The D2 Baseball season is ready to turn the calendar to April, and conference play is becoming the norm across the nation as we enter the third or fourth week into the season.
While we have a long way to go before we are able to confidently say who were the best players in the game this year, we can at least point out some of the best through the first few weeks that have lit up the game.
Keep an eye on these guys too, as they could end up near the top in respective categories and maybe even make the HERO Sports All-America teams following the season.
David White Jr., OF — Benedict
Stats: .500 / 7 HR / 32 RBI
Sporting the best batting average among players who played at least 15 games, White has pounded the ball at exactly 50 percent, with seven dingers to show off his power.
At 6-foot-6 the junior from Columbia, SC is a menacing physical product, and has turned that into a great stroke at the plate. Through 21 games thus far, White has 17 extra base hits including 10 doubles, and 32 RBI are a healthy number through this many contests. While a drop off from his .500 average is to be expected, finishing above .400 seems to be a given at this point.
Andrew Webster, C — Barton
Stats: .432 / 16 HR / 45 RBI
Talk about a boom in power, as Webster leads all players across D2 with 16 home runs this year, already a career-high and six more than any single-year mark before 2017.
What is most interesting about Webster is that when he hits a long ball, he tends to do so multiple times, as the senior backstop has recorded four games of two or more home runs, and has reached three in one contest this season.
Adding to the tremendous home run total are 45 RBI which are currently tied for the fourth-most in the country. 13 doubles show off gap power as well, giving Webster a claim to be one of the best power hitters in the country this season.
J.D. Osborne, 3B/C — Tampa
Stats: .443 / 13 HR / 53 RBI
Transferring from a program can be hard on any athlete, and sometimes the transition can put a strain on a player trying to impress their new club. Well, for the former Polk State College player, J.D. Osborne has blossomed into one of the premier bats in D2 with the Spartans.
Matching his home run total from 2016 already, the part-time backstop is also just six runs batter in shy of matching his total in that category. Prior to becoming a Spartan, Osborne never hit more than three home runs in one year and failed to eclipse 53 RBI in his two seasons.
At this point, many accolades could be on the way for Tampa's premier bat, and that could also include a player of the year honor. The season is still early, but a transfer into the best program in D2 history could be the best player in D2 this season.
Evan Dougherty, OF — Palm Beach Atlantic
Stats: .303 / 13 XBH / 16 SB
A former product of Duke, Dougherty leads the country in most steals without being caught this season, going a perfect 16-for-16 this year when trying to swipe 90 feet of extra space.
But while his stolen bases are not the highest total of all in the land, Dougherty also combines a good bat that can be rare with speedsters. The Sailfish outfielder has a combined 13 extra base knocks, and an OBP of .361 that gives him enough opportunities to play station-to-station and give PBA more chances to score runs.