Rice's Dominic DiCaprio has been named one of four finalists for the 2017 Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award.
From its headquarters in the DFW Metroplex, the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation has combined a passion for baseball and providing youngsters with the incentive and opportunity to pursue a college education for more than 25 years. Starting in 2017, one position player from a Division I baseball school in Texas will be presented with the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award -- based on performance at the plate, academics and personal integrity. The winner of the award will be announced on June 12 and honored at a gala in the fall.
From the state's 21 Division I baseball schools at the start of the 2017 season, four finalists have now been announced. The prestigious list of sluggers includes DiCaprio, Jake Scheiner (Houston), Hunter Hargrove (Texas Tech) and Braden Shewmake (Texas A&M).
DiCaprio helped lead Rice's late-season charge to the 2017 Conference USA Championship and NCAA Regional bid by leading the Owls in hitting (.366) and on-base percentage (.438). The sophomore catcher was a selfless workhorse, starting 63 of the team's 64 games and all but 12 behind the plate. A native of Coral Springs, Fla., DiCaprio also was third on the team in doubles (16) and walks (27), and he was fourth on the squad in home runs (6), runs scored (42) and slugging percentage (.508). He reached base in each of the team's final 30 games to end the year.
Former major leaguer and Fort Worth resident Bobby Bragan turned a 60-year involvement with professional baseball into a charity organization with a signature scholarship program, the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation. The foundation's Collegiate Slugger Award is based on the time tested and proven tenets of its scholarship program - athletic performance, academic success and integrity.