New Mexico's Padilla and TCU's Morrison and Cron named to 2012 <i>Baseball America</i> Freshman All-America Teams

July 5, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - TCU right-hander Preston Morrison received first-team accolades when Baseball America announced its 2012 Freshman All-America teams on Wednesday. TCU first baseman Kevin Cron and New Mexico outfielder Ryan Padilla were among those named to the second team.

Padilla, a second-team all-Mountain West honoree, batted .353 with 19 doubles, five home runs and 49 RBIs, a .430 on-base percentage and a .525 slugging percentage this season, ranking third on the team in all six categories. The Albuquerque, N.M., native also contributed 49 runs, 79 hits, two triples and four stolen bases. Padilla was also chosen a Louisville Slugger and NCBWA Freshman All-American.

Morrison, a product of Waxhaw, N.C., was chosen as the MW Pitcher and Freshman of the Year in 2012, becoming the first player in league history to capture both accolades in the same season. The unanimous first-team all-MW pick made 11 starts in 22 appearances in 2012, posting a 9-2 record and 2.08 earned run average. In 112.2 innings on the mound, he recorded 72 strikeouts against 12 walks while limiting opponents to a .216 batting average. This marks the fourth postseason accolade for Morrison, who was also named a Louisville Slugger Third-Team and Freshman All-American and NCBWA Freshman All-American.

Cron, an MW all-tournament team selection, was the top hitter for the Horned Frogs in 2012 with a .338 batting average. Cron started 43 games for TCU, switching between first base and the designated hitter position. The Phoenix, Ariz., native also contributed 20 runs scored, 34 RBI, seven doubles and six home runs.