NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Senior shortstop Simon Whiteman (Trumbull, Conn.) of the Yale baseball team has been named Academic All-District. The honor was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on May 9. This is the second straight season that Whiteman has been honored with this award -- he was first team Academic All-America and All-District last season.
An MLB prospect, Whiteman is a chemical engineering major with a 3.97 cumulative grade point average. He is interested in energy production, namely solar energy and photovoltaics.
Whiteman excelled on the field this season. He leads the Ivy League in stolen bases (34, without being caught), is second in the league in doubles (17) and runs (43, tie) and is fourth in the league in hits (63). His .337 batting average was second on the team, and his .388 on-base percentage and .465 slugging percentage were third. He committed only seven errors, posting a .966 fielding percentage.
Those numbers cap a remarkable career for Whiteman, who is tied for second on Yale's career hits list with 213. His 71 career steals place him third on Yale's career steals list, and his 135 runs were four away from the Yale career record. He helped the Bulldogs win back-to-back Ivy League Championships (2017-18) and earn a pair of wins in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
A graduate of Fairfield Prep, Whiteman is in Trumbull College at Yale.
Academic All-America awards are nominated and voted upon by members of CoSIDA. District 1 is comprised of teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. Four of the 12-player Academic All-District team hailed from the Ivy League.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America ballot, with Academic All-America honorees scheduled to be announced June 6.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity