Aug. 15, 2011
University of New Mexico baseball’s first baseman Trey Porras has been named the top first baseman and batting champion of the Texas Collegiate League. Porras earned the award for his outstanding offensive performance this summer for the Brazos Valley Bombers.
Porras became the Bombers’ second consecutive first baseman to receive the TCL’s award, following Wes Patterson from 2010. Porras led the league with a .344 batting average on the season, hitting almost exclusively from the No. three spot in the order, and was recognized in June with the TCL Player of the Week award.
The TCL is a league that plays host to 250-plus players from 91 different colleges and universities. Some of the more nationally-recognized programs that send their standouts to the TCL include Alabama, Arkansas, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, and Wichita State to name a few.
What makes Porras’ batting crown all the more impressive is the fact that he beat out TCL Player of the Year, Taylor Dugas, a two-time all-SEC performer and All-American outfielder from Alabama. Dugas was an eighth-round selection by the Chicago Cubs in the June draft.
Porras is somewhat of a Cinderella story. Believe it or not, the young man from Richmond, Texas, actually found himself on UNM’s bench for the majority of last season. It wasn’t until an opening was created in the Lobos’ infield right before the MW tournament, which allowed Porras to get his shot at redemption.
Porras was patient throughout the season and took in all of the coaching he could get from head coach Ray Birmingham. Once Porras got his shot in the MW tournament, he took that it and ran with it, posting a .438 average en route to helping UNM win its first ever MW tournament championship.
"I’ve grown a lot as a hitter under coach Birmingham," Porras said before earning his honor. "He has taught me a professional approach at the plate that not just anybody can teach."
Birmingham is known for turning out great hitters. He has coached some of the best hitters in college baseball, including Justin Howard, who was the nations’ leading hitter in 2010.
Porras and the Lobos are hoping his performance this summer translates to the regular season. The Lobos will need Porras’ offensive production as they once again look to be a player in the MW and NCAA. Coach Birmingham and the Lobos are very excited swinging the bat the 'Lobo way'.
Porras’ isn’t back in Albuquerque quite yet, as his season continues with the Bombers. They are currently in the postseason and are threatening to make a push for the TCL crown.