Matt Rudick (courtesy photo)
Rudick named Player of the Year
The San Diego League today named San Diego State University’s (SDSU) Matt Rudick as 2020 Player of the Year. Chief Operating Officer Connor Little made the announcement.
Rudick is a 2017 graduate of Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS).
He is a rising SDSU senior who won the San Diego League batting title with a .419 average (26-for-62). He collected four doubles, three triples, three home runs, 18 RBI and 22 runs scored in 16 regular-season games with the Warriors. He ranked third in the league with a 1.197 OPS and fourth in RBI.
“Matt is a future big leaguer,” said Warriors Head Coach Brett Seeburger, who also serves as a Graduate Assistant at San Diego State. “He has all the physical tools to swing the momentum of a game into his team’s favor. He can make any play in the outfield with his speed or his arm. His swing is one that scouts and coaches dream of. We have a nickname for him back at school: ‘Lil Tony.’ He’s earned that name as he goes about the game with the same commitment and respect that the great Tony Gwynn did, both on and off the field. It was a privilege to coach Matt this summer and look forward to watching his baseball career grow.”
The left-handed hitter also went 5-for-10 with a home run in two post-season games, thus hitting safely in all 18 games he played this summer. His four home runs in total were tied for the most hit in the league this summer. In 80 plate appearances overall, he struck out just five times.
Also of note, other SRHS alums involved with the league include Dylan Tye (Brewers assistant coach and SRHS JV head baseball coach) and Ty Hill, a player on the Waveriders.