Madison, Wis. – The Northwoods League is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Rawlings “Big Stick” Award. This award is given to the player at each position who had the best batting average during the 2015 regular season.
Mallards catcher Jean Ramirez (Illinois State University) and outfielder Logan Regnier (Central Michigan University) nabbed this award for their respective positions. Ramirez hit .307 in 2015 with eight home runs and 39 RBIs in 59 games played. Regnier finished the season with a .344 batting average adding one home run and 15 RBIs.
Rawlings has been rewarding the top hitters in the Northwoods League since 2007 in addition to honoring the best fielders since 2002. 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. To honor their achievement the award winners will receive an engraved bat from Rawlings.
The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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 120 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 (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM), and Ben Zobrist (KC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit www.MallardsBaseball.com