Big Ten Announces Postseason Awards and All-Conference Team


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Aug 29, 2004

Big Ten Announces Baseball All-Big Ten Honors and Individual Award Winners

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The Big Ten on Tuesday announced the 2019 baseball individual award winners and All-Big Ten teams, as selected by the conference coaches. Michigan’s Jordan Brewer was named the Big Ten Player of the Year, Indiana’s Andrew Saalfrank earned Pitcher of the Year, Maryland’s Maxwell Costes claimed Freshman of the Year recognition and Indiana head coach Jeff Mercer was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Brewer becomes the ninth Michigan standout to claim Big Ten Player of the Year honors, and the first since Nate Recknagel in 2008. An outfielder for the Wolverines, Brewer ranks first overall in batting average (.358), second in slugging percentage (.637), stolen bases (19), hits (69) and RBI (52), and third in runs scored (51) and doubles (18).

Saalfrank becomes the fourth Indiana hurler to earn Big Ten Pitcher of the Year accolades and first since Joey DeNato in 2014. In 69.2 innings pitched, the left-handed starter currently ranks second in the Big Ten in wins (8), third in strikeouts (96) and fifth with a 2.58 ERA.

Costes becomes the second Maryland player to capture Big Ten Freshman of the Year plaudits and first since 2017. The first baseman leads the conference in fielding double plays (22), is tied for first in the Big Ten with eight home runs and is tied for second overall with 23 RBI.

Mercer was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year, becoming the third Indiana head coach to earn the honor. Mercer guided the Hoosiers to their seventh Big Ten Championship and first since 2014.

The Big Ten also announced the Sportsmanship Award honorees from each institution. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These students must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

The complete list of All-Big Ten teams and award winners can be found below.

Player of the Year
Jordan Brewer, Michigan

Pitcher of the Year
Andrew Saalfrank, Indiana

Freshman of the Year
Maxwell Costes, Maryland

Coach of the Year
Jeff Mercer, Indiana

All-Big Ten First Team
C - Eli Wilson, Minnesota
1B - Maxwell Costes, Maryland
2B - Michael Massey, Illinois
SS - Jack Dunn, Northwestern
3B - Alex Erro, Northwestern
OF - Zac Taylor, Illinois
OF - Jordan Brewer, Michigan
OF - Dominic Canzone, Ohio State
SP - Andy Fisher, Illinois
SP - Andrew Saalfrank, Indiana
SP - Jeff Criswell, Michigan
RP - Garrett Acton, Illinois
DH - Jordan Nwogu, Michigan
At-Large - Matt Lloyd, Indiana

All-Big Ten Second Team
C - Dillon Dingler, Ohio State
1B - Scotty Bradley, Indiana
2B - Royce Ando, Michigan State
SS - Jack Blomgren, Michigan
3B - Cole Barr, Indiana
OF - Randy Bednar, Maryland
OF - Matt Gorski, Indiana
OF - Aaron Palensky, Nebraska
SP - Max Meyer, Minnesota
SP - Dante Biasi, Penn State
SP - Tevin Murray, Rutgers
RP - Grant Leonard, Iowa
DH - Cam Chick, Nebraska
At-Large - Brady Cherry, Ohio State

All-Big Ten Third Team
C - Joe Donovan, Michigan
1B - Jimmy Kerr, Michigan
2B - Shawn Goosenberg, Northwestern
SS - AJ Lee, Maryland
3B - Taylor Wright, Maryland
OF - Jack Yalowitz, Illinois
OF - Elijah Dunham, Indiana
OF - Jesse Franklin, Michigan
SP - Hunter Parsons, Maryland
SP - Karl Kauffmann, Michigan
SP - Seth Lonsway, Ohio State
RP - Bo Hofstra, Purdue
DH - Michael Pineiro, Maryland
At-Large - Cole McKenzie, Purdue

All-Big Ten Freshman Team
C - Michael Trautwein, Northwestern
1B - Maxwell Costes, Maryland
2B - Shawn Goosenberg, Northwestern
SS - Zach Dezenzo, Ohio State
3B - Justin Williams, Penn State
OF - Cam McDonald, Illinois
OF - Grant Richardson, Indiana
OF - Zaid Walker, Michigan State
SP - Michael Doherty, Northwestern
SP - Garrett Burhenn, Ohio State
SP - Seth Lonsway, Ohio State
RP - Willie Weiss, Michigan
DH - Cam Chick, Nebraska
At-Large - Michael Pineiro, Maryland

Sportsmanship Awards Honorees
David Craan, Illinois
Drew Ashley, Indiana
Mitchell Boe, Iowa
Taylor Wright, Maryland
Jimmy Kerr, Michigan
Marty Bechina, Michigan State
Jeff Frasching, Minnesota
Joe Acker, Nebraska
Danny Katz, Northwestern
Ridge Winand, Ohio State
Blake Hodgens, Penn State
Bryce Bonner, Purdue
Tyler McNamara, Rutgers


Jan 5, 2010
Pretty ugly. Both Waldron and Fisher were in good position before a few bad outings. Palensky was a bad day against Michigan away from being 1st team.


Defensive Coordinator
Jul 31, 2010
Forty two spots on the three teams. Here's the breakdown.

# Players -- School (1st Team/2nd Team/3rd Team)
8 ---------- Michigan (3/1/4)
6 ---------- Indiana (2/3/1)
6 ---------- Maryland (1/1/4)
5 ---------- Illinois (4/0/1)
4 ---------- OSU (1/2/1)
3 ---------- Northwestern (2/0/1)
2 ---------- Minnesota (1/1/0)
2 ---------- Nebraska (0/2/0)
2 ---------- Purdue (0/0/2)
1 ---------- MSU (0/1/0)
1 ---------- Penn St (0/1/0)
1 ---------- Rutgers (0/1/0)
1 ---------- Iowa (0/1/0)

Not much respect for the Nebraska roster, not disagreeing with this though. All 13 schools represented, Illinois leads in 1st Team spots.
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May 23, 2010
Omaha, NE
I'd say the senior pitchers were 1st-team caliber, but scuffling offense leading to no-decisions or even losses hurt. 6 wins doesn't stand out :/
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