DURHAM, North Carolina – The Quinnipiac baseball team was selected as the team to beat in the 2016 MAAC Preview from Baseball America, released on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, while Matthew Batten (Shelton, Connecticut) was named Baseball America’s Preseason Player of the Year and Thomas Jankins (West Brookfield, Massachusetts) was named the Preseason Pitcher of the Year.
•Baseball America MAAC Preview
In addition to being named the Preseason Pitcher of they Year, Baseball America also listed Jankins as the MAAC’s top prospect in the 2016 MLB Draft.
Baseball America’s Jim Shonerd compiled the 2016 College Conference Preview, where he discusses the Bobcats improvement last season as they had an 11 win improvement from the 2014 season as well as breaking down the Bobcats 2016 team. To read the article, click here.
Batten’s nod as Baseball America’s Preseason Player of the Year is the first time he has been honored as such from the numerous outlets this season after he was named to the preseason all-MAAC team last week and to the preseason All-MAAC First Team by College Sports Madness earlier this offseason. Batten was second on the team last season with 22 stolen bases last season, the second most in a single season in Quinnipiac baseball’s Division I era. He also rose his batting average from .260 in 2014 to .303 with a team-high 67 hits, 37 runs scored, 34 RBIs and 16 walks.
Jankins was named to the preseason all-MAAC team as the lone pitcher and was previously named the MAAC Presason Pitcher of the Year by College Sports Madness. As a sophomore, Jankins led the Bobcats rotation with a 6-5 record in a team-high 13 starts. Jankins posted an ERA of 3.20 after allowing just 30 earned runs in 84 1/3 innings for the Bobcats where he struck out 53 batters compared to just 26 walks.
The Quinnipiac baseball team opens up the 2016 season with a four-game series at Appalachian State in Boone, North Carolina beginning on Friday, Feb. 26 at 3 P.M.