McGruder Named a Second Team All-American by CBI|
McGruder led Texas Tech in triples and stolen bases during each of his three seasons
July 6, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech junior second baseman Jamodrick McGruder (Mesquite, Texas) earned his third All-America award when CollegeBaseballInsider.com named him a second team All-American on Friday.
McGruder has also been named an All-American by Baseball America (Second Team) and NCBWA (Third Team) after batting .358 (69-for-193) with 54 runs, eight triples, 45 walks, .500 on-base percentage and 39 stolen bases as a junior in 2012.
He is the first Red Raider to be named to three All-America teams in one season since shortstop Cameron Blair earned three awards in 2005 (Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA, USA Today).
McGruder, an All-Big 12 first team selection, was named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy while becoming the first Red Raider named to the list since 2004 (1B Josh Brady).
He finished the 2012 season leading the Big 12 in six offensive statistical categories, including triples, stolen bases and on-base percentage. He ranked fourth in the league in batting.
A ninth-round pick and signee in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft by the Seattle Mariners, McGruder completed his Red Raider career batting .325 (179-for-550) with 139 runs, 15 doubles, 15 triples, 11 home runs, 88 RBI, 110 walks, .469 on-base percentage, 90-of-105 stolen bases and recorded 44 hit-by-pitch.
McGruder is the first player in Texas Tech history to lead the team in stolen bases and triples in three consecutive seasons. In fact, McGruder finished his Tech career ranked in 17 all-time school record book categories.
In addition, it marks the second straight season that a Red Raider has been named an All-American by CBI as right-handed pitcher John Neely was an honorable mention pick in 2011.