Big Ten Announces Postseason Awards and All-Conference Team

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    Big Ten Announces Baseball All-Big Ten Honors and Individual Award Winners
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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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    Waldron still should have been selected IMO
     
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    Agreed, last year I remember the lack of respect Wilkening and Schreiber had as well.
     
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    He got no pitcher of the week love all season. Why start now?
     
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    How embarrassing. Can't even coach some kids up to be 1st team in the B1G.
     
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    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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    While you're probably right, wins is the worst possible statistic to judge a pitcher
     
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    Right, I'm mostly just mad our offense ranks in the 200s nationally in most major categories. Waldron had an 11-1 K to BB ratio, that's insane.
     
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    At the same time I’m not at all shocked the conference media uses that stat to judge a pitcher. To me strikeout to walk ratio is too undervalued.
     
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    Keep in mind this guy was not even 3rd Team All Big Ten...

     
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