LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech baseball's Brian Klein was named to Collegiate Baseball's 2020 Preseason All-America team, the publication announced today.
This marks the first All-America recognition of any kind for Klein, who was selected to the outlet's second team. He is the seventh Red Raider to earn preseason All-America honors since 2017 and the 16th since 2000.
Klein joins an impressive list of Red Raiders that have been recognized on CBN's preseason teams the last few seasons. Last year, the trio of Josh Jung, Gabe Holt and Caleb Kilian, were honored while Steven Gingery and current teammate John McMillon earned nods prior to 2018.
Klein has been the model of consistency for Texas Tech the last two seasons as he has helped the program reach back-to-back College World Series for the first time in team history. He returns as a top offensive threat after hitting .315 a year ago while starting all 66 games at second base.
The senior not only increased his RBI output from 34 as a sophomore to 57 his junior year, but he also led the country in sacrifice flies last season with 11. Klein's 2019 numbers ranked near the top of the Big 12 in several categories, including walks (3rd), hits (4th), doubles (6th) and runs (7th).
Klein came up clutch on the biggest stage as he hit two of his three home runs last season in Omaha. His two dingers at the College World Series led the Red Raiders, while he also tied for the team lead in hits, RBI and runs scored.
Coming off their third Big 12 title in four years and their fourth College World Series appearance in six seasons, the Red Raiders are set to open the 2020 campaign on Friday, Feb. 14, against Houston Baptist at 1 p.m. from Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
TEXAS TECH PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS (since 1999)
2019 – Brian Klein (2nd Team)
2019 – Josh Jung (1st Team)
2019 – Gabe Holt (2nd Team)
2019 – Caleb Kilian (2nd Team)
2018 – LHP Steven Gingery (1st Team)
2018 – UTL John McMillon (3rd Team)
2017 – RHP Davis Martin (3rd Team)
2015 - 1B Eric Gutierrez (1st Team)
2012 - RHP John Neely (2nd Team)
2012 - OF Barrett Barnes (3rd Team)
2008 - OF Roger Kieschnick (2nd Team)
2007 - C Matt Smith (3rd Team)
2007 - OF Roger Kieschnick (3rd Team)
2005 - SS Cameron Blair (1st Team)
2002 - 3B Nick Blankenship (2nd Team)
1999 - RHP Shane Wright (1st Team)
1999 - C Josh Bard (2nd Team)
*Note Preseason All-Americans listed above designated included but not limited to Collegiate Baseball distinctions