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Manny DeLeon is congratulated by coach Mark Standiford after hitting a home run this season. DeLeon was named the NAIA Player of the Year on Tuesday.  Vance Frick/Tabor College  - Courtesy photo

KCLB's DeLeon NAIA Player of the Year & Signs With San Diego Padres

By Denton Howell, 06/08/16, 2:45PM CDT


Manny DeLeon Named NAIA Player of the Year & Reports to Rookie Ball

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the 2016 Baseball All-America Teams as selected by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association All-America Committee. National Player of the Year Manny DeLeon of Tabor (Kan.) headlines the group of 34 individuals named to the first and second team. DeLeon, who was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Player of the Year early this spring, ended the year leading the NAIA in total bases (208), RBI (108) and slugging percentage (.897). The senior from San Cristobal, D.R., played a key role in the Bluejays’ (45-18) sixth-straight 40-win season and at least a share of a fifth-straight KCAC regular-season title.

Manny DeLeon joins the KCLB this summer. You can view more about the NAIA 2016 Baseball All-America Teams at


** Update ** Manny Deleon has signed with the San Diego Padres in the 2016 MLB Draft. He will report to rookie ball in Peoria, Arizona.