SPOKANE, Wash. – As Joel Condreay prepares to make the step from college baseball player to potential professional athlete, the Whitworth University shortstop has claimed his most prestigious collegiate honor.
Condreay, whose named may be called during this week's Major League Baseball draft, was chosen as a second team 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III baseball honoree. Click here for the official press release from the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA).
Condreay graduated from Whitworth last month as an accounting major with a 3.90 grade point average heading into the spring semester. He had been an Academic All-District selection in 2016 and 2017, but this is his first year as an Academic All-American.
Condreay led the Pirates in batting average (.355), on-base percentage (.438) and slugging average (.532) in 2018. He also led the squad in doubles (16) and runs batted in (27). Condreay overcame a mid-season hamstring injury to play in 33 of the team's 37 contests.
An excellent defensive shortstop, Condreay was part of 20 double plays and had a fielding percentage of .935.
Condreay was also a relief pitcher for the Pirates in 2018. With a fastball that hit the mid-90's, Condreay could be chosen in the late rounds of this week's draft.
Whitworth's only previous Academic All-American in baseball was Dan Scheibe, who was also a second team selection.