PRINCETON, N.J. – Senior captain Cale Hanson was named to the All-Ivy First Team Friday, as five Yale players in total received honors. Hanson was named to the First Team as a shortstop, and also named to the Second Team as a relief pitcher. Sophomore pitcher Chris Lanham and freshman utility player Richard Slenker joined Hanson on the Second Team. Finally, sophomore reliever Chris Moates and junior catcher Robert Baldwin received Honorable Mention nods.
The awards were given based on voting from the Ivy League head coaches. The Ivy release can be found here.
The First Team placement caps an outstanding season and career for Hanson. This season, he batted .265 and slugged .327 while starting all 41 games for the Bulldogs. His most impressive attribute was his dependable defense at shortstop, powered by his quick hands and rocket arm. He had a .973 fielding percentage.
On the mound, Hanson took on primarily a closer role this season. In 15 innings of work, he struck out 10 while walking five and putting up a 3.60 ERA. He was 3-1 with five saves.
Hanson battled through an injury his junior season, but still amassed 502 at-bats over 150 games in his Yale career. His career batting average was .287 and slugged .347 in total. He stole 21 bases in 35 attempts over his four years. As a pitcher, his career totals were a 7-4 record, seven saves, and a 2.98 ERA through 45 1/3 innings.
Lanham was Yale's most dominant starter this season, racking up a 7-2 record (tied for the Ivy League lead in wins) and a 3.77 ERA. His hot start in the Ivy League was unmatched, allowing just one run in his first four league starts. During that time, he won three Ivy League Pitcher of the Week awards.
Slenker produced impressively in his first collegiate season, surely putting himself in the discussion for the Ivy League's top rookie (Columbia's Will Savage won Rookie of the Year). Slenker led the entire Ivy League in batting average with a .352 mark, and slugged .410 with an on-base percentage of .414. Slenker played third base, first base, and designated hitter this season.
Moates led the team with a 2.11 ERA through his 16 appearances (all relief). He struck out 29 and walked 14, earning his first Ivy League Pitcher of the Week for his performances against Cornell and Princeton. Moates showed the ability to pitch in long relief assignments toward the end of the season, putting together solid performances of 4+ innings against Harvard, Brown, and Dartmouth.
Baldwin enjoyed a breakout season at and behind the plate, as he assumed the starting catcher role for the first time. He batted .304 with an on-base percentage of .326 and slugging percentage of .456. He led Yale with three home runs, and was a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen bases. On defense, he threw out 13 runners in 33 attempts, and allowed just three passed balls on the year. He logged a .982 fielding percentage.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Alec Keller, Princeton (Sr., UTL – Richmond, Va.)
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
David Speer, Columbia (Sr., LHP – Westport, Conn.)*
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Will Savage, Columbia (Fr., 2B – Bronx, N.Y.)
P – Connor Cuff, Penn (Jr. – Western Springs, Ill.)
P – Mike Fagan, Princeton (Sr. – San Diego)
P – David Speer, Columbia (Sr. – Westport, Conn.)*
RP – Duncan Robinson, Dartmouth (So. – Houston)
C – Austin Bossart, Penn (Jr. – O'Fallon, Ill.)
1B – Dustin Selzer, Dartmouth (Sr. – Houston)
2B – Will Savage, Columbia (Fr. – Bronx, N.Y.)
SS – Cale Hanson, Yale (Sr. – Katy, Texas)
SS – Ryan Mincher, Penn (So. – Glenshaw, Pa.)
3B – David Vandercook, Columbia (Jr. – Boca Raton, Fla.)
OF – Rick Brebner, Penn (Sr. – Langhorne, Pa.)
OF – Gus Craig, Columbia (Jr. – Eugene, Ore.)
OF – Mike Martin, Harvard (Jr. – Buffalo Grove, Ill.)
UTL – Alec Keller, Princeton (Sr. – Richmond, Va.)
DH – Ryan Karl, Cornell (Jr. – Towaco, N.J.)*
P – Michael Byrne, Cornell (So. – Vienna, Va.)
P – Chris Lanham, Yale (So. – Houston)
P – George Thanopoulos, Columbia (So. – Highland, Calif.)
RP – Cale Hanson, Yale (Sr. – Katy, Texas)
C – Mike Fischer, Columbia (Sr. – Scotia, N.Y.)
1B – Jeff McGarry, Penn (Jr. – Mount Laurel, N.J.)
2B – Mike Vilardo, Penn (So. – Cary, Ill.)
SS – Aaron Silbar, Columbia (Sr. – Jacksonville, Fla.)
3B – Nick Lombardi, Dartmouth (Jr. – Saugus, Calif.)
OF – Jeff Keller, Dartmouth (Sr. – Atherton, Calif.)
OF – Robb Paller, Columbia (So. – Brooklyn, N.Y.)
OF – Jordan Serena, Columbia (Jr. – Parker, Colo.)
UTL – Carlton Bailey, Harvard (Sr. – Texarkana, Texas)
UTL – Richard Slenker, Yale (Fr. – Pound Ridge, N.Y.)
DH – Joe Purritano, Dartmouth (So. – Woodcliff Lake, N.J.)
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
P – Jake Cousins, Penn (Fr. – West Chicago, Ill.)
P – Ronnie Glenn, Penn (Jr. – Lake Worth, Fla.)
P – Brent Jones, Cornell (Jr. – Albuquerque, N.M.)
P – Kevin Roy, Columbia (So. – Houston)
RP – Adam Cline, Columbia (So. – Redmond, Wash.)
RP – Chris Moates, Yale (So. – Smithville, Ga.)
C – Robert Baldwin, Yale (Jr. – Austin, Texas)
1B – Zack Belski, Princeton (Fr. – Missouri City, Texas)
1B – Ryan Plantier, Cornell (Sr. – Poway, Calif.)
2B – Kyle Larrow, Harvard (Sr. – Carver, Mass.)
2B – Thomas Roulis, Dartmouth (Jr. – New Hyde Park, N.Y.)
SS – Tom D'Alessandro, Cornell (Sr. – Dix Hills, N.Y.)
SS – Matt Parisi, Dartmouth (Jr. – Clermont, Fla.)
OF – Chris Cruz, Cornell (Sr. – Bay Shore, N.Y.)
OF – Brandon Engelhardt, Penn (Sr. – Pottstown, Pa.)
OF – Daniel Massey, Brown (Sr. – Greensboro, N.C.)
OF – Nick Ruppert, Dartmouth (So. – La Mesa, Calif.)
OF – Jordan Winawer, Cornell (So. – Mountain View, Calif.)
^-Expanded due to ties in the voting
Release by Skylar Shibayama '16, Yale Sports Publicity