OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Kansas State placed three players on the 2007
All-Big 12 Baseball teams, led by first team selection Daniel Edwards,
the league office announced Tuesday at the Phillips 66 Big 12
Championship. Edwards, one of the top closers in the nation this
season, was the lone Wildcat named to the first team, while outfielder
Byron Wiley earned second team honors and pitcher Brad Hutt was named
to the honorable mention squad.
Kyle Russell (Texas) was been named Big 12 Player of the Year, while the
Pitcher of the Year accolade went to teammate, Adrian Alaniz (Texas).
Trevor Coleman (Missouri) earned Freshman of the Year honors, and
teammates David Newman and Brandon Hicks (Texas A&M) shared the honor
for Newcomer of the year. Tim Jamieson (Missouri) and Augie Garrido
(Texas) were named Co-Coach of the Year.
Edwards, a junior from Kingwood, Texas, has settled in nicely this
season as the Wildcats’ closer. A candidate for the 2007 Stopper of the
Year Award and the Dick Howser Trophy, Edwards has been brilliant so
far with 11 saves in 12 chances and also has picked up three wins. In
21 appearances this season, Edwards is 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA and has
struck out 49 batters in 34.2 innings while opponents are hitting just
.150 against him. Dating back to last season, Edwards has recorded a
save or a win in 15 of his last 21 appearances and has yielded just
five total runs in his last 37.1 innings.
Wiley, a sophomore, has provided some power to the middle of the order
and has been the most consistent Wildcat at the plate this season.
Wiley enters the week hitting .379 with seven homers and 44 RBI and is
among the Big 12’s best in several offensive categories, including
on-base percentage (2nd), batting (5th) and walks (3rd). The Tomball,
Texas, native leads the Wildcats in 14 different offensive categories
and has had multiple hits in 22 games, while recording three or more
hits on seven different occasions and reaching base safely in 48 of 52
games played. Wiley also has hit safely in 32 of his last 40 games and
is currently riding a team-best eight-game hitting streak heading into
the Big 12 Tournament.
Hutt has been solid as the Friday starter for the Wildcats and has
proven to be one of the more consistent Friday night guys in the entire
Big 12 Conference this season. The right-hander is 8-4 this season,
ranks 10th in the league in ERA at 3.34 and has gone six-plus innings
in 10 of 14 starts. Dating back to last season, Hutt has won 10 of his
last 17 starts and has gotten to the sixth inning in 11 of those
starts. The Papillion, Neb., native is one win shy of tying the
single-season school record for wins in a season (9).
Edwards was also named Tuesday to The Oklahoman All-Big 12 First Team as
he was selected as the top closer in the league by the newspaper.
Kansas State has placed a total of 11 players on the All-Big 12 teams
under head coach Brad Hill, and Edwards’ selection to the first team
was the first under Hill. The last time K-State had a first team
selection was back in 2002 when Pat Maloney and Ty Soto earned the
The Wildcats will open the 2007 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on
Wednesday afternoon against top-seeded and regular season champion
Texas at 1 p.m. inside Bricktown Ballpark. After Wednesday’s opener
against Texas, Kansas State will face fourth-seeded Nebraska Thursday
at 7:30 p.m. and then will square off against fifth-seeded Texas A&M
Saturday at 10 a.m.