August 9, 2011

Benedict Named Defensive Player of the Year

CHELMSFORD, Mass. - Wesley College shortstop Rob Benedict (Drexel Hill, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) was named the Futures Collegiate Baseball League Defensive Player of the Year.

The Defensive Player of the Year is awarded to the player that demonstrates the best hands, footwork, and defensive acumen as voted on by the coaches and umpiring crew.

Benedict was selected for the honor after helping the Nashua Silver Knights win the FCBL Championship.  He posted a .955 fielding percentage for the league champions.

The rising senior for the Wolverines also helped the Silver Knights with the bat as well.  Batting leadoff, he posted a .284 batting average and tied for the league lead with 11 doubles.  His 15 stolen bases were third in the league.  Benedict also had a strong postseason in the league championship series, going 4-for-9 with a pair of walks, three runs scored and two runs batted in.

As a member of Wesley's baseball team, Benedict earned All-Capital Athletic Conference First Team, American Baseball Coaches Association All-South Region First Team and ECAC Division III South All-Star honors in 2011.

In other summer leagues, classmate Geoff Kimmel (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) finished the year with a .310 batting average and tied for the team lead with 24 RBIs playing for Rome in the New York Collegeiate Baseball League and was named to the league all-star team.  DJ Keckler (Fallston, Md./Fallston) struck out 15 batters in 18.2 innings, working mostly in relief for the Baltimore Redbirds in the Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.