Robertson, Whyte get TBird nods for Intercounty hardware nominations

HAMILTON – Second baseman/shortstop Tom Robertson and left-handed pitcher Kevin Whyte are the Hamilton Thunderbirds nominees for two Intercounty Baseball League awards.

Robertson, completing his sixth season in a Hamilton uniform, is the team’s Most Valuable Player choice, and Whyte, who played junior baseball last year in Stoney Creek, is the TBirds Rookie of the Year nomination.

“We are extremely happy with our selection of these two players,” said general manager Adeo Calcagni. “Tommy has been one of our most consistent performers this season and we feel that he stacks up well against the other players in the League.”

The 27-year-old infielder is having his best season at the plate for Hamilton. He has a career-high batting average of .314. Although he has yet to hit a homerun, Robertson has driven in 14 runs and has stolen 10 bases in 27 games.

In his rookie season, Whyte has put together a 3-2 win-loss record in seven games. The left-hander, who also plays firstbase, has struck out 31 batters and given up 51 hits in 38.2 innings pitched.

To be eligible for the rookie award, a player must be a Canadian; can not be a an ex-professional; and his previous senior Intercounty experience may not exceed 60 plate appearances or 40 innings pitched, including playoffs.

To be qualify for MVP voting, batters must have 90 plate appearances.