WACO, Texas Junior third baseman Davis Wendzel was named Co-Big 12 Player of the Year to headline a conference-high 12 Bears earning postseason All-Big 12 honors, the conference announced today.
Wendzel becomes the fifth Bear to win Player of the Year honors and first since Josh Ludy in 2012. He shares the honor with Texas Tech’s Josh Jung.
Wendzel led the Conference with a .385 batting average (60-of-156) and a .500 on-base percentage, while his slugging percentage of .647 ranked third in the league. The San Clemente, Calif., native’s .404 batting average (23-of-57) in conference-only action also led the league. He registered a total of 17 doubles and eight homers for 25 extra-base hits and 39 runs-batted-in. He also was even more impressive on the field, registering just one error in 89 chances.
The Bears led the Big 12 with six first team selections. Wendzel, Shea Langeliers and Kyle Hill were three of five unanimous first team honorees. Richard Cunningham, Andy Thomas and Nick Loftin were also named first team selections.
For the second-straight season, Langeliers was named a First Team All-Big 12 honoree. In 2019 he has started 38 games behind the plate and has rounded into form at the plate after missing 10 games early in the season with a broken hamate bone. He finished the regular season hitting 311 (50-for-161) with eight doubles, one triple and six home runs, tied for third-most on the team. Since returning to catching after his hamate bone surgery on March 13, he has thrown out 11-of-18 would-be basestealers, good for a 61.1 percent. He currently has not allowed a stolen base since March 30 at Kansas and he has caught all of the five base stealers that have attempted to steal since March 30. Overall on the year, the Keller, Texas, native has thrown out 12-of-22 would-be basestealers, good for 54.5 percent.
Kyle Hill, another unanimous selection, earned his first All-Big 12 postseason honor after not allowing a run all season, finishing with an impressive 0.00 ERA and a WHIP of 0.70 over 21 appearances and 27.1 innings pitched. The Corpus Christi, Texas, native finished with a 6-0 record and seven saves on the year. He contributed to half of the Bears’ Big 12 wins with a 3-0 record and four saves. Overall, he is a carrying a 30.2 scoreless inning streak dating back to last season.
Richard Cunningham was named to the first team after being a second team selection in 2018 and an honorable mention honoree in 2017. The center fielder batted .324 with 29 RBIs, five home runs, four triples and 10 doubles.
Andy Thomas, a second team honoree in 2018, was named to the first team for the first time in his career. The designated hitter in 2019, Thomas batted .342 with 25 RBIs, two home runs and 19 doubles, good for best in the conference and top 10 nationally.
Nick Loftin is a first team honoree in 2019 after being a 2018 second teamer and 2018 All-Freshman team selection. The Corpus Christi, Texas, native finished the regular season batting .332, with 38 RBIs, six home runs, 2 triples and 16 doubles on a team-high 69 hits.
The lone Bear on the second team was senior outfielder Cole Haring. The honor is the first of Haring’s career as he finished second on the team with a .343 batting average, while leading the team with 40 RBIs and nine home runs.
The Bears boasted five honorable mention selections, with four pitchers in Daniel Caruso, Paul Dickens, Jimmy Winston and Ryan Leckich, along with first baseman Chase Wehsener. It was the first Big 12 postseason honor for all five honorable mention selections.
Wehsener also represented the Bears on the All-Freshman team as a unanimous selection. Wehsener has played impressive defense at first base, not committing an error in 363 chances over 47 games, while also batting .303.
