Alamedan Named Among Top Collegiate Baseball Players

Libby Auger Alameda High graduate and Saint John’s University baseball player Max Nyrop was named to the Preseason All-America first team.

Alamedan Named Among Top Collegiate Baseball Players

Alameda native and Saint John’s University (SJU) junior Max Nyrop was named to the 2022 Preseason All-America first team on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Nyrop, a designated hitter, played all 41 games last season and led SJU in batting average (.395), hits (58), doubles (14), RBI (51), on-base plus slugging percentage (1.169), multi-hit games (18) and multi-RBI games (14) en route to 2021 All-America first-team honors. He batted .464 (26-56) with runners in scoring position and .444 (40-90) with runners on base, including 5-for-7 (.714) with the bases loaded, and recorded SJU’s longest hit streak at 14 games last spring.

Nyrop fell one RBI shy of SJU’s single-season record of 52 set by Ryan Roder in 1997. His 104 total bases were third-most in an SJU season and his 10 homers were fourth. Nyrop was named to the All-conference team in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) after leading the conference in RBI with 26. He finished second in the conference in hits (34), doubles (10) and slugging percentage (.644).

SJU tied for third in the 11-team MIAC with a 16-9 record (29-12 overall). They made their 11th consecutive appearance in the MIAC Tournament last spring. They lost to Bethel University of St. Paul, MN.

SJU opens the 2022 season with a non-conference doubleheader against Wisconsin-Superior at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.

Nyrop graduated from Alameda High School (AHS) in 2019. He played on the AHS baseball team where he was coached by Ken Arnerich. In the 2019 spring season, he helped lead the Hornets to a 17-10 overall record and an appearance in the Division II North Coast Section playoffs. The Hornets advanced to the semifinal round after defeating Archie Williams High of San Anselmo, 8-4, in the first round and Windsor High School 14-14, in the quarterfinals. They lost in the semifinal round to eventual champions Benicia High School, 10-0. He is a Global Business Leadership major. Nyrop made a strong improvement in his sophomore year from his freshman season. As a freshman, Nyrop appeared in just two games. He did go 2-for-2 with a home run.

SJU is located in Collegeville, MN. As part of the MIAC, SJU competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. is the premiere website covering NCAA Division III baseball, including the Top-25 poll, schedules and game stories.

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