Wichita State put a lot of great players in the field from 1984 to 2013. Not one of them made Baseball America’s first team. First baseman Casey Gillaspie ended that drought on Wednesday.
Baseball America named Gillaspie, who signed with Tampa Bay on Tuesday, to its All-American team. He is the first Shocker so honored since first baseman Russ Morman in 1983. Also on Wednesday, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named Gillaspie to its first team.
Gillaspie, from Omaha, hit .389 with 15 home runs, 15 doubles, 58 walks and 50 RBIs. He led the Missouri Valley Conference with a .682 slugging percentage, a .520 on-base percentage and 58 walks. He will receive a bonus of $2,035,500, according to MLB.com, after signing with the Rays, who drafted him No. 20 last week.
WSU pitcher Rob Musgrave, in 2008, is the last Shocker to earn a spot on Baseball America’s first team. Conor Gillaspie, Casey’s brother, was a second-team pick at third base in 2008.
Casey Gillaspie also received All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball this season. He was also a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy, national player of the year honors.
Evansville pitcher Kyle Freeland, who signed with Colorado on Tuesday, was named to Baseball America’s first team and the NCBWA’s third team.