Abilene Christian announces fan selected All-Decade baseball team

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After a remarkable 7,373 ballots were submitted throughout the week, the Abilene Christian baseball fans chose an incredible group of Wildcats to earn a spot on the All-Decade Team presented by Toyota of Abilene. The list of 28 nominees is trimmed down to 14 spots on the team.

Twenty-eight of the best players from the past decade (2010-19) were nominated for this prestigious group. Fans decided the top eight position players (including three position-less outfielders), designated hitter, utility player, the top two starting pitchers, and top two relief pitchers to complete a 14-man All-Decade Team.

Starting Pitchers

Aaron Lambrix, RHP, 2010-13

  • Went a perfect 10-0 as a sophomore on the mound in 2010 with a 4.37 ERA
  • Named First Team All-Lone Star Conference in 2010 and Second Team in 2013
  • Led the team in ERA (4.10) in 2012 after coming off an injury, tossed a team-high 90.0 innings
  • Wrapped his career with a 4-5 record in 2013 with a 3.67 ERA
  • Helped ACU to a record 50 wins in 2010

Aaron Mason, LHP, 2015-16

  • Posted a miniscule 2.93 ERA in 2016 as a senior, allowing just 29 earned runs while walking only 15 batters and striking out 52
  • Named Honorable Mention All-Southland Conference in 2016
  • Tallied a career 4.40 ERA in two seasons in Purple and White
  • Struck out 78 batters, walked just 31 in his career

Relief Pitchers

Brady Rodriguez, LHP, 2011-14

  • Had a breakout junior season in 2013 with 29 appearances out of the bullpen and a 2.29 ERA
  • Logged 215.3 innings (most out of the bullpen) in four seasons with the Wildcats
  • Named First Team All-Lone Star Conference in 2013
  • Struck out 41 batters and allowed just a .227 batting average during his junior year

Kevin Sheets, RHP, 2014-15

  • Sheets was great in 2014 with a 3.80 ERA in 47.1 innings out of the bullpen, but was exceptional in 2015
  • As a senior he posted a ridiculous 1.69 ERA in 37.1 IP out of the pen, and allowed a .212 opponent batting average
  • Sheets allowed just 7 earned runs in 2015
  • Posted a 2.89 ERA in two seasons at ACU

Catcher

Luis Trevino, 2017-19

  • Played from 2017-19 with a medical redshirt year in between in 2018 due to Tommy John surgery
  • Led the team in hitting both years on the field (2017, 2019), with a .366 average in ’17 and a ridiculous .408 average as a senior
  • Missed out on the Southland’s Triple Crown by just one home run in 2019, recording a .408 average with 15 HR and 63 RBI
  • Ranked among the nation’s top 25 players in RBI, on-base percentage (.504), slugging percentage (.743) and total bases (142)
  • Threw out 13 runners on base in 2019
  • 2019 Southland Conference Player of the Year & First Team all-league, 2017 Third Team All-Southland Conference
  • Drafted in the 40th round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays
  • Helped ACU to its best Division I win total in 2019 (26)

First Base

Tyler Eager, 2012-15

  • Hit .310 over a four-year career at ACU, and logged 255 hits including 47 doubles, and drove in 124 runs
  • Pounded 15 doubles as a senior in 2015 and recorded six triples as a freshman in 2012
  • Recorded 61 extra-base hits in four seasons
  • 2012 Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year & Second Team all-league
  • 2013 Honorable Mention All-Lone Star Conference

Second Base

Seth Spivey, 2013-14

  • Played in the final Division II year for ACU in 2013, earned Honorable Mention All-Lone Star Conference
  • Also played in ACU’s first year as a Division I school in 2014, earning Second Team All-Southland Conference honors
  • Hit .328 in two seasons at ACU, with 125 total hits including 32 extra base hits
  • Drove in 65 runs as well and slugged .465, including a .507 slugging percentage as a senior
  • Drafted in the 10th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers

Third Base

Kyle Giusti, 2013-14

  • Played in the final Division II year for ACU in 2013, Named First Team All-Lone Star Conference
  • Also played in ACU’s first year as a Division I school
  • Hit .346 in two seasons, including a team-high .358 average in 2013
  • Drove in 59 runs in two years, including 40 as a junior
  • Recorded a .931 fielding percentage at third base as well

Shortstop

Chuck Duarte, 2012-13

  • Led the team in batting average in 2012 as a junior (.358), with 67 hits and 38 RBI
  • Slugged .513 that season with 19 extra base hits (four homers)
  • Named First Team All-Lone Star Conference in 2012

Outfielders

Will Calhoun, 2010-11

  • Led a loaded roster in batting average both seasons at ACU (in the decade), hitting .422 for his career
  • Logged 178 hits (95 in 2010), including 55 extra-base hits (40 doubles, 13 homers)
  • Drove in 94 runs in two years, including 55 in 2010
  • Launched 11 homers as a junior as well
  • Named First Team All-Lone Star Conference in both 2010 and 2011
  • Helped ACU to a record 50 wins in 2010

Aaron Oliver, 2010-11

  • Hit .387 in two seasons at ACU in the decade, including a .405 average during his remarkable 2010 campaign
  • Tallied 102 hits in 2010, including 22 doubles and 14 home runs, while driving in 65 runs
  • Named the Lone Star Conference Player of the Year in 2010
  • Backed it up with a .369 average in 33 games in 2011
  • Helped ACU to a record 50 wins in 2010

Derek Scott, 2016-19

  • Hit .248 in four seasons at ACU, including .273 over his final two seasons
  • Started all 53 games in 2018, and recorded 61 hits including 16 doubles and 3 home runs
  • Drove in 87 runs in his career as well while playing multiple outfield positions and pitching at times
  • Named Third Team All-Southland Conference in 2018

Utility

Aaron Draper, 2014-17

  • Hit .268 for his ACU career, all of which came in the Division I era
  • Hit .309 as a freshman with 21 RBI
  • Played in 204 games in four seasons, with 68 runs batted in
  • Played in the outfield, third base, shortstop, and second base in his time with the ‘Cats

Designated Hitter

Cameron Bankston, 2010-11

  • Hit .350 in two seasons in the decade at ACU, including a ridiculous .426 in 2010
  • Played in 44 games that season with 49 hits in 115 at-bats
  • Slugged .400 in 2011 as a senior with 14 extra-base hits
  • Helped ACU to a record 50 wins in 2010

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