Matt Perkowski Named to Tino Martinez DII Player of the Year Watch List

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications

Matt Perkowski (Pictured) Was Named on Monday to the Tino Martinez D II Player of the Year Watch List. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.Matt Perkowski (Pictured) Was Named on Monday to the Tino Martinez D II Player of the Year Watch List. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

OMAHA, Neb.- The initial watch list for the fourth annual Tino Martinez DII Player of the Year Award, has been named. The list includes 151 top amateur athletes from across the nation including Palm Beach Atlantic senior Matt Perkowski. The award is presented to the most outstanding player in DII college baseball and named after former University of Tampa standout, Tino Martinez.

The initial watch list includes many players representing the NCAA South Region with Perkowski becomes the first-ever PBA baseball player named to the listing.

A native North Fort Myers, Florida and a second-year player for the Fish after transferring from Polk State College, Perkowski has been a valuable performer at whatever position he has called home in his season plus of work on the diamond.

Last year playing primarily third-base, Perkowski thrived near the top of the order while leading the team in total bases (90), runs scored (44), runs batted in(30), triples (7), homeruns (7) and slugging percentage (.588).

The left-handed swinging Perkowksi also posted solid totals with a .307 batting average, 47 total hits, 19 walks, eight doubles and 10 stolen bases.

Now a senior, Perkowksi and the Sailfish are currently riding a three-game winning streak while boasting a 7-2 overall mark in the early 2013 campaign.

Initial nominations for the award were made by baseball sports information contacts, coaches and media members. A panel of media, coaches and sports information officers was polled to finalize the candidates and determine the winner. A fan Internet vote also contributes to the final vote.

The recipient of the 2012 Tino Martinez Award was senior first baseman Nathan Minnich of Shepherd University (W.Va.). Minnich finished the season batting .487 (74 for 152) with 21 home runs, 12 doubles and 72 RBIs, while racking up a .980 slugging percentage. He led the country in slugging percentage, on-base percentage, walks per game and RBIs.

Chase Larsson of the Cameron Aggies was the recipient of the award last season after leading DII in home runs (29), RBI (84), slugging percentage (1.000) and total bases (190). Mount Olive's Carter Capps, the 2011 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's National Pitcher of the Year, finished in a close second.

Erskine's Bryan Fogle won the first edition of the award in 2010 after batting .430 and leading DII with 28 home runs, 103 RBI (the second most in NCAA history) and 203 total bases. The Flying Fleet star was drafted by Tampa Bay following the season. Runner-up Hayden Simpson of Southern Arkansas was a first round draft choice of the Chicago Cubs.

