JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS — SS Jake Lemmerman, the top Jewish pick in the 2010 amateur draft, has been named MVP of the Rookie Pioneer League.

The 21-year-old recruit from Duke University hit .363 with 12 HRs and 47 RBIs for the Ogden Raptors (Los Angeles Dodgers). In 259 at-bats, Lemmerman led the Pioneer league in doubles (24) and runs scored (69/tie); finished 2nd in batting average; and ranked 3rd in on-base percentage (.434) and slugging percentage (.610). (See full stats here.)

Votes for Pioneer League MVP were cast by team managers and officials.

Not to be outdone, Baseball America ranked Lemmerman #6 on its annual list of Top 20 Pioneer League prospects. BA described Lemmerman as “the best overall shortstop in the circuit” and said he “drew comparisons with Mark Grudzielanek and Mark Loretta as a heady offensive player who could have a lengthy big-league career as a middle infielder.”

Lemmerman, then a college junior, was drafted in the 5th round of the 2010 draft (172nd overall). He is a teammate of Raptors P Andrew Pevsner.