For the second straight week and third time overall, Garrett Buechele (Oklahoma) has earned the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Player of the Week accolade, in voting by a panel of media covering the Conference. Buechele's teammate Jordan John has been selected the Newcomer of the Week, while John Stilson (Texas A&M) is the Pitcher of the Week for the games of Feb. 21-27. Both John and Stilson are being recognized for the first time.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Garrett Buechele, Oklahoma, 3B, Jr., 6-0, 205, Arlington, Texas/Lamar HS
Buechele recorded 11 hits, including two home runs and 12 RBIs. The preseason All-American hit .500 last week (11-for-22) and turned in three multi-hit performances and four multi-RBI games in five contests. On Wednesday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, he tied a career-high with five RBIs, and on Sunday versus Oakland, he posted five hits to match
a career-best. In five games last week, Buechele also scored seven runs, slugged at a .773 clip and had one walk and was hit by two pitches to post a .560 on-base percentage.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
John Stilson, Texas A&M, RHP, Jr., 6-3, 190, Texarkana, Texas/Texarkana College
Stilson, a Texarkana, Texas-native, tossed a career-high nine shutout innings and tied his career best with nine strikeouts. In the match-up that Baseball America billed as a showdown between potential first round picks, Stilson matched Gonzaga ace Ryan Carpenter pitch-for-pitch and continued to put zeros on the scoreboard before leaving a 0-0 game that was bound for extra innings after throwing 107 pitches. Stilson's performance, which featured just four hits allowed and no walks, paved the way for the Aggies to win the game, 1-0, on a walk-off single in the 11th inning.
NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Jordan John, Oklahoma, Fr.-RS, LHP, 6-3, 195, Corpus Christi, Texas/Calallen
The redshirt freshman struck out nine batters in a complete-game victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. John did not allow an earned run and gave up six hits and two walks across seven innings. It was the left-hander's first career start after tossing three innings of relief in his first appearance against William and Mary.