Adkins grabs honors in Valley Baseball League

Catcher threw out 20 baserunners for Staunton Braves

July 31, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee catcher Michael Adkins was named to the All-Valley Baseball League Second Team as a member of the Staunton (VA) Braves earlier this week.

This summer, the rising junior established himself as the top defensive catcher in the league after throwing out 20 would-be base stealers and picking off five runners at the bag. Adkins has thrown out better than 40 percent of the runners trying to steal during his time behind the plate. The Braves ended the season in heart-breaking fashion with a 4-3 13-inning loss to the New Market Rebels during the VBL Semifinals on Tuesday.

"I'm excited that he's had a good summer, especially defensively," noted head coach Jim McGuire. "His focus going out this summer was to improve and keep getting better defensively and I know he has done that by this selection. I'm excited that he's coming back ready to hopefully be our number one catcher."

Adkins started 48 games for the Blue Raiders in 2013 and played in a total of 51. Adkins saw time behind the plate as well as serving as the designated hitter in the lineup for MT. In 182 at-bats, the Powder Springs, Ga., product finished with a .242 average and drove in 28 runs while belting four home runs. He had a .346 slugging percentage and ended the year with a .307 on-base percentage.

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