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WHITTIER, Calif. – Former Whittier College baseball standout Julian Barzilli who is currently playing for the St. Louis Cardinals in the minors was recognized this week by the NCAA as the Division III statistical champion for Total Home Runs and Home Runs Per Game.
On top of that he was also recognized by the Jewish Sports Review as a 1st Team All-American earning this recognition for the first time in his career. 24 players were named to the All-American Team which included nine pitchers and 15 field players.
Other SCIAC players joining him were Pomona-Pitzer first baseman Simon Rosenbaum and pitcher Mitch Margolis from Occidental. Other West Regional Players included Aaron Cohen (Whitman), Jeremy Wolf (Trinity - TX), and Zach Speer (Trinity – TX).
Barzilli put together an impressive senior season leading the offensive unit for the second straight season. In his tenure he played in 79 games collecting 100 hits in 289 at bats for a career .346 batting average. He tallied 23 doubles, 7 triples, and 25 homeruns to go with 83 runs batted in and 75 runs scored. He was walked 39 times with 11 of them being intentional and had an on base percentage of .430 and a slugging percentage of .734.
Defensively he finished with a .943 fielding percentage with 175 assists and 73 putouts, while starting 17 double plays.
This season, Barzilli collected the accolades being named the ABCA/Rawlings Division III West Region Player of the Year, an ABCA/Rawlings 1st Team All-American, a d3baseball.com 1st Team All-West Regional Selection and 1st Team All-American, and was named 1st Team All-SCIAC.
This season he cranked out a .387 batting average on 55/142, going deep 17 times to lead all of NCAA Division III, while leading in home runs per game at 0.43. He started all 40 games driving in 52 and scoring 46 times, while registering an .845 slugging percentage and defending at a .939 pace.