Grae Kessinger was named a First Team All-American by the College Baseball Foundation on Monday. The award comes a week after winning the 2019 Brooks Wallace Award, given to the nation’s best shortstop.
The junior out of Oxford, Mississippi, was selected in the second round of the 2019 MLB Draft with the 68th overall pick by the Houston Astros. He was named First Team All-SEC, as well as a Third Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and ABCA/Rawlings. He was also a finalist for the C Spire Ferriss Trophy, given to the state of Mississippi’s best college baseball player.
In the super regionals against the Arkansas Razorbacks, Kessinger was named the Rebels’ team MVP.
Kessinger had a strong junior campaign on the diamond with a team-high .330 batting average. He scored 67 runs and drove in 50 while tallying 18 doubles and seven home runs. He was efficient at the plate as well, drawing 41 walks while striking out just 35 times in 270 at-bats. His .430 on-base percentage was second on the team. Additionally, Kessinger was 16-for-19 in stolen bases.
The Rebel shortstop was particularly proficient in SEC play, leading the conference with 51 hits against league competition. His .405 batting average and .472 on-base percentage were good for second during the conference season. He was also among the top 10 in the league in doubles, total bases, slugging percentage, RBIs and stolen bases.
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