WVU’s Doanes, McIntosh Named To Preseason All-Big 12 Baseball Squad
Junior infielder Tyler Doanes and junior catcher/designated hitter Paul McIntosh of the West Virginia University baseball team have been named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team, the conference announced on Wednesday.
Doanes was one of five infielders selected to the team, while McIntosh made the squad as the designated hitter. In all, 18 players were recognized on the preseason team. The Mountaineers were one of five teams in the Big 12 to have multiple players represented.
A native of Fayetteville, Georgia, Doanes earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors after hitting a team-best .316 with five home runs, 32 RBI, 21 doubles, three triples and 40 runs scored last season. He also stole 20 bases, good for No. 3 in the conference. His 21 doubles ranked No. 21 nationally.
Doanes started 59 games at second base for WVU in 2019, and he was featured on the Big 12 All-Tournament Team. As a freshman in 2018, Doanes was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team and earned all-conference honorable mention honors.
McIntosh, a native of Miami Gardens, Florida, was an All-Big 12 Second Team selection in 2019. In his debut season as a Mountaineer, he clubbed a team-leading 10 home runs with 34 RBI last spring. He hit .277 at the plate, tallying 10 doubles, a triple, 53 hits and 28 runs scored. McIntosh started in 51 games, 42 of them as the team’s designated hitter.
In addition to the league’s preseason team, the 2020 Big 12 Preseason Poll will be announced on Thursday.
West Virginia, which is coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history last year, begins the 2020 campaign on Feb. 14, with a three-game series at Jacksonville. The squad’s home opener at Monongalia County Ballpark is slated for Feb. 18, against Canisius.
In terms of the rest of the league, student-athletes from Baylor, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State garnered individual honors to headline the 2020 preseason All-Big 12 Baseball awards.
Baylor infielder Nick Loftin was tabbed the Preseason Player of the Year, while Oklahoma right-hander Cade Cavalli received the Preseason Pitcher of the Year accolade. Oklahoma State’s Kaden Polcovich and Bryce Osmond were named Preseason Newcomer of the Year and Preseason Freshman of the Year, respectively. The honorees were selected in a vote of the league’s head coaches. Coaches could not vote for their own players.
Eighteen individuals were selected to the preseason ledger and seven of the league’s teams were represented on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team. Eleven of the 18 preseason selections were All-Big 12 First Team or Second Team performers a year ago. Texas Tech led the way with six selections, followed by Oklahoma’s four. Baylor, Texas and West Virginia each had two honorees apiece, while Kansas and Oklahoma State had one representative.
Loftin, a 2019 All-Big 12 First Team selection, was sixth in the Conference with 76 hits and 55 runs scored last season. He batted .323 in 53 games for the Bears and led the team with 25 multi-hit games. The junior shortstop returns as the toughest-to-strike out amongst all returning Big 12 batters, only doing so once every 13.8 at-bats. He also played for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team last summer, hitting .292 in 11 games.
OU’s Cavalli compiled a 5-3 record on the mound in 2019 with a 3.28 ERA, good for sixth in the Big 12. The junior racked up 59 strikeouts in 60.1 innings last season in addition to tallying 72 at-bats, in which he hit .319 with four home runs and 17 RBI. He made an appearance for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team last summer and threw 2.2 innings with one punchout.
Polcovich comes to Oklahoma State after stops at Northwest Florida State and Kentucky. He hit .273 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 53 games for the Raiders as a sophomore last season. Additionally, he was named to the 2019 All-Cape Cod League Team.
A right-handed pitcher from Jenks, Oklahoma, Osmond will make his collegiate debut for the Cowboys after he was rated the No. 53 overall draft prospect in 2019 by MLB Pipeline. He led Jenks to the Class 6A state semifinals last year, going 7-1 with a 1.64 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 51 innings in his senior campaign.
The Big 12 preseason poll will be announced on Thursday, January 30. All nine league teams open the season on Friday, February 14.
2020 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 BASEBALL AWARDS
Player of the Year: Nick Loftin*, Baylor, Jr., INF, Corpus Christi, Texas/W.B. Ray
Pitcher of the Year: Cade Cavalli, Oklahoma, Jr., RHP, Bixby, Okla./Bixby
Newcomer of the Year:Kaden Polcovich, Oklahoma State, Jr./INF, Edmond, Okla./Northwest Florida State JC
Freshman of the Year: Bryce Osmond, Oklahoma State, Fr., RHP/INF, Jenks, Okla./Jenks
PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 TEAM
Name, School, Pos., Cl., Hometown/Previous School
Brady Lindsly, Oklahoma, C, Sr., Keller, Texas/Keller
Braxton Fulford, Texas Tech, C, Jr., Lubbock, Texas/Monterey
Nick Loftin, Baylor*, INF, Jr., Corpus Christi, Texas/W.B. Ray
Andy Thomas, Baylor, INF/C, Sr., Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta
Benjamin Sems, Kansas, INF, Sr., Chesterfield, Mo./Westminster Christian
Brian Klein, Texas Tech. INF, Sr., Keller, Texas/Timber Creek
Tyler Doanes, West Virginia, INF, Jr., Fayetteville, Ga./Whitewater
Dylan Neuse, Texas Tech*, OF, Jr., Fort Worth, Texas/McLennan CC
Carson McCusker, Oklahoma State, OF, Sr., Sparks, Nev./Folsom Lake CC
Eric Kennedy, Texas, OF, So., Tampa, Fla./Calvary Christian
Paul McIntosh, West Virginia, DH, Jr., Miami Gardens, Fla./Dade Christian
Cade Cavalli, Oklahoma, RHP/UTL, Jr., Bixby, Okla./Bixby
Levi Prater, Oklahoma, LHP, Jr., Ada, Okla./Byng
Bryce Elder, Texas*, RHP, Jr., Decatur, Texas/Decatur
Micah Dallas, Texas Tech, RHP, So., Aubrey, Texas/Homeschool
Jason Ruffcorn, Oklahoma, RHP, Sr., Cedar Park, Texas/Texas A&M
Clayton Beeter, Texas Tech, RHP, R-So., Colleyville, Texas/Birdville
John McMillon, Texas Tech, RHP, Sr., Jasper, Texas/Jasper
* Unanimous Choice