2013 ABCA/Rawlings NJCAA Players of the Year announced
June 12, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In conjunction with the NJCAA and Rawlings, the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) announced the 2013 ABCA/Rawlings NJCAA Players of the Year Wednesday.
DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jeremie Fagnan – Midland College (Texas)
Outfielder – Sophomore
After dedicating the season to his father Guy – who passed away last fall to cancer – Jeremie Fagnan distinguished himself as the top player in the country in 2013. Fagnan led the Midland Chaparrals to the Region 5 championship and their first appearance in the NJCAA DI Baseball World Series.
“It was really hard at first,” Fagnan told the Calgary Herald, “my dad was always at the back of my mind. But then his memory, his spirit, it would help me relax. Before every game, I would look up to the sky and say ‘I’m playing for you. I love you.’”
The Western Junior College Athletic Conference MVP batted for a .419 average in 2013, ranking fourth in the country with 70 RBIs. Compiling a .665 slugging percentage, Fagnan hit five home runs, 21 doubles and ranked sixth in DI with 10 triples. Fagnan also excelled on the base paths, stealing 30 bases and ranking second in DI with 78 runs scored.
At the NJCAA DI Baseball World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., Fagnan carried the Chaparrals offense. Going 6-for-12 at the plate, Fagnan hit two doubles and drove home six RBIs. Before Midland was eliminated in the 10th inning of their third game by Palm Beach State (Fla.), Fagnan forced extra-innings with a 2-RBI double in the bottom of the ninth.
A native of Calgary, the Canadian is the only Midland baseball player to earn first team All-America honors. With the highest batting average in the Southwest District, Fagnan earned a 2013 Rawlings NJCAA Big Stick Award for his efforts.
Deciding to continue his collegiate baseball career in the Lone Star State, Fagnan has signed a letter of intent with TCU.
“Jeremie is an outstanding player and an even better young man and student,” said TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle. “He is a good athlete that can play corner outfield as well as first base. Obviously, he had a tremendous season for Midland and we expect him to be an impact player offensively for us.”
DIVISION II PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ryan Aper – Lincoln Land (Ill.)
Outfielder – Sophomore
Ryan Aper’s tremendous output for Lincoln Land in 2013 earned him DII Player of the Year honors. Aper led the Loggers to a 37-21 season and the No. 4 seed in the Region 24 tournament.
Putting up one of the best offensive seasons in NJCAA DII baseball history, Aper was named Region 24 Player of the Year. The sophomore ranked third in DII with a .462 batting average and drove in 55 RBIs – 10th most in DII. Leading all of NJCAA baseball with a .904 slugging percentage, Aper hit 17 doubles, ranked second in DII with 12 triples and led the division with 17 home runs.
With a .540 on-base percentage, Aper was able to utilize his superior base running skills throughout the year. The Lincoln, Ill., native led DII with 82 runs scored and ranked third with 52 stolen bases.
After earning first team All-America accolades, Aper was taken by the Miami Marlins in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
“Aper really has kind of both the power and speed,” Marlins vice president of scouting Stan Meek told MLB.com.
DIVISION III PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jeff Singer – Gloucester County (N.J.)
Pitcher – Sophomore
Jeff Singer’s effort on the mound in 2013 made him the first pitcher to be named DIII Player of the Year since fellow Gloucester County hurler Ryan Costello took the award in 2000. Singer’s stellar performance on the mound this year anchored the Roadrunners national championship campaign.
Among DIII pitchers that started at least four games this season, Singer’s 0.68 ERA was the best in the nation. The lefty led the DIII ranks with 104 strikeouts, while giving up only 18 walks in 93 innings pitched. Singer had the second best record in DIII, going 10-1 in his 11 starts.
At the NJCAA DIII Baseball World Series, Singer got the Roadrunners off to a quick start with a victory in the tournament opener. Facing Century (Minn.), Singer held opposing hitters to just one hit in seven innings while recording nine strikeouts.
After being named a first team All-American, Singer signed with Monmouth to join the Hawks entering their first season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
Singer is Gloucester County’s third student-athlete to be named NJCAA DIII Player of the Year in the last 10 seasons.