LYNCHBURG, Va. – Missouri State left-hander Tyler Burgess has earned a spot on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman All-American First Team, the organization announced Monday. Burgess, who was also honored as a Freshman All-American last week by Collegiate Baseball, was one of 32 players recognized by the NCBWA after turning in one of the top rookie seasons in school history.
The 2012 MVC Freshman of the Year, Burgess went 5-2 with a 2.08 ERA and 11 saves to lead the Bears’ relief corps, notching a victory or a save in each of his first seven appearances without allowing an earned run to earn First-Team All-MVC honors and NCBWA National Stopper of the Year consideration. The Webb City, Mo., product served as the linchpin of the Bears’ bullpen throughout his freshman season, setting unprecedented standards for MSU rookie pitchers in the process while ranking 29th nationally in saves. Burgess surpassed fellow Bear Grant Gordon’s freshman MSU saves record, finishing the campaign third on the Bears’ single-season saves list, trailing only Dan Kickham (2011) and Shaun Marcum (2003), who share the school record with 13 saves.
Burgess became just the fifth Bear to earn the Valley’s rookie of the year award, joining Ryan Howard (1999), Bob Zimmerman (2001), Brett Sinkbeil (2004), Kevin Medrano (2009) and Nick Petree (2011) on an exclusive list that now includes four Major League Baseball draftees, as well as a national collegiate player of the year honoree.
The 2012 NCBWA Freshman All-American Team features players from 19 conferences and eight conference championship teams. The two All-American squads are also made up of 14 conference “Rookie of the Year” winners. In addition, two conference “Pitcher of the Year” and 22 all-conference honorees were named to the team.