On Tuesday, Collegiate Baseball announced their Freshmen All-Americans for the shortened 2020 season as well as their National Co-Freshmen Players of the Year.
Among the four selected as a Freshman of the Year was Virginia Baseball’s outfielder, Chris Newell. Newell lead the Hoos in batting average this season after starting all 18 games with a .407 average. Amassing 20 RBI and 21 runs scored, Newell posted a .729 slugging percentage and .545 on base percentage. He also lead the team in steals with eight in as many attempts. Last week, Newell became the first freshman since Danny Hultzen in 2009 to be named an All-American when he was placed on the second team.
Joining Newell on the Freshman All-American team was second baseman Max Cotier. Cotier started all 18 games as a freshman as well while batting .338 with a .527 slugging percentage and .410 on base percentage while leading the team in hits (25) and triples (4).
Newell is the first Virginia freshman to ever earn the honor of Freshman of the Year, but this is the third straight season a UVa player has been named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and the first time since 2015 that multiple players have been named. Newell and Cotier are the 18th and 19th player to be named a Freshman All-American under Coach O’Connor at UVa.