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Schmutter takes Rookie of the Year honors
Outfielder led Sydney in batting average in rookie campaign
02/09/2011 5:42 PM ET
Trent Schmutter led the Blue Sox in average this season.
Trent Schmutter led the Blue Sox in average this season. (SMP Images/ABL)
The Australian Baseball League wishes to congratulate Trent Schmutter, outfielder for the Sydney Blue Sox for winning the inaugural ABL Rookie of the Year award. Schmutter finished the season leading the regular-season champion Blue Sox in batting average, batting .316 with 1 home run and 12 RBI in 98 at-bats. The Sydney native added 39 total bases and 13 walks.

Schmutter had never played professionally prior to this season and made only a handful of appearances in Claxton Shield competition (13 at-bats). At the age of 23, Schmutter provided a major spark in his rookie season, earning him the inaugural ABL Season's Rookie of the Year.

He capped off his strong regular season by making the catch of Quincy Latimore's deep fly ball to left field for the final out of David Welch's Round 2 no-hitter on 4 February at Blacktown Olympic Park.

Schmutter received 70 votes for the award, edging out Rory Rhodes of Brisbane who finished his rookie season with five home runs, 21 RBI, and a .279 average. Schmutter also beat out his Blue Sox teammate Alex Johnson who compiled 7 homers and 26 RBI primarily as a designated hitter this season. Rhodes and Johnson finished with 58 and 47 votes respectively.

The voting process included submission of votes by all ABL coaches, selected media, scouts and staff who have closely followed the ABL season.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.