What is sure to be a bountiful national awards season started Thursday for Wichita State first baseman Casey Gillaspie.
Collegiate Baseball magazine named him All-American, making him WSU’s first first-team selection by the publication since pitcher Mike Pelfrey in 2005. Gillaspie, the Missouri Valley Conference’s Player of the Year, hit .389 with 15 home runs, 15 doubles, 58 walks and 50 RBI.
He is also a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy, both national player of the year honors.
Gillaspie, from Omaha, is the 55th Shocker to earn All-America honors (from any publication) and the 26th to earn first-team honors. He is the first Shocker on a first team since the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association selected catcher Chris O’Brien in 2011.
Brother Conor Gillaspie was named All-American by several groups in 2008. The Gillaspies join Todd (1992) and Darren Dreifort (1992, 1993) as WSU brothers to earn All-American honors.