The Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award announced today that Dallas Baptist outfielder Devlin Granberg has won the 2018 award. Granberg will be honored at a gala on Nov. 1 at the Fort Worth Club.
When his season ended last week, Granberg, a senior from Hudson, Colorado, ranked in the top 10 nationally in six categories, including No. 1 in hits (112), No. 2 in batting average (.443), No. 3 in on-base percentage (.541), No. 5 in runs scored (72) and OPS (1.221), and No. 10 in RBI (70). Along with being named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, Granberg led DBU into the NCAA Tournament where he was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Fayetteville Regional after hitting .667 (12-for-18). In the classroom, Granberg boasts a 4.0 GPA as a Kinesiology major.
“We could not be more excited in the Selection Committee’s choice of senior Devlin Granberg of Dallas Baptist University as the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award winner for 2018,” said BBCSA executive director Tracy Taylor. “This is a young man who led his team and league in most hitting categories. Even more important, Devlin was the Academic All-America Player of the Year and posted a 4.0 GPA in Kinesiology during his time at DBU. As impressive as this season and his academic performance is, Devlin is an even better person and a great representative of the criteria of the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award.”
Last week, Granberg was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the sixth round of the 2018 Major League Baseball amateur draft.
“It’s a great honor to win the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award,” said Granberg. “We had a really good year. Coach (Dan) Heefner had a big influence on my career at DBU and my improvement at the plate. I worked hard on using the whole field and getting a good pitch to hit. The key for me was staying focused and consistent at the plate.”
The BBCSA, created by the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation, was open to nominations from all Division I baseball programs in Texas. The award takes into account performance at the plate, academics and personal integrity in evaluating these student-athletes. This year 34 players from 20 universities were nominated by their programs to be considered for the award.
“It is an honor to have such a deserving winner in Devlin Granberg,” said Andrew Robinson, co-chairman of the selection committee. “Devlin along with Josh Jung of Texas Tech and Kody Clemens of The University of Texas were the finalist for the 2018 award. With such qualified finalist we knew it was going to be a tight race. However once voting wrapped up Devlin’s all-around performance at the plate as well as his performance in the class room vaulted him to the top of the list. We wish Devlin the best of luck as he starts his professional career with the Red Sox and look forward to presenting him with the second annual Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award this fall. ”
For more information contact Tracy Taylor, the executive director for the BBCSA, at 972-978-5309.