~ 2013 Tino Martinez Award Watch List ~

Player Year Pos School
Duarte, Chuck Sr. 2B Abilene Christian
Zarrella, Anthony Sr. 1B Adelphi
Pearson, Justin Sr. OF Alabama Huntsville
Collette, Sean Sr. OF Alderson-Broaddus
Greer, Ryan Sr. OF Angelo St.
Neumann, Lee Sr. OF Angelo St.
Summers, Christian Jr. IF Angelo St.
Bader, Ethan Jr. RHP Armstrong Atlantic St.
Butler, Chase Jr. UTL Armstrong Atlantic St.
Keddy, Shane Sr. SS Assumption
Heairet, Ben Sr. LHP Augustana College
Kimmel, Matt Jr. OF Azusa Pacific
Slabach, Michael Sr. OF Barry
Grana, Kyle Sr. RHP Bellarmine
Pagan, Emilio Sr. UTL Belmont Abbey
Braun, Zach Jr. C Bemidji St.
Weber, David Sr. 1B Benedict
Stuart, Champ Jr. OF Brevard
Bengard, Jon Sr. RHP Cal Baptist
Carlson, Chris Jr. OF Cal Poly Pomona
Walter, Donald Sr. OF Cal Poly Pomona
Petty, Kyle Sr. UTL Cal U
Dula, Chris Jr. UTL Catawba
Lomascolo, Nick Sr. LHP Catawba
Satterfield, Ethan Jr. OF Catawba
Domingue, Samuel Jr. SS Central Missouri
Grieshaber, Kyle Sr. OF Central Missouri
Oropeza, John Sr. 1B Central Missouri
Maples, J.P. Sr. OF Central Oklahoma
Lopez, Edgar Sr. RHP Central Oklahoma
Hopkins, Bob Sr. RHP Chestnut Hill
Botelho, Mike Sr. RHP Chico St.
Gibbs, Blake Sr. OF Chico St.
Slader, Cody So. SS Chico St.
Loraine, Zach Jr. UTL Coker
Lacomb, Chase Sr. SS Colo. State-Pueblo
Box, Braden Sr. SS Colorado Mesa
Corwin, Aaron Sr. RHP Colorado Mesa
Snell, Nolan Sr. RHP Colorado Mesa
Egeberg, Bobby Sr. OF Colorado Mines
Leibrandt, Brodie Sr. LHP Columbus St.
Lewis, Ryan Sr. OF Columbus St.
Teschner, Brett Sr. C Columbus St.
Johnstron, Ryan So. 1B Concord
Fabrizio, Mike Jr. RHP CSU Pueblo
Branstetter, Josh Sr. RHP Delta St.
Chovanec, Jordan Jr. OF Delta St.
Vinson, Michael Sr. OF Delta St.
Hanley, Jordan Sr. OF Dixie St.
Landsheft, Will Jr. RHP Drury
Zenono, Laurent Sr. RHP Drury
Ernst, Brian Sr. UTL East Stroudsburg
Gray, Heath Sr. RHP Erskine
Moreland, Brett Sr. OF Flagler
Boyer, Jason Sr. LHP Florida Tech
Mannara, James Sr. LHP Florida Tech
Jordon, Spencer Sr. RHP Francis Marion
Stoner, Jeffery Jr. RHP Francis Marion
Graves, Calvin Jr. OF Franklin Pierce
Mathieu, Zach Jr. 1B Franklin Pierce
Thompson, Ryan Sr. OF Franklin Pierce
Busboom, Ryan Sr. 1B/OF Ft. Hayes St.
LaMothe, Matt Sr. RHP Georgia College
Mendoza, Derek Sr. OF Grand Canyon
Pomeroy, Michael Jr. 1B Grand Canyon
Brugnoni, Giancarlo Jr. 1B Grand Valley St.
Zak, Kevin So. SS Grand Valley St.
Zambron, Brad Sr. LHP Grand Valley St.
Cooke, Stephen Sr. RHP Indiana (PA)
Zinsmeister, Robbie Jr. SS Indiana (PA)
Grady, Patrick Jr. UTL Lander
Cannon, Casey Sr. RHP Le Moyne
Pat Wiese Jr. OF Le Moyne
Zack Wiley Sr. OF Le Moyne
Rodriguez, Andre Sr. 2B Lincoln Memorial
Budkevics, Bo Sr. RHP LIU Post
Smith, Spencer Sr. RHP McMurry
Blair, Zak Sr. SS Mercyhurst
Rawdin, Ben Sr. LHP Mercyhurst
Siegel, Ryan So. OF Mercyhurst
Baca, Darryl So. 1B Metro St.
Eckhart, Mike Sr. OF Minnesota St.
Hoppe, Jason Jr. RHP Minnesota St.
Martin, Harvey Sr. RHP Minnesota St.
Shockley, Spencer Sr. 1B Missouri Western St.
Simmons, Brandon Sr. RHP Missouri Western St.
Fulmer, Will Jr. 2B Montevallo
Dillon, Matt Jr. RHP Mount Olive
Escalante, Geno Jr. C Mount Olive
Mercurio, Mike Jr. SS Mount Olive
Almeida, Oscar Sr. RHP New Mexico Highlands
Davis, Kyle Sr. OF New Mexico Highlands
Boughner, Chad Sr. RHP North Alabama
Hooper, Derek Sr. 2B North Georgia
Asuaje, Carlos Jr. 2B Nova Southeastern
Sedell, Brandon So. 3B/C Nova Southeastern
Stiles, Cody Sr. RHP Nova Southeastern
Matt Perkowski Sr. 3B Palm Beach Atlantic
Priestes, Aaron Sr. OF Quincy
Brault, Steven Jr. UTL Regis
Costantino, Brendan Jr. SS Seton Hill
Haines, Alex Jr. LHP Seton Hill
Sell, Nicholas So. 3B Seton Hill
Trivino, Lou Jr. RHP Slippery Rock
Mann, Cameron Sr. RHP Southeastern Oklahoma St.
Marris, Brandon Sr. RHP Southeastern Oklahoma St.
Baune, James Jr. RHP Southern Arkansas
Dahl, Jason Sr. OF Southern Arkansas
Thomas, Justin Sr. LHP Southern Arkansas
Mendez, Junior Jr. RHP Southern New Hampshire
Powers, Alex Jr. RHP Southern New Hampshire
Kelly, Robert Sr. P/1B St. Anselm
Hansen, Brian Sr. OF St. Cloud St.
Lieser, Scott Sr. RHP St. Cloud St.
Imholte, Phil Sr. OF St. Cloud St.
Johnson, Taylor Sr. 2B St. Edward's
LaLonde, Ransom Jr. INF St. Edward's
Chandler, Tracy So. C St. Martin's
O'Neal, Carl Sr. RHP St. Mary's
Richard, Billy Sr. OF St. Mary's
Solis, Rene Jr. LHP St. Mary's
Russo, Mike Sr. C St. Thomas Aquinas
Schrader, Jake Sr. 1B Tampa
Danner, Michael Jr. OF Tampa
Gawrych, Zach Jr. OF Tampa
Perez, Pete Sr. RHP Tarleton St.
Ponder, Dallas Jr. RHP Texas A&M Kingsville
Rakes, Taylor Gr. RHP Tusculum
Stallings, Cade Sr. 3B Tusculum
Goodbrand, Ryan Sr. RHP UC San Diego
Susdorf, Danny Sr. OF UC San Diego
Tuck, Garrett Jr. SS UC San Diego
Hartley, Jake Sr. 1B Uindy
O'Daniel, Tyler Sr. 3B Uindy
Katsiroubas, James Sr. 2B UMass Lowell
Carter, Ethan Sr. RHP UNC Pembroke
Innes, Dale Jr. RHP UNC Pembroke
Adams, Tyler Jr. OF Upper Iowa
Miller, Josh Sr. C USC Aiken
Fogarty, Nick Sr. LHP Valdosta State
Turo, DJ Sr. 1B West Alabama
Gunkel, Joe Jr. RHP West Chester
Provine, Jack Sr. OF West Chester
Parker, Bobby Sr. RHP West Florida
Rodriguez, Dayan Jr. LHP West Florida
Southall, Austin Jr. UTL West Florida
Miller, Blake Jr. SS Western Oregon
Treml, Jamie Jr. LHP Wilmington
Yeung, Brian Sr. 1B Wingate
McMullen, Seth Sr. SS Winona St.
Moore, Adam So. UTL Young Harris

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