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https://nfca.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7346:finalists-announced-for-schutt-sports-nfca-division-i-national-freshman-of-the-year-award&catid=109&Itemid=149

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association is proud to announce the initial finalists for the Schutt Sports / NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award, which will be presented prior to the start of the 2016 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

 This year’s finalists hail from 22 different universities, while the group represents 12 Division I conferences from across the nation. Arizona out of the Pac-12 leads the way with three selections, while Big Ten representative Minnesota has two honorees.

The Pac-12 topped the charts with seven selections from six different programs. The Big 12, Big Ten and the Southeastern Conference each had three representatives, the Ohio Valley Conference, Atlantic 10, Atlantic Coast Conference, Atlantic Sun, Big South Conference, Big Sky, Colonial Athletic Association and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), garnered one apiece. The Big Sky and MEAC are represented for the first time.

On Thurs., May 11, the list will be trimmed down to the top 10 finalists, while the top three finalists will be selected and released on Wed., May 24. The Schutt Sports / NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year trophy will be presented during a live ceremony on May 31.

The award was created in 2014 from an idea to honor outstanding athletic achievement among Division I freshmen softball student-athletes. In the inaugural year, Auburn’s Kasey Cooper and Tennessee’s Annie Aldrete, were co-winners. Oklahoma’s Paige Parker took home the honor in 2015 and Florida’s Amanda Lorenz captured the award in 2016.

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1janiedough

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I saw a poll that has Bererra with 25% of the people's vote.
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My initial top 3 as of today (among kids I have seen play) would be Balint, Lindaman and Mulipola
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.407 batting average
.852 (!) slugging percentage
.563 on base percentage
14 homers
52 RBI

Is there another position player even remotely close?  Not only give her the award, but name it after her. 
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LOL...
0.86 ERA, .169 OBA, better than 6/1 K/BB ratio, 16-2 record....
Is there another pitcher even close? Not only give her the award, but name it after her.

And, yes, Mulipola (1.203 OPS) is right there with Lindaman (1.415) considering their competition. And, both catchers (so, IMO, one of them should be the top field player, almost by default [wink] ), Mulipola as 2 passed balls and the Arizona pitchers have been tagged with only 8 wild pitches. A negative is three CS in 13 attempts (.231 throw-out percentage). Lindaman has 4 PBs and Gophers pitchers have a hefty 21 WPs. Nine base stealers have been caught in 25 attempts (.360) .... not great, but acceptable. Now, WPs go on a pitcher's record, but my contention is that at least a third of them can be prevented by the catcher.

Lindaman: 7 games vs. RPI top 25

Mulipola: 13 games vs. RPI top 25

Balint: 17 games vs. RPI top 25

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Hard to compare position players with pitchers.  Heck of a year by Balint.  Think it comes down to Balint and Lindaman. 

I still get a kick out of the top 25 RPI obsession.  It's some kind of magic number I guess.  MN played two games at Texas (31) and two games against Notre Dame (34), but there is this arbitrary dividing wall for some of you that would suggest that those games don't matter.  Heck MN played Cal Poly and their RPI is high 50s, but give me a neutral field with Cal Poly and pretty much every team ranked 15-30 in RPI and I'd put my money on Cal Poly.   

But I digress.  Fine with Balint.  To a lesser extent, I am fine with Mulipola.  Obviously just lobbyng for the local kid.    
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That 'arbitrary' line determines the highest level of bonus to the RPI, so there is that.

And, Mulipola plays in a bandbox, and has had a lot of games there (22), so Lindaman would get my edge there right now, all told.

But... Any of the three would make sense.... agreed
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is there any pitchers that bat too this year?
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is there any pitchers that bat too this year?


Garcia is doing a great job at the plate and in the circle.

If I had to pick an all around "Player of the Year"  she would have to get serious consideration I think.
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Garcia has gotten hammered since game 3 vs. Oregon, and her OPS is .821

But yes, if you are talking about solely having the duality of being freshman pitcher who has gotten lots of ABs, sure

All UCLA pitchers have been hurt by an amazing 29-37 successful base stealers

 

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I also am not that impressed with Garcia at the plate, and for those tv commentators who keep saying she has the Fernandez mentality?  Lol...not even close, although one does get the impression she has it, the reality, talent wise, is just not there.
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I just think she is in a rut. I think that, in the circle, she will be a stud
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Garcia has gotten hammered since game 3 vs. Oregon, and her OPS is .821

But yes, if you are talking about solely having the duality of being freshman pitcher who has gotten lots of ABs, sure


I forgot about Garcia, wasn't sure about the others.
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A 6k-per-bb ratio as a freshman is mindblowing
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A 6k-per-bb ratio as a freshman is mindblowing


I've seen plenty of freshman hitters with that ratio. Not mind blowing at all. [wink]

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On Flosoftball Brittany Pickett has 24% of the votes with Mulipola at 22%
Pickett sits at 20-2 and 1.98 ERA.
Bats .325, 10 home runs, 24 RBI and .624% slg.
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On Flosoftball Brittany Pickett has 24% of the votes with Mulipola at 22%
Pickett sits at 20-2 and 1.98 ERA.
Bats .325, 10 home runs, 24 RBI and .624% slg.


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