El Paso 3B Garcia is juco player of year
Some of the best teams in NJCAA Division I baseball played in the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series last week. But when it came to postseason honors, only a few of those players were recognized.
The NJCAA, Rawlings and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) announced the 2014 ABCA/Rawlings NJCAA Player of the Year on Thursday, and the award went to Eudro Garcia of El Paso Community College (Texas).
The sophomore third baseman hit .460 during the season, which was the second highest batting average in the nation. He was ranked second with a .873 slugging percentage, and he hit 14 home runs and drove in 63 runs.
Garcia has signed to play for Prairie View A&M next season, but he is expected to be selected in this weekend’s Major League Baseball draft.
The 2014 Spalding NJCAA Baseball Pitchers and Defensive Players of the Year also were announced.
Kyle Simonds of Hutchinson Community College (Kansas) was selected the top pitcher after going 13-0 on the season. The right-hander pitched 94 innings with a 2.30 ERA, and he ranked sixth in the country with 103 strikeouts.
The sophomore became the only first-team All-American in Hutchinson baseball history after setting single-season school records for wins, strikeouts and innings pitched. Simonds is headed to Texas A&M next season.
Tyler Alitz from Garden City Community College (Kansas) was selected the top defensive player.
The shortstop had signed to play at Morehead State, but he died in a car accident this spring.
He finished with a .949 fielding percentage.
The ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were also announced, but no players from the JUCO World Series teams were selected.
Darren Seferina of Miami Dade College (Florida) was selected one of the Marucci Elite Hitters for the 2014 season.
The freshman second baseman/designated hitter led the Gulf District with a .412 batting average.
In the JUCO World Series, he hit .600 to help lead the Sharks to the title game, which they lost to Iowa Western Community College.
Neosho County (Kansas) designated hitter Connor Goedert, who played in the 2013 Alpine Bank Junior College World Series, was selected for the Central District. He hit .446.
Garcia was also selected for the elite hitter list.
One Colorado college had a representative on the list. Lamar Community College’s Conner Crane hit .426 on the season. The sophomore from Parker has signed with McNeese State. He was also selected as a second-team All-American.