June 14, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State sophomore designated hitter Blaise Salter has been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-Mideast Region Second Team.
Salter, a Bloomfield Hills, Mich., native, led the Spartans in batting (.343), doubles (14) and hits (62) during the 2013 season. The third-team All-Big Ten selection ranked among the Big Ten's best in six offensive categories during the regular season: fifth in doubles (14), seventh in home runs (5), eighth in slugging percentage (.503), ninth in batting average (.343), 10th in hits (62) and 12th in total bases (91).
Salter started in 46 games, 31 at designated hitter, 13 as catcher and two at first base. He was twice named Big Ten Player of the Week during the season. The first time was following a sweep at Santa Clara, where he hit .667 (8-for-12) with a double, a home run, four RBIs and four runs scored. Against Purdue, he went 7-for-12 with four doubles, one home run and three RBIs.
In 78 career games for the Spartans, Salter owns a .328 batting average with eight home runs and 49 RBIs. Drafted in the 38th round by the Detroit Tigers out of Orchard Lake St. Mary's High School in 2011, Salter is playing this summer for the Holyoke Blue Sox in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
2013 ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region Team
SP: Scott Baker (Ball State)
SP: Aaron Slegers (Indiana)
SP: Taylor Williams (Kent State)
RP: Trace Dempsey (Ohio State)
C: Kyle Schwarber (Indiana)
1B: Trey Mancini (Notre Dame)
2B: Mike Porcaro (Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
SS: Thomas Lindauer (Illinois)
3B: Eric Jagielo (Notre Dame)
OF: Justin Parr (Illinois)
OF: Jason Kanzler (Buffalo)
OF: Michael O' Neill (Michigan)
DH: Scott Donley (Indiana)
SP: Kevin Duchene (Illinois)
SP: Mike Burke (Buffalo)
SP: Jake Long (Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
RP: Karch Kowalczyk (Valparaiso)
C: TJ Losby (Bowling Green)
1B: George Roberts (Kent State)
2B: Kyle Ruchim (Northwestern)
SS: Kirby Pellant (Ohio State)
3B: Dustin DeMuth (Indiana)
OF: Tyler Grogg (Toledo)
OF: Ben Hammer (Toledo)
OF: Evan Campbell (Kent State)
DH: Blaise Salter (Michigan State)