Outfielder Seth Beer (Suwanee, Ga.) was named national freshman-of-the-year by Baseball America on Monday. Beer became Clemson’s first national freshman-of-the-year after hitting .369 with 18 homers, 13 doubles, 70 RBIs, 57 runs, 62 walks, 15 hit-by-pitches, a .535 on-base percentage and six outfield assists in 62 games in 2016. He also had a .700 slugging percentage, the best mark by a Tiger since 2002.
Beer had a standout season under head coach Monte Lee in what should have been his senior year at Lambert High School. After enrolling at Clemson in January, he posted remarkable numbers that earned him the Dick Howser Trophy and ACC Player-of-the-Year honors, a first for both by a freshman.
USC right-hander Braden Webb has earned first-team Freshman All-America honors from Baseball America. Webb, who was selected in the 3rd round of the 2016 MLB Draft as the 82nd overall selection by the Milwaukee Brewers, finished the year 10-6 with a 3.09 ERA.
Webb became the 31st pitcher in school history to reach 10 or more wins with a victory in the 4-2 win over Alabama on May 20. He allowed 43 runs, 35 earned, on 80 hits in 102.0 innings. He struck out 128 to 48 walks with opponents batting .216 against him.
This is Webb’s third Freshman All-America recognition, as Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA have honored him as well. He was also named Freshman Pitcher of the Year by the NCBWA.