Senior first baseman Nathan Minnich (Waynesboro, PA/Waynesboro Area Sr.) of the Shepherd University baseball team has been named National Player of the Year by D2baseballnews.com.
Minnich, who earlier this week was named WVIAC Player of the Year and a semifinalist for the Tino Martinez D2 Player of the Year Award, has a .493 batting average with 71 hits in 144 at-bats. He paces the Rams in hits (71), runs batted in (68), runs (68), total bases (144), walks (56), home runs (21), slugging percentage (1.000) on base percentage (.645), and batting average (.493). Minnich tops the NCAA II in batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, and home runs per game (0.46) in the latest statistics. He is ranked in the top six nationally in seven other categories. Minnich has set numerous career and season records for the Rams this season.