Freshman Colton Shaver received national recognition after being named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Shaver was instrumental in BYU’s success during the season and helped the team clinch the No. 3 seed in the West Coast Conference Tournament.
Shaver spent most of his time as a designated hitter but helped the Cougars at both catcher and first base when needed.
“I’m so excited for Colton. The average fan sees the home runs that Colton hit, but he did so much more for this team than just hit home runs. I believe he gave Dillon Robinson the opportunity to have a great year at the plate by protecting him all year long,” said BYU coach Mike Littlewood. “Colton also gave us depth behind the plate, and he worked extremely hard to improve his trade both at the plate, behind the plate and at first base. This honor is well deserved, and we appreciate Louisville Slugger for recognizing Colton.”
Shaver came to BYU after prepping at Jordan High School in Sandy. He finished the year with a batting average of .478, 12 home runs and a slugging percentage of 1.033. His performance led him to being awarded as both Utah Gatorade Player of the Year and Utah’s Mr. Baseball. He had no problem handling the jump from high school to collegiate competition. He finished his freshman year with a batting average of .313, led the team in home runs with 13, finished second in RBIs with 42 and led the team in slugging percentage with .595.
Cougar fans have a lot to look forward to next season as Shaver looks to get even better for his sophomore campaign.