CAREY, N.C. – The postseason baseball honors continue for Rice freshman Ford Proctor. The Owls’ rookie shortstop has been named a first team Freshman All-America by Baseball America, the publication announced on Monday (June 27).
It's the third national freshman All-America selection for Proctor, who was also recently named to Freshman All-America teams by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association (NCBWA) and Collegiate Baseball magazine. Baseball America selected Proctor as a First Team Freshman All-America honoree from among the first-year players competing at 300 NCAA Division I programs across the nation. In his debut season of Division I baseball Proctor started 61 of Rice's 62 games at shortstop, including 45 batting either third or fourth in the order. He batted a steady .336 for the full season and was electric in the Owls' run to the final game of the C-USA Tournament, hitting two home runs and totaling seven RBI with a .700 slugging percentage. Last month Conference USA head coaches and the league's media members voted Proctor as the C-USA Freshman of the Year.
Under the direction and daily training regimen of Rice head coach Wayne Graham, Proctor ranked among the Conference USA leaders in batting average (.336) and hits (75), and he finished as high as eighth in the league in on-base percentage (.428) and tied for ninth in walks (34). The Beaumont, Texas, native also led the Owls in RBI (41), slugging (.471) and multiple-hit games (19), tallying a career-high three hits in a single game on six different occasions. At one point Proctor hit safely in 18-consecutive games, but his offensive skills were only part of the story. The Rice rookie showed good defensive range for a .954 fielding percentage in his debut season at the Division I level, turning or starting 36 of the Owls' 52 double plays.
Proctor follows a host of Owls to earn Freshman All-America honors, most recently Ryan Chandler in 2015. In 2016 Rice baseball finished with a 38-24 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 22nd-straight year.