Minnich’s mashing

NCAA Division II baseball’s version of football’s Heisman Trophy is the Tino Martinez Award. Shepherd’s Nathan Minnich was nominated for the award in 2011 and came in eighth in the voting.

[cleeng_content id="274524832" description="Read it now!" price="0.15"][cleeng_content id="t1" price="0.15" description="Read it now!"]The results of voting for this year’s award were revealed on Monday …and Minnich was the winner. He received first place votes on over half the ballots cast and also was the top vote-getter with the Internet audience.

Shepherd senior first baseman Nathan Minnich not only was voted the nation’s outstanding player by four different organizations, but he also was the recipient of NCAA Division II baseball’s Tino Martinez Award, symbolic of America’s best player.

Every organization or agency that selects post-season honors concerning NCAA Division II baseball has named Shepherd first baseman Minnich as their National Player of the Year.

Four such organizations have rewarded the senior from Waynesboro, Pa. as the country’s best player from the Division II baseball ranks.

In all, the organizations selecting Minnich as their National Player of the Year have been the Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, the d2baseballnews.com group, and Daktronics.

Even tonight (June 6) in Hagerstown, the South Atlantic League Hagerstown Suns minor league team will honor Minnich in a pre-game ceremony where he will sign autographs before a league game at Municipal Stadium on Memorial Boulevard.

Minnich’s offensive credentials for the just-completed 2012 season included him leading the entire country in four categories — on-base percentage, slugging percentage, RBIs, and base on balls per game.

He was second in the nation in batting average (.487), home runs (21), home runs per game, and number of walks.

Minnich ranked in the Top Five nationally in two other offensive categories.

Shepherd won the 2012 WVIAC baseball championship last month in the conference’s eight-team tournament. The Rams were one of the league’s two teams that played in the Atlantic Region tournament which was won by eventual national champion West Chester of Pa.

Shepherd had two league titles in Minnich’s four years with the team.

No baseball player in Shepherd history (whether it be as a University, College, or State Teachers College) has ever received as much national recognition or as many national honors as Minnich.[/cleeng_content][/cleeng_content]

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