Uhl and Sell Named Tino Martinez Finalists, All-America
Ryan Uhl and Nick Sell, both BlueSox stars last summer, have been named finalists for the 2015 Tino Martinez
Award, which is awarded to the most outstanding Division II college player in the country.
Uhl and Sell were also named first-team members of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's
2015 All-America Team.
Uhl (St. Marys , PA / Indiana University of PA) had an incredible spring. His 29 home runs and 1.085
slugging percentage were the most throughout all of NCAA play, including D-I, D-II, and D-III. His homer total not only set
a PSAC record, but tied for the second-most by any player in NCAA D-II history.
Sell (Wexford, PA / Seton Hill) was not far behind. He had 25 round-trippers in the regular season to go with
a .458/.529/1.077 line. His performance helped the Griffins reach the NCAA D-II Atlantic Regionals.
Teammates as the starting corner infielders for the BlueSox in 2014, Uhl hit .308/.374/.427, led the team
in home runs, and ranked second in RBIs. Sell hit .256/.297/.364 and was third on the team with 21 RBIs, despite appearing
in just 36 games.
Six other players have been named finalists for the Tino Martiez Award, which has been awarded since 2010.
The winner will be announced prior to the D-II Championship on June 1. For more information on the award, see TinoMartinezAward.com.
Both players were seniors this year, making them ineligible to return to Butler for the summer. The BlueSox
will begin their season on Wednesday evening at Jamestown, NY.
Four Pitchers to Return in 2015
The 2014 BlueSox pitching staff was one of the best in Prospect League history. They set new all-time League
records for the lowest ERA, WHIP, and opponent's batting average. The staff also shut out their opponents 11 timesa
feat only one other Prospect League team has accomplished in six seasons.
Four pitchers who have already toed the rubber at Kelly Automotive Park will be returning this summer, looking
to continue that success.
Jon Anderson of Slippery Rock led the BlueSox in innings pitched after his freshman year.
Ben Hartz (Junior, University at Buffalo) was a top starter for Butler last season.
At one point in late June, Hartz combined in three consecutive starts to hold his opponents scoreless for
11.2 consecutive innings. He turned in one of his best starts of the year in the second game of that stretch with six shutout
innings against the Chillicothe Paints.
The outing against Chillicothe was one of his five quality starts on the summer. Hartz's 2.27 ERA was second
on Butler's staff among qualified pitchers, which is part of why he started Butler's first post-season game ever.
"He was one of the guys that helped get us to the post-season for the first time in franchise history in 2014,"
said Anthony Rebyanski, Butler's Director of Player Personnel. "We believe he will do whatever he has to do to help get the
Sox back there in 2015."
Austin Ross (Sophomore, Radford University) went from struggling last spring with an ERA at college
around nine to throwing the strike three that clinched the BlueSox' post-season berth.
Ross's 42 strikeouts were the most of any reliever in the East Division, just one behind the league lead.
His ERA ended up at 1.36it never rose above 2.00 for the last month and a half of the summer.
The Ks and low number of runs led to a spot as the team's closer, which Ross thrived in. His nine saves, which
were just short of the League lead of ten, rank second all-time for the BlueSox. Ross also threw a scoreless inning with a
strikeout in the Prospect League All-Star Game.
Jon Anderson (Junior, Slippery Rock University) was the first freshman pitcher to lead the BlueSox
staff in innings pitched, when he did so in 2013.
In his ten starts, the Grove City-native had a 2.17 ERA and struck out nearly two hitters for every one he
walked. He went on a tear throughout June and early July with six quality starts in seven games, going at least seven innings
in five of them.
"It's always good to have a few guys that are familiar with the league who can be leaders on and off the field..."
"When Jon takes the ball, you know that your team has a chance to win that day," said Rebyanski. "That is
one of the main reasons we asked him to come back this summer. Being a pitcher that has been with us in the past, he knows
what we all expect and we know he is up for the challenges that are ahead."
Tyler Slepski (Junior, Mercyhurst University) had a brief stint with the Sox late in 2014 when he started
the final game of the season to assist an injury-plagued staff. Slepski took the hill at Kelly Automotive Park and threw an
impressive outing, scattering six hits, striking out five, and yielding just two runs over 7.2 innings.
The Butler-native was equally impressive last spring for Mercyhurst North East with a 1.95 ERA over 60 innings
in the team's top starter role. He transferred to Mercyhurst's main campus this spring where the Lakers went 39-9.
"Having guys return to the BlueSox in 2015 is great for our pitching staff," said Rebyanski. "It's always
good to have a few guys that are familiar with the league who can be leaders on and off the field."
Two position players in outfielder Alex Miklos (Junior, Kent State University) and catcher Russell Clark (Junior,
University of Cincinnati) will both be returning to Butler for their third season each in pinstripes. Clark led the League
in games caught last season. He threw out 27% of would-be base stealers, which was well above the League average of 19%.
Butler will open their seventh season of play in the Prospect League on Wednesday, May 27 in Jamestown, New
York. Their home opener will be the following night at Kelly Automotive Park against the Champion City Kings. Tickets are
on sale now.