Six players from the Big 12 – five pitchers and one position player – have been named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger preseason All-American baseball teams.
Starting pitchers Dillon Overton and Jonathan Gray from Oklahoma and reliever Corey Knebel of Texas, along with Longhorn third-baseman Erich Weiss, were named to the Louisville Slugger All-America Second Team. In addition, TCU right-handed starters Preston Morrison and Andrew Mitchell were preseason third-team All-America selections.
Overton, a junior starter who throws from the left side, was second in the Big 12 last season in strikeouts (126) and innings pitched (122.6). He posted a record of 6-3 with an ERA of 3.15 in 22 starts for the Sooners. Gray, a junior right-hander, started 18 games and recorded eight wins and a 3.16 ERA in 102.8 innings.
Knebel finished the 2012 season as one of the league’s best relief pitchers. He had nine saves as a sophomore and finished the season with a 2.08 ERA. He begins his junior season tied for eighth on the Big 12 all-time saves list with 28. His has a combined ERA of 1.67 in his first two years of Big 12 baseball.
The two TCU pitchers, Morrison and Mitchell, posted a combined record of 14-5 on the mound last season for the Horned Frogs. Morrison, a sophomore this season, posted a 9-2 mark in 2012 to go along with a 2.08 ERA in 22 games. Morrison started in 17 of the 18 games in which he appeared last season as a sophomore. He had a record of 5-3 with a 3.74 ERA.
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