Troy’s T.J. Binder named semifinalist for 2016 Gregg Olson Award
OHAMA, Neb. (troytrojans.com) – Troy baseball’s T.J. Binder has been named as a semifinalist for the 2016 Gregg Olson Award, which was announced by Toolshed Sports on Friday.
“T.J. has been a very consistent performer since moving into the everyday lineup and certainly deserves this type of recognition,” head coach Mark Smartt said. “He shifted to first base during the year and made our lineup and our team better. I am extremely happy for his success and appreciate his team first mentality.”
The Gregg Olson Award honors college baseball’s breakout player of the year. The annual award is given to a top amateur baseball player who elevates his game to an elite level throughout the season.
Binder has started in 41 games, 11 more than last year and has a .875 on-base plus slugging percentage. The junior has elevated his batting average from a .283 average last season, to a current .317 batting average.
The Ooletwah, Tenn., native has hit three home runs this season after not having any the two years before and almost doubled his RBI count from last season. He has nine doubles after having only six last season and hit his first career triple this season.
Out of 43 finalists named, Binder is one of two Sun Belt players. Little Rock’s Ryan Scott is the other player representing the Sun Belt.
Finalists will be announced during Super Regional action. The winner of the 2016 Gregg Olson Award will be named in Omaha, Nebraska during the College World Series.