TUCSON, Ariz. — Saint Mary's baseball's Kevin Milam was named a national Freshman of the Year Wednesday by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper as part of the publication's 2017 Freshmen All-American team, adding yet another accolade to his decorated rookie year.
Milam was one of four players named National Freshman of the Year by the publication. He was joined by Texas A&M second baseman Braden Shewmake, St. John's starting pitcher Sean Mooney and Oregon reliever Kenyon Yovan. He was the only multiple position player named to the Freshmen All-American team, which includes 112 players from all over the country.
Milam hit .313 with 12 home runs and 55 RBIs while also posting a 3-1 record on the mound with nine saves and a 2.27 ERA. Offensively, he led the Gaels in home runs, RBIs and slugging percentage (.547) while also adding 14 doubles, 45 runs scored and 23 walks. He was a go-to reliever out of the bullpen with a team-high 22 appearances and nine saves. He struck out 31 in 39 2/3 innings and held opponents to just a .191 batting average.
Already in 2017 Milam has been honored for his breakout freshman campaign. He was named the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and was placed on the all-WCC second team and all-Freshmen team. Later, he was named an overall All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, landing on the third team.
Milam is the second Freshman All-American under head coach Eric Valenzuela. Zach Kirtley earned the honor in 2015. Milam's marks for home runs and RBIs were among the top-10 single season performances in modern day Saint Mary's baseball history.
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