2013 SALEM NEWS BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
St. John’s Prep Senior
Offense, defense and on the pitcher’s mound: St. John’s Prep senior Brandon Bingel was the rare ballplayer who could help his team in all three phases of the game.
One of the most complete players in recent memory, Bingel earns Salem News Player of the Year honors after being named Catholic Conference MVP for an unprecedented second straight season.
On the hill, the right-hander went 9-0 with an earned run average of just 0.97. With a sharp breaking ball that was devastating for righthanded hitters, Bingel struck out 73 batters over 57 2/3 innings (a rate of 11.3 per nine) while walking just 10 batters all season. The Catholic Conference all-star defeated BC High twice, baffled a 20-win Peabody win team twice, and shut out Malden Catholic to clinch the league title.
At the plate, Bingel drove in 16 runs and scored 16 times; he also hit six doubles and homered twice (including a towering blast in the Eagles’ first win of the year at Peabody High). Defensively, he made just two errors all season while playing shortstop when he wasn’t pitching.
A two-time Salem News all-star from Peabody, Bingel captained the Eagles to a 22-game winning streak and an appearance in the Division 1 North final. He plans to play baseball at Bryant University next year.
Catholic Central League MVP led his team in most significant offensive categories, including hits (32), runs (19), average (.422) and RBI (23) ... One of the better baserunners on the North Shore led the area with 16 swipes ... Excellent defender at the hot corner ... Came up with clutch go-ahead RBI in win over rival Peabody ... Helped Fenwick share the CCL crown and reach the D3 North semifinals ... Excellent leader is a captain-elect for next year and a 3-year captain in football.