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WVU’s JJ Wetherholt Named First-Team All-American by Baseball America



WVU Baseball JJ Wetherholt

West Virginia sophomore second baseman JJ Wetherholt was named a First-Team All-American by Baseball America, as announced by the organization on Wednesday afternoon.

Wetherholt now holds six total first-team selections after already being named to All-America teams from the NCBWA, ABCA, Perfect Game, College Baseball Foundation and Collegiate Baseball News. He was also chosen as the Big 12 Player of the Year, NCBWA District 2 Player of the Year, a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and Bobby Bragan Award, a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, a CSC First-Team Academic All-American and ABCA First-Team All-East Region.

The Mars, Pa., native becomes the first Mountaineer to be named first-team by six different publications, surpassing the mark of five set by former West Virginia pitcher and current Toronto Blue Jay hurler Alek Manoah in 2019.

Wetherholt topped the NCAA with a .449 batting average this season, becoming the first Big 12 player since Ken Harvey of Nebraska in 1999 to lead the country, while compiling 16 home runs, 24 doubles, two triples, 60 RBIs, 67 runs scored and 36 stolen bases.

He is one of just two players in the NCAA this season to have at least 15 home runs and 35 stolen bases, and is also the first Division I player since 2002 to have 35 stolen bases and 40 extra-base hits.

JJ Wetherholt is the fourth Mountaineer to be named an All-American by Baseball America and just the second to be named to the first-team alongside Manoah. He is the 25th player in team history to be named an All-American, and the Baseball America accolade is the 62nd overall All-America honor in program history. He now has six of West Virginia’s 15 total first-team awards.

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