The 2012 baseball season has not even begun yet, but a lot of buzz has been surrounding Texas Tech senior closer John Neely.
Earlier this fall Neely was named to the Top 100 College Baseball Players List by Baseball America, and now has garnered his second preseason award.
On Wednesday, the Sugarland native was named a 2012 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason second-team All-American.
This is the second year Neely has been named to this list, last season he was named to the third-team All-American squad.
With this recognition it marks the first time a Red Raider
has garnered All-American Honors since outfielder Roger Kieschnick
in 2008, and is the first Tech pitcher to receive the honor in 12 years; Shane
Wright was the last pitcher to receive that honor in 1999.
Neely opened eyes around the country last season working out of the bullpen for the Red Raiders and went 9-1 and held his ERA just under three at 2.97.
In 30 appearances Neely struck out 56 batters and locked down seven saves, and allowed no long balls with at least 25 innings pitched, which hadn't been done in 16 years by a Red Raider.
Neely was not the only player representing the Big 12 Conference on the list as Texas A&M had right-handed pitcher Ross Stripling and outfielder Tyler Naquin make the first team. The University of Texas was the only other school represented by right-handed pitcher Cory Knebel, who made the first team, and third baseman Eric Weiss, who made the third team.
First chance to see Neely in action will be when the Red Raiders open Rip Griffin Park with the season opener on February 17 against Missouri State with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.