JOLIET – The Joliet Slammers announced Wednesday that Ben Hewett would be returning to the Slammers for the 2013 season.
“We are very happy to have Ben back in a Slammers uniform,” manager Mike Breyman said. “He is a very important piece to this team, and made a positive impact in this community. Being very sound as a defensive catcher is one of the main reasons why I am excited for Hewett to come back. Also, he is a switch hitter and quietly put together a decent offensive season last year. Ben has proven that you can win a championship with him behind the plate, and that’s a pretty good quality if you ask me.”
In 2011, Hewett was a key component of the Slammers’ championship run. He stands at only 5’8’’, but the rookie’s heart and hard work that season made him a favorite among the team’s fans. Some of the Slammers’ most passionate followers started a fan club called “The Hew Crew” in his honor.
Hewett hit .261 during his rookie year with Joliet and had more walks (16) than strikeouts (13). The Slammers went 31-19 with Hewett behind the plate, and he allowed only one passed ball all year. Hewett threw out a team-high 15 base runners.
The switch hitter out of Rollins College returned to the Slammers in 2012 and hit .258 with 13 walks and 10 strike outs in 26 games before being traded to the River City Rascals.
With River City, Hewett saw his average rise to .288, and he hit his first professional home run when he returned to Silver Cross Field to face Joliet. Overall, he caught 20 runners stealing in 2012 while only allowing three passed balls.
Hewett is a career .266 hitter at the professional level and has shown a good eye at the plate, walking 39 times while only striking out 26 times in his career.
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