Ryan Sonberg, Bates College
After seeing only 19 at-bats over 15 games in his freshman year with the Bates College baseball team, Ryan Sonberg earned the starting shortstop job at the start of the 2011 campaign, and quickly became the team's surprise breakout star. Sonberg hit for a .364 average and a .500 slugging percentage, driving in 17 runs and scoring 26 in 33 starts, leading him to First Team All-NESCAC honors. The subsequent summer included a temporary contract signing with the Chatham Anglers of the renowned Cape Cod League.
Injury played a large role in limiting Sonberg to an uneven junior season. Sonberg finished the season strong and returned to First Team All-NESCAC status in an impressive senior season. Sonberg a team-high .355, while also ranking first on the team with 50 hits and 30 runs. Sonberg chipped in with 11 doubles, two home runs and a slugging percentage of .489, all good for second-best on the team. He was 13th in the conference in batting average, tied for seventh in the NESCAc in homers, and ranked 11th in the legue in slugging.
Sonberg's accomplishments on the field parallel his outstanding academic success at Bates. Sonberg thrived while double-majoring in mathematics and biochemistry, amassing a cumulative grade point average of 3.57.
Soon after graduating from Bates, Sonberg signed to play professionally in the independent Pecos League, for the Taos (N.M.) Blizzard. But not to worry, mom, dad and science community: as of this writing, he still has every intention of beginning work in September 2013 in Boston, as a QA analyst for Eze Castle Software.