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College : : Story
Top performers: Northwoods League
Kendall Rogers        
Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Florida State outfielder James Ramsey took charge in 2012 and helped his program reach the College World Series.

Staying in the State of Florida, a familiar name, South Florida outfielder James Ramsay, hopes to be the guy to help the Bulls make history in 2013.

Ramsay put together a fantastic summer at the Northwoods League, establishing himself as one of the nation's elite hitters.

While he led the way at the plate, Wake Forest's Jack Fischer did the honors on the mound with a fabulous summer that included 61 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 56 1/3 innings of work.

It was yet another exciting summer at the Northwoods, and we take an inside look at some of the league's top performers.

ALSO SEE: Northwoods League top prospects


OF James Ramsay, South Florida -- Last year it was Florida State's James Ramsey who dazzled the college baseball world with a magical spring. Now, it could be this Ramsay's turn. USF's Ramsay hit .328 for the Bulls this past spring, and followed that up with a sensational summer. He batted a league-best .381 with 11 doubles, 10 triples, three homers and 41 RBIs. He also had a 22:27 SO:BB ratio, and finished the summer with 19 stolen bases.

INF Tanner Vavra, Valparaiso -- Vavra had a very productive spring for the Crusaders, where he batted an impressive .332. He continued the successful production this summer, hitting .381 with nine doubles, two triples, four homers and 40 RBIs. Vavra also finished the summer with seven stolen bases.

OF Justin Parr, Illinois -- The Parr brothers have been a mainstay at Illinois and in the Big Ten the past couple of seasons. It looks like Justin is primed for a big-time 2013 campaign. After hitting .298 for the Illini this past spring, he had a very good summer at the Northwoods, hitting .370 with 18 doubles, eight homers and 44 RBIs. He also had a 32:18 SO:BB ratio and recorded an astonishing 26 stolen bases.

OF Eric Aguilera, Illinois State -- Aguilera had quite the year at the plate. He finished the spring with a .330 average and seven homers for the Redbirds. He has followed that up with a strong summer, hitting .369 with 21 doubles, four homers and 28 RBIs. He also was a solid defensive player this summer.

OF Kevin Kaczmarski, Evansville -- He put together a solid spring for the Purple Aces, finished the spring campaign with a batting average over .300. He also had a strong summer, increasing his stock with a .361 average, 14 doubles, four triples, 10 homers and 55 RBIs. He had a 40:31 SO:BB ratio and swiped 14 bases.

OF Luke Campbell, New Mexico -- The Lobos already have a bona-fide stud returning in 2013 in third baseman DJ Peterson. They could have another big-time slugger in Campbell. He had an impressive summer at the Northwoods, hitting .350 with 18 doubles, one triple, five homers and 35 RBIs. He also had a 23:21 SO:BB ratio and swiped 10 bases.

1B/OF Michael Suchy, Florida Gulf Coast -- If you're looking for a potential breakout player in 2013, remember the name Michael Suchy. He only batted .195 for the Eagles in the spring, but blossomed this summer. He hit .349 with 13 doubles, one triple, eight homers and 62 RBIs. He also swiped 17 bases.

OF Richard Prigatano, Long Beach State -- It's safe to say the Dirtbags could use some big-time sluggers. Prigatano didn't have a great 2012 campaign, but things could be vastly different in '13. This summer, he batted .316 with 15 doubles, 11 homers and 51 RBIs. He also recorded 22 stolen bases.

OF Ben Moore, Alabama -- Moore is yet another player who is primed to have a very productive 2013 campaign. He had a fantastic summer at the Northwoods, hitting .335 with 18 doubles, four triples, 16 homers and 84 RBIs. He also had a 37:21 SO:BB ratio and recorded 21 stolen bases.

1B/INF Casey Gillaspie, Wichita State -- Gillaspie only finished the 2012 campaign with a .279 batting average, but things could be vastly different in '13. He finished the summer hitting .332 with 12 doubles, 12 homers and 38 RBIs. He also struck out 40 times and walked on 40 occasions.

RHP Jack Fischer, Wake Forest -- Given the fact he finished the spring with a 2.84 ERA, it shouldn't come as a surprise Fischer impressed this summer. He appeared in nine games (nine starts) and had a 1.76 ERA in 56 1/3 innings of work. He also struck out 61 and walked 14.

RHP Adam Mott, New Mexico State -- The Aggies always are in need of good pitching in the hitter-friendly confines of Las Cruces, N.M., and they hope Mott emulates the success he had this summer in 2013. Mott appeared in 10 games (10 starts) and had a 3.14 ERA in 66 innings of work. He also struck out 42 and walked 15.

RHP Joey Novak, Harvard -- Novak had a respectable '12 campaign for the Crimson, finishing with a 4.76 ERA. He took some serious strides this summer. He appeared in 13 games (13 starts) and had a 3.18 ERA in 73 2/3 innings of work. He also struck out 77 and walked 22.

LHP Matt Kent, Texas A&M -- Kent redshirted for the Aggies last season, but the lefty could find his way into a much larger role in 2013. Kent had a very solid summer, appearing in 11 games (11 starts) and tallying a 3.43 ERA in 78 2/3 innings of work. He also struck out 50 and walked 14.

RHP Zak Hermans, Princeton -- Hermans certainly established himself as one of the Ivy League's elite pitchers last season with a 3.00 ERA in a significant amount of work. He could be primed for bigger things in 2013. He appeared in 12 games (11 starts) this summer, tallying a 3.61 ERA in 62 1/3 innings of work. He also struck out 67 and walked 17.

LHP Zach Hirsch, Nebraska -- Hirsch tallied just a 5.52 ERA for the Huskers this past spring, but he could be ready to take a step forward in 2013. This summer, he appeared in 11 games (10 starts) and had a 3.71 ERA in 63 innings of work. He also struck out 36 and walked eight.

RHP Jon Reed, Memphis -- Reed could've been a bit more consistent this summer, but he still put together some positives. For instance, he appeared in 15 games (10 starts) and had a 4.79 ERA in 67 2/3 innings. He also struck out a very impressive 65 hitters with just 18 walks.

LHP Ben Graff, San Francisco -- After tallying an unimpressive 9.31 ERA for the Dons this past spring, Graff could be ready to take a step forward. He appeared in 20 games (eight starts) and had a 3.57 ERA in 58 innings of work. He also struck out 50 and walked 27.

RHP James Guillen, USC -- The Trojans could use some quality arms during the upcoming campaign, and Guillen might be a guy who can really help Frank Cruz's club. Guillen had a very solid summer. He appeared in 12 games (nine starts) and had a 3.20 ERA in 59 innings. He also struck out 36 and walked 17.

LHP Jesse Holiday, Southern -- Holiday put together a solid 2012 campaign with an ERA of just over three for the Jaguars. This summer, he once again was solid, making 12 appearances (11 starts) and tallying a 3.44 ERA in 65 1/3 innings of work. He also struck out 42 and walked 28.



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