Eight Big 12 baseball freshman represent the league on the 2013 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team, selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Jake Matthys (Kansas State), Craig Aikin, Jacob Evans and Anthony Hermelyn (Oklahoma), Alex Young and Boomer White (TCU), and Eric Gutierrez and Jarrard Poteete (Texas Tech) were all named to this season’s list.
The Big 12 has produced 75 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America selections, including six or more in three of the past four years. The eight selections is the second-most in Big 12 history. Nine league freshmen earned honors in 2006.
The Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Matthys owns an 8-1 record and a 1.96 ERA to go along with nine saves. Aside from the school freshman records, the right-hander has the most wins by a K-State relief pitcher in the Big 12 era and currently ranks eighth in school history in single-season ERA. Matthys has continually performed well under pressure, allowing just three of his 31 inherited runners to score and retiring 24 of his 32 first batters faced.
Evans ranks in the top 10 in the league in saves, appearances and wins. The Broken Arrow, Okla., native is 7-2 on the season with 29 total appearances and nine saves. His 1.88 ERA in Big 12-only contests ranked sixth overall, while his six saves in conference action was tied for first.
Hermelyn is batting .285 for the Sooners, fourth-best on the team, with 26 RBI and six doubles. Aiken, the only freshman on this year’s All-Big 12 First Team, has started all 62 games for the Sooners and owns a .291 average with 23 RBI and 16 stolen bases.
Young, a second-team All-Big 12 performer, was also selected to the Big 12 All-Freshman team. He wrapped up his freshman season with a 7-4 record in 22 appearances. The left-hander fanned 37 batters in 40.2 innings pitched and held opponents to a .187 batting average against.
White, also an honoree on the Big 12 All-Freshman team, was TCU’s leading hitter this season with a .314 mark in 53 games played. He ranked second on the team with 13 doubles and drove in 27 runs. As the everyday left fielder, White collected 17 multi-hit games this season.
Gutierrez completed his freshman campaign hitting a home run in four consecutive games during the final three games of the regular season against Baylor and in the first round of the Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City against Kansas State.
He batted .251 (48-for-191) with 35 runs, 10 doubles, two triples and 29 RBI while leading the team with seven home runs and setting a freshman school record with 20 hit-by-pitch. Gutierrez is just the third freshmen in school history to lead the team in home runs.
Poteete was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team and received All-Big 12 honorable mention during his first collegiate season. He batted .280 (47-for-168) with 34 runs, 10 doubles, three home runs and 25 RBI while leading the team with 35 walks and a .411 on-base percentage.
Poteete finished the season with 12 multi-hit games and he recorded four three-hit games during his final 11 games of the season.
BIG 12 LOUISVILLE SLUGGER FRESHMEN ALL-AMERICANS
Jake Matthys, Kansas State, RHP
Craig Aikin, Oklahoma, OF
Jacob Evans, Oklahoma, LHP
Anthony Hermelyn, Oklahoma, C
Alex Young, TCU, LHP
Boomer White, TCU, OF
Eric Gutierrez, Texas Tech, 1B
Jarrard Poteete, Texas Tech, DH