b>EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State baseball player Alex Troop was named to the 2017 Mideast ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Second Team.
The teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. I All-America Committee.
Troop’s ABCA/Rawlings All-Region award marks the 11th All-Region honor in Michigan State history, including the eighth under head coach Jake Boss. Last season, relief pitcher Dakota Mekkes garnered first-team accolades, while first baseman Jordan Zimmerman collected second-team honors.
This is Troop’s third postseason honor, as he is a finalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award announced by the College Baseball Foundation. Troop is one of five finalists for the award. He also earned second-team All-Big Ten accolades.
Last week, Troop was selected by the Washington Nationals in the ninth round (No. 283 overall) on the second day of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft.
A sophomore left-handed pitcher/first baseman from Batavia, Illinois, Troop was the Spartans’ No. 1 starting pitcher this season. Troop tied for the B1G lead with eight wins during the regular season, posting the second-most wins in conference only action with four victories, finishing the season with an 8-3 overall record. He also ended with a 2.47 ERA, ranking fourth in the conference. Troop was also fourth in the league stats with a .223 opposing batting average. By firing 83 strikeouts this season, the sophomore ranked fifth in the conference, just shy of MSU’s top 10 single-season strikeouts list, but helped the Spartan pitching staff total 420 Ks this season, the second-most in school history.
Troop was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on May 22 after pitching 8.0 innings in leading Michigan State to a 6-1 win over No. 15 Michigan on May 18 at McLane Stadium at Kobs Field. The sophomore left-hander took a perfect game into the sixth inning and a no-hitter into the seventh inning, chalking up 10 strikeouts while only allowing two hits, tying his career-highs for both Ks and hits allowed, set March 17 vs. Campbell. Troop held a high-powered Michigan lineup to its fewest hits of the season and its second-lowest run total.
At the plate this season, Troop hit .321 with 12 RBI and three HR, posting a .531 slugging percentage and a .444 on-base percentage.
The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 8,000 members represent all 50 states and 25 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 74th annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 4-7, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.