COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M sophomore Braden Shewmake was named to the 2018 Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America Second Team, the publication announced in a pre-holiday release on Monday.
Shewmake filled up his trophy case as a freshman. In addition to earning the Aggies’ first SEC Freshman of the Year honor, he was named All-America First Team by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseballand the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and All-America Second Team by the American Baseball Coaches Association and D1Baseball.com. Collegiate Baseball named him National Freshman of the Year and the NCBWA christened Shewmake the District VII Player of the Year.
He was the only Aggie start all 64 games in 2017. As a rookie, he batted .328 with 90 hits, 47 runs, 18 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 69 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Shewmake logged a .529 slugging percentage. His 34 RBI in SEC play ranked third in the league. He hit .307 with 15 runs, five doubles and seven home runs in conference action.
Texas A&M concluded the 2017 campaign with a 41-23 record, extending their school-record string of consecutive NCAA Championship appearances to 11 seasons, claiming their ninth overall NCAA Regional title and appearing in their sixth College World Series.
The Maroon and White commence the 2018 season on February 16-18 when they host the Rhode Island Rams in a three-game series on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.