IBL DH spot goes to Thunderbird Jagdeo

Hamilton Thunderbird Dan Jagdeo was named an Intercounty Baseball League first team all-star. Jagdeo took the designated hitter spot on the all-star squad.

The 27-year-old led Hamilton this season with a .346 batting average which produced 36 hits including 6 doubles. His offence drove in 24 runs and he was issued 18 walks over the 30 games he played. Jagdeo hit four homeruns through the season which put him into a three-way tie for the team lead. He was the only T-Bird to make either the first or second all-star team.

Branson Joseph of Burlington was the only Twins player to get an all-star nod. He made the second team as an outfielder.

The IBL also announced its Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year award winners.

Sean Reilly of the Barrie Baycats was selected as the winner of the John Bell Memorial Trophy as the league’s MVP, taking the majority of votes from league managers, while Shaun Valeriote of the Kitchener Panthers was the Brian Kerr Memorial Trophy recipient as the league’s top rookie.

Reilly, one of the many former Guelph Royals players who joined other IBL teams as Guelph suspended operations for this season, enjoyed an outstanding season with the Baycats at first base.

The veteran slugger just missed out on the IBL triple crown this season, finishing third in the league in batting average with a .405 mark, second in home runs with nine and first in RBI with 44. Reilly was just one homer off the league lead and 14 points off the batting title in 2011, helping the Baycats capture the league pennant.

The 34-year-old Burlington native received 33 votes, while runner-up Kyle DeGrace of the Toronto Maple Leafs picked up 16 votes. Lee Delfino of the Brantford Red Sox came in third place with nine votes in the MVP balloting.

Valeriote made quite an impression in his first IBL season. The second baseman finished seventh in the league in hitting with a .385 mark while hitting four home runs and adding 18 RBI and playing solid defensively all season.

The Guelph native had 33 votes, while Adam Paish of the London Majors finished second in the rookie voting with 16 votes. Burlington’s Kyle Bolton was third with nine.

Reilly and Valeriote were also unanimously selected as IBL All-Stars, both receiving the maximum 35 votes. Reilly was the first team first baseman and Valeriote was first team second baseman, while Delfino at shortstop and Barrie’s Frankie Hare in the outfield were also unanimous selections to the first team.

Joining those four on the first team were Toronto’s Jordan Castaldo at third base, Brantford’s Terrell Alliman and London’s Cleveland Brownlee in the outfield, DeGrace at catcher, Jagdeo as designated hitter, London’s Jordi Amargos as right handed pitcher and Toronto’s Mel Melehes as left handed pitcher. First team manager is Angus Roy of Barrie.

The Baycats led the way with eight selections on either the first or second team, followed by the Toronto Maple Leafs and the London Majors each with four selections.

The Brantford Red Sox had three selections, with the Ottawa Fat Cats having two and Kitchener each having one player voted to the team.

Reilly, Hare and Delfino were all first team selections last season.