RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College senior shortstop Aaron Brill (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard) has been chosen as a semifinalist for the Tino Martinez Award, handed out annually to the most outstanding position player in NCAA Division II baseball.
Brill is one of 40 players nationwide to make the semifinal cut. He is one of only five semifinalists from the East Region, including the only one from the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC).
Brill enjoyed a highly-decorated senior campaign for the Golden Falcons, winning the Player of the Year Award in the CACC and the D2SIDA Daktronics Regional Player of the Year honor. He was also named to the CACC All-Tournament team, helping the Golden Falcons to their first conference championship.
Felician set program records for wins and winning percentage in 2014, finishing 30-20 (.600) while making their first appearance in the East Regional Championship. In 50 games, Brill hit .363 with one home run, 47 runs scored, 33 runs batted in and 13 stolen bases. He leads the country with 11 triples. Brill was primarily the No. 2 hitter in the Golden Falcon line-up.
The Tino Martinez Award is sponsored by Jaeger Sports and presented by www.D2baseballnews.com and College Baseball Lineup. It is named for the former Major League Baseball All-Star first-baseman, who was a three-time D-II All-American at the University of Tampa. It formerly incorporated both position players and pitchers, but the top pitcher will now be honored by the newly-established Brett Tomko Award.
The finalists for the 2014 Tino Martinez award will be revealed later this week, and the winner will be named on Monday, June 2.
A complete list of semifinalists can be viewed at http://www.d2baseballnews.com/article.asp?articleID=252.