Junior Shortstop Andrew Sohn Collects Northwoods League Batting Average Honor
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 20-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including MLB All-Stars Max Scherzer (DET), Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYY), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB).
Sohn batted .349 while playing for the Alexandria Blue Anchors, which led shortstops and ranked fifth highest overall in the league during the regular season. In 56 games, the NWL Postseason All-Star added a team-high 24 stolen bases in 29 attempts. His speed was also on display as he stretched singles into doubles to lead the team with 14 while adding five long balls. Major League Baseball scouts saw the future potential in Sohn as he also participated in the Inaugural Northwoods League Big League Dreams Showcase.
Sohn’s play began to elevate last spring during his sophomore season at Western Michigan, his first full season at shortstop. Sohn was named First Team All-Mid-American Conference and Academic All-MAC, becoming the first Bronco shortstop named to the First Team since current major leaguer Adam Rosales picked up the honor in 2004 and 2005.
Sohn led the Broncos in nearly every offensive category in 2013 and at the end of the regular season ranked seventh in the MAC with a .337 batting average and fifth in the conference with 70 hits. He also had a team-best nine doubles, two triples, two home runs, 36 RBIs, 89 total bases, .428 slugging percentage, .389 on-base percentage and 17 stolen bases, going 17-for-19 in attempts. Defensively, he maintained a .947 fielding percentage.
Rawlings has been rewarding the top hitters in the Northwoods League since 2007 in addition to honoring the best fielders since 2002. To honor their achievement the eight award winners will receive an engraved bat from Rawlings. The complete list of 2013 Rawlings “Big Stick” Award Winners is below.
Position - Name - NWL Team - College - Batting Average
C - Jackson Slaid - Wisconsin Rapids - Montevallo - .326
1B - Marc Flores - Willmar - Hawaii - .352
2B - John LaPrise - Madison - Virginia - .407
3B - Albert Baur - Alexandria - Newberry College - .325
SS - Andrew Sohn - Alexandria - Western Michigan - .349
OF - Keith Curcio - Duluth - Florida Southern - .367
OF - Cam Gibson - Battle Creek - Michigan State - .345
OF - Tim Arakawa - Mankato - Oklahoma State - .346