Ausua, Whatley Grab ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Spots

Ausua, Whatley Grab ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Spots

ABCA/Rawlings Release

GREENSBORO, N.C.Miguel Ausua and Matt Whatley represented the Oral Roberts baseball team on the 2017 American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-Midwest Region teams.

 

Ausua was one of three starting pitchers named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region First Team following an impressive first season with the Golden Eagles. The Peñuelas, Puerto Rico, native ranked third in the country posting 11 wins in 16 appearances on the mound posting a minuscule 1.65 earned run average, which was the seventh-lowest in the NCAA. The left hander was named Summit League Pitcher of the Year, a First Team All-Summit League selection and Summit League Championship MVP in 2017 behind a complete-game shutout in the tournament-clinching win over North Dakota State.

 

Whatley, a third-round draft pick of the Texas Rangers and finalist for the 2017 Johnny Bench Award, was honored as a second-team all-region selection for the third-consecutive year. The junior started all 59 games this season and threw out 43 percent of potential base stealers from behind the plate. He posted a .302 batting average with 22 extra-base hits, 49 RBI and drew 50 walks, the most in a single season for a Golden Eagle since Ben Petralli in 2008.

 

As a first-team selection, Ausua is eligible for ABCA/Rawlings All-America consideration and voting, which will be announced Saturday, June 17. The ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Team finalists will be announced on Twitter on Monday, June 19, and the Gold Glove winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 21.

 

The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its more than 8,000 members represent all 50 states and 25 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 74th annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 4-7, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

2017 Midwest-ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Teams

NCAA Div. I Midwest All-Region First Team

Pos.

Player

Cl.

School

State

C

Evan Skoug

Jr.

TCU

TX

1B

Austin Listi

Sr.

Dallas Baptist

TX

2B

Braden Shewmake

Fr.

Texas A&M

TX

3B

Jake Burger

Jr.

Missouri State

MO

SS

Jeremy Eierman

So.

Missouri State

MO

OF

Garrett McCain

Jr.

Oklahoma State

OK

OF

Austen Wade

Jr.

TCU

TX

OF

Adam Groesbeck

Sr.

Air Force

CO

DH

Tyler Jones

Sr.

Air Force

CO

P

Steven Gingery

So.

Texas Tech

TX

P

Jared Janczak

So.

TCU

TX

P

Miguel Ausua

Jr.

Oral Roberts

OK

RP

Troy Montemayor

Jr.

Baylor

TX

 

NCAA Div. I Midwest All-Region Second Team

Pos.

Player

Cl.

School

State

C

Matt Whatley

Jr.

Oral Roberts

OK

1B

Hunter Hargrove

Sr.

Texas Tech

TX

2B

Brett Sakurai

Sr.

New Mexico State

NM

3B

Carl Stajduhar

Jr.

New Mexico

NM

SS

Orlando Garcia

Jr.

Texas Tech

TX

OF

Devlin Granberg

Jr.

Dallas Baptist

TX

OF

Steele Walker

So.

Oklahoma

OK

OF

Luis Gonzalez

Jr.

New Mexico

NM

DH

Luken Baker

So.

TCU

TX

P

Morgan Cooper

Jr.

Texas

TX

P

Brigham Hill

Jr.

Texas A&M

TX

P

Doug Still

Jr.

Missouri State

MO

RP

Durbin Feltman

So.

TCU

TX

 

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