Texas A&M baseball well-represented in SEC honors: Four Aggies on first-team all-SEC

Texas A&M baseball had a dominant regular season, and their individual talent is being recognized in conference honors.
April 19, 2024; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Texas A&M players celebrate a grand slam homer by Caden
April 19, 2024; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Texas A&M players celebrate a grand slam homer by Caden / Gary Cosby Jr.-Tuscaloosa News / USA
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Texas A&M baseball cleans up SEC honors: four on First-Team All-SEC, Grahovac named Freshman of the Year

There was a palpable buzz around this Texas A&M baseball team even before the year began. Many who follow the program knew that the talent that Schloss had assembled in Blue Bell Park resembled that of a champion—and that was being thrown around even before the addition of Stanford transfer Braden Montgomery.

The championship aspirations of the Aggies still have yet to be realized, with the conference tournament set to get underway beginning tomorrow, and regionals not long after the conclusion thereof. However, at the end of the regular season now, it's time for conference honors to be handed out—and you had better believe the Aggies were well-represented.

Three of the nine fielders named to the all-SEC first team were Aggies: Jackson Appel at catcher and Braden Montgomery & Jace LaViolette in the outfield. The reliever spot went to Evan Aschenbeck.

These were all well-deserved. Montgomery and LaViolette are two of the most talented hitters in the nation, and have been great defensively as well. Appel delivered time after time at the plate and was a steadying hand behind it.

Ace pitcher Ryan Prager notched a Second Team All-SEC spot. That's about as good as you can hope for, given that he shares a conference with future big-league star Hagen Smith.

Gavin Grahovac, one of the best players on this amazing Aggie team, was named SEC freshman of the year. This was a no-brainer, in my opinion: he is another one who is fearsome at the plate, and has been nigh impeccable in the field.

He, along with Caden Sorrell, were both named to the all-freshman team. Sorrell has made a couple of huge plays for the Aggies this year, including a highlight home run robbery against South Carolina.

LaViolette and Montgomery, in addition to their first team selection, also made the all-defense team. This has truly been an amazing season for these two, and I'm glad it's being recognized.

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