Three Red Raiders Named Preseason All-Big 12 by Perfect Game
Three Red Raiders were named to Perfect Game's Preseason All-Big 12 team
Feb. 8, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - A trio of Texas Tech baseball players were named to Perfect Game's preseason All-Big 12 team, the website announced Tuesday.
The college baseball website named junior center fielder Barrett Barnes, junior second baseman Jamodrick McGruder and sophomore utility player David Paiz to its preseason all-conference list. All three Red Raiders have earned Freshman All-America honors during their Texas Tech careers.
Texas A&M led the way with five players on the team of 14 selections while the Red Raiders and Texas were the only other teams with three players honored.
Barnes (Sugarland, Texas) is coming off back-to-back All-Big 12 seasons, including his freshman year where he was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year and also selected to numerous Freshman All-America teams. Last season he batted .290 (62-for-214) with 47 runs, 15 doubles, 10 home runs, 38 RBI and 19-of-21 stolen bases.
Barnes has played in 114 games as a Red Raider with a .316 career batting average with 118 runs scored, 34 home runs and 91 RBI with 31-of-36 career stolen bases.
McGruder (Mesquite, Texas), who earned All-Big 12 honorable mention last season along with being named a Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2010, batted .293 (51-for-174) last season with 38 runs, four triples, two home runs, 29 RBI and grabbed 28-of-34 stolen bases.
McGruder is currently the Big 12's active career stolen base leader with 51-of-61 stolen bases in two seasons of action. He ranked among the nation's elite last season with 25 hit-by-pitch and a .470 on-base percentage.
Paiz (Austin, Texas) was a Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America selection last season after serving as a dual threat in the middle of the Red Raiders order and while serving as the Friday-night starting pitcher during his first collegiate season.
Paiz earned All-Big 12 first team last year while being named to the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Watch List. He became just the eighth Red Raider to earn first team all-conference honors as a freshman and was one of only three freshmen in the country named to the Olerud Watch List. Paiz batted .284 with 13 doubles, two homers and 21 RBI while going 3-5 with a 6.93 ERA in nine starts and 17 appearances on the mound with 50.2 innings pitched, one save, 34 strikeouts and 17 walks allowed.
Perfect Game also provides a list of its "Top 50 MLB Draft Prospects" while ranking freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors into one group. Four Red Raiders made the list.
Barnes was tabbed the No. 12 overall prospect (No. 7 among draft-eligible players for 2012), sophomore right-handed pitcher Trey Masek ranked No. 23 (No. 5 among the 2013 draft class), McGruder ranked No. 28 (No. 2 among draft-eligible infielders) and redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Duke von Schamann was ranked No. 48 overall in the league.
Below is a projected round for each of Perfect Game's selections on the Texas Tech roster:
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