2020 Most Valuable Player Award, the Shippensburg Stars' Todd Weldon picking up his first MVP honors in the South Penn League. Weldon was among the league leaders with a .528 batting average by racking up 19 hits, 18 RBIs, 11 runs scored, 7 doubles, 2 homers, 10 walks and 34 total bases. Todd's on-base percentage was .625 and slugging percentage was .667. Weldon also pitched 25 innings allowing 8 earned runs, 17 hits, and walking 8 but finishing a league second with 34 strikeouts. His won-lost record was 4-0 with a 2.21 earned run average. Todd Weldon, native of Carlsbad, New Mexico is currently in his fourth year of being the Head Prep Baseball Coach of the Scotland Knights. This will also be Todd's fourth year playing for the Shippensburg Stars. Before coming to Scotland, PA he was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Wayland Baptist University in Plainsview, Texas for six years. In the six years that Coach Weldon was in charge of the pitching staff, school records have been broken and new ones have been set including lowest ERA, fewest runs allowed, fewest earned runs allowed and a pitching staff that led a team to the most wins (45) in the program's history. Coach Weldon has also recruited and developed players who have gone on to play at the professional level. He has not only had success with coaching and recruiting, but Todd also had a phenomenal career as a player. Joining Wayland Baptist University in 2009, he immediately became a huge part of the baseball team's now second most successful season. Weldon led the team in wins (11), strikeouts (120), and innings pitched (85.1). His success continued into his senior year where he added to these totals bringing his career wins to 19, strikeouts to 219, innings pitched 166, and shutouts to 4. Doing all that while earning Academic All- American for his work in the classroom. He received a bachelor of Applied Science/Physical Education and Master of Education/Sports Administration and Management degree from Wayland Baptist University. Todd was drafted in the 27th round by the New York Mets in 2010. During his time in the Mets organization, he spent time playing for the Kingsport Mets, Brooklyn Cyclones, Savannah Sandgnats, and the Port St. Lucie Mets. He had the privilege of having Frank Viola as his pitching coach, World Series MVP 1987 and Cy Young Award winner 1988, while playing for the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2011. In 2011 Todd was named to the New York-Penn League All-Star Game. Todd is a leader on and off the baseball field. His experiences on and off the baseball field leads many players to gravitate toward him for advice. He has been a great addition to the Shippensburg Stars and to our community.
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