Northwest League & Rawlings Announce ‘Big Stick’ Awards

Rochester, MN – The Northwoods League is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Rawlings “Big Stick” Award. This award is given to the player at each position who had the best batting average during the 2020 regular season.

Jayson Newman from the Stingers tops the list with .405 average

Willmar Stingers Designated Hitter and Pitcher Jayson Newman leads the list of award winners. Newman earned a Rawlings “Big Stick” by leading the league with an impressive .405 batting average.

Rawlings has been rewarding the top hitters in the Northwoods League since 2007 in addition to honoring the best fielders since 2002. To honor their achievement, the nine award winners will receive an engraved bat from Rawlings. The complete list of 2020 Rawlings “Big Stick” Award Winners is below.

Position Player NWL Team College Batting Average
C Jack Thelen Kenosha Kingfish Wisconsin-Milwaukee .281
1B Tim Elko Fond du Lac Mississippi .351
2B Jalen Smith Waterloo California, Davis .390
3B Brett Harris K-Town Bobbers Gonzaga .356
SS Spencer Schwellenbach Traverse City Pit Spitters Nebraska .356
INF Justice Bigbie K-Town Bobbers Western Carolina .380
OF Wyatt Ulrich Bismarck Larks Richmond .375
OF Zach Gilles Mankato Central Michigan .366
OF Blake Dunn Kalamazoo Growlers Western Michigan .349
DH Jayson Newman Willmar Cal State, Northridge .405

To be eligible a player would have needed to have enough plate appearances to qualify for a batting title. A player must have a minimum of 2.7 plate appearances per team game.

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David Keech
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David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]