OKLAHOMA CITY - The 2019 All-Big 12 Baseball Awards have been unveiled by the Conference, as selected by a vote of the league’s head coaches. Coaches are not permitted to vote for themselves or their own players.
Baylor’s Davis Wendzel and Texas Tech’s Josh Jung shared Big 12 Player of the Year honors, while West Virginia’s Alek Manoah was bestowed with Pitcher of the Year.
K-State’s Jordan Wicks became the second Wildcat to earn Freshman of the Year and TCU’s Jake Guenther is the first Horned Frog to earn Newcomer of the Year. For the first time during his tenure, West Virginia head coach Randy Mazey was selected as Coach of the Year.
Texas Tech, the 2019 Big 12 Conference regular-season champions, led the way with eight All-Big 12 selections and three All-Freshman Team honorees. Baylor, who finished second, followed with seven All-Big 12 honors and an All-Freshman Team pick.
Wendzel leads the Conference with a .385 batting average (60-of-156) and a .500 on-base percentage, while his slugging percentage of .647 ranks third in the league. The junior’s .404 batting average (23-of-57) in conference-only action also leads the league. He has registered a total of 17 doubles and eight homers for 25 extra-base hits and 39 runs-batted-in. Wendzel is the fifth Player of the Year selection from Baylor and the first since catcher Josh Ludy in 2012.
Jung ranks in the top-five in the league in seven different statistical categories: 2nd in doubles (20), 2nd in RBIs (49), 2nd in walks (46), 2nd in on-base percentage (.471), T-3rd in runs scored (1.00), fourth in total bases (111) and fifth in slugging percentage (.597). The junior is the fourth Red Raider and the third in the last four seasons to win Player of the Year honors. He joins Red Raiders Joe Dillon (1997), Eric Gutierrez (2016) and Hunter Hargrove (2017) on that illustrious list.
Manoah, a unanimous selection, registered a 1.91 earned run average in 14 games and fanned 125 during that span. He became the first Big 12 pitcher since at least 2003 to record 15 or more strikeouts in back-to-back Conference games. The junior finished with an 8-3 record and registered the nation’s 11th-best WHIP (0.90) during the regular-season. The Miami, Florida, native is the second Mountaineer to win Pitcher of the Year, joining Harrison Musgrave who won the award in 2013.
Wicks led all Big 12 freshmen with a 3.20 ERA and produced a 6-2 record in 81.2 innings pitched for the Wildcats. He struck out 82, which ranked eighth in the league, and allowed just 24 walks during that span. Wicks is the second K-State pitcher to win Freshman of the Year, joining Jake Matthys who won the distinction in 2013.
After playing two seasons at Sacramento City College, Guenther had an outstanding first season at TCU. The redshirt junior reached base in his first 50 games played – which is the third longest reached base streak in a single-season in Big 12 history. Guenther’s .348 batting average and .470 on-base percentage was third in the Big 12.
A total of five student-athletes earned unanimous All-Big 12 First Team distinction. In addition to Jung, Manoah and Wendzel, Baylor catcher Shea Langeliers and reliever Kyle Hill were unanimous first team selections.
On the All-Freshman Team, Texas Tech led the way with three honorees: right-handed pitcher Clayton Beeter, right-handed pitcher Micah Dallas and catcher Cole Stilwell. Unanimous All-Freshmen selections included K-State’s Wicks, Tech’s Dallas, Baylor’s Chase Wehsener and Texas’ Eric Kennedy.
|2019 ALL-BIG 12 BASEBALL AWARDS|
|Player of the Year:||Davis Wendzel, Baylor, Jr., INF, San Clemente, Calif./Jserra Catholic|
|Josh Jung, Texas Tech, Jr., INF, San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur|
|Pitcher of the Year:||Alek Manoah*, West Virginia, Jr., RHP, Miami, Fla./South Dade Senior|
|Newcomer of the Year:||Jake Guenther, TCU, R-Jr., INF, Oshkosh, Wis./Sacramento City College|
|Freshman of the Year:||Jordan Wicks, K-State, Fr., LHP, Conway, Ark./Conway|
|Coach of the Year:||Randy Mazey, West Virginia|
|ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM|
|Name, School||Pos.||Cl.||Hometown/Previous School|
|Shea Langeliers, Baylor *^&||C||Jr.||Keller, Texas/Keller|
|Nick Loftin, Baylor +%||INF||So.||Corpus Christi, Texas/W.B. Ray|
