TEXAS TECH'S MASEK & BARRIOS HONORED BY BASEBALL AMERICA
Juniors Trey Masek and Jake Barrios among top MLB Draft prospects by Baseball America
LUBBOCK, Texas - A pair of Texas Tech juniors were honored Monday by Baseball America who released its Big 12 Conference preview while both right-handed pitcher Trey Masek (Giddings, Texas) and infielder Jake Barrios (Weatherford, Okla.) were among its "Top Prospects" heading into the 2013 season.
Masek was tabbed the No. 2 draft prospect in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma's left-handed pitcher Dillon Overton.
Masek is Tech's most experienced pitcher with 34 career appearances, 17 starts and with 120 innings pitched with 79 strikeouts while posting seven wins and two saves over the past two seasons. Last summer Masek emerged as one of the top pitchers in the prestigious Cape Cod League as he ranked fifth in the league with 47 strikeouts and went 3-3 with a 3.17 ERA while being named an all-star.
Barrios was listed as the No. 15 MLB Draft prospect in the league as he enters his first season with the Red Raiders after back-to-back standout years at Seward County Community College in the Jayhawk Conference.
Barrios batted .354 (70-for-198) as a sophomore at Seward County with 45 runs, 14 doubles, two triples and 49 RBI. He was named the league's freshman of the year, all-conference and all-region as a freshman with a .359 batting average, 13 doubles, eight home runs and 58 RBI. He was also named to the NJCAA All-Tournament team in Grand Junction, Colo. at the JUCO World Series.
The Red Raiders were predicted to finish in sixth-place in the nine-team baseball league by the publication.
Texas Tech will open its season hosting Opening Day on Friday, Feb. 15 against Northern Illinois with a 6 p.m. first pitch at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock during day one of the fourth-annual Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic.
Big 12 Preseason Poll - Baseball America
5. Oklahoma State
6. Texas Tech
7. Kansas State
9. West Virginia