Shewmake earns Preseason All-America recognition

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M junior Braden Shewmake was named to the Rawlings Preseason All-America Third Team, announced Tuesday.

Last season, Shewmake earned All-SEC First Team recognition as a shortstop. He played in 61 games, notching a .327 batting average with 43 runs, eight doubles, four triples, five home runs, 45 RBI and 12 stolen bases.

As a freshman, Shewmake filled up his trophy case playing second base for Texas A&M. In addition to earning the Aggies’ first SEC Freshman of the Year honor, he was named All-America First Team by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and All-America Second Team by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Collegiate Baseball named him National Freshman of the Year and the NCBWA christened Shewmake the District VII Player of the Year.

He was the only Aggie start all 64 games in 2017. As a rookie, he batted .328 with 90 hits, 47 runs, 18 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 69 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Shewmake logged a .529 slugging percentage. His 34 RBI in SEC play ranked third in the league. He hit .307 with 15 runs, five doubles and seven home runs in conference action.

For his career, Shewmake has played in 133 games, batting .336 with 90 runs, 26 doubles, six triples, 16 home runs, 114 RBI and 23 stolen bases.

Texas A&M concluded the 2018 campaign with a 40-22 record, extending their school-record string of consecutive NCAA Championship appearances to 12 seasons.

The Maroon and White commence the 2019 season on February 15-17 when they host the Fordham Rams in a three-game series on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.