Aquinas|
|Graham, Trevor||Jr.||RHP||Franklin Pierce|
|Mendez, Junior||Jr.||RHP||Southern New Hampshire|
|Guenther, Brad||Sr.||C||Wayne State (MI)|
|Peterson, Jordan||So.||RHP||St. Joseph’s|
|Branstetter, Josh||Sr.||RHP||Delta St.|
|Brock, Chandler||So.||OF||Alabama Huntsville|
|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|
|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|