Postseason Awards Continue to Roll in For Sun Devil Baseball
TEMPE -- With another week of postseason awards in the book, Sun Devil Baseball freshman Ethan long continued to add to his quickly growing resume with numerous additions being made to his trophy case in addition to a slew of awards over the past several weeks from several other Sun Devils.
Last week, Long became the 11th Sun Devil to be recognized as a semifinalist (since semifinalists were introduced to the process in 2007) for the Golden Spikes Award, presented annually by USA Baseball to the top player in college baseball.
He followed that up this week by earning two additional All-America honors from the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) (third team/Designated Hitter) and Baseball America (second team/first base) to become a consensus All-American in the process.
Additionally, Long added Freshman All-America accolades from Collegiate Baseball News and the NCBWA and was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-West Region second team as well.
Joining Long on Collegiate Baseball News' Freshman All-America roster were Sean McLain at second base and Hunter Haas at third.
McLain was also a first-team selection on the ACBA All-West Region first team. Drew Swift tacked his name on to that list as a second team selection at shortstop.
Complete Listing of Sun Devil Baseball Postseason Honors
ETHAN LONG – Designated Hitter/First Base
Collegiate Baseball News All-American (Second Team/DH)
Baseball America All-American (Second Team/1B)
NCBWA All-American (Third Team/DH)
Collegiate Baseball News Freshman All-American
NCBWA Freshman All-American (Second Team/DH)
ACBA All-West Region (Second Team/DH)
Pac-12 All-Conference (First Team/DH)
- Ethan Long became the 129th Sun Devil to be named an All-American, becoming a consensus selection after being named to teams by Collegiate Baseball News, NCBWA, and Baseball America.
- Also earned two freshman All-America nods (CBN/NCBWA) and was a First Team All-Pac-12 pick.
- Finished the regular season 22nd nationally and second in the Pac-12 with 16 home runs while finishing 13th nationally and leading the league with a .725 slugging percentage on .340 hitting. He was sixth in the league with 53 RBI.
- His .340 average remained the same through the postseason, giving him the ninth-highest freshman average in Sun Devil history.
- Finished with a team-best 54 RBI, tied with Barry Bonds for fourth in ASU freshman history while his 16 homers on the year surpassed Bonds for second in ASU freshman history behind only Spencer Torkelson (25) and good for Top-Five in the league.
- These numbers are made all the more incredible knowing that after the Washington series concluded on April 11, he had just one home run and 12 RBIs on the year after entering the season as the team's closer and posting four saves and no earned runs in the opening week of action before going down with a minor injury that has kept him off the bump since.
- Led the team with 21 two-out RBI and bat .400 on the year (20-of-40) with runners in scoring position.
- Long was responsible for the go-ahead RBI in seven Sun Devil victories this season – three coming against ranked opponents (#16 Oregon, #18 Stanford and #23 Oregon State) and four coming by way of the long ball. He has two go-ahead home runs in the ninth inning of games this year.
- Behind Long's bat, ASU won five straight weekend series in the last half of the year. He began getting hot with his go-ahead two-RBI eighth inning double off potential Stanford All-American closer Zach Grech on April 16. In the 19-game stretch that started that night and lasted until his hitless weekend against USC in the penultimate series, Long bat .444 with 40 RBI, 15 home runs, eight doubles, a 1.181 slugging percentage, a .500 OBP and an absurd 1.681 OPS. Of his 32 hits in that span, 23 were for extra bases.
- Long was the only player in the Pac-12 to earn multiple Pac-12 Player of the Week nods this season, let alone three. He is the first Pac-12 player to win the honor three times in a season since Hunter Bishop in 2019. Andrew Vaughn of Cal was the last non-Sun Devil to accomplish the feat thrice in one season in 2018 when he was eventually named the Pac-12 Player of the Year. He was the Unanimous National Player of the Week after the Oregon State series.
DREW SWIFT – Shortstop
Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year
Pac-12 All-Defensive Team (SS)
Pac-12 All-Conference (First Team/INF)
ABCA All-West Region (Second Team/SS)
- Drew Swift recorded hits in 45 of 53 games he has played this season and finished the season with a .314 average.
- Was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, the first in Sun Devil history.
- His slugging percentage finished at .475 - a notable evolution for a player who had just two extra-base hits in 55 games as a freshman and slugged just .333 as a sophomore. He had six homers this season after just having one in his first three seasons combined.
- Had a final tally of 20 extra-base hits on the season (10 doubles, 4 triples, 6 homers) after having just 16 total in his career prior to the season.
- Swift was second on the team with 38 RBIs this season and first with 21 two-out RBI as well. His 42 runs scored were second on the team.
