MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs is pleased to announce that former Birmingham Barons infielder Marcus Semien has been named its Most Valuable Player as voted upon by the league's field managers, radio broadcasters and print media.
A native of northern California, Semien was born in San Francisco and attended St. Mary's High School in Berkeley, Calif. As a shortstop at the University of California, Berkeley, Semien played in the 2011 College World Series. In his junior year, he batted .275 with 11 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 35 RBIs. Semien was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 34th round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft and in the 6th round of the 2011 June Amateur Draft.
After two successful seasons in the Pioneer and Midwest League in 2011 and 2012, respectively, Semien was explosive with the Barons, leading the league with a .420 OBP and 90 runs scored in 393 at-bats. He is also third with a .290 batting average and .483 slugging percentage. Semien was honored as the Southern League Player of the Week for July 22-28 after he enjoyed a tremendous week at the plate, hitting .583 (14-for-24) with four home runs, a triple, three doubles, 10 runs scored, 11 RBIs and 12 walks. After being voted as the Utility Infielder on the Southern League North Division All-Star Team, Semien received the same honors again on the Southern League Postseason All-Star team.
Semien divided his time with the Barons between second base, shortstop and third base before his promotion to Triple A-Charlotte on Aug. 1. In his first several weeks with the Knights, the right-handed shortstop has already amassed 17 RBIs, four home runs and 11 doubles and a triple in 125 at-bats.