NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The post-season awards keep accumulating for Carleton College first-year outfielder Hayden Tsutsui (Northridge, Calif./Chatsworth). On Wednesday, it was announced that he picked up another All-Midwest Region award, this time receiving recognition from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).
Earlier tabbed All-Region First Team by D3baseball.com en route to being selected as the website’s national Rookie-of-the-Year, this time Tsutsui was named ABCA All-Midwest Region third team.
Tsutsui and Rockford (Ill.) College’s Cole Logeman were the only rookies included among the 50 players named to the ABCA’s first, second, and third squads and both were select to the third team.
Highlighting the depth of talent throughout the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), a total of 15 players—representing nine of the 11 league schools with teams—landed on the ABCA All-Region squads. Tsutsui is the fifth Knight since 2003 to be chosen for an all-region team and the first to be selected to multiple all-region squads.
Tsutui had little trouble adjusting to the college game as he batted .462—the fifth-highest figure among all NCAA baseball players (Division I, II, and III)—this season and ranked among conference leaders in nearly every offensive category.
Tsutsui was recognized for his exceptional debut by being the only first-year player tabbed to the All-MIAC team. Not surprisingly, he was selected as the MIAC’s Rookie-of-the-Year.
He paced the conference in batting during the regular season—by more than 50 points—and also led the MIAC in hits (66) and total bases (91). Tsutsui finished third with a .494 on-base percentage and fifth with a .636 slugging percentage, with both figures ranking among the top 50 nationally.
His 39 RBI ranked fourth in the MIAC, and the Knights' rookie added 41 runs (third), 12 doubles (sixth), three home runs, and 10 stolen bases (seventh) to rank among the league leaders in most offensive categories. Tsutsui also had 20 multi-hit games.
For its All-Region awards, D3baseball.com selected a first, second, and third team for each of the eight regions. Tsutsui was one of only 13 first-years to earn a spot on any of the all-region squads and joined Wheaton College (Ill.) pitcher Michael Kaufman as the only rookies voted as first-teamers.
Tsutsui opened the year as the Knights’ starting catcher before eventually transitioning to centerfield where he started 26 games to take advantage of his outstanding range.