- He has reached base on 33 out of 91 leadoff opportunities this season (.363).
- Swift had 21 games this season with multiple hits - just shy of the team lead. He has multiple hits in 29 of his final 62 games, dating back to last season.
- Perhaps more impressive was his defensive play at shortstop Swift turned 42 double plays on the season and 118 in his career. He finished the season with an incredible .981 fielding percentage at shortstop on 260 chances with 171 defensive assists and his five errors were second among Pac-12 shortstops, though USC's Tyler Pritchard (2 errors on 178 chances) had significantly less opportunities.
- His 171 assists were second in the Pac-12 while his 42 double plays turned were third in the Pac-12 and tops among shortstops.
- Swift finished the season with a 20-game streak without an error at shortstop, dating back to April 27.
- He had 492 defensive assists in his career while helping to turn 118 double plays.
SEAN MCLAIN – Second Base
Collegiate Baseball News Freshman All-American
Pac-12 All-Conference (Honorable Mention/INF)
ABCA All-West Region (First Team/2B)
- Sean McLain recorded a 23-game hitting streak this season - tied for the third-longest at ASU since 1998 with Andre Ethier's 2003 23-game hitting streak.
- McLain was a Collegiate Baseball News freshman All-American, an ABCA All-West Region first team selection at second base and an honorable All-Pac-12 choice.
- He was second on the team with a .322 average on the year, just outside ASU's all-time freshman top-10 in the category.
- McLain led the team in multi-hit games this year with 23. His 10 multi-RBI games were second on the team.
- McLain had 17 doubles in the regular season, good for sixth in the Pac-12 and finished with 18 on the year – tied for third in ASU freshman history
- He led the team with 24 hits with two outs on 66 chances (.364).
- McLain stranded just 22 runners on the base path this year, lowest among the team day-to-day starters by a significant amount.
- McLain successfully advanced runners 50.5 percent of the time (54-of-107 chances) – second on the year.
- He had eight errors on 270 chances on the year, though one of those errors came while playing in the outfield. Those 255 chances were second among Pac-12 second-basemen - despite missing several games.
- He turned 48 double plays on the season, two more than any other player in the league even including those with runs to the College World Series and 13 more than any other second baseman.
HUNTER HAAS – Third Base
Collegiate Baseball News Freshman All-American
Pac-12 All-Defensive Team (3B)
ABCA All-West Region (Second Team/3B)
- Hunter Haas got it done both at the plate and at the hot corner, finishing the year with a .304 average.
- His 22 multi-hit games were second on the roster. He had a streak of seven straight games with multiple hits in April and 14 came after the date of April 17.
- His 26 hits with runners in scoring position were the most on the team and six more than any other player (and came on 64 chances for a .406 average).
- Haas posted the go-ahead RBI or unassisted go-ahead run seven times this season in ASU's 33 wins.
- He was significantly better in clutch scenarios with a .371 average with runners on the basepath and a whopping .406 average with RISP compared to just a .239 average when the bases are empty.
- Haas successfully advanced runners a team-high 57 times on 111 opportunities this season for a .514 average.
- Haas has incredibly solid at the hot corner, with just six errors on 149 chances (one coming at a spot start at shortstop).
- His 12 double plays turned were tops among Pac-12 third basemen.
- Haas was named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team as the third baseman.
- Led the team with 12 stolen bases on 13 chances
JOE LAMPE – Outfield
Pac-12 All-Defensive Team (OF)
- Lampe was one of three Sun Devils selected to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team after not posting an error in center field in conference games all year. He finished the season with just one error and a .993 fielding percentage.
- In the opener against USC, Lampe recorded nine putouts - the most by an ASU center fielder since at least 1998. Hunter Bishop had eight in 2019 and no other player had more than seven.
- Lampe did a solid job turning the order around in the nine-hole with a .383 OBP compared to a .294 average.
- Lampe successfully advanced runners 53 times on 102 chances (.520) – the highest percentage in the team.
- He was absurd at productive outs, recording 23 runners advanced with an out this year - five more than any other player on the roster.
- He was ASU's best player with a runner on third and less than two outs with 13 RBI - tops on the team - and a .684 average on 19 chances.
NATE BAEZ – Utility
Pac-12 All-Conference (Honorable Mention/C)
- Baez bat a team-best .362 over the final 14 games of the season with team highs in homers (8) and RBI (20) in that stretch while slugging a gaudy .915. All eight of his home runs came in those 14 games
- All these numbers are notable as he didn't become a fixture in the starting lineup until the Cal series as he has fully taken on his role as the team's backstop, showing off his utility after coming to ASU as an infielder and spending much of his early career there prior to this current stretch.
- Baez abilities earned the redshirt freshman All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention accolades.