Brendan McKay, Louisville

2015 D1Baseball Freshman All-Americans

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Louisville two-way star Brendan McKay is the D1Baseball Freshman of the Year, headlining the D1Baseball Freshman All-America team, released Monday.

McKay already earned first-team All-America honors earlier this month. Few players made more of an impact in 2015 than McKay, who served as the best pitcher and cleanup hitter for a team that won a record 25 games in ACC play. On the mound, McKay ranked second in the ACC in ERA (1.77) and strikeouts (117) while leading the conference in opponents’ batting average (.159). He also tied for second with nine wins. As a first baseman/DH, McKay led his team in on-base percentage (.418) while ranking third in batting (.308), slugging (.431) and RBIs (34).

McKay’s two-way value helped him edge LSU ace Alex Lange and Florida slugger JJ Schwarz for Freshman of the Year honors; that trio headlines a strong Freshman All-America team. National runner-up Vanderbilt leads all teams with three Freshman All-Americans: first-team outfielder Jeren Kendall and closer Kyle Wright, plus second-team third baseman Will Toffey. Louisville and Oregon State each placed two players on the two teams.

D1Baseball editors Aaron Fitt and Kendall Rogers selected the Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-America teams.

First-Team Hitters

Pos.PlayerSchoolAVG/OBP/SLGABRHHRRBISB
CEvan SkougTCU.285/.365/.42625644737465
1BKJ HarrisonOregon State.309/.401/.527220406810601
2BKyle DavisWest Virginia.353/.391/.49122440794314
3BJake BurgerMissouri State.342/.390/.51822841784424
SSJake BivensMichigan.319/.435/.35221343680199
OFKeston HiuraUC Irvine.330/.392/.52022740757521
OFJeren KendallVanderbilt.281/.394/.530185345284019
OFReed RohlmanClemson.356/.412/.46623643843583
DHJJ SchwarzFlorida.332/.398/.629256608518731
UTBrendan McKayLouisville.308/.418/.43121132654344

First-Team Pitchers

Pos.PlayerSchoolWLERAGSVIPHBBSO
SPBrian BrownNC State732.0315079.2592678
SPAlex LangeLSU1201.9717011410446131
SPDrew RasmussenOregon State742.80190106863082
SPSeth RomeroHouston741.9422783.1612292
RPKyle WrightVanderbilt611.2329458.2362362
UTBrendan McKay, LouisvilleLouisville931.7720496.25334117

Second-Team Hitters

Pos.PlayerSchoolAVG/OBP/SLGABRHHRRBISB
CMatt WhatleyOral Roberts.355/.437/.528214567654416
1BAustin EdensSamford.357/.442/.662213487616540
2BBryson BrigmanSan Diego.339/.395/.43621839742285
3BWill ToffeyVanderbilt.294/.380/.42025545754498
SSKevin SmithMaryland.273/.358/.422249556873511
OFRyan BrownCol. of Charleston.320/.413/.455244637852615
OFKel JohnsonGeorgia Tech.298/.369/.570151274510340
OFCal StevensonNevada.359/.433/.456217557802510
DHPavin SmithVirginia.307/.373/.46727038837442
UTSean WatkinsLoyola Marymount.266/.331/.45514322386221

Second-Team pitchers

Pos.PlayerSchoolWLERAGSVIPHBBSO
SPMichael BaumannJacksonville712.2415084.1682885
SPTanner HouckMissouri853.49150100.2881291
SPGunner LegerLouisiana-Lafayette652.99190114.11042087
SPChris MathewsonLong Beach State661.9413093612480
RPLincoln HenzmanLouisville522.3228254.1441147
UTSean WatkinsLoyola Marymount411.8917057412349

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