Following his successful freshman season with Kansas State, Jordan Wicks was named a 2019 Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball on Wednesday.
Wicks won the 2019 Big 12 Freshman of the Year award and now is the ninth Wildcat, and fifth pitcher, to receive freshman All-American honors since 2017, when Will Brennan and Cameron Thompson did such.
Wicks was the second Wildcat to capture the Big 12 Freshman of the Year award, the other being Jake Matthys in 2013. Wicks was 6-3 and ranked first among Big 12 freshmen with a 3.61 earned run average while fanning 86 batters in 84 2/3 innings. He permitted only 26 walks.
The left-hander also was an All-Big 12 second-team selection as well as a Big 12 All-Freshman team player. A Conway native, Wicks broke the K-State single-season record for innings pitched and strikeouts for a freshman, taking down Andy Replogle’s mark from 1973.
Wicks was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on April 15 after throwing a five-hit shutout against the Longhorns in Austin, Texas, to secure the Wildcats’ first shutout win against Texas and clinch a road series victory over a top-25 team for only the second time in program history.