Winthrop junior third baseman/left fielder Chas Crane was named the 2010 Rawlings Coastal Plain League Offensive Player of the Year after a vote by the CPL head coaches.
Crane played the Peninsula Pilots and finished second in the league with a .344 batting average. He led the CPL in home runs (9), RBI (48), total bases (108), walks (41), slugging percentage (.600) and on-base percentage (.462). He had 15 doubles, two triples, 11 stolen bases and scored 37 runs.
Crane was named the Rawlings Hitter of the Week during the fourth week of the season when he posted a .500 batting average (10-for-20) with two homers, four doubles and 12 RBIs. He was the starting third baseman in the CPL All-Star Game and competed in the All-Star Home Run Derby.
New Winthrop baseball coach Tom Riginos said Crane had an outstanding summer and was looking forward to working with him. Riginos will meet with the freshmen players on Aug. 26 and the first fall workouts begin Aug. 28. Fall ball is set to start Sept. 13.
Winthrop assistant coach Mike McGuire was impressed by the summer Crane put together.
"It's quite an accomplishment. He was a couple hits away from taking the triple crown," McGuire said. "He kind of picked up where he left off at the end of our season. He was arguably the toughest out in our lineup the last couple weeks and in the conference tournament. Some things started clicking for him and he kept it up all summer."
Crane hit .337 with 14 home runs and 45 RBIs for Winthrop in 2010.
"He has always shown signs of being a good hitter," McGuire said, "it's just been a consistency thing. He has worked on his approach and any adjustments have been more mental than anything."