Penn shortstop Josh Hood earns national recognition from D1Baseball.com

Josh Hood leads the Penn offense
Penn may have surprised some people last year, but after putting together a historic season at the plate it'll be tough for the Quakers to go unnoticed in 2020.

Leading the Quakers offense will be sophomore shortstop Josh Hood. The Vineland, NJ native won Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors last season and led Penn with eight homers while collecting 60 hits and hitting .331.

On Monday, D1Baseball.com named Hood the 16th best shortstop in the nation per their 2020 Preseason Position Power Rankings. The rankings are based on talent evaluations alongside past performances and statistics.

"He's an ultra-talented kid and one of the better hitters I've coached," said Quakers head coach John Yurkow. "He's got natural power, but he's also very good with two strikes and putting the ball in play. What I told him is to just not put too much pressure on yourself this year, just enjoy it."

As a team, the Quakers hit .334 last season, the second-highest mark among all Division I programs in the country. The club also posted a .422 on-base percentage, the third-best figure in the nation.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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