4 Red Raiders Put On Player Of The Year Award Watch Lists
On Thursday afternoon, the College Baseball Foundation released their award watch list for the 2018 season. To no surprise, there are a few Red Raiders that are being considered for some of the prestigious awards.
Pitcher Davis Martin, who has had to take on the role as the ace this year, has been put on the Pitcher of the Year watch list. Michael Davis is currently on the Brooks Wallace Award watch list, While Kurt Wilson and John McMillon have been put on the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year watch list.
Steven Gingery was the winner of the pitcher of the year award last year and Davis Martin looks to etch his name on the accolade this year. Martin is 6-2 on the year with a 2.35 ERA. He has struck out 56 batters in only 46 innings of work and is holding opponents to a .177 batting average
Michael Davis is vying for the Brooks Wallace Award, which is given to the best shortstop in college baseball. The senior is hitting .299 on the year with 9 home runs and 38 runs batted in. He holds a .961 fielding percentage, and is also flashing the leather early on in the current series against Oklahoma.
The Two-Way Player of the Year to me is the toughest award to achieve and to be named to a watch list, means you have to not only do a great job hitting the ball, but on the bump as well.
John McMillon has been used as a designated hitter most of the time when he has been in the lineup this year. He's only hit in 11 games and is hitting .169 with 6 RBI and 1 home run. His most success this year has come from the pitching side as he is 4-1 this year with a 3.32 ERA. He also has registered 53 strikeouts in 43.1 innings of work and also had this nice snag against West Virginia.
Kurt Wilson is one of those freshman who hasn't been able to showcase all of his talent quite yet but could end up turning into a player that the Red Raiders rely on in the future.
In 58 at-bats for the Red Raiders, he is hitting .193 with 1 home run and 11 runs batted in. On the pitching side he has shown a lot of potential as he has just pitched in 9 games this year and owns a 1-0 record with a 2.25 ERA. Wilson has struck out 11 batters in 8 innings of work, and is holding batters to a .148 batting average.
You can check out all of these Red Raiders over the weekend as the #4 Red Raiders host the #14 Oklahoma Sooners in a pivotal Big 12 matchup at Dan Law Field At Rip Griffin Park.