Sophomore first baseman Bobby Seymour of Wake Forest was named the ACC Player of the Year on Monday.
Seymour leads the ACC with 92 RBIs, which is the most in Division I since Buster Posey had 93 in 2008. Seymour also leads the league with a .377 batting average, to go along with his nine home runs and 19 doubles. He’s played in all 55 games for the Deacons, one of two players to do so.
“We couldn't be prouder of Bobby for all he has accomplished this season,” Coach Tom Walter said through a news release. “He put in countless hours of work in during the offseason to take his game to the next level and now he's one of the most feared hitters in the country. He has a bright future ahead of him and he's extremely deserving of this award.”
Seymour’s numbers from last season to this season have ballooned, as he’s grown into such a dangerous all-around hitter. As a freshman, the St. John, Ind., native batted .286 with seven homers and 32 RBIs. His on-base percentage went from .342 to .437, his slugging percentage from .441 to .579.
The player who typically bats in front of Seymour in the lineup and his roommate, Chris Lanzilli, joined him on the All-ACC first team. Lanzilli, a sophomore outfielder, is hitting .350 with 16 homers, 19 doubles and 67 RBIs — all of which rank in the top five of the ACC.
Lanzilli heated up in the second half of his freshman season and has carried that into an entire season as a sophomore. He hit .268 with nine homers and 33 RBIs last season. His slugging percentage rose from .529 to .637 this season.
Lanzilli is a draft-eligible sophomore, while Seymour won’t be eligible for the draft until next spring.