Joe Sever is a product of the Pepperdine baseball program. On Monday, the West Coast Conference recognized Sever as the Rawlings Player of the Week. Sever had an exceptional week for the Waves, hitting .611 (11-18) with four RBI and four runs scored.
Sever is in the midst of an impressive junior season. Over 37 games, Sever is hitting .369 (55-149) with nine doubles, four home runs, and 36 RBI in his third season for the Waves. In his last game against in-state rival Cal-State Fullerton, Sever went 4 for 5 and hit his team-leading fourth home run.
The 6-foot 205 pound second baseman is the nephew of Hall of Fame QB John Elway. Sever was the first infielder to sign with the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods Leauge in December of 2009. In 52 games for the Stingers in 2010, Sever hit .269 (50-187) with six home runs, five stolen bases and posted an On-Base Percentage mark of .328. During the summer of 2011, Sever played for the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod League.
A skilled hitter and gritty competitor, Sever elicits comparisons to his favorite player and fellow second baseman, Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers. Kinsler also played in the Northwoods League when he was a member of the Madison Mallards in 2002. This summer, Sever is draft-eligible as a junior and hopes to join Kinsler in the professional baseball ranks.