Big 12 Players Who Made D1Baseball’s Top 25 Infielders

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We are less than 10 days away from the start of college baseball and D1Baseball started releasing lists of the top players at each position. In this article, I talk about which infielders (pitchers and outfielders coming soon) made D1Baseball’s top 25 list at each position.  

Catchers

#5 Kevin Bazzell (Texas Tech)

Just because he moved from third base to behind the plate doesn’t mean he isn’t one of the top players at the position. Kevin Bazzell was fantastic last season at the player where he hit .348 with 24 doubles, 10 homers and 62 RBIs.

#12 Karson Bowen (TCU)

Karson was one of the star freshmen for TCU last season as he finished with the seventh-highest batting average (.350) in the Big 12. I am expecting another fantastic season for Bowen and don’t be surprised if he ends up with even better numbers in 2024.

#25 Andrew Sundean (UCF)

Andrew is the only player from one of the four new schools on this list but he certainly belongs here. The talented junior hit .340 last season with 10 doubles, 16 homers, and 54 RBIs for the Knights last season.

 

First Base

#4 Gavin Kash (Texas Tech)

JJ Wetherholt may be the best overall hitter in the Big 12 but nobody had more home runs in the conference than Gavin Kash last season. Kash is coming off a monster 2023 campaign, where he hit .326 with 12 doubles, 26 homers, and 84 RBIs. He also had an eye-popping 1.086 OPS.

#17 Jared Thomas (Texas)

There is plenty to like about Jared Thomas and he certainly is due for a big season after hitting .324 last year as a true freshman. I expect big things from him in 2024 going into year two in Austin.

#22 Justin Murray (Houston)

It’s not often you see a two-way player at first, but Justin Murray does just that. When he’s not shutting down opponents on the mound, he is making them pay at the plate where he hit .379 with 11 doubles, 11 homers, and 58 RBIs.

#25 Colin Brueggeman (Oklahoma State)

Colin is the lone Cowboy to crack the list which is a bit surprising but he definitely belongs here. He finished 2023 with a crazy 1.044 OPS and had the fourth-highest batting average on the team (.330).

 

Second Base

#6 Brady Day (Kansas State)

While Brady may not have as high of a batting average as Codey, Brady still had the fourth-highest average in the entire conference (.356). He brings a great approach to the plate and is very selective on every pitch which is why he so darn good.

#12 Codey Shojinaga (Kansas)

We have our second player from the Sunflower State with Kansas second baseman Codey Shojinaga. Codey had a breakout year in 2023 as he finished the season with the second-highest batting average in the entire Big 12 (.378). There is no doubt that he is one of the most consistent hitters not just in the Big 12 but the entire country.

Shortstop

#1 JJ Wetherholt (West Virginia)

Speaking of being a consistent hitter, let me introduce you to JJ Wetherholt. Actually, I don’t need to, because JJ was the Big 12 player of the year last season. He finished the 2023 season with an absurd .449 batting average which was the highest in the entire country. Forget about being the best shortstop, he is the best player in college baseball.

#3 Anthony Silva (TCU)

It appears the Horned Frogs went from one superstar to the next with Brayden Taylor to Anthony Silva. Last season, Silva finished with a .330 average, 11 doubles, seven homers and 50 RBIs as a true freshman.

#4 Kaelen Culpepper (Kansas State)

Kaelen will be making the move from third base to shortstop this season and either way, he is still one hell of a player. He played for Team USA last summer and was arguably one of the best players on the team. Kaelen is probably one of the most balanced players in the Big 12 going into 2024.

 

#13 Jake Rainess (Houston)

Jake arrives to Houston by way of transfer from Maine where he hit .316 with 14 doubles, 16 homers and 47 RBIs last season. Rainess should provide plenty of pop in the lineup and will look to make an immediate impact this season for the Cougars.

Third Base

#6 Peyton Powell (Texas)

The Texas third baseman is the only player to crack the top 20 in the entire Big 12. Last season in Austin. Peyton had the second-highest batting average on the team (.339) as well as the second-highest OPS (.979) as well.

#23 Anthony Mackenzie (Oklahoma)

Anthony started every game for the Sooners last season and was one of their key bats. In 2023, Mackenzie had a batting average over .300 and had the third-highest OPS on the team (.841).