-Uncommited Player of the Week-
By: Jason Kullman - March 27, 2012
Diamond Prospects presents the UncommittedPlayer of the Week Award for the 2012 high school baseball season. Starting this year DP has decided to further its focus on the players who may be flying under the radar of college programs. In addition to naming a Player of the Week, a first and second runner-up will be listed as well as a few honorable mentions in our new award.
Important Note: Deadline for submission of nominees is on each Monday by noon.
This week’s award is for the week of March 18, 2012 to March 25, 2012. Let’s check out this week’s top uncommitted performers!
First Runner Up:
Zack Shields- West Florence, Senior, OF: Shields is the first runner up this week thanks to strong play in a rivalry game against South Florence. He went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base. Shields scored or knocked in four of the six runs South Florence scored, accounting for the winning total.
Second Runner Up:
Cal Arnold- Union, Senior, Uncommitted: Arnold went 3-for-4 with a homerun and two singles against Blue Ridge to earn the second runner up spot. His homerun was noted by DP scout Barry Mabry because of his noted compact swing.
Akeem Bostic- West Florence, Junior, RHP: Four and two-thirds innings pitched, four strikeouts on the mound and two RBI’s and a stolen base with a run scored against South Florence.
Matt Williams- BHP, Junior, INF/RHP: Complete game shutout verse Daniel. This strong showing by the junior started off the week.
Ryan Janssen- Marlboro County, Senior, SS: In four games this week Janssen went 6-for-12 with two RBI’s and three runs. Janssen had a homerun, triple and stolen base.
And with no further ado this week’s Uncommitted Player of the Week is:
Charlie Nicholson - Socastee HS, Senior, 1B
Congratulations to Charlie Nicholson who is the fourth winner of the Uncommitted Player of the Week Award. Nicholson’s week was highlighted Friday March 23 against St. James when he had two homeruns (including a grand slam), six RBI’s and three runs scored. In total for the week he went 8-for-13 with nine RBI’s and triple to go along with the two homeruns against St. James. This week isn’t an anomaly either, as Nicholson is hitting .633 for the year. Nicholson also plays well in the field at first as noted by DP scout Michael McDonald. Also, Nicholson excels in the classroom and is in the International Baccalaureate Program.
Great job this week and keep up the great work both on and off the field!