Texas A&M juniors John Doxakis and Braden Shewmake were named to the Preseason All-SEC team as voted on by the conference’s coaches, the league announced Thursday.
The duo were both named to the All-SEC Second Team. The pair have each hauled in Preseason All-America recognition with Doxakis earning a spot on the D1Baseball.com All-America Second Team and Shewmake named to the Rawlings/Perfect Game All-America Third Team.
In 2018, Doxakis posted an 8-5 record with a 2.70 ERA, .212 opponent batting average while striking out 92 in his 93.1 innings of work.
The Houston native shined in the postseason, notching a 2-0 record, 0.68 ERA and 22 strikeouts over 13.1 innings in his two starts. At the SEC Tournament, Doxakis outpitched Auburn’s Casey Mize, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, by yielding just one run on two hits while striking out 10 in 7.1 innings. In regional play, he worked 6.0 innings against Indiana, allowing one unearned run on one hit and two walks while striking out 12.
Last season, Shewmake earned All-SEC First Team recognition as a shortstop. He played in 61 games, notching a .327 batting average with 43 runs, eight doubles, four triples, five home runs, 45 RBI and 12 stolen bases.
As a freshman, Shewmake filled up his trophy case playing second base. In addition to earning the Aggies' first SEC Freshman of the Year honor, he was named All-America First Team by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and All-America Second Team by the American Baseball Coaches Association and D1Baseball.com. Collegiate Baseball named him National Freshman of the Year and the NCBWA christened Shewmake the District VII Player of the Year.
He was the only Aggie to start all 64 games in 2017. As a rookie, he batted .328 with 90 hits, 47 runs, 18 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 69 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Shewmake logged a .529 slugging percentage. His 34 RBI in SEC play ranked third in the league. He hit .307 with 15 runs, five doubles and seven home runs in conference action.
For his career, Shewmake has played in 133 games, batting .336 with 90 runs, 26 doubles, six triples, 16 home runs, 114 RBI and 23 stolen bases.
The Maroon and White commence the 2019 season on February 15-17 when they host the Fordham Rams in a three-game series on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.