LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech baseball led the conference with six Red Raiders named to the 2020 Preseason All-Big 12 Team, the league office announced Wednesday.
Junior Dylan Neuse, one of three unanimous selections from around the conference, was one of three outfielders on the list. Meanwhile, senior Brian Klein was one of five infielders recognized and junior Braxton Fulford claimed one of two catcher spots. The Red Raider pitching staff was represented with senior John McMillon, sophomore Micah Dallas and sophomore Clayton Beeter taking three of the seven pitcher votes.
The honorees were selected in a vote of the league’s head coaches. Coaches could not vote for their own players.
This is the first preseason honor for Neuse, who received an All-Big 12 Second Team nod in 2019 after his first season as a Red Raider. A midseason addition to the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award watch list, he led the conference with six triples, ranked third in runs scored, ranked fifth in stolen bases per game and sixth in RBI per game.
Klein, meanwhile, racks up another honor heading into 2020 as he had already been tabbed to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s preseason All-America second team and D1Baseball’s third team. An All-Big 12 second team pick last season, Klein was tied for third in the league in RBI and walks and tied for fourth in hits during his junior campaign.
Fulford earns the first preseason honor of his career after starting 57 of a possible 66 games behind the plate last season. The Lubbock native made tremendous strides at the plate as a sophomore on his way to All-Big 12 honorable mention recognition. Fulford finished the year particularly strong as he led the team with a .406 average during the NCAA Tournament and was named to the All-Lubbock Regional team.
McMillon has become a household name for his ability to light up the radar gun, but his improved control became a key to his All-Big 12 honorable mention season in 2019. This marks his first preseason accolade for the right-hander after being drafted in the 11th Round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers. He has compiled 169 strikeouts in 136.0 innings during his career thus far and earned a nod to the All-Lubbock Regional Team last year.
Dallas bust onto the scene as a freshman, taking over the Friday night starter role and entering the College World Series as the only power-five freshman with seven wins and no losses. He was tabbed to D1Baseball’s Freshman All-America second team and to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team for his work, as well as named to the All-Lubbock Regional Team in the postseason.
Beeter also turned in a tremendous debut season in Lubbock as he was named a freshman All-American by two publications, All-Big 12 second team, and to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. Another powerful arm, Beeter racked up eight saves to tie for third in the league and struck out 40 batters in 20.2 innings of work.
Opening Day is set for Friday, Feb. 14, at 1 p.m. against Houston Baptist. The matchup launches a four-game weekend for Tech as they host HBU for two games Friday and Saturday before facing Northern Colorado on Saturday and Sunday.
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