Jim Schlossnagle and Kirk Saarloos both committed to staying in Fort Worth, and both mentioned that the players they have in the program, and the ones coming into the program, were a big reason why. Two of those current Frogs with bright futures were honored Wednesday, named to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Freshman All-American Team.
The tradition continues! For the ninth straight season, TCU has produced at least one Freshman All-American. Congrats to Augie Mihlbauer and Coby Boulware on being named @CBNewspaper Freshmen All-Americans! #GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/fKO2TSGXdj— TCU Baseball (@TCU_Baseball) June 6, 2018
Yes, the future is indeed bright for the Horned Frogs, despite the MLB Draft hitting the current and future roster hard.
But for now, focusing on the guys we know will be returning is the right move, as second baseman Coby Boulware and relief pitcher Augie Mihlbauer deserve to be celebrated. Boulware was the starter from day one, taking the middle infield role when a few recruited Frogs never made it to campus, and holding on to it all season long. The speedy second baseman fell into a groove in the leadoff spot, coming on strong late in the season and sparking several big innings during the Big 12 Tournament. Boulware hit .278 on the season, sprinted out seven doubles, and batted in 17 RBI. But his biggest value was on the base paths, where was a problem for opponents, stealing 24 bases in 28 tries. He also used that plus speed to beat out infield singles and go first to third on base hits.
While Boulware got things started for TCU, Milhbauer might be the future to close things out. The talented left-hander plays pitches with a ton of emotion and has a big-time chip on his shoulder, and certainly has closer stuff. With Durbin Feltman likely moving on to the Big Leagues, he will definitely compete to be the shutdown guy going forward. Mihlbauer saw 22.2 innings of work in 23 appearances, amassing a 1.59 ERA as he struck out 29 of 81 batters faced while walking just 16.
Boulware and Mihlbauer join Durbin Feltman as All-Americans for the Frogs in 2018, as the all-times saves leader (tied with Riley Ferrell at 32) was a third team All-American for Baseball America last week.