IRVING, Texas – Texas Tech starter Brandon Birdsell was selected as the 2022 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year while catcher/first baseman Hudson White was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year to highlight a busy day of conference awards received by Red Raiders unveiled on Tuesday. In total, 12 Red Raiders earned 16 respective selections announced in the 2022 edition of the All-Big 12 awards.
Birdsell posted an 8-3 record while maintaining a 2.75 earned run average over 72.0 innings pitched in 2022, striking out 12.00 batters per nine innings. He held batters to a league-best .204 batting average while ranking second in strikeouts (96), ERA and wins. He went 5-2 in Big 12 play. He becomes the second Red Raider hurler to win the award, joining Steven Gingery in 2017.
White hit .337 in Big 12 games, hitting four home runs and driving home 22 runs in league games. He had a .435 on-base percentage and a .528 slugging percentage for a .963 OPS in Big 12 action. He becomes the sixth Texas Tech freshman to earn the honor and the third since 2017 joining Josh Jung (2017) and Gabe Holt (2018). White is the first Red Raider catcher to earn Big 12 Freshman of the Year since Josh Bard in 1997.
Receiving multiple selections was Birdsell, named to the All-Big 12 first team in addition to pitcher of the year. In addition to being the freshman of the year, White was a second-team All-Big 12 pick and named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team.
Fellow freshman standout Owen Washburn was named an honorable mention selection as well as to the Big 12 All-Freshman team. White and Washburn were two of seven unanimous selections for the all-freshman team.
The Big 12 honorees were selected in a vote of the league’s head coaches, who could not vote for their own players. The following selections are the complete list of Texas Tech award recipients:
Big 12 Pitcher of the Year: Brandon Birdsell
Big 12 Freshman of the Year: Hudson White
All-Big 12 First Team
IF: Jace Jung
SP: Brandon Birdsell
All-Big 12 Second Team
C: Hudson White
IF: Cole Stilwell
IF: Kurt Wilson
OF: Easton Murrell
SP: Andrew Morris
Big 12 Honorable Mention
RP: Derek Bridges
DH: Ty Coleman
IF: Parker Kelly
OF: Owen Washburn
Big 12 All-Freshman Team
RP: Mason Molina
OF: Owen Washburn*
C: Hudson White*
* – Unanimous selection
To view the complete All-Big 12 awards list, visit Big12sports.com.
The 2022 awards are a prelude to the upcoming Big 12 tournament. The Red Raiders begin the 2022 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship in Arlington, Texas at Globe Life Field on Wednesday. Tech is the No. 2 seed and opens against No. 7-seeded Kansas State at 4 p.m.
Release provided by MATT BURKHOLDER Texas Tech Athletics