Northwood Knight Named Player of the Year

Elvin Rodriguez, Collegiate Division Player of the Year Award

Knights shortstop Elvin Rodriguez has been honored as the 2013 Collegiate Player of the Year by the Metroplex Hall-Ruggles chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

A senior from Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Rodriguez was the Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Year.  He was also named to the NAIA All-American first team.  Rodriguez is only the second Knights player to be named an NAIA first team All-American, joining former catcher Johnny Aldaz.  He is also the first Northwood player to win SABR’s Collegiate Player of the Year Award.

Rodriguez helped lead the Knights to their first ever trip to the NAIA World Series and an end-of-season ranking as the #6 NAIA team in the nation. The senior hit .360 on the year, with 50 RBI.  He also scored 46 runs, had a .540 slugging percentage, and stole 22 bases.

After graduation Rodriguez signed to play professional baseball with the Rockford Aviators of the Frontier League.

“Elvin is a great baseball player and a fine young man,” Northwood Head Baseball Coach Jeremy Kennedy commented.  “He is a credit to his team and to our university.”


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.