It’s the time of year for local and national award recognition for spring sports, and six ballplayers from the Big 12 have been honored nationally for the performance on the baseball field in the 2014 college baseball season.
For TCU pitchers Brandon Finnegan and Preston Morrison earned their fourth All-America selection this season when they were both named to the second team by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings. Outfielder Zach Fish and relief pitcher Brandon McCurry of Oklahoma State were third-team All-America selections, and Texas second-baseman Brooks Marlow and Baylor center-fielder Logan Brown were named to the Rawlings Division I Gold Glove Team.
Finnegan was a first-round selection in the recent Major League Baseball draft, picked 17th overall by the Kansas City Royals. Finnegan has nine wins this season and leads the Big 12 with 134 strikeouts. Morrison is the Big 12 Pitcher of the year for 2014 and leads the Big 12 with a 1.32 ERA. He is holding opponents to a .197 batting average.
Fish is the Big 12 Player of the Year this season and was a first-team All-Big 12 selection for the second straight season. He batted .308 this season with 11 home runs and 48 RBI. MCurry was the Oklahoma State closer for most of this season. He set a school record with 35 appearances and 19 saves, with a highly impressive 0.38 ERA.
Marlow has handled 326 fielding attempts in 2014, committing just three errors all season for a fielding percentage of .991. Combining with shortstop C.J. Hinojosa, the double-play combination has 70 double plays this year, which ranks second in the country. Brown has had similar success in the field for Baylor. He committed only one error in 175 fielding chances and had a career-high 170 putouts for a renarkable .994 fielding percentage.