Earlier this week our friends over at 11.7 (One of the Biggest College Baseball Podcasts out there) released two awards that we feel like are great for College Baseball. Those being the “Kyle Lewis Mid-Major Player of the Year Award” and the “Golden Fungo Volunteer Assistant Coach of the Year”. Both of these are spots that go VERY unnoticed unless you are in the thick of College Baseball Coverage.
So as you could imagine we are going to look at all the Players and Coaches that made both Quarterfinalist Lists.
Kyle Lewis Mid-Major Player of the Year
Of the 20 players that made the list there is only one with Junior College Ties.
Jake Rice – Kennesaw State – Gulf Coast (FL)
Jake is currently a Grad Transfer from Presbyterian where he spent his last 2 years (2019/2020). Before that however he spent 2 years at Gulf Coast Down in Florida. This Season he has been one of the best pitchers in the country and not just at the Mid Major Level. In his 8 starts this season he is 7-0 with a 1.54 ERA with 51 Strike Outs.
From what we could find about Jake and his times there we could only find his 2018 Stats. In that season he had 11 Starts with a 3-5 Record, 2 Complete Games, with a 6.71 ERA. He did however Strikeout 65 which was good enough for 3rd in the state of Florida that season.
Golden Fungo Volunteer Assistant Coach of the Year
This is where we become surprised when looking at what ties All these different Coaches and their ties to the Junior College Level of Baseball.
There were 14 Coaches that made the list and 8 of them had some kind of tie to the Juco Level both as Players and as Coaches.
Adam Core – Tulane – Pensacola State (Assistant Coach – 2020), Dyersburg State (Player – 2013-2014)
Adam started his Collegiate Career playing for Dyersburg State in 2014. That season he only played in 8 Games where he hit .077 with just 4 RBI’s and 3 Runs. He Finished his Playing Days at Harris-Stowe.
He started his Coaching Career after he Finished playing. In 2020 he made his way to Pensacola State where he helped them go 13-11 before the season was called due to Covid.
Matt Miller – Louisiana Tech – Heartland (Player – 2015-2016)
Matt’s stint with Heartland was short and Riddled with injuries. He only saw 4 innings in his two years there before getting hurt. In those 4 innings though he did not allow an injury.
He showed up on campus in 2017 to Louisiana Tech where in his two years made 30 App, Striking out 105.
After his playing time was over he immediately transferred into the Volunteer Role there.
Matt Schilling – Coastal Carolina – Mercer (Player – 1990-1991)
When we predicted that there was something cool when looking up all these ties Matt is one of the big reasons.
Matt was not just a Baseball Stud at Mercer Back in the 90’s But he was a National Champion Goalkeeper for the Soccer Team. Both years he was an All-Region Baseball Player as well as Soccer Player.
We tried to find stats for both but those dates are just so far back that we could not find them..,. Sorry for the stray old joke Matt.
Wes Hunt – Campbell – Southern Nevada (Player – 2010), Chipola (Player – 2011), Ranger (2016)
West Hunt is one of the few people that have played at two different Junior College Powers in Two different years and make trips to Grand Junction in Both.
West Started his career at Southern Nevada in 2010 and helped take them to Grand Junction. And yes he was Teammates with the one and only Bryce Harper.
The next year he Transferred across the country to Chipola where they went to the World Series again.
He has bounced around the state of Texas since getting into the coaching world. With stops at UT-Permian Basin, Tarleton State and Ranger College.
Pascal Paul – Indiana State – Iowa Western (Player – 2011-2012)(Assistant Coach – 2014-2019)
There is something about some people, a Juco Lifer. And yes, He is now at the Division 1 Level as a coach. But, Pascal started his playing career at Iowa Western in 2011 and helpt take the Reivers to Grand Junction in Back to Back years in 2011 and 2012. Over those two years Iowa Western went 105-26 Finishing 3rd in 2011 and Winning the Title in 2012.
Pascal joined the Reiver staff in 2014 as a coach; he was there for 5 years. During those 5 years, They won 253 Games, 4 Trips to Grand Junction, with multiple Draft Picks and All-Americans.
Alan Lucki – South Alabama – Faulkner State CC (Player 19
Not to put another old joke but Faulkner State is not even a Junior College anymore. However a Juco tie is a juco tie.
Jared Morton – Evansville – Mt. San Jac (Assistant Coach)
We unfortunately could not find too much about Jared other than he had a short stint in California with Mt. San Jacinot who is one of the Top Programs year in and year out.