Knights shortstop Elvin Rodriguez, a senior from Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, was named to the NAIA All-American team. He was only the second Northwood player to be selected a first team All-American. Rodriguez was also named Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Year. In July Rodriguez received an additional honor when he was named the (Dallas-Ft. Worth) Metroplex Collegiate Player of the Year by the DFW Hall-Ruggles Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).
“This was a wonderful year—a great way to wind up my career at Northwood,” Rodriguez said. “I loved being here, and playing here.” With his collegiate playing days completed, Rodriguez signed with the Rockford Aviators, a Frontier League team located in Rockford, Illinois. Rodriguez joins teammates Colton Reavis (Tampa Bay Rays), Roman Gomez (Ft. Worth Cats) and Logan Brumley (also with the Cats) at the professional level.
Adam Humes also signed to play professionally. But the McAllen Thunder, who signed Humes, subsequently decided not to play this season. - Jack Allday