Medford Rogues outfielder Cole Carder has been named the Great West League player of the year.
The announcement was released Tuesday, a day after the league announced its all-star teams.
Chico’s Fred Ludwig was manager of the year, and the Heat’s Justin Sterner was pitcher of the year.
Carder is a former South Medford player now at the University of Antelope Valley in Lancaster, California.
“I loved playing for the Rogues,” Carder said in a team press release. “It feels great to play in my hometown. Earning an award like this one just makes you appreciate the great fan base, great coaches and great organization.”
Carder has quickly established himself as one of the best players in the league in just his first summer of collegiate wood-bat baseball.
He led the Rogues in batting average (.349), hits (65) and stolen bases (14). He had an on-base percentage of .436 and a slugging percentage of .543.
Carder finished second on the team in home runs (seven) and RBIs (34).
“Nothing makes me prouder than to see our local talent compete and succeed at the highest levels of summer-collegiate wood-bat baseball,” said Rogues chief operating officer Dave May.
He said Carder has committed to returning to the Rogues next season.
Carder, who also starred for the Medford Mustangs in American Legion ball, was second in the GWL in hits and third in stolen bases.
He hit a home run in the league all-star game and was 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in the Rogues’ lone playoff game.
“Carder’s real talent doesn’t show up in the box score,” said Rogues play-by-play broadcaster Jonathan Kurman. “Cole is a tremendous outfielder. He seems to glide out there, and I’ve never seen him take a bad route.”
Ludwig, who was similarly honored in 2016 and is the only manager Chico has had, guided the Heat to the GWL title.
The right-handed Sterner, who plays for BYU, was 7-0 record with a 3.02 ERA.