WMU outfielder Blake Dunn receives Rawlings 'Big Stick' Award for batting average

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Western Michigan University outfielder Blake Dunn played for the Kalamazoo Growlers over the summer and received the Rawlings Big Stick Award for the batting average. (WWMT/File)

Blake Dunn, Western Michigan University outfielder, who played for the Kalamazoo Growlers over the summer, received the Rawlings ‘Big Stick’ Award for the best batting average for an outfielder in the Northwoods League, officials announced Monday.

Dunn ended the Kalamazoo Growlers' season with a 0.349 battling average. In 63 games, he registered 47 runs on 51 hits with nine doubles, four triples, three home runs and 16 RBIs.

League officials said Dunn posted a 0.510 on-base percentage and a staggering 0.527 slugging percentage. On the base paths, Dunn posted a league-best 32 stolen bases.

The award was given annually to the player at each position who had the best batting average during the 2020 Northwoods League regular season.

For the 2021 season, Dunn was named one of the top 150 college prospects by D1Baseball. Prior to the 2020 season, league officials said Dunn was also one of 55 players named to the preseason Golden Spikes Award watch list, given annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country.

During his junior campaign, which was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dunn recorded a 0.288 batting average and led the Broncos with two home runs, 17 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases. In 15 games, Dunn ranked 10th in the NCAA in stolen bases and eighth in stolen bases per game with 0.73.

For his career Dunn has a 0.338 batting average with 22 doubles, seven home runs and 64 RBIs. Dunn has a 0.460 career slugging percentage and a 0.423 on-base percentage in 108 career games. The Saugatuck native's 47 career stolen bases tied for the fourth most in program history.