Conley Receives National Honor
Jammers’ Catcher Named Third-Team All-American
Jamestown Jammers catcher/designated hitter Christ Conley (Canisius College) has been named to the Third Team Summer Collegiate All-American team, Perfect Game announced Thursday.
There are three 2017 Perfect Game/Rawlings Summer Collegiate All-America teams as well as an Honorable Mention squad. In addition to one player at each infield position (including catcher) each team also has a designated hitter — which is a way to recognize some of the better hitters that otherwise may have missed the cut — three outfielders, five starters, two relievers and two utility players.
The leagues that make up the Summer College All-American Teams include: California (4), Great West (4), Prospect (4), Cal Ripken (3), New England (3), Southern California (3), Golden State (3), Valley (3), Great Lakes (2), Perfect Game (2) and Texas (2) leagues. The Alaska, Atlantic, Futures, Hamptons, Jayhawk, M.I.N.K., New York, South Florida and Southern collegiate leagues all had one each.
Conley was named the Most Valuable Player of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. The Derby native boasted a .382 batting average to go along with his .582 on-base percentage and .610 slugging percentage. In addition, Conley drove in 27 runs, scoring 43 times himself, while also tallying 13 doubles and five home runs.
In his junior campaign at Canisius, Conley saw action in 54 contests for the Blue and Gold, getting the starting nod in 53 of the games. He played catcher and saw time as the team’s designated hitter, finishing just a hair under .300, finishing with a.299 average in 157 at-bats.
Conley’s plate discipline transferred into his summer season, as he led the Griffs in OBP (.468), walks (34) and hit-by pitch (20). Behind the plate, Conley was credited with 249 putouts, while also retiring 11 trying to steal on the base paths.
The Golden Griffin baseball program ended the 2017 regular season as the No. 3 seed in the MAAC, finishing the year with an overall record of 34-20 and boasting a 16-8 mark in conference play.