Head coach Steve Farley and the Butler baseball program have announced the team's individual awards. Five awards were presented, as determined by a team vote at the end of the season. Junior outfielder Corey Moylan was honored by his teammates with three of the program's six awards, including Team MVP.
Sophomore Mike Hernandez was selected as the team's pitcher of the year, junior catcher Michael Letzter was voted defensive player of the year and sophomore catcher Brian Padove was selected as the team's mental attitude award winner.
Moylan, playing in his first season at BU after transferring from the University of Vermont, led the Bulldogs in hitting (.369), runs (43), doubles (15), walks (32) and on-base percentage (.469). He batted .368 in Horizon League play and was one of three Dawgs named to the HL's all-newcomer team. He started in centerfield for all 50 of the team's contests.
“Corey had an outstanding year,” Farley said. “He made some great plays in the field and he got plenty of big hits on offense. He and Grant Fillipitch both had outstanding seasons with the bat and they are a big part of why our team batting average climbed 50 points this spring.”
Hernandez (4-5) was quite possibly the team's ace starter in league play this season. He made 13 starts and pitched a team-high 78.2 innings. He led the team in wins (4) and strikeouts (57) while also throwing both of the team's complete games.
"When Mike is on his 'A' game, he has been as good as any pitcher in the Horizon League," Farley said.
Letzter started the majority of the time behind the plate this season batting .280. The Johnsburg, Ill., native showed considerable power this season, leading BU in home runs (7) and slugging (.553). But despite his stellar showing at the plate, it was his work behind it that got him a team award.
"Mike did a good job of handling the game from his catcher position," Farley said." "He really works well with our pitching staff."
Padove was voted mental attitude award winner for the second consecutive year. The Hammond, Ind., native saw action in 20 games and is noted for his defense at catcher. He also hit .250 with a homer and seven RBIs this season.
"Brian is one of the unsung heroes on our team," said the veteran head coach Farley. "He puts in a lot of hours catching bullpen sessions and working with our pitchers. He performed well when he played, both at the plate and on defense."
Butler (21-29, 11-13 HL) finished the season fifth in the Horizon League standings and posted a 12-11 record at Bulldog Park. Twenty-three players are scheduled to return next season for the Bulldogs.