Making the jump to college baseball is a difficult transition for most recent high school graduates, but these nine players made it look easy. They are your nominees for the 2018 D2 baseball Newcomer of the Year award.
Now, the vote comes down to you! Make sure to vote and share so the most worthy freshman gets the honors of Newcomer of the Year. The poll closes May 18 at 12 PM PT.
Zanski (.399/.433/.620 13 2B, 7 HR, 35 RBI), led the way for the Grizzlies in almost every major category including home-runs, doubles, RBI, and hits this season. Producing at that level made Zanski a top candidate for this award. [divider]
Mow (.319/.421/.620 18 2B, 10 HR, 41 RBI) had no trouble acclimating to the collegiate game, leading the Rock in doubles, and showing patience at the plate with 25 walks. [divider]
Castleberry (.284/.407/.578 12 2B, 16 HR, 58 RBI) had no shortage of power in 2018, leading the Trojans in home-runs and runs batted in. [divider]
Jacobs (.417/.440/.691 25 2B, 9 HR, 66 RBI) put up staggering numbers in 2018. His gap power and ability to drive in runs led him to earn the Peach Belt Conference player of the week three times this season. [divider]
LaPrest (.344/.391/.664, 10 2B, 10 HR, 43 RBI) helped lead the Tigers to one of their best seasons in school history. Leading the club in home runs, RBI, and slugging percentage, it's clear that the Tigers have a special player on their hands. [divider]
Cox (84.1 IP, 9-3, 3.63 ERA, 60 SO) was the Wonder Boy's most dependable pitcher this season. Leading the team in innings pitched, and throwing an impressive five complete games, Cox handled the jump to collegiate baseball just fine. [divider]
Irvin (88.1 IP, 7-1, 1.63 ERA, 95 SO) wasn't just one of the best freshmen pitchers in D2 this year, he was one of the best pitchers in D2 altogether. Through 13 starts, Irvin only allowed 16 earned runs and went at least five innings in every start.[divider]
Gutierrez (76 IP, 4-5, 3.43 ERA, 96 SO) impressed in 2018 with a staggering 11.37 K/9, while leading the Golden Falcons in innings pitched and throwing three complete games. [divider]
Murphy (85 IP, 7-3, 2.54 ERA, 75 SO) was partnered with Josiah Gray in a deadly 1-2 punch at the top of the Dolphin rotation. Leading the team in innings pitched and complete games, Murphy is setting himself to be Le Moyne's ace of the next few years. [divider]
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