Junior third baseman Blake Butcher has been chosen as one of the 10 best players in D3 Baseball regardless of position and is nominated for the HERO Sports Fan Choice Award.
Butcher, a Watkinsville, Ga. native, was the USA South Player of the Year and a first team All-Conference selection. He led the USA South conference in slugging percentage (.659), hits (69), doubles (18), and total bases (114). Butcher also ranked in the top-five of the conference in batting average (.399), home runs (7), RBIs (44), and triples (3). In USA South games only, Butcher led the conference in slugging percentage, RBIs, extra base hits, and total bases.
Butcher started all 43 games at third base for the Panthers. He ranks in the top 5 on the team in 19 offensive categories. Butcher had a team-leading 21 multiple hit games, that includes a team season high five hits against Maryville on April 8. He also is the team leader with 11 multiple RBI games.
Here is the link to view the rest of the nominees to vote: CLICK HERE The voting for the Fans Choice Award closes Monday, May 23 at 3:00 PM EST.