Among the 20 players honoured by the Great Lake Canadians as inaugural award winners for their accomplishments this season is the first recipient of the organization’s Most Valuable Player Award, Noah Myers.
The Wyoming native – currently in his freshman season at Wabash Valley Community College – stood out among his peers throughout his tenure with the Canadians, and was awarded the GLC 17U Hitter of the Year and Gold Glove Award for his achievements during the team’s championship-winning 2017 season to accompany this MVP honour.
“The MVP is the player who had the best year, and just went out and was the most valuable player on his Great Lake Canadians team,” GLC director of baseball operations Chris Robinson said. “If you take him away from the team, it affects them the most, or they affect the team the most.
“He won a championship, he’s well-rounded, he was the top hitter, the top defensive player, one of the best baserunners, and he was a quiet leader. He was the most valuable player in the organization on his team, and a guy who exemplifies what we try to produce here.”
Added Adam Stern, GLC director of player development: “When you recap the year, it’s a player who impacted his team on both sides of the baseball. With Noah having an outstanding offensive season, on the bases, at the plate, in the field, and being able to play the middle of the diamond really set the tone for that team.
“He was very consistent all year, a catalyst for that club, and would hit anywhere from leadoff to the three-hole in the lineup. He demonstrated the aspects of the MVP, not only for his team, not only for his team but obviously his numbers dictate that it was an MVP-calibre season among the whole organization.”
Offensively, Myers led his team with a .395 average, a .484 on-base percentage, a .574 slugging percentage, two home runs, 33 RBI, and was tied for second on the squad with 11 stolen bases. Anchoring the squad defensively, the outfielder did not commit an error all season, garnering 74 total chances and giving him a perfect fielding percentage to cap off his award-filled year. He also added two assists on the season.
“With Noah, not only did he do well on the field, but he’s a great teammate, which is a huge aspect of what we would love all our guys to be with Great Lake,” GLC 17U manager Jeff Helps said. “He’s the poster boy for that. He’s a good character, good kid, good student, and a good ballplayer. When you put all those intangibles together, you’ve got a pretty good baseball player, that’s for sure.”
Myers was everything the GLC coaching staff looks for in a player and more, providing on-field prowess, allowing his teammates a sense of confidence and reliability, and becoming an off-field example as well, exemplifying the organization’s desired leadership characteristics at all times.
“Noah’s been a guy for years who has made his teammates better,” Stern said. “He has been a very accountable young man, played hard, never took a play off, and was very receptive to the coaching and the teaching aspect of it. He’s a kid who’s a good example for others to look up to, and he’s been like that since the day he showed up in the program. He’s not the vocal leader, but he’s a leader by how he plays.”
While there were many candidates considered for each of the accolades awarded for the 2017 season, and the decisions were difficult for the Great Lake staff to make, the organization is proud to honour Myers as a member of the inaugural awards class and recognize his achievements throughout the year.