TCU baseball recognized with 11 players named to Big 12 all-conference teams


By Brandie Davidson

FORT WORTH — Eleven TCU baseball players were recognized on the Big 12 All-Conference teams as voted upon by the league head coaches. Brayden Taylor was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year in addition to earning second team honors.

Phillip Sikes and Haylen Green were tabbed first team all-conference performers. Taylor, along with Austin Krob, Russell Smith, Hunter Wolfe and Gene Wood, were honored on the second team. Zach Humphreys and Gray Rodgers were named honorable mention. TCU was tied for the league lead with three members on the All-Freshmen team in Taylor, Elijah Nunez and River Ridings.

Taylor is tied for the team lead with 10 home runs and is second on the squad with a .579 slugging percentage. He ranks in the top-10 in the Conference in six categories including: tied for eighth in stolen bases (11), eighth in plate appearances (232), 10th in on-base percentage (.435) and tied for 10th in RBIs (46). Taylor is the third Horned Frog to garner Freshman of the Year, joining Connor Wanhanen (2015) and Luken Baker (2016).

Sikes has had an outstanding junior campaign. He co-leads the team with 10 home runs and paces the squad with 56 RBIs. He is hitting .339 on the season with a team-leading 17 doubles and five home runs. In league play, Sikes hit .315 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs.

Green is tied for the league-lead with 11 saves this season. On the year, he is 1-2 with a 3.48 ERA. The senior has fanned 30 while walking only six, and none in league play, in 44 innings pitched.

Krob ranks second in the league with seven wins this season. Overall, he is 7-1 with a 3.70 ERA in 14 starts. He has racked up 79 strikeouts in 73 innings of work.

Smith has made 13 starts this year and owns a 6-3 record. In 71 1/3 innings, he has fanned 83 batters and issued just 15 walks.

Wolfe has spent the majority of the season as the designated hitter. He sits second on the squad with a .325 batting average. Of his 49 hits, he has tallied 14 doubles, one triple and six home runs. He is one of three Horned Frogs with 40 RBIs on the year. He is second on the team with 12 stolen bases.

Wood has started 39 games as part of 43 appearances on the year. He is hitting .290 with five doubles, three home runs and seven home runs with 39 RBIs. His 16 stolen bases lead the team and are tied for fourth in the Big 12.

Humphreys is hitting .312 in 49 games this season. He has tallied 13 doubles, two triples and six RBIs while driving in 35. Defensively, he has thrown out 33% of base-stealers.

Rodgers has started 40 of 44 games played. He is hitting .281 on the season with eight extra base hits with 30 RBIs and four stolen bases.

Nunez has started all 48 games he’s played, splitting time between left field and center field. Of his 41 hits on the year, he has four doubles, four triples and one home run to go along with 16 RBIs. He has drawn a team-high 41 walks are tied for fourth in the Big 12.

Ridings ranks second on the team with 20 appearances. He is 3-1 with a 0.61 ERA in 29 1/3 innings pitched. He has fanned 34 and issued just 13 walks while holding opponents to a .175 batting average.

TCU finished tied atop the Big 12 standings, claiming its third regular season Big 12 title. The Frogs open play in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. against Kansas State. All games of the tournament will be televised on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.