|Davis Wendzel, Baylor *^!||INF||Jr.||San Clemente, Calif./Jserra Catholic|
|Jake Guenther, TCU||INF||R-Jr.||Oshkosh, Wis./Sacramento City College|
|Josh Jung, Texas Tech *^&||INF||Jr.||San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur|
|Cameron Warren, Texas Tech||INF||Jr.||Midwest City, Okla./Seminole State Junior College|
|Richard Cunningham, Baylor +!||OF||Sr.||Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin HS|
|Trevor Boone, Oklahoma State@||OF||Jr.||Tulsa, Okla./Memorial|
|Gabe Holt, Texas Tech^%||OF||So.||Bonaire, Ga./Veterans|
|Cade Cavalli, Oklahoma||UTL||So.||Bixby, Okla./Bixby|
|Andy Thomas, Baylor+||DH||Jr.||Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta|
|Ryan Zeferjahn, Kansas+||RHP||Jr.||Topeka, Kan./Seaman|
|Nick Lodolo, TCU+%&||LHP||Jr.||LaVerne, Calif./Damien|
|Caleb Kilian, Texas Tech^||RHP||Jr.||Flower Mound, Texas, Flower Mound|
|Alek Manoah, West Virginia*||RHP||Jr.||Miami, Fla./South Dade Senior|
|Kyle Hill, Baylor*||RHP||Sr.||Corpus Christi, Texas/Calallen|
|Taylor Floyd, Texas Tech||RHP||Jr.||Frisco, Texas/Grayson Community College|
|ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM|
|Name, School||Pos.||Cl.||Hometown/Previous School|
|Ivan Gonzalez, West Virginia @$||C||Sr.||Round Rock, Texas/Stony Point|
|Benjamain Sems, Kansas||INF||Jr.||Chesterfield, Mo./Westminster Christian|
|Christian Funk, Oklahoma State@||INF||Sr.||Fresno, Calif./Fresno City Community College|
|Andrew Navigato, Oklahoma State||INF||Jr.||Riverside, Calif./Cuesta Community College|
|Brian Klein, Texas Tech||INF||Jr.||Keller, Texas/Timer Creek|
|Marques Inman, West Virginia@||INF||R-Jr.||Elyria, Ohio/Elyria|
|Cole Haring, Baylor||OF||Sr.||Katy, Texas/McLennan Community College|
|Dylan Neuse, Texas Tech||OF||So.||Fort Worth, Texas/ McLennan Community College|
|Darius Hill, West Virginia +!~||OF||Sr.||Dallas, Texas/Dallas Jesuit|
|Colin Simpson, Oklahoma State+!||UTL||Sr.||Edmond, Okla./Memorial|
|Paul McIntosh, West Virginia||DH||So.||
Miami Gardens, Fla./Motlow State Community College
|Jordan Wicks, K-State||LHP||Fr.||Conway, Ark./Conway|
|Levi Prater, Oklahoma %||LHP||So.||Ada, Okla./Byng|
|Jensen Elliott, Oklahoma State $||RHP||Jr.||Coppell, Texas/Coppell|
|Bryce Elder, Texas||RHP||So.||Decatur, Texas/Decatur|
|Jason Ruffcorn, Oklahoma||RHP||Jr.||Cedar Park, Texas/Texas A&M|
|Clayton Beeter, Texas Tech||RHP||R-Fr.||Colleyville, Texas/Birdville|
|Sam Kessler, West Virginia!||RHP||Jr.||Mount Sinai, N.Y./Mount Sinai|
|Baylor:||Daniel Caruso, Paul Dickens, Ryan Leckich, Chase Wehsener, Jimmy Winston|
|Kansas:||Ryan Cyr, Jaxx Groshans, Rudy Karre|
|K-State:||Zach Kokoska, Caleb Littlejim, Terrence Spurlin, Cameron Thompson|
|Oklahoma:||Tyler Hardman, Brady Lindsly, Nathan Wiles, Brandon Zaragoza|
|Oklahoma State:||Peyton Battenfield, Ben Leeper, Carson McCusker, Hueston Morrill|
|TCU:||Austin Henry, Charles King, Adam Oviedo, Marcelo Perez, Johnny Rizer, Conner Shepherd, Josh Watson, Brandon Williamson|
|Texas:||Lance Ford, Blair Henley, Eric Kennedy, Ryan Reynolds, Zach Zubia|
|Texas Tech:||Braxton Fulford, Dane Haveman, John McMillon|
|West Virginia:||Tyler Doanes, Nick Snyder, Brandon White|
Ties in voting created three second-team relief pitchers.
|Name, School||Pos.||Hometown/Previous School|
|Chase Wehsener, Baylor*||INF||San Diego, Calif./Christian|
|Griffin Hassall, K-State||RHP||New Market, Ontario, Canada/Bill Crothers Secondary School|
|Jordan Wicks, K-State*||LHP||Prosper, Texas/Prosper|
|Ben Abram, Oklahoma||RHP||Georgetown, Ontario, Canada/Georgetown District|
|Wyatt Olds, Oklahoma||RHP||McLoud, Okla./McLoud|
|Hueston Morrill, Oklahoma State||INF/RHP||Live Oak, Fla./Suwannee|
|Brett Standlee, Oklahoma State||RHP||Jenks, Okla./Jenks|
|Marcelo Perez, TCU||RHP||Laredo, Texas/John B. Alexander|
|Eric Kennedy, Texas*||OF||Tampa, Fla./Calvary Christian|
|Clayton Beeter, Texas Tech||RHP||Colleyville, Texas/Birdville|
|Micah Dallas, Texas Tech*||RHP||Aubrey, Texas/Homeschooled|
|Cole Stilwell, Texas Tech||C||Rockwall, Texas/Heath|
* Unanimous Choice
^2018 First Team Honoree
+2018 Second Team Honoree
@2018 Honorable Mention
%2018 All-Freshman Team
#2017 First Team Honoree
&2017 Second Team Honoree
!2017 Honorable Mention
~2016 Second Team Honoree
$2016 Honorable Mention