Our #8 hitter, Danton Hyman, is no stranger to the folks at Central High School in Woodstock, as he has played in 71 games over the past two seasons for the ‘Stock.
A speedy outfielder, the 6-foot rising junior was ATVL’s 10th best hitter in ’16, and moved up two spots for the current year. (He is the 14th player since 2007 to make a top list twice.)
Let’s take a look at his two seasons in the Valley:
Pretty impressive. Danton played in 11 more games and had 50 more at-bats in 2017 than in 2016, but increased his rate stats and his BB/K ratio.
In 2016, Danton finished 2nd in the league in batting average, and was named to the All-Valley League 1st team at utility. (He pitched as well.)
In 2017, the list is much longer. Here we go: 4th in batting average, 2nd in OBP, tied for 5th in walks, 7th in total bases, tied for 9th in RBIs, 2nd in hits… and even though he was better than in 2016, this year he was named 2nd team All-Valley League in the outfield.
The pesky left-handed hitter’s best game was probably on June 14th, when he went 3-5 with a double.
Hyman has really done nothing but hit. Here are his two seasons at Division II Newberry:
Danton led Newberry in hits and on-base percentage this past year, and was named to the 2017 SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and All-Conference Gold Glove. ATVL loves those players who perform in the classroom! And by the way, Danton is legally deaf as well.
Congratulations on your excellent two seasons in the Valley, Danton!