The First Base Foundation is proud to announce Maryland native Jamal Clarke as the 2012 Warriors Collegiate Offensive Player of the Year. In his first season with the Warriors, Jamal had to hit the ground running in order to adjust to the fast and highly skilled style of West Coast baseball. Once he got comfortable with his teammates and coaches, he quickly became one of the team leaders. Hitting 3rd, a lineup spot generally reserved for the best all around hitter on a team, Jamal more than held his own. He finished near the top in every major offensive category, proving to be a real nuisance to the opposition, whether in the batter’s box or on the base pads.
All season, the Saint John’s University bound outfielder used his good eye and understanding of the strike zone to get the pitch he wanted and drive it all over the park. With his .487 slugging percentage and team-leading 12 extra base hits, Jamal’s power became a key variable in the Warriors winning formula.
Congratulations to Jamal Clarke, the 2012 Warriors Collegiate Offensive Player of the Year. We wish him the very best in his New York adventures, and hope to have him back for the 2013 season.