Terrin Vavra has been tabbed to the 2016 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Watch List, announced by the College Baseball Hall of Fame. The award honors the country’s top shortstop both offensively and defensively.
Of the 54 players selected, Vavra ranks second with a .390 batting average through 26 games played this season. The Menomonie, Wis. product is also one of the 19 underclassmen selected on the watch list.
Vavra has amassed 39 hits, including four doubles, two triples and a home run off the scoreboard at Siebert Field. The first-year standout has also contributed 18 RBI with an on-base percentage of .430 as the No. 2 hitter in the lineup.
In 11 games, Vavra has laced at two-plus hits, with two of them being a team-best four hit performances. Vavra’s 10-game hitting streak mid-season sits as the second-highest mark on the team this season. He’s also tallied five multi-RBI games in his first season as a Gopher.
Defensively, Vavra has been rock solid at one of the game’s most important positions. Through 82 chances, he’s only made one error for a fielding percentage of .988, trailing only Connor Schaefbauer (.995) for the team lead.
Vavra was one of three in the Big Ten to be recognized. Iowa’s Nick Roscetti and Maryland’s Kevin Smith also made the watch list.
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