Jags' Perkins, Swaggerty named first-team all-Central Region
GREENSBORO, N.C. – University of South Alabama catcher Carter Perkins and outfielder Travis Swaggerty were each named 2018 First-Team All-Central Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Wednesday.
Perkins was a Second-Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection this season after finishing 10th in the league in home runs (9), and ranked 10th in the SBC in slugging percentage (.543) in conference contests. He batted .301 with nine doubles, nine home runs, 43 RBIs, 38 runs scored, a .410 on-base percentage and .506 slugging percentage in 53 games played. In 26 SBC games played, Perkins hit .326 with five doubles, five home runs, 21 RBIs, 21 runs scored, .427 OBP and .543 slugging percentage. He hit safely in 32 of 53 games this season, and recorded 17 multiple-hit and 10 multi-RBI contests.
Swaggerty earned First-Team All-SBC honors this season after finishing second in the Sun Belt Conference in walks (54), fifth in on-base percentage (.455), tied for fifth in home runs (13), tied for eighth in runs scored (57) and 10th in slugging percentage (.526). He was selected in the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 10th overall pick on June 4, making him the fifth Jaguar in the program's history to be selected in round one of the draft. Swaggerty batted .296 with 10 doubles, 13 home runs, 38 RBIs, 57 runs scored, nine stolen bases, a .455 OBP and .526 slugging percentage in 57 games played this season. In 29 SBC contests, he hit .276 with four doubles, eight home runs, 23 RBIs, 29 runs scored, six stolen bases, .401 OBP and .517 slugging percentage. Swaggerty hit safely in 44 of 57 games this season, and recorded 16 multiple-hit and nine multi-RBI contests.
ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors, with the All-America teams announced on Sat., June 16. The finalists for the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I Gold Glove Team will be announced on Twitter on Mon., June 18, and the Gold Glove Teams will be announced on Wed., June 20.