HOUSTON - Rice shortstop Ford Proctor has been named a first team Freshman All-America by D1Baseball.com, the publication announced on Wednesday (July 6).
No less than five media organizations covering college baseball have tabbed Proctor as a Freshman All-America selection for the 2016 postseason. In addition to D1Baseball, the Rice Owl rookie was also recently named to the respective Freshman All-America teams by Baseball America, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association (NCBWA), PerfectGame.com and Collegiate Baseball magazine.
D1Baseball 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. Prior to the postseason the 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 C-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.