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Kaczrowski named Baseball America preseason player of the year

Baseball America released their NCAA Division III preview today, listing Kaczrowski as a preseason All-American pick at second base and as the #2 top prospect heading from a Division III school into the 2009 draft.

The complete Baseball America DIII preview may be seen by clicking here.

Earlier this month, he was included in the 2009 NCAA Division III “Players to Watch in Collegiate Baseball” chosen by NCAA Division III baseball coaches across the country. Kaczrowski was one of just 11 MIAC players recognized on that list of 301 players. He was also named to the D3baseball.com Preseason All-American second team. He was the lone MIAC player to receive that honor.

Last spring, Kaczrowski was the 2008 MIAC Co-Player of the Year, the MIAC hitter of the week for the week ending on April 21, and earned D3baseball.com third team All-American honors. He was also named to the first team ABCA/Rawlings All-Region team.

Kaczrowski tore through conference pitching in 2008, hitting .500 against MIAC opponents with 18 RBI and 24 runs scored. He hit nine doubles, one triple and four homeruns in 2008. Overall in 2008, Kaczrowski hit .477 to lead the Pipers, with 40 RBI and 54 runs scored.

Last summer, he had 79 hits and a batting average of .389 for the Danville Dans in the Central Illinois Collegiate League (CICL). He broke the 33-year old record for hits in a single season, set in 1975 at 77. He also won the batting title, with his next-closest competition hitting just .324.

After bringing home the first half MVP award in the CICL, Kaczrowski book-ended that by winning the second half MVP honor. He concluded his summer by being named the Mike Schmidt Player of the Year for the CICL, a league typically dominated by Division I players.

The Pipers will open the 2009 season on Tuesday, February 10 against North Central. The two teams will play a 6:00 p.m. double-header at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.