Baseball: Oklahoma Junior Mac James Added to Olson Award Watch List

Posted by Gilbert Sam on 7:40 PM
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Oklahoma University's Mac James, front dives towards home plate as TCU catcher Kyle Bacak makes the tag for the out during the first inning of Friday's May 9, 2014 baseball game at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. Special/Bob Haynes
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Oklahoma Junior Mac James has been named to the Gregg Olson Award Watch list, given to the nation's Breakout Player of the Year.

After playing just nine games as a reserve catcher in his sophomore season, James has 51 games at five different positions, including catcher, first base, third base, left field and designated hitter. He is one of the top hitters in the Big 12 with a .347 batting average, while also leading the Sooners in runs batted in at 39 to go with 30 runs scored and five home runs.

The award is named after former Auburn Tiger star pitcher Gregg Olson, who became one of the top collegiate players in the nation after an initial season filled with only mixed success. Olson went on to become a two-time All American, first round draft pick, American League Rookie of the Year and MLB All Star.

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Semifinalists are slated to be named, Friday, May 30th at the start of NCAA Regional play and the finalists are scheduled to be announced on Friday, June 6th at the beginning of Super Regional action.

The winner of the 2014 Gregg Olson Award will be named in Omaha, Nebraska during the College World Series which is to be held this season at TD Ameritrade Park from June 14-June 24/25.

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