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Published On: November 16th, 2022


Battle Creek, MI– Each year, the Northwoods League and Rawlings present an award to the top defenders in each position. The winners are selected based on final fielding statistics compiled by the Northwoods League.

This year, the first basemen to receive this award is none other than our very own Joey Grabanski!

The first basemen, hailing out of Concordia University, Nebraska, posed a fielding percentage of .975 over 67 games. On the offensive side, Grabanski drew up 4 home runs, 41 runs batted in, and 57 hits over 240 at-bats.

On paper, it’s simply a no-brainer why Joey won this award. Congratulations, Joey!


The Battle Creek Battle Jacks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 27th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 250 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set Battle Creek as your favorite team