NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Senior shortstop Simon Whiteman (Trumbull, Conn.) of the Yale baseball team has been named first team Academic All-America. The honor was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. This is the second straight season that Whiteman has received this award.
Whiteman, elected Yale's captain by his teammates, majored in chemical engineering major and had a 3.97 cumulative grade point average. He is interested in energy production, namely solar energy and photovoltaics.
This has been a big week for Whiteman, as he was also selected by the San Francisco Giants in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball Draft this past Tuesday.
This past season Whiteman led the Ivy League in stolen bases (34, without being caught), was second in the league in doubles (17), third in the league in runs (43) and fifth in the league in hits (63). His .337 batting average was second on the team, and his .388 on-base percentage and .465 slugging percentage were third. He committed only seven errors, posting a .966 fielding percentage.
Those numbers cap a remarkable career for Whiteman, who is tied for second on Yale's career hits list with 213. His 71 career steals place him third on Yale's career steals list, and his 135 runs were four away from the Yale career record. He helped the Bulldogs win back-to-back Ivy League Championships (2017 and 2018) and earn a pair of wins in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
A graduate of Fairfield Prep, Whiteman was in Trumbull College at Yale.
Academic All-America awards are nominated and voted upon by members of CoSIDA. Last month Whiteman was named Academic All-District for District 1 (comprised of teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont). He then advanced to the Academic All-America ballot..
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity