CHICAGO – Duke baseball sophomore Andy Perez has been named one of 15 finalists for the TD Ameritrade Fan's Choice Award, which recognizes college baseball players who excel beyond the diamond and whose leadership inspires others.
The 15 finalists demonstrate integrity in all aspects of life, stay active in their community and are dedicated in the classroom. The winner will be determined by fans through Facebook voting and will be honored at the 2013 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby. Fans can view profiles of the finalists and vote daily until June 21 by visiting Facebook.com/CollegeHomeRunDerby.
The 15 finalists for the second-annual TD Ameritrade Fan’s Choice Award are: Blake Beemer (Ball State); John Bormann (University of Texas at San Antonio); Boomer Collins (Dallas Baptist); LB Dantzler (South Carolina); Michael Felton (Campbell); Brian Haggett (Cal State Monterey Bay); Alex Mendez (South Florida); Andy Perez (Duke); Bryan Peters (Nebraska); Dominic Porretta (Otterbein); Raphy Rhymes (Louisiana State); John Sheridan (Brown); John Straka (North Dakota State); Brandon Thomas (Georgia Tech); Greg Zebrack (Southern California). Fans can vote and view stats, bios, and photos of each nominee at: Facebook.com/CollegeHomeRunDerby.
Perez enjoyed an outstanding season in his second campaign with the Blue Devils, leading the team in batting average (.316), hits (67), triples (5) and stolen bases (18). Perez, a native of Roswell, Ga., was the only league second baseman to rank in the top 15 in the ACC in either hits or total bases (97). He was especially effective in ACC games, hitting .351 with six doubles, five triples and three home runs. Batting primarily from the leadoff spot, Perez had at least one hit in 23-of-30 conference contests, including multiple hits in 16 ACC games.