BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – The American Baseball Coaches Association has released the 2017 ABCA National Players of the Year. The ABCA National Players of the Year are selected in nine divisions: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II and III, Pacific Association Division and high school.
Will Price has been selected as the National Player of the Year at the NAIA level. This past season for the Eagles, Price held a .460 batting average and was the national leader in Runs Batted In with 101. Price also recorded 28 home runs and 16 doubles in his senior season at Oklahoma Wesleyan. He was named a First Team NAIA All-American as a left-fielder and was also named First Team All-Conference in the KCAC.
The ABCA National Players of the Year are chosen by the ABCA All-America committees in each respective division. ABCA/Rawlings First-Team All-America selections are eligible for National Player of the Year honors.
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 8,000 members represent all 50 states and 25 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 74th annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 4-7, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
2017 ABCA/Rawlings All-Region, All-America and Gold Glove Teams
Past ABCA National Player of the Year honorees
2017 ABCA National Players of the Year
NCAA Div. I: Brendan McKay, Jr., UT/P, Louisville (KY)
NCAA Div. II: Zack Shannon, Jr., 1B, Delta State (MS)
NCAA Div. III: Pete Grasso, Sr., UT, Salisbury (MD)
NAIA: Will Price, Sr., OF, Oklahoma Wesleyan
NJCAA Div. I: Michael Helman, So., UT, Hutchinson (KS)
NJCAA Div. II: Chandler Jenkins, So., OF, Catawba Valley (NC)
NJCAA Div. III: Taylor Broadway, Fr., OF, Tyler (TX)
Pacific Assoc. Div.: Trevor Casanova, So., C, El Camino (CA)
High School: MacKenzie Gore, Sr., P, Whiteville (NC)