Two Tide Frosh Earn Baseball Notice

After a disappointing conclusion to the 2013 season when Alabama's baseball team was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament, thoughts turned to the future. And with so many freshmen and other underclassmen in key positions, there is reason for optimism for Crimson Tide baseball.

The perception of Alabama having good young baseball players became reality when Collegiate Baseball News announced that two Crimson Tide players were selected to the 2013 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America Team.

Alabama shortstop Mikey White of Birmingham and relief pitcher Ray Castillo of Seale in Russell County were named to the prestigious honor squad.

White started all 63 games at shortstop for Coach Mitch Gaspard's Crimson Tide and finished the year with a .287 batting average. He scored 34 runs and had 11 doubles, a triple, two home runs, and 30 RBI. He was outstanding at the plate during SEC play, hitting a team-best .350 to rank eighth in the league during conference games. White earned second team All-Southeastern Conference.

White was also stellar on the defensive side, helping the Tide rank second in the country in double plays, contributing on 55 of Alabama's SEC-leading 80 twin killings. White had 209 assists to finish the year with the second most assists in a single season in school history

Castillo, who was a SEC All-Freshman Team selection, finished his first season with 12 saves to set an Alabama freshman single season record. The 12 saves tied for the third most in a single season at Alabama and ranks ninth in the career record books. Castillo finished the season with a team-high 26 appearances, where he posted a 2-3 record with a 3.38 ERA. He recorded 43 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings pitched and closed out two of Alabama's three shutouts in 2013.

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