Oklahoma’s Jonathan Gray and Matt Oberste along with Kansas State’s Ross Kivett have been named to the 2013 Baseball America All-American Teams. Gray is a first team honoree, while Oberste placed on the second team and Kivett was recognized on the third team. Additionally, Gray and Oberste claimed spots on the NCBWA All-America First Team.
Overall the Big 12 has totaled 79 Baseball America All-American selections and 107 distinctions from the NCBWA. OU is one of four schools with multiple honorees on the NCBWA First Team.
Gray, the No. 3 overall pick in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft last week, finished 2013 ranked first in the Big 12 in six pitching categories. The junior from Chandler, Okla., posted a 10-3 record and fanned 147 over 126.1 innings. In 17 starts, he threw four complete games and limited batters to a .189 batting average. The Big 12 Championship’s Most Outstanding Player also ranked second in the league with a 1.64 ERA. He is only the sixth Sooner to pitch back-to-back 100-strikeout seasons.
Oberste, a first baseman from Sallisaw, Okla., led the league in RBI (60), total bases (150) and slugging percentage (.622) while ranking in the top five in seven additional offensive categories, including a .373 batting clip. The junior, who was a seventh round pick by the New York Mets, also pieced together a 30-game hit streak this season, which ranks as the third longest in conference history.
Kivett, the Big 12 Player of the Year, led the league in hits with 94 overall and runs scored (57). The junior, a 10th round draft pick by the Cleveland Indians, ranked second in stolen bases (26) and in the top 10 of five other offensive categories. This season, Kivett’s Wildcats claimed their first Big 12 baseball regular season title and appeared in the NCAA Championship Super Regional field for the first time in school history.