TIFFIN – Heidelberg University outfielder Derek Hug has been named the preseason NCAA Division III national Player of the Year by Baseball America. Along with that recognition, Hug was listed as the fifth-best prospect in DIII for the 2016 MLB Draft. This adds to Hug's preseason honors, which started earlier this month when he was named a preseason first team All-American by D3baseball.com.
The senior has already had a terrific career at the Berg with one year left to play, as he is a two-time All-American while also being named a CoSIDA Academic All-American last season.
After a freshman season in 2013 where Hug came on late in the season, starting 21 games, he burst onto the scene as a sophomore in 2014 and batted an even .400 in 43 games. He had 70 hits on the season, including 13 doubles, seven triples, and three home runs while driving in 48 runs. That outstanding season earned Hug Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors as well a selection as a third team All-American by D3baseball.com
Hug followed that up with another 70-hit season last year as a junior, leading the Student Princes to the OAC regular-season championship. He led the conference in home runs (13), stolen bases (21) and slugging percentage (.677) as he continued to show his versatility. Hug was named a 2nd team All-American by D3baseball.com as well as a 3rd team All-American by the ABCA following the season.
The Bryan, Ohio, native has excelled off of the baseball field for the Berg as well, as he caught seven touchdown passes over three years as a tight end for the Heidelberg football team. Outside of that, Hug was also named a starter in the Prospect League All-Star game this past summer, as he led the league with eight triples as a member of the Chillicothe Paints.
The Heidelberg baseball team, ranked 12th in the D3baseball.com preseason top 25 poll, opens their season on February 27th when they travel to Chillicothe for a doubleheader with Manchester and Case Western Reserve.