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Aggie Gonzales named national baseball player of year

New Mexico State’s Nick Gonzales, shown sliding into third base in action this season vs. Iona, was named national Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball News. (Anthony Mckenna/NM State Athletics)

They were small sample sizes for every college baseball player in the nation in 2020. And New Mexico State’s Nick Gonzales had the best performance of them all.

So said Collegiate Baseball News, which on Tuesday named the Aggie star the national player of the year — a first ever for an Aggie.

The junior infielder from Vail, Arizona, was on pace for one of the greatest offensive seasons, statistically, in college baseball history before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus.

Gonzales is projected a very high first-round draft pick in the upcoming Major League Baseball draft, which is scheduled for June 10-11.

Gonzales hit .448 through 16 game. His 12 homers, 36 RBIs and 67 total bases led the nation. He owned a national-best record of 83 consecutive games on base when the season ended.

As leader of the 17-player first-team All-America roster, it was the third consecutive season Gonzales earned elite mention from Collegiate Baseball. He was first-team All-American as a sophomore and walk-on freshman All-American in 2018.

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