Tinsley Adds All-Midwest Region to Accolades
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) announced Wednesday afternoon that Kansas junior catcher Michael Tinsley earned a spot on the 2016 ABCA/Rawlings All-Midwest Region Second Team.
This accolade comes days after Tinsley was selected in the seventh round of the 2016 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft by the Cleveland Indians – the 26th Jayhawk to be picked in the top-10 rounds and the highest draft pick among catchers all-time at KU.
Tinsley closed out a three-year career with one of the best offensive seasons at Kansas. He posted the best single-season batting average at KU since 2010 with a .377 clip (80-for-212), led the Big 12 in average and in hits (80); ranked third in runs scored (47), seventh in RBIs (42) and fifth in on-base percentage (.460). His efforts earned him a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection, the first-ever for a catcher in Kansas history.
Tinsley blasted 25 multi-hit games this season that included 15 two-hit, nine three-hit and one four-hit contest. He strung together two different 10-plus game hitting streaks finishing with a season-high 13 and reached base in a team-best 25 consecutive games. At one point, he raised his batting average to .403 during the season. If that was not enough, he was the toughest hitter to strikeout in the Big 12 averaging just one punch out every 11.8 at bats.
TINSLEY SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
ABCA/Rawlings All-Midwest Region Second Team
Seventh round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians (212 overall)
All-Big 12 First Team unanimous selection
Johnny Bench Award Semifinalist
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