Shortly after his minor league baseball debut this week, LFSN reporter Alan York had a chance to talk with former Flames standout second baseball Ryan Seiz.
Seiz, an ABCA, Louisville Slugger and NCBWA All-American in 2014, was drafted in the 17th round of the MLB Draft in June by the Los Angeles Angels.
Seiz began his professional career this week with the Orem Owlz in Orem, Utah, on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with two home runs in his minor league debut. In four games with the Los Angeles Angels rookie season team, the Perkasie, Pa., native is batting .333 (6-for-18) with two home runs, two doubles, five runs scored and three RBI.
The Owls have won three of their first four games of the year and are tied for first place with the Grand Junctions Rockies in the Pioneer League South division standings.
In his first season in a Liberty uniform, Seiz was voted the 2014 Big South Player of the Year. One of only two Flames to starting every game in 2014, the second baseman led the Big South in runs scored, home runs, slugging percentage and total bases. Named a Big South All-Conference first team member, he finished the year pacing Liberty in batting average (.351), runs scored (55), doubles (16), home runs (12), on base percentage (.429), total bases (137) and slugging percentage (.593).
Seiz became the first Liberty player to be listed as a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Award, which the NCBWA (National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association) gives annually to college baseball's top player. He also was a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award, given to the collegiate baseball's "breakout" player of the year.
During the year, Seiz was named the NCBWA National Hitter of the Week for the week ending March 2, along with earning ECAC Player of the Week honors for March 30 of the season. He was tabbed the Big South Player of the Week twice this season.
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