No age division in Northern California has traveled out of state or down south in the 2012 season like the teams in the 12U division have. These 12U teams have found a ton of success traveling and winning large National events and that bodes well for the future of Northern California baseball. The players below have been huge all year long for their respective teams and are instrumental pieces in their teams success over the past 12 months.
And the Nominees for Got’Em Baseball’s 12U Player of the Year are….
Alex Williams (NorCal Grizzlies)
Alex Williams one of the finest ball players Northern California has to offer. Alex lead the NorCal Grizzlies throughout the year with his bat, defense and pitching. The Grizzlies ended with a 68-13 record this year capturing 11 tournament titles including their last tournament of the season adding a very prestigious championship during week 8 of Cooperstown dreams park. Alex lead his team in the championship game of Cooperstown pitching a complete game with 11 strike outs and a two run home run to lead the Grizzlies over the Ohio Heat 6-3. Alex lead the team in all major categories in hitting and pitching and was one of the most dependable players from start to finish. Williams earns the respect of all players, coaches and opponents with his on field talent, work ethic and leadership quality. Alex is an amazing individual and is someone to watch in the years to come.’
Emilio Vasquez (Grant Baseball)
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Patrick Smith (Sierra Valley)
Patrick Smith has always been one of the most feared hitters in Northern California. This year it’s his performances on the mound that has turned him into one of the best overall players in Northern California. Batting in the four hole for most of the year Patrick has helped lead an offense that has tormented teams all season and now has taken them to the Bronco World Series. In 150 plate appearances Patrick has a batting average of .603, OPS of 1.745 with 14 HRs and 93 RBI. He is one of Sierra Valley’s big game starters and has plenty of championship game hardware to prove it. In 44 innings of work so far this season, Patrick has 59 strikeouts with an ERA of 1.61 and a WHIP of 1.32. His longer term potential as a player is obvious and he has the work ethic to continue todevelop into a blue chip player in high school.
Robbie Brue (Grant Baseball)
Robbie Brue is baseball mature beyond his years. Watching his command, poise and knowledge of the game is amazing. Brue is the starting catcher for both Grant Baseball Academy and the NorCal Black Sox 13U. He has been a leader in the age division since 10U and continues to get better with each passing season. Brue is truly a plug and play player and will be comfortable at any position he is asked to play. Brue positive impact on a game is always felt even when he is struggling. Brue is a leader in every sense of the word and it’s no wonder why every team he plays for has success on the field.
Jimmy McClenaghan (NorCal Valley)
There is not another nominee on any of our Player of the Year lists that means more to their team than Jimmy McClenaghan. McClenaghan numbers this season have been astounding and are bordering on legendary. McClenaghan has been called upon numerous times in crucial game situations throughout the season and he almost always delivers. McClenaghan is clutch and has a quiet confidence that is rare for a player of his caliber.
On the season McClenaghan has been named tournament MVP on three separate occasions. He is hitting a remarkable .592 for the season and is currently ranked as the #1 shortstop in the age group. McClenaghan has the ability, work ethic and drive to remain at the top of the heap in his age and grade division for many years to come