The top RPI league has announced its 2017 All-Big 12 baseball awards, highlighted by Big 12 Co-Players of the Year Evan Skoug (TCU) and Hunter Hargrove (Texas Tech). In his second season in Waco, Baylor's Steve Rodriguez is tabbed the Coach of the Year.
Texas Tech collects two more honors as Steven Gingery is named Pitcher of the Year and Josh Jung is the Freshman of the Year. Baylor's Montana Parsons and Oklahoma's Brylie Ware are awarded Co-Newcomer of the Year honors.
The team and awards are voted on by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.
TCU's Evan Skoug, the Co-Big 12 Player of the Year, leads the Big 12 with 16 home runs and ranks third in the league with 54 RBIs. His .370 average in conference play ranks fourth in the league, while his 10 home runs and 28 RBIs led all hitters to help the Horned Frogs win a share of the league title.
The Co-Player of the Year, Texas Tech's Hunter Hargrove, leads the league in doubles this season (22) and is hitting .347 on the year, good for top five in the Big 12. He currently ranks second in hits with 75 to help Texas Tech capture its second-straight conference title.
The league's Pitcher of the Year, Texas Tech's Steven Gingery, leads the conference with an 8-1 record and 1.82 ERA. Gingery has recorded the most strikeouts in a season by a Red Raider since Chad Bettis in 2010.
Baylor's Montana Parsons, the Co-Newcomer of the Year, had 13 starts and posted a 2.68 ERA with a 5-2 record. He ranks fourth in the Big 12 in ERA and innings pitched and tied for 11th in wins.
The Co-Newcomer of the Year, Oklahoma's Brylie Ware, earns OU's first major award winner since Sheldon Neuse (2014). He is the third OU Newcomer of the Year after hitting .317 and slugging .460 in his first season in Norman.
Texas Tech's Josh Jung led the team in runs with 53 to earn Freshman of the Year, which led the league. He hit .313 overall and .351 in conference while starting every game in his first year in Lubbock.
Steve Rodriguez earned the Big 12 Coach of the Year honor in his second season with Baylor. Rodriguez has guided Baylor to 34 wins for the first time since 2012, 12 conference wins for the first time since 2013 and its highest finish (fifth) in league play since 2013. He also led the Bears to a program-record-tying 15-2 start to the season and had the team ranked No. 10 in the country.
TCU and Texas Tech pace league teams with four All-Big 12 First Team honorees while Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas also place multiple members on the first team.
The Horned Frogs tallied a total of eight All-Big 12 selections between the first and second teams, with Baylor and Texas Tech totalling five each and Oklahoma with four. Two of the 18 first team selections were unanimous choices with 17 of the members earning their first All-Big 12 First Team distinction.
On the All-Freshman Team, Texas Tech led the way with four honorees, including Jung and Grant Little's unanimous nods. Baylor's Shea Langeliers and TCU's Nick Lodolo, both All-Big 12 Second Team honoree, were also unanimous choices. The All-Big 12 Honorable Mention includes 34 players.
2017 ALL-BIG 12 BASEBALL AWARDS
Co-Player of the Year: Evan Skoug, TCU C Jr. Libertyville, Ill.
Co-Player of the Year: Hunter Hargrove, Texas Tech INF Sr. Mansfield, Texas
Pitcher of the Year: Steven Gingery, Texas Tech LHP So. Huntington Beach, Calif.
Co-Newcomer of the Year: Montana Parsons, Baylor RHP Jr. Conroe, Texas
Co-Newcomer of the Year: Brylie Ware, Oklahoma INF So. Sedgwick, Kan.
Freshman of the Year: Josh Jung, Texas Tech INF Fr. San Antonio, Texas
Coach of the Year: Steve Rodriguez, Baylor (2nd season)
ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM
Name, School Pos. Cl. Hometown
Evan Skoug, TCU^#! C Jr. Libertyville, Ill.
Brylie Ware, Oklahoma DH So. Sedgwick, Kan.
Aaron Dodson, Baylor INF Sr. Cypress, Texas
Garrett Benge, Oklahoma State^ INF Jr. Yukon, Okla.
