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How Good has Garrett McCain Been for the Cowboys?

The junior outfielder has been impressive for the team this season.

Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman

After last season’s College World Series success, there was a lot of hope and excitement coming into the season for the Cowboys. However, due to the loss of key players and the fact that the injury bug has bitten the Cowboys quite often, the season has been a bit of a disappointment for not only the fans, but the players and coaches as well.

One bright spot of the season is Garrett McCain.

Last season, McCain hit .203 on the season. He has shattered that this year, as he is currently hitting .372 on the year. he has seen nearly double the at-bats this season, and has had more hits this season (55) than the previous two seasons combined (38). His .372 average on the season is best on the team, 60 points higher than Colin Simpson who has the second-best hitter on the season.

Since the Cowboys have started conference play, McCain has been on an absolute tear. He is hitting .436 in Big 12 play, and has accounted for 22 of the 157 runs in conference play. In other words, McCain accounts for 14 percent of the team’s runs.

As you would expect, McCain leads quite a few offensive categories.

  • At-Bats: 148
  • Runs Scored: 39
  • Hits: 55
  • Doubles: 9
  • Triples: 3
  • On-Base Percentage: .489

McCain isn’t only an offensive threat. He can do it on the defensive side of the ball as well.

On the season, the outfielder has made 60 putouts and has had two assists, including the one above. Out of all the action he gets in the outfield, he has only made one error on the season. His .984 fielding percentage is actually sixth on the team, but he has the best fielding percentage of the starting outfielders.

In a season of so many question marks, it’s nice to see the junior step up and take control of what is overall a young team. Hopefully he sticks around for his senior year, but expect McCain to at least get drafted after posting a season as impressive as this one.