Higginbotham Named Grizzlies' Rookie of the Year

Higginbotham named Gateway Grizzlies' Rookie of the Year Sunday.

Sep 2, 2013

SAUGET, Ill. - Brett Higginbotham was named the Gateway Grizzlies' Rookie of the Year by the professional baseball organization Sunday night.

"Higginbotham has always been a hard worker, who strives for success," head baseball coach Johnny Cardenas said. "We (the SFA coaching staff) are not at all surprised by his accomplishment. He has earned this honor and is a prime example of the athletes we are turning out."

Higginbotham has been a steady presence out of the bullpen for the Grizzlies since joining the ballclub back in June, after the completion of his senior season at SFA. Appearing in 29 games, making three starts, the Hutto, Texas, native has posted a 2-3 record with a 2.73 ERA over 49 and a third innings pitched.

"It is a great honor to receive this award," Higginbotham said. "Ever since I was little I knew I wanted to play professional baseball and the Gateway Grizzlies gave me that opportunity.

"The coaches have been really great in working with me since I came on. The fact that everyday I get to come out and play baseball is truly a blessing and having the support of my family, friends and coaches, has been incredibly rewarding."

With three games left in the regular season, the Grizzlies of the Frontier League are one game behind the Florence Freedom for the last wild card spot in the West division.

Higginbotham, the Southland Conference relief pitcher of the year in 2013, was an All-SLC second team selection as a senior and the only relief pitcher to make an all-conference team.

Primarily a starter for his first three seasons, Higginbotham changed his delivery at the end of his junior year and honed his craft for his senior season. The submarine right-handed reliever went 4-2 with nine saves and a 2.47 ERA in 2013, striking out 37.

The four-year letterwinner left SFA with a 9-6 career record with nine saves and a 3.77 ERA in 114.2 innings pitched. Higginbotham appeared in 60 games, making nine starts across four seasons.



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