Four Named to Brooks Wallace Award Watch List

Alex Maldonado of Holy Cross (Photo courtesy Cross athletics)
Four players from teams in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League have been named to the watch list for the 2012 Brooks Wallace Award. The award, which will be presented on June 30, is given to the nation’s top shortstop. The watch list includes 50 players from schools and conferences across the country.

“Of course, we look at all the statistics – batting average, doubles, triples, home runs, etc. – when developing our watch lists, but for a shortstop award, fielding percentage has to be of huge importance,” said Kevin Dunagan, Wallace Award co-chair, in a press release. “Each of these young men has compiled statistics that justify their place on this list.”

The players from PGCBL teams that are named on the watch list are Jake Brown (Glens Falls 2011) of Kansas State, Texas A&M’s Mikey Reynolds (Mohawk Valley 2011), Dartmouth’s Joe Sclafani (Amsterdam 2009) and Alex Maldonado (Watertown 2011) (pictured) of Holy Cross.

Jake Brown is a senior at Kansas State University. He was one of six shortstops from the Big XII conference named to the Wallace Award watch list, along with Texas A&M's Mikey Reynolds. Brown has played and started 47 games for the Wildcats this spring and has missed only three K-State contests in his last two seasons. The senior is batting .262 with one home run and a career-high 30 RBI. He has compiled 44 hits including seven doubles and scored 30 runs. Brown stands second on the team with six sacrifice hits and he is tied for fourth with 14 stolen bases. Defensively, the senior has committed only six errors in 208 total chances. He has a .971 fielding percentage and has taken part in 32 double plays.

Mikey Reynolds is a junior at Texas A&M University. He is in his first season with the Aggies after transferring from NJCAA Division II Paradise Valley (Ariz.) Comm. College. Reynolds has helped the Aggies to an overall 34-14 mark and a 13-4 Big XII record. The 2011 Baltimore Orioles draft pick has played and started all 48 games for A&M. He is batting .313 with one home run and 20 RBI. Reynolds  leads the team in runs scored (49) and times hit by a pitch (11). He is second in hits (60) and is tied for second in doubles (11), triples (three) and stolen bases (16). In the field, the Glendale, Ariz., native has racked up a team high 135 assists in 226 total chances and been a part of 26 double plays.

Joe Sclafani is a senior at Dartmouth College. He is the only Ivy League shortstop on the Wallace watch list. This spring, he helped the Big Green to the Red Rolfe Division championship and to an appearance in the Ivy League championship series. He played and started all 42 games for Dartmouth in his final collegiate campaign. Sclafani batted .288 with two home runs and 24 RBI. He topped the Ivy side with 32 runs scored, 13 doubles and 27 walks. The Palm City, Fla., native totaled 47 hits and amassed a .442 slugging percentage. He struck out only 15 times in 163 at-bats. In the field, the senior was first on the team with 103 assists in 179 chances. He helped turn 22 double plays and compiled a .955 fielding percentage. Joe has also been nominated for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS award.

Alex Maldonado is a junior at the College of the Holy Cross. He is the lone Patriot League representative on the watch list for the Wallace Award. Maldonado has helped the Crusaders so far to a 30-win regular season and a Patriot League tournament berth. The junior has played and started all 50 games for Holy Cross. Offensively, he leads the Crusaders in hits (59), triples (three) and stolen bases (14). Maldonado is batting .303 with 37 runs scored and 22 runs batted in. The number-two batter for the ‘Saders has walked 19 times and stands second on the team with 10 sacrifice hits. In the field, Alex has a team high 139 defensive assists in 228 chances. He boasts a .943 fielding percentage and has taken part in 24 double plays. Last summer, Alex was named All-PGCBL first team at second base.

The full watch list and the press release can be viewed here.

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