(Texas Tech Press Release: Scott Lacefield)
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Texas Tech had six players named to the 2014 All-Big 12 Baseball first and second Team on Tuesday while senior designated hitter Adam Kirsch was named the league’s Newcomer of the Year, the Big 12 Conference announced Tuesday morning.
Kirsch, who was also named All-Big 12 first team, is the second Red Raider in school history to earn Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. In the first year of the league, Tech second baseman Keith Ginter received the honor in 1997.
Overall, Tech’s six All-Big 12 selections (three first team, three second team) marks its most since 2001 when the Red Raiders also had three players named to both the first and second team.
Joining Kirsch as a first team selection was junior shortstop Tim Proudfoot and sophomore first baseman Eric Gutierrez. Tech’s three first team selections marks its most since 2004 when three Red Raiders were honored.
Junior left-handed pitcher Chris Sadberry, junior catcher Hunter Redman and sophomore outfielder Tyler Neslony were all named All-Big 12 second team. All six Red Raiders were honored as All-Big 12 selections for the first time.
Tech had three players receive All-Big 12 honorable mention as senior left-handed pitcher Jonny Drozd, junior second baseman Bryant Burleson and junior left-handed pitcher Cameron Smith were named to the list.
The Red Raiders had one player named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team as outfielder Stephen Smith was one of the 12 freshmen in the league selected.
Kirsch (Spring, Texas) had a breakthrough campaign this spring batting .302 (58-for-192) with 36 runs, 19 doubles, nine home runs and 45 RBI. Kirsch has led the league in doubles throughout the season and was also leading the country in doubles for several weeks.
Kirsch also shined in league action with six home runs and 17 RBI while starting in all 24 games.
Gutierrez (Mission, Texas) leads the league in home runs (12), RBI (55), total bases (121) and slugging percentage (.585) while also posting 14 doubles, two triples, 25 walks and a .429 on-base percentage.
Twice Gutierrez has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week while leading the nation’s underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores) in home runs.
Proudfoot (North Bend, Wash.) has been impressive both at the plate and in the field while batting .3010 (36-for-116) with 22 runs, four doubles and 18 RBI. He is second on the team with 125 assists and has been a part of 27 of Tech’s Big 12-leading 59 double plays this season.
For the second time during his collegiate career, Proudfoot has been named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, a national award given annually to the country’s top shortstop.
Sadberry (Holliday, Texas) has been one of the league’s top pitchers this season while having made starts during each of the 13 weeks of the regular season. He is 4-2 this season with a 3.34 ERA in 67.1 innings with 41 strikeouts and 17 walks allowed.
Redman (Midland, Texas) was one of the top hitters for Tech during the entire conference slate while batting .328 (22-for-67) during league action. On the season he has tallied 17 RBI and started 33 games behind the plate for the Red Raiders.
Neslony (Corpus Christi, Texas) is one of the league’s top hitters this season batting .390 (48-for-123) with 11 doubles, four triples and four home runs with 29 RBI, .464 on-base percentage and .642 slugging percentage.
Smith (Wolfforth, Texas) has been a mainstay for Tech as a true freshmen starting in the outfield and hitting leadoff for nearly all the season. Smith is batting .298 (48-for-161) with 36 runs scored, 12 doubles, three triples and a home run with 19 RBI.
Smith has a .430 on-base percentage with 33 walks and five hit-by-pitch with just 28 strikeouts.
TEXAS TECH ALL-BIG 12 NOTES:
- Tech’s six overall selections (first or second team) marks its most since 2001 (6).
- Three first team selections are the most by the Red Raiders since 2004 (3).
- Three second team picks are the most for Tech since 2010 (4).
- Kirsch is the second Red Raider in school history to be named Newcomer of the Year (Keith Ginter, 1997).
- Kirsch is the first-ever Red Raider designated hitter to be named All-Big 12 first team.
- Proudfoot is Tech’s first shortstop to earn All-Big 12 first team since Cameron Blair was selected in back-to-back years (2004-05).
- Gutierrez is the first Red Raider first baseman to be named All-Big 12 first team since 2009 (Chris Richburg).
- Marks the sixth consecutive season a Red Raider infielder was selected All-Big 12 first or second team – marks their longest streak in the Big 12 era.
- Smith is the fifth Red Raider freshman to be named to the All-Freshman team (started in 2011).
- Proudfoot is the second Red Raider (Trey Masek) to have earned All-Freshman team honors and also named All-Big 12 first or second team or honorable mention... Proudfoot was named to the All-Freshman Team in 2012.