Sophomore third baseman Garrett Buechele, First Team
It was a no-brainer to vote last year's Big 12 Freshman of the Year to this year's first team. Buechele hit .383 with four homers and 23 RBIs during conference play, and .387 with 13 homers and 59 RBIs overall. He played and started in 53 games, and he missed three games because he was suspended for the Missouri series. When Buechele was in the lineup, he was a force to be reckoned with. He can do it all at the plate, and he has a solid glove at third. The only drawback on the sophomore is that he isn't fleet of foot, he is quick enough for easy doubles and he doesn't have to run too hard after he launches a homer.
Freshman pitcher/infielder Jack Mayfield, Second Team
Mayfield wouldn't be on this list it weren't for one game, the series finale against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He threw a complete game shutout in the start, which was his first of the season, to secure the Bedlam series victory and keep the Sooners' hope of finishing in second place alive. Mayfield was successful in his next start against Memphis, but struggled against Kansas even though he didn't earn the loss. Mayfield made just the three starts, but he was dominant out of the bullpen, too. Mayfield played some innings at second base and had 14 at-bats during conference play, but his .286 batting average isn't anything to look down upon because he only played the field when OU had the game won early.
Junior pitcher Zach Neal, Second Team
There were high expectations for Neal after transferring from Howard College. He was named the Friday night ace before the first game was ever played, and even though Neal struggled at first he settled down and pitched like he earned the role. Baylor hit him pretty hard, but he rebounded the next week against Nebraska by striking out 10 batters. By the end of the season, Neal was seen as the pitcher who would get OU the guaranteed victory if it was in desperate need of it. Neal will start against Baylor on Friday, and hopefully he does better the second time around.
Senior designated hitter Ross Hubbard, Honorable Mention
Hubbard played in 15 conference games and started in 12. He hit .211 during Big 12 play with two homers and seven RBIs. The stats aren't overwhelming, and the lack of defensive stats doesn't explain the honorable mention, but the main reason may be because he's a senior and he was a good team leader.
Sophomore first baseman Cameron Seitzer, Honorable Mention
Seitzer kind of cooled off during conference play and struggled ranging to balls in the infield, but his most important attribute was that he was clutch during Big 12 play. He drove in the go-ahead run(s) during the late innings of multiple games. Seitzer, who missed most of last season with a wrist injury, is a year away from cracking the first or second team.
Freshman left fielder Max White, Honorable Mention
Even though there were many good outfielders in the Big 12 this year, White deserved more than just an honorable mention. He hit .296 with nine homers and 28 RBIs, both team highs, during conference play. But the most important thing he did for this team was start rallies with mid-to-late inning home runs during conference games. Whenever OU looked dead on offense and would lose, he would hit a homer to put the Sooners' first run on the board, decrease a deficit or tie the game. If White improves his stats next season, there's no reason why he won't be a member of either the first or second team.