It comes as no surprise that TCU's Luken Baker has been recognized as one of the best freshmen in the country, as TCU's DH is coming off one of the best post-season stretches in recent Frog history. Joining him on the first team is his current and high school teammate, TCU closer Durbin Feltman. Josh Watson, the Frogs' left fielder and a home run leader, made the second team for Baseball America.
For Baker, who came to TCU with large expectations, his first run through the college game more than lived up to the hype. The 6'5" reigning National Gatorade Player of the Year, who made waves nationally by emailing each Major League club prior to last year's draft to inform them he would be attending TCU no matter where he was selected, more than delivered on his considerable promise by leading the team in batting average, hits, runs, home runs, RBI, and ERA (in ten starts before injury shortened his season).
Joining him as an All-American is second-teamer Josh Watson, an Arlington native who co-led the squad in home runs with 11. Watson showed off his considerable strength throughout the season by jacking balls over the wall, and should be even better in 2017 as he will likely cut down on his strikeouts - a team high 65. Despite that number, he still managed to hit .280 on the year with 12 doubles and five triples.He also had 44 RBI and slugged over .500. Watson will likely return to left field next year, where he showed surprising speed and an above average arm. He should be even better defensively as a sophomore as well.
Durbin Feltman was the third Frog to make the cut - no other team had more than two players and Feltman and Baker are the only teammates to make the first team together - the true freshman closer took over the role early in the season and never looked back, earning nine saves alongside his three wins and 1.56 ERA. Using a combination of high 90's heat and a filthy slider, Feltman was almost un-hittable in the late innings, allowing a scant 15 hits in 34.2 innings, while striking out 49 and issuing only 11 walks.
Feltman and Baker are the first first-team Freshman All-Americans for the Frogs since 2012, when pitcher Preston Morrison received the honor. It is certainly just the first of several honors for these players and others as post-season awards continue to roll out this summer.
You can see the team in its entirety here.