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Baseball America Recognizes Wacha, Naquin

June 22, 2012
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M baseball's Michael Wacha and Tyler Naquin were recognized as All-Americans on Friday by Baseball America with Wacha garnering second team honors and Naquin representing the Aggies on the third team.

Both players have earned All-America status from multiple media outlets following the 2012 campaign as Wacha was named a second team performer by Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger and to the third team by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Naquin, meanwhile, garnered second team accolades from the NCBWA and the American Baseball Coaches' Association/Rawlings while being named a third teamer by Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger.

Naquin finished his junior campaign in 2012 with a Big12-best .380 batting average to go along with team highs in runs (56), doubles (18) and triples (6). Additionally, the rifle-armed outfielder drove in 49 runs while stealing a career-best 21 bases.

Wacha also enjoyed an outstanding campaign in 2012. The right-hander was the Aggies' series-opening starter all season, compiling a 9-1 record. Additionally, the Texarkana, Texas, product led the Aggie starting staff with a 2.06 ERA while recording 116 strikeouts in 113.1 innings of work.

A year ago, Wacha garnered first team honors from Baseball America.

Both Naquin and Wacha were high picks in this summer's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft being selected in the first round by the Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals, respectively.

It marked the first time since 1993 and only the second time ever Texas A&M has seen two players selected during the first round of the MLB Draft.


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