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Published On: September 24th, 2018

Rochester, Minn. – The Northwoods League is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Rawlings “Big Stick” Award. This award is given to the player at each position who had the best batting average during the 2018 regular season.

Duluth Huskies second baseman Augie Isaacson leads the list of award winners. Isaacson earned a Rawlings “Big Stick” by leading the league with an impressive .364 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 2018 Rawlings “Big Stick” Award Winners is below.

Position Player NWL Team College Batting Average
C Shane McGuire La Crosse San Diego .337
1B Alex McGarry Rochester Oregon State .318
2B Augie Isaacson Duluth Friends University .364
3B Jordan Swiss Battle Creek Saginaw Valley State .339
SS Jack Dunn Lakeshore Northwestern .316
INF Alex Erro Fond du Lac Northwestern .348
OF Tyler Reichenborn Willmar Iowa Western .327
OF Zach DeLoach Wisconsin Texas A&M .323
OF Jake Randa Madison NW Florida State .318
DH Mike Rothenberg La Crosse Duke .326

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.


The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 25-year old summer collegiate 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 200 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIL). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.