Thomas Wheeler '12 Named to Academic All-District Team

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College sophomore designated hitter Thomas Wheeler (Minnetonka, MN) has been named to the 2010 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Second Team for baseball, as announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). 

To be nominated for and selected to an Academic All-District Team, student-athletes must demonstrate outstanding athletic success while maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30. Nominations and voting for the All-America programs are conducted by sports information directors across the country. 

Of the 22 student-athletes named to the First or Second Team from District 1, only four hail from a NESCAC school. Wheeler—one of only two sophomores from District 1 honored this year—joins Julian Sonnenfeld '11 of Wesleyan (First Team), Andrew Janiga '11 of Trinity (Second Team) and James Allison '11 of Williams (Second Team) as the conference's 2010 honorees. Wheeler majors in psychology with a GPA above 3.50. 

After finishing with Amherst's third highest batting average in 2009 (.344), Wheeler is currently hitting at an even .400 clip (36-for-90). Among those in the conference who meet the minimum statistical requirements, Wheeler is one of only 12 players batting at least .400. 

In addition to boasting the team's second highest batting average this season, Wheeler is tied for the lead in doubles (10) and ranks third in runs batted in (27), adding 18 runs, a triple and a home run for a .567 slugging percentage and .455 on-base percentage. 

Although he has been used primarily as a designated hitter this year, Wheeler has also spent time behind the plate and at first base, posting an exceptional .986 fielding percentage by committing only one error in 71 chances. 

Wheeler has had 10 multi-hit games this season and is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak, which he will look to continue today when the Lord Jeffs host Worcester Polytechnic Institute at 4 p.m. 

This is the third consecutive year in which at least one Amherst baseball player has been named to an Academic All-District Team. A complete list of the 2010 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District honorees can be found on the CoSIDA website.