Preseason Countdown No. 11: 2022 Offensive MVP

There was no shortage of offense last season for Maryland baseball. In fact, the team boasted a lineup filled top to bottom with potent hitters.

After their 2022 campaign, the Terps had six players with a batting average above .300, nine players with an OPS above .920, eight players with at least 60 hits, and the list goes on. The team is coming off their best season in program history after all.

With the incredible production that the team had last year, it’s a challenge to pick just one offensive MVP. So, it would be beneficial to provide a couple of honorable mentions: Luke Shliger and Matt Shaw.

Shliger was one of the best catchers in college baseball last season. He led Maryland in batting average and hits as he paved the way at the top of the order. Shaw provided consistent numbers. The shortstop finished last season with 22 home runs and 67 RBIs.

Now it’s time for the main character.

It’s only right to name Chris Alleyne as the offensive MVP of last season. After coming back to Maryland for his fifth year, the outfielder led the Terps in home runs, stolen bases, RBIs, total bases, and slugging.

It felt like every game it was Bubba who anyone could rely on to get the job done no matter what situation was presented in front of him. The Philadelphia native always displayed poise and confidence, all on top of his great veteran presence.

Alleyne is a player who takes advantage of any opportunity against opponents as he mentioned to “put a crooked number up there every inning, whether it’s getting guys over on bunts, stealing bases, just trying to get at least one every inning,” the switch-hitter said after a game last March in which he also homered from both sides of the plate.

He ended up winning the 2022 Big Ten Player of the Year, was a semifinalist for the 2022 Golden Spikes Award (which is handed out annually to the best amateur player in the country), and was a member of plenty of first-team awards last season.

Alleyne’s performances on the field ultimately earned him a selection in the 2022 MLB Draft, as the Los Angeles Dodgers called his name in the 19th round with the 585th overall pick.

Though Alleyne is no longer with Maryland, the team will look to sustain the success that they had last season and continue to provide exceptional offense.