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Rawlings ‘Big Stick’ Award Winners Announced

Rawlings ‘Big Stick’ Award Winners Announced

Steele Walker from the Woodchucks tops the list with .406 average

Rochester, Minn. – The Northwoods League is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Rawlings “Big Stick” Award. This award is given to the player at each position who had the best batting average during the 2016 regular season. 

Wisconsin outfielder Steele Walker leads this impressive list of award winners. Walker earned a Rawlings “Big Stick” by leading the league with an outstanding .406 batting average.

Rawlings has been rewarding the top hitters in the Northwoods League since 2007 in addition to honoring the best fielders since 2002. To honor their achievement, the nine award winners will receive an engraved bat from Rawlings. The complete list of 2016 Rawlings “Big Stick” Award Winners is below.

Position

Player

NWL Team

College

Batting Average

C

Nick Hutchins

Kalamazoo

Southern Illinois

.325

1B

Greg Lambert

Willmar

Southern Illinois

.330

2B

Cullen Large

La Crosse

William & Mary

.328

3B

David Metzgar

Mankato

CSU Bakersfield

.356

SS

Mason McCoy

La Crosse

Iowa

.320

OF

Steele Walker

Wisconsin

Oklahoma

.406

OF

Danny Pardo

Willmar

Montevallo

.360

OF

Jake Shepski

Mankato

Notre Dame

.333

OF

Anthony Brocato

Thunder Bay

St. John’s

.333

 

To be eligible a player would have needed to have enough plate appearances to qualify for a batting title. A player must have a minimum of 2.7 plate appearances per team game.

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The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 23-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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, more than 160 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.