The senior started last season as the A&M closer, pulling in four saves, before joining the rotation, where he ended up leading the nation with 14 wins. Despite being selected in the ninth round by the Colorado Rockies last June, Stripling returned to the Aggies.
Along with his ESPN.com preseason recognition, he has earned preseason All-America honors from the NCBWA (first team) and Louisville Slugger (second team).
In 2011, he ranked third in the Big 12 in innings pitched (125.2), strikeouts (113) and complete games (four). His 2.29 ERA was seventh best in the league. Stripling helped lead the Aggies to their first College World Series appearance since 1999, limiting opponents to a .202 average.
For his efforts, he earned All-Big 12 first team honors, along with third team All-America recognitions from Louisville Slugger and the NCBWA. In addition, he was a third team Capital One Academic All-America recipient.
The 2012 Big 12 baseball season begins on Friday, Feb. 17 with conference play kicking off the weekend of March 16.