The Butler baseball team wrapped up its 2009 campaign with the announcement of its team postseason awards, which are decided by a vote of the players. Sophomore infielder Grant Fillipitch garnered the team's top award, earning Most Valuable Player distinction.
Fillipitch, a native of LaGrange Park, Ill., paced the Bulldogs with seven home runs, 30 RBI and 32 runs scored while also earning the team's Offensive Player of the Year award. His .490 slugging percentage was tops on the squad, while his .302 batting average and .380 on base percentage ranked second.
Butler's Defensive Player of the Year award went to sophomore catcher Michael Letzter. The Johnsburg, Ill., native threw out a team-best 14 would-be base stealers during the 2009 campaign while finishing with a .969 fielding percentage and 250 put-outs. He also produced at the plate, ranking tied for second with 64 total bases and third with a .289 batting average.
Sophomore Jared Wagoner and senior Jeff Sinkiewicz were both voted the team's Pitchers of the Year.
The righty Wagoner, a native of Vincennes, Ind., paced the Bulldogs with a 5.59 ERA during the year while appearing in 17 games, including five as a starter. His 46 strikeouts were the third-most on the squad, while his 58 innings pitched ranked in a tie for third.
Right-hander Sinkiewicz, meanwhile, posted a 6.05 ERA in 16 appearances, including 11 starts. The Granger, Ind., native logged 58 innings of work, striking out 40 batters while walking just 13 – the lowest walk total of any regular starter on the team.
Newcomer of the Year honors went to freshman pitcher Mike Hernandez, who completed a break-out year in 2009. The Crown Point, Ind., native and All-Horizon League Newcomer Team member led Butler with 70.1 innings pitched, 59 strikeouts and three wins in his first collegiate campaign. His 3.5 strikeouts-to-walks ratio was not only tops on the team but also among the best in the conference.
The team's Mental Attitude Award went to freshman utility player Brian Padove. The Hammond, Ind., native earned starts in seven of his 14 games during his initial season, picking up five hits, three runs and three RBI while playing flawless defense in the field.
Offensive Player of the Year: Grant Fillipitch
Defensive Player of the Year: Michael Letzter
Pitcher of the Year: Jared Wagoner and Jeff Sinkiewicz
Newcomer of the Year: Mike Hernandez
Mental Attitude Award: Brian Padove
Most Valuable Player: Grant Fillipitch