College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2011 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the countdown today at number 61 with East Tennessee State senior first baseman Paul Hoilman. The Johnson City Tennessee native had a standout career at Science Hill High School. As a junior, he went 10-1 with a 2.48 ERA while hitting .468 with 9 home runs and 45 RBIs.
He decided to continue his baseball career with East Tennessee State. In his 2008 freshman campaign, he participated in 49 games, starting 43 at first base and one as the DH. He ended up having one the best freshmen seasons in school history as he hit .353 with 18 doubles, nine home runs, and 47 RBIs. He was named Louisville Slugger Freshman All America honors and Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team. He played the summer of 2008 with the North Adams Steeple Cats in the NECBL. He played 33 games with them hitting .222 with two homers and 27 RBI.
Hoilman had a better sophomore season in 2009 as he was named an Atlantic Sun First Team All-Conference selection leading the conference in slugging (.740), finished seventh in average (.380), tied for second in RBIs (66), fourth in on-base percentage (.478), tied for fourth in home runs (17) and total bases (148), tied for sixth in doubles (19), and tied for ninth in runs scored (55). He was named a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and picked up Second Team All-American honors from College Baseball Insider. He again spent the summer in the NECBL with the North Adams Steeple Cats. This time he had a .250 batting average with eight homers and 24 RBI as he was named a member of the NECBL All-Star Game as he walked in his only plate appearance.
Paul had one of the best seasons in the history of college baseball in 2010. He appeared in every game for ETSU as he hit .421 with 25 homers and 84 RBI. He was named the Atlantic Sun Player of the Year in addition to being named Louisville Slugger First Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and Third Team All-American by Baseball America.
After the season was over, He was picked by the Tampa Rays in the 49th round but was sent to the Cape Cod Baseball League to prove himself with the Cotuit Kettleers. In the middle of the summer, he was invited to participate in the 2010 College Home Run Derby at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska where he hit 12 home runs in the final round to take the title. (Video included at bottom of article) He returned to the Cape League after the competition returning to the Kettleers as he finished the season playing in 37 games amassing a .206 batting average while hitting two homers and driving in eight runs. He participated in the 2010 CCBL All-Star Game homerun derby which he won by hitting two homers in the final round for his second HR Derby victory on the summer. He was not able to come to terms with the Tampa Bay Rays thus making him come back for his senior campaign with the Buccaneers where he will try to crush the competition in the Atlantic Sun conference.
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