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Midseason college honors

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Every year we find ourselves saying and thinking the same thing: It's hard to believe we're at the midpoint of the season. With seven weeks down and seven more to go, it's time to hand out some midseason hardware.

Jheremy Brown and Andrew Krause identified and chronicled the number of freshmen performing at a high level in a feature a couple of weeks ago. While many of those players and performances have since cooled, Seth Beer certainly has not. While the numbers as shared below were collected with the completion of games through Monday, Beer hit his 13th home run of the season on Tuesday night, and despite the fact that he would be a senior in high school right now had he not enrolled early at Clemson, he certainly has shown poise beyond his years in coming up with big, game-changing hits.

As a result, Beer not only is our Freshman of the Year at the midpoint, but also the Perfect Game Midseason Player of the Year.

Big moments are something Mississippi State's Dakota Hudson also seems to have a feel for. There are pitchers with more wins than Hudson this season, but few, if any, with more big wins. And you can't argue with the other numbers, with an ERA less than 1.00 thanks to a mid-90s fastball and an upper-80s to low-90s cutter that is pushing Hudson further and further up draft boards.

Both Chad Holbrook of South Carolina and Cal's David Esquer received consideration for the Perfect Game Midseason Coach of the Year. Holbrook received the call for guiding his squad to a 25-5 record. The Gamecocks are doing so with an interesting blend of talent, from freshmen, sophomores and juniors, to, most notably, Junior College transfers. They swept their first two SEC series before losing two of three against Vanderbilt, in Nashville, last weekend, and have two big series remaining on the SEC slate as they host both Florida and Texas A&M during the final month of the season.

The Midseason Team of the Year is a fairly simple exercise as it basically comes down to the best program in the nation. That would be the Florida Gators, who opened the season as the No. 1 team and haven't wavered seven weeks into the season. Sweeps of Missouri and Texas A&M book-end a series loss on the road against Kentucky. They took two of three from Miami in Coral Gables and have also beat UCF (twice), Florida State (twice) and Florida Atlantic as part of their midweek contests.


Midseason College Baseball Awards:

Player of the Year: Seth Beer, of, Clemson
Pitcher of the Year: Dakota Hudson, rhp, Mississippi State
Freshman of the Year: Seth Beer, of, Clemson
Coach of the Year: Chad Holbrook, South Carolina
Team of the Year: Florida Gators


Midseason College Baseball All-American Teams

Statistics for games played through Monday, April 4


First Team

Pos. Player School AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
C Brett Cumberland California .425 .552 .904 22 31 5 0 10 26 3
1B Jameson Fisher Southeastern Louisiana .521 .626 .872 30 49 7 1 8 38 6
2B Jake Noll Florida Gulf Coast .358 .423 .617 29 43 8 1 7 40 4
3B Jake Burger Missouri State .409 .489 .764 30 45 6 0 11 36 2
SS Sheldon Neuse Oklahoma .392 .500 .686 17 40 9 3 5 21 8
OF Seth Beer Clemson .422 .522 .911 28 38 8 0 12 34 0
OF Kyle Lewis Mercer .426 .555 .843 37 46 9 0 12 43 4
OF Heath Quinn Samford .330 .452 .780 31 36 5 1 14 43 1
DH Will Craig Wake Forest .461 .571 .947 24 35 10 0 9 36 0
UT Adam Haseley Virginia .356 .443 .551 34 42 11 3 2 12 1


Pos. Player School ERA W-L CG SV IP H SO BB BAA
SP Dakota Hudson Mississippi State 0.92 4-1 1 0 48.2 32 56 18 .187
SP Clarke Schmidt South Carolina 1.80 6-1 1 0 50 39 60 7 .214
SP Daulton Jefferies California 1.29 6-0 1 0 42 33 47 6 .208
SP Brendan McKay Louisville 1.70 6-1 1 0 47.2 33 61 15 .193
SP Dustin Beggs Kentucky 2.74 7-0 0 0 49.1 35 43 7 .197
RP Josh Reagan South Carolina 0.38 1-0 0 7 24 10 22 2 .125
RP Mike Morrison Coastal Carolina 0.68 3-0 0 4 26.2 12 36 11 .141
UT Adam Haseley Virginia 1.42 6-0 0 0 31.2 22 25 9 .191


Second Team

Pos. Player School AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
C Logan Ice Oregon State .373 .490 .760 21 28 6 4 5 24 1
1B Peter Alonso Florida .375 .473 .635 26 39 9 0 6 33 2
2B Nick Solak Louisville .455 .564 .623 28 35 8 1 1 15 7
3B Elliott Barzilli Texas Christian .455 .508 .743 27 46 8 3 5 29 6
SS Charles LeBlanc Pittsburgh .436 .514 .553 25 41 6 1 1 29 4
OF Anfernee Grier Auburn .442 .535 .692 40 53 7 1 7 24 14
OF Keston Hiura UC Irvine .417 .508 .729 24 40 5 2 7 28 5
OF Corey Ray Louisville .342 .403 .658 32 41 9 1 9 36 26
DH Colton Shaver BYU .450 .537 .810 30 45 13 1 7 37 1
UT Luken Baker Texas Christian .347 .462 .520 23 34 8 0 3 31 0


Pos. Player School ERA W-L CG SV IP H SO BB BAA
SP Kevin Hill South Alabama 1.84 6-1 2 0 53.2 40 61 11 .202
SP Alex Faedo Florida 2.53 6-0 0 0 42.2 29 60 7 .187
SP Michael Rucker BYU 2.14 6-0 1 0 46.1 30 50 11 .188
SP Griffin Jax Air Force 1.14 5-1 1 0 47.1 30 49 10 .174
SP Jimmy Lambert Fresno State 1.61 6-0 1 0 50.1 43 39 4 .226
RP Bryan Young Missouri State 0.56 1-1 0 8 16 8 21 7 .154
RP Thomas Hackimer St. John's 0.38 3-0 0 3 23.2 9 30 9 .120
UT Luken Baker Texas Christian 1.54 2-1 0 0 35 28 28 10 .217


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