It was quite the opening weekend in the Big 12 for baseball as all nine teams (sorry Iowa State) took the field last Friday. While several Big 12 teams were in tournaments others were in three-game series against a single opponent.
Texas, Oklahoma State, and West Virginia were just a few teams who shined on opening weekend but there were several individual performances that stood out. Earlier this week the Big 12 Conference announced their Players of the Week so let’s take a look at who made the list.
Player of the Week
TCU IF Brayden Taylor
Brayden had a great opening weekend as his team took the field out west in Scottsdale, Arizona for the MLB4 Tournament. During his time in the desert, Brayden hit .636 with a 1.551 OPS. In the season opener, Taylor hit the game-tying double, then came around to score the go-ahead run in TCU’s come-from-behind rally against San Diego State. Against Cal, he managed to for 2-for-4 with two RBIs and went 3-for-4 to close out the weekend against Houston. In his first three games, he had three multi-hit games and reached base safely 11 times. He also accounted for nine of TCU’s 21 runs on the weekend.
Pitcher of the Week
Oklahoma State P Trevor Martin
Trevor played a crucial role in Oklahoma State’s series win over Vanderbilt on Sunday. Martin picked up a win and a save in relief as he struck out the side in the ninth inning to earn the save in OSU’s 4-3 win. For the week, he struck out six and did not allow a hit in 2.2 innings of work, allowing just a single run during his time on the mound.
Newcomer of the Week
West Virginia IF JJ Wetherholt
The Mountaineers got off to a 3-0 start this year and JJ played a significant role in that. Wetherholt hit .538 with six RBIs in his debut weekend and was one of the most impressive hitters this past weekend. He began his college career with a band by hitting a grand slam in his first plate appearance. JJ had one heck of a weekend as he had two or more hits in his first three games for the Mountaineers.