Coming in as a freshman and adjusting to playing collegiate baseball is hard, even at the mid-major level. Or at least it’s supposed to be hard. That’s what we’ve seen time and again and have been led to believe. After all, stat sheets all across the country are littered with players who came into collegiate baseball with high acclaim, only to struggle with the harsh realities of competing against teams full of players who also earned places on Division I baseball rosters.
Just don’t tell that to Kevin Strohschein, an outfielder for Tennessee Tech, and one of the most prolific power bats in the country during the 2016 season, his freshman campaign.
The McDonough, Georgia, native hit .393/.447/.707 with 21 doubles, three triples, 15 home runs, and 73 RBI, all the while playing in all 55 of his team’s games. Given those types of numbers, this might go without saying, but he led the Golden Eagles in just about every offensive category. He was tops on the team in runs (57), hits (90), doubles, home runs, and RBI. His triples total was also good for the second on the team, just behind David Garza’s four.
After the season, he was named the Louisville Slugger Co-Freshman of the Year, alongside Clemson standout Seth Beer. He’s also garnering preseason accolades this time around, having been named a First-Team Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball.
After last season, with no prior experience under his belt, what could Strohschein possibly do for an encore as a sophomore?