SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Senior first baseman Nathan Minnich (Waynesboro, Pa./Waynesboro Area Sr.) of the Shepherd University baseball team has been named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II Player of the Year. Minnich gained national player of the year honors for the third time this season after earlier earning similar accolades from D2baseballNews.com and Daktronics.
Minnich recorded a .487 batting average with 74 hits in 152 at-bats this year. Minnich led the Rams in hits (74), runs batted in (72), runs (69), total bases (149), walks (62), home runs (21), slugging percentage (.980) on base percentage (.645), and batting average (.487). Minnich leads NCAA II in on base percentage, slugging percentage, runs batted in, and base on balls per game, while ranking second in batting average, home runs, home runs per game, and base on balls in the latest rankings. He is ranked in the top five nationally in four other categories. Minnich has set numerous career and season records for the Rams this year.
2012 NCBWA Division II All-America Team