(June 15, 2017) The Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award announced today that Texas Tech infielder Hunter Hargrove has won the 2017 award. Hargrove will be honored at a gala on Sept. 26 at the Fort Worth Club in downtown Fort Worth.
Hargrove, a senior from Mansfield Texas, was the Co-Player of the Year in the Big 12 Conference. He led the league in doubles as well as total bases during the regular season. Hargrove led the Red Raiders with a .343 batting average this season. He also held the team’s top marks in hits (84), doubles (26) and runs (56), while driving in 51 RBIs. Hargrove helped lead Texas Tech to its second straight Big 12 title. He is also a two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree who will graduate in December with a degree in Media Strategies from the College of Media & Communication.
“This means everything to me,” said Hargrove. “It’s great to be recognized for what I did on and off the field. A lot of the credit goes to my teammates and coaches. We had a really solid team this year that included a few seniors mixed in with some very talented younger players. I was lucky enough to put up some really good numbers this year and a lot of that was the fact my teammates were getting on base in front of me. I was fortunate enough to play every day. I gave it everything I had this season. It’s a blessing to win the Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award.”
On Wednesday, Hargrove was selected in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Oakland Athletics organization.
The inaugural award, created by the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation, was open to nominations from all Division I baseball programs in Texas.
The BBCSA originally had 22 players nominated for the award from 21 Division I programs in the state. Eight more players were added to the watch list at midseason. A 15-member selection committee voted on the candidates. The award is based on performance at the plate, academics and personal integrity.
“I am very excited about our inaugural Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award winner, Hunter Hargrove,” said BBCSA executive director Tracy Taylor. “I believe the selection committee did a great job evaluating all the criteria that were set forth for the award. Hunter was the only player ranked in the top five in virtually every hitting category we looked at and was ranked third on the Watch List in a key stat (walk to strikeout ratio), identified by Dr. Bobby Brown, former New York Yankee great and advisory board member, and former TCU baseball coach and selection committee member Lance Brown, as the hallmark of a great hitter. The other semifinalists were ranked 18th, 24th and 30th on that measure. On top of that, Hunter is twice an Academic All Big-12 Honoree and has been described as a leader both on and off the field. Everyone that we talked to could not say enough about Hunter as a player and a person.”
Hargrove was a three-year varsity letter winner at Mansfield High School where he played every position on the field during his three-year prep career. As a senior, he earned several honors, including District Most Valuable Player, North Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star, Second Team All-State, and Texas Coaches Association All-Star. Hunter is the son of Randy and Jennie Hargrove.