Cam Warner, TCU^ INF Sr. Canberra, Australia
Orlando Garcia, Texas Tech*# INF Jr. El Paso, Texas
Hunter Hargrove, Texas Tech INF Sr. Mansfield, Texas
Steele Walker, Oklahoma%@ OF So. Prosper, Texas
Garrett McCain, Oklahoma State OF Jr. Wylie, Texas
Austen Wade, TCU@ OF Jr. Midland, Texas
Cody Farhat, Texas Tech OF So. Plano, Texas
Braden Zarbnisky, West Virginia UTL So. Marietta, Ga.
Troy Montemayor, Baylor+ RHP Jr. San Antonio, Texas
Stephen Villines, Kansas^!& RHP Sr. Lake Forest, Calif.
Jared Janczak, TCU@ RHP So. Belton, Texas
Morgan Cooper, Texas& RHP Jr. Jarrell, Texas
Nolan Kingham, Texas RHP So. Las Vegas, Nev.
Steven Gingery, Texas Tech*%^ LHP So. Huntington Beach, Calif.
ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM
Name, School Pos. Cl. Hometown
Shea Langeliers, Baylor C Fr. Keller, Texas
Renae Martinez, Oklahoma C Sr. San Pedro, Calif.
Matt Menard, Baylor@ DH Sr. Bridge City, Texas
James Cosentino, Kansas INF Fr. Leawood, Kan.
Jake Scudder, Kansas State^ INF Sr. Rock Island, Ill.
Luken Baker, TCU+ INF So. Spring, Texas
Kacy Clemens, Texas@ INF Sr. Houston, Texas
Josh Jung, Texas Tech INF Fr. San Antonio, Texas
Will Brennan, Kansas State OF Fr. Stilwell, Kan.
Nolan Brown, TCU OF Sr. Colleyville, Texas
Kyle Davis, West Virginia OF Jr. Cincinnatti, Ohio
Cam Thompson, Kansas State UTL Fr. Pasadena, Texas
JB Olson, Oklahoma@ RHP Sr. Shady Shores, Texas
Sean Wymer, TCU RHP So. Flower Mound, Texas
Montana Parsons, Baylor RHP Jr. Conroe, Texas
Nick Lodolo, TCU LHP Fr. LaVerne, Calif.
Michael Grove, West Virginia@ RHP So. Wheeling, W.Va.
BJ Myers, West Virginia# RHP Jr. Flower Mound, Texas
Baylor - Tucker Cascadden, Richard Cunningham, Kameron Esthay, Nick Lewis, TJ Raguse, Davis Wendzel
Kansas - Jackson Goddard, Rudy Karre, Matt McLaughlin, Taylor Turski, Blake Weiman
Oklahoma - Connor Berry, Ben Hollas, Jake Irvin, Austin O'Brien, Devon Perez
Oklahoma State - Tyler Buffett, Colin Simpson
TCU - Durbin Feltman, Brian Howard
Texas - Bret Boswell, Kyle Johnston, Travis Jones, Ryan Reynolds, Beau Ridgeway, Austin Todd
Texas Tech - Parker Muskinski
West Virginia - Cole Austin, Jackson Cramer, Jimmy Galusky, Kyle Gray, Darius Hill, Sam Kessler, Brandon White
Voting is weighted. Ties in voting created four first team outfielders and two second team catchers.
+2016 First Team Honoree
^2016 Second Team Honoree
@2016 Honorable Mention
!2015 Honorable Mention
%2016 All-Freshman Team
#2015 All-Freshman Team
&2014 All-Freshman Team
Name, School Pos. Hometown
Shea Langeliers, Baylor* C Keller, Texas
Davis Wendzel, Baylor INF/OF San Clemente, Calif.
James Cosentino, Kansas INF Leawood, Kan.
Will Brennan, Kansas State OF Stilwell, Kan.
Cam Thompson, Kansas State INF/OF Pasadena, Texas
Brandon Zaragoza, Oklahoma INF Moore, Okla.
Cade Cabbiness, Oklahoma State OF Bixby, Okla.
Nick Lodolo, TCU* LHP LaVerne, Calif.
Austin Todd, Texas OF Round Rock, Texas
David Hamilton, Texas INF San Marcos, Texas
Michael Berglund, Texas Tech C Corpus Christi, Texas
Josh Jung, Texas Tech* INF San Antonio, Texas
Grant Little, Texas Tech* OF Midland, Texas
Alek Manoah, West Virginia RHP Miami, Fla.