Granberg and Menendez pick up awards

by Dan M | Posted on Monday, July 16th, 2018

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BY BO CARTER
BCARTER@FOOTBALLFOUNDATION.COM

DBU’s Granberg Named 26th Annual 2018 Howard Green SABR Metroplex DI
Player of Year; Texas Wesleyan’s Menendez Captures 7th Annual Carroll
Beringer SABR Metroplex College Division Award

Two of the most outstanding college baseball student-athletes
nationally have been named as the 26th annual Howard Green SABR
Metroplex Collegiate Player of the Year Award recipient and the
seventh annual SABR Metroplex Carroll Beringer Award College Division
Player of the Year Award by the Ernie Banks-Bobby Bragan DFW Chapter
of the Society of American Baseball Research.
Devlin Granberg, the 14th player from Dallas Baptist to snare the
Howard Green Award since its initiation in 1993, has been lauded with
the DI Player of the Year Award while Texas Wesleyan’s Kiki Menendez
is the Texas Wesleyan Rams third standout in the last five seasons to
nab the College Division Beringer Award.
Granberg, a 6-3, 224-pound senior outfielder from Hudson, Colo.,
earned consensus All-America honors in 2018 and also captured the
prestigious Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award as the top slugger
from the state of Texas or playing for a Texas college/university.
The ’18 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year also ranked
among the Top 10 nationally in five different statistical categories.
He was No. 2 nationally with a .443 batting average, No. 1 in
hits with 112, No. 3 in on-base percentage at .541, No. 5 in runs
scored with 72, No. 5 in OPS at 1.221, No. 16 in runs-batted-in with
70, and No. 33 in BI per game at 1.17.
Granberg hammered 13 homers and recorded 172 total bases with a
slugging percentage of .680 while heling coach Dan Heefner’s Patriots
to a 42-21 final record, second place in MVC regular-season standings,
second place in the MVC postseason tourney hosted by DBU, and an
at-large berth in the NCAA Fayetteville Regional won by NCAA runnerup
Arkansas.
The DBU standout was named Most Outstanding Player in the
Fayetteville Regional with 12 hits in 18 official trips over four
games and .667 batting average.
The senior also paced the Patriots with 26 stolen bases in 27
attempts for a 96 percent success rate and had a .982 fielding
percentage with just three errors in 166 chances. He was also Google
CoSIDA Academic Player of the Year in DI to go along with Academic
All-America laurels and All-MVC Academic Team with a 4.0 average (4.0
scale) in his kinesiology major.
Granberg was drafted in the sixth round by the Boston Red Sox
and reported to the Class A Lowell Red Sox in the New York-Penn League
to start his professional career.
Menendez, a 6-2, 205-pound senior outfielder from Austin, Texas,
was the first Wesleyan standout in the school’s 49-season baseball
history to be named National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Player of the Year as well as being NAIA first team All-America.
The young outfielder who starred for head coaches Mike Jeffcoat
and Bobby Garza led NAIA with 26 home runs while batting .466 (third
nationally) for the Rams with a NAIA-topping .995 slugging percentage
– all three statistics established school season records for Wesleyan.
He also nailed down school records with 89 hits and 190 total
bases (also topping NAIA individual stats for ‘18) and drove in 84
runs (tied for second in NAIA) – seven off the school RBI record of
91. The Austin resident had a school-best 21-game hitting streak.
The senior exercise science major also set Wesleyan records with
a streak of 30 consecutive games reaching base safely, five hits in a
game and three home runs in a Sooner Athletic Conference postseason
tourney contest.
Menendez established Wesleyan career marks with a two-season
career batting average of .437 and .836 slugging percentage. He
assisted the Rams in making the finals or semifinal rounds of the SAC
tourney in back-to-back years and a composite record of 83-31 in 2017
and ’18. He finished with 10 stolen bases in 14 attempts as a senior.
The Los Angeles Angels signee hit safely in 46 of the 51 games he
played in 2018 and is the 42nd Wesleyan baseball stalwart to sign or
be drafted by MLB since 2002.
Both awards laurels celebrate the memories of the late SABR
Metroplex chapter original president Green, who was a legend in Texas
professional and college baseball circles for over six decades and
also served in several elected capacities in Tarrant County; and
former Fort Worth Cats standout and longtime SABR member Beringer, who
pitched in professional baseball for 14 years, was the 1959 Texas
League Player of the Year with the Fort Worth Cats and served as the
bullpen coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1961-72) and Philadelphia
Phillies (1973-78).
Interestingly, both Granberg and Menendez starred as Cisco
(Texas) College before transferring to their respective Metroplex
universities.
They join the likes of previous SABR awardees such as San
Francisco Giants’ star Hunter Pence (Major League Baseball All-Star)
as well as Michael Choice of UTA, TCU’s Brandon Finnegan, Scott Malone
and Lance Broadway as well as DBU’s Drew Holder, Brandon Harper, Evan
Bigley, Jason Krizan, Brandon Koch, and Boomer Collins (who also
starred at TCU and Texas A&M), among others.
Previous winners of the Howard Green SABR Metroplex College
Baseball Player of the Year have been Scott Malone, TCU, 1993; Jason
Parsons, Dallas Baptist, 1994; Johnny Issom, Texas Wesleyan, 1995;
Karl Chatman, Dallas Baptist, 1996; Brandon Harper, Dallas Baptist,
1997; Royce Huffman, TCU, 1998; Cody Sundbeck, Dallas Baptist, 1999;
(co) Jon Browder, Dallas Baptist; Pat Hannon, Texas Wesleyan, 2000;
Mike Hall, Texas Wesleyan, 2001; Terry Trofholz, TCU, 2002; Clayton
Jerome, TCU, 2003; Hunter Pence, UT Arlington, 2004; Lance Broadway,
TCU, 2005; Drew Holder, Dallas Baptist, 2006; Sam Demel, TCU, 2007;
Evan Bigley, Dallas Baptist, 2008; Matt Otteman, UT Arlington, 2009;
(co) Michael Choice, UT Arlington; Matt Purke, TCU, 2010; Jason
Krizan, Dallas Baptist, 2011; Boomer Collins, Dallas Baptist, 2012;
Duncan McAlpine, Dallas Baptist, 2013; (co) Brandon Finnegan, Preston
Morrison, TCU, 2014; Brandon Koch, Dallas Baptist, 2015; (co) Darick
Hall, Dallas Baptist; Luken Baker, TCU, 2016; Austin Listi, Dallas
Baptist, 2017; Devlin Granberg, Dallas Baptist, 2018.
Carroll Beringer Award: Chase Brown, UT Dallas, 2012; Elvin
Rodriguez, Northwood, 2013; Jake Howeth, Texas Wesleyan, 2014; Brandon
George, UT Dallas, 2015; Conner Combs, East Texas Baptist, 2016; Luis
Roman, Texas Wesleyan, 2017; Kiki Menendez, Texas Wesleyan, 2018.
-SABR.org

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