Here's the full list of honorees from the Big 12
2019 ALL-BIG 12 BASEBALL AWARDS
Player of the Year: Davis Wendzel, Baylor, Jr., INF, San Clemente, Calif./Jserra Catholic
Josh Jung, Texas Tech, Jr., INF, San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur
Pitcher of the Year: Alek Manoah*, West Virginia, Jr., RHP, Miami, Fla./South Dade Senior
Newcomer of the Year: Jake Guenther, TCU, R-Jr., INF, Oshkosh, Wis./Sacramento City College
Freshman of the Year: Jordan Wicks, K-State, Fr., LHP, Conway, Ark./Conway
Coach of the Year: Randy Mazey, West Virginia
ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM
Name, School Pos. Cl. Hometown/Previous School
Shea Langeliers, Baylor*^& C Jr. Keller, Texas/Keller
Nick Loftin, Baylor+% INF So. Corpus Christi, Texas/W.B. Ray
Davis Wendzel, Baylor*^! INF Jr. San Clemente, Calif./Jserra Catholic
Jake Guenther, TCU INF R-Jr. Oshkosh, Wis./Sacramento City College
Josh Jung, Texas Tech*^& INF Jr. San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur
Cameron Warren, Texas Tech INF Sr. Midwest City, Okla./Seminole State Junior College
Richard Cunningham, Baylor+! OF Sr. Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin HS
Trevor Boone, Oklahoma State@ OF Jr. Tulsa, Okla./Memorial
Gabe Holt, Texas Tech^% OF So. Bonaire, Ga./Veterans
Cade Cavalli, Oklahoma UTL So. Bixby, Okla./Bixby
Andy Thomas, Baylor+ DH Jr. Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta
Ryan Zeferjahn, Kansas+ RHP Jr. Topeka, Kan./Seaman
Nick Lodolo, TCU+%& LHP Jr. LaVerne, Calif./Damien
Caleb Kilian, Texas Tech^ RHP Jr. Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound
Alek Manoah, West Virginia* RHP Jr. Miami, Fla./South Dade Senior
Kyle Hill, Baylor* RHP Sr. Corpus Christi, Texas/Calallen
Taylor Floyd, Texas Tech RHP Jr. Frisco, Texas/Grayson Community College
ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM
Name, School Pos. Cl. Hometown/Previous School
Ivan Gonzalez, West Virginia@$ C Sr. Round Rock, Texas/Stony Point
Benjamain Sems, Kansas INF Jr. Chesterfield, Mo./Westminster Christian
Christian Funk, Oklahoma State@ INF Sr. Fresno, Calif./Fresno City Community College
Andrew Navigato, Oklahoma State INF Jr. Riverside, Calif./Cuesta Community College
Brian Klein, Texas Tech INF Jr. Keller, Texas/Timber Creek
Marques Inman, West Virginia@ INF R-Jr. Elyria, Ohio/Elyria
Cole Haring, Baylor OF Sr. Katy, Texas/McLennan Community College
Dylan Neuse, Texas Tech OF So. Fort Worth, Texas/ McLennan Community College
Darius Hill, West Virginia+!~ OF Sr. Dallas, Texas/Dallas Jesuit
Colin Simpson, Oklahoma State+! UTL Sr. Edmond, Okla./Memorial
Paul McIntosh, West Virginia DH So. Miami Gardens, Fla./Motlow State Community College
Jordan Wicks, K-State LHP Fr. Conway, Ark./Conway
Levi Prater, Oklahoma% LHP So. Ada, Okla./Byng
Jensen Elliott, Oklahoma State$ RHP Jr. Coppell, Texas/Coppell
Bryce Elder, Texas RHP So. Decatur, Texas/Decatur
Jason Ruffcorn, Oklahoma RHP Jr. Cedar Park, Texas/Texas A&M
Clayton Beeter, Texas Tech RHP R-Fr. Colleyville, Texas/Birdville
Sam Kessler, West Virginia! RHP Jr. Mount Sinai, N.Y./Mount Sinai
Baylor - Daniel Caruso, Paul Dickens, Ryan Leckich, Chase Wehsener, Jimmy Winston; Kansas - Ryan Cyr, Jaxx Groshans, Rudy Karre;
K-State - Zach Kokoska, Caleb Littlejim, Terrence Spurlin, Cameron Thompson; Oklahoma - Tyler Hardman, Brady Lindsly, Nathan Wiles, Brandon
Zaragoza; Oklahoma State - Peyton Battenfield, Ben Leeper, Carson McCusker, Hueston Morrill; TCU - Austin Henry, Charles King, Adam Oviedo,
Marcelo Perez, Johnny Rizer, Conner Shepherd, Josh Watson, Brandon Williamson; Texas - Lance Ford, Blair Henley, Eric Kennedy, Ryan Reynolds,
Zach Zubia; Texas Tech - Braxton Fulford, Dave Haveman, John McMillon; West Virginia - Tyler Doanes, Nick Snyder, Brandon White.
Voting is weighted. Ties in voting created two second-team relief pitchers.
* Unanimous Choice ^2018 First Team Honoree +2018 Second Team Honoree @2018 Honorable Mention
%2018 All-Freshman Team #2017 First Team Honoree &2017 Second Team Honoree !2017 Honorable Mention
~2016 Second Team Honoree $2016 Honorable Mention
Name, School Pos. Hometown/Previous School
Chase Wehsener, Baylor* INF San Diego, Calif./Christian
Griffin Hassall, K-State RHP New Market, Ontario, Canada/Bill Crothers Secondary School
Jordan Wicks, K-State* LHP Conway, Ark./Conway
Ben Abram, Oklahoma RHP Georgetown, Ontario, Canada/Georgetown District
Wyatt Olds, Oklahoma RHP McLoud, Okla./McLoud
Hueston Morrill, Oklahoma State INF/RHP Live Oak, Fla./Suwannee
Brett Standlee, Oklahoma State RHP Jenks, Okla./Jenks
Marcelo Perez, TCU RHP Laredo, Texas/John B. Alexander
Eric Kennedy, Texas* OF Tampa, Fla./Calvary Christian
Clayton Beeter, Texas Tech RHP Colleyville, Texas/Birdville
Micah Dallas, Texas Tech* RHP Aubrey, Texas/Homeschooled
Cole Stilwell, Texas Tech C Rockwall, Texas/Heath