FOREST, Va. - Randolph-Macon junior outfielder Cole Migliorini (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) is the 2017 ODAC Player of the Year, in voting by the league's head coaches and as released by the conference office.
Migliorini was also named All-ODAC First Team. Yellow Jackets on the All-ODAC Second Team were senior third baseman Stuart Brown (Midlothian, Va./Trinity), junior outfielder Rick Spiers (South Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca) and sophomore pitcher Nick Roth III (Henrico, Va./Benedictine). Sophomore second baseman (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) was selected All-ODAC Third Team.
Migliorini is one of two Yellow Jackets to start all 38 games this season. He is hitting .399 (fifth in ODAC) with 43 runs, 57 hits, 12 doubles, four triples, nine home runs (second in ODAC) and 44 RBI (fourth in ODAC). Migliorini has on-base percentage of .483 (fourth in ODAC) and slugging percentage of .727 (first in ODAC). In 20 conference contests, Migliorini led the ODAC with .451 batting average, .768 slugging percentage, five home runs and 32 RBI. He was second in the league with 26 runs. His on-base percentage was .495.
Brown is batting .301 in 36 starts with 24 runs, 43 hits, 16 doubles (second in ODAC), two triples, two home runs and 39 RBI. His on-base percentage is .373 and his slugging percentage is .483. In 20 league games Brown hit .321 with 13 runs, 25 hits, 11 doubles, two triples, one homer and 20 RBI. His on-base percentage was .391 and slugging percentage was .551.
Spiers was honored by the ODAC for the third time. He was Rookie of the Year in 2015 as well as All-ODAC First Team in 2015 and 2016. Spiers has started all 38 games with a batting average of .329 with 35 runs, 49 hits, eight doubles, five home runs (fourth in ODAC), 45 RBI (third in ODAC) and 17 stolen bases (second in ODAC). His on-base percentage is .379 and slugging percentage is .483. In ODAC contests, Spiers hit .346 with 21 runs, 27 hits, three doubles, four homers and 28 RBI. Spiers had on-base percentage of .400 and slugging percentage of .538. Spiers also went 1-2 on the mound in 14 appearances and was third in the ODAC with six saves.
Roth posted a record of 5-0 with one save and an ERA of 2.70 in his first year with R-MC. In 53.1 innings, Roth allowed 45 hits with eight walks and 42 strikeouts. In nine ODAC games, Roth went 3-0 with a save and an ERA of 2.36. In 42.0 innings, he allowed 35 hits with six walks and 29 strikeouts.
Butler is batting .371 in 37 games with 38 runs, 52 hits, 10 doubles, four homers, 32 RBI and 17 steals (second in ODAC). He has an on-base percentage of .446 and slugging percentage of .529. In conference games, Butler batted .325 with 16 runs, 25 hits, four doubles, one homer, 15 RBI and six steals. His on-base percentage was .386 and slugging percentage was .416.
Migliorini is the 11th Yellow Jacket to be named ODAC Player of the Year, the most of any programs in the conference. Travis Lodge was ODAC Player of the Year a season ago, as R-MC became the first school since Eastern Mennonite to have consecutive Players of the Year (Erik Kratz, 2001-02). It was the first time in program history R-MC had consecutive Players of the Year since the Yellow Jackets had six straight from 1984-89.
ODAC Players of the Year from R-MC
1979 Bob Naramore
1984 Dave Smith
1985 Jack Walker
1986 Tim Landis
1987 Troy Yancey
1988 Charlie Kuehn
1989 Scott Rash
1995 Brian Toland
2012 Jordan Walton
2016 Travis Lodge
2017 Cole Migliorini