Roper Named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American
June 7, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois redshirt-freshman Reid Roper was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American as a multiple-position player, Collegiate Baseball newspaper announced. He becomes the Illini's third Freshman All-American in the last five years, joining outfielder Casey McMurray in 2008 and outfielder Willie Argo in 2009.
Roper started all but one game for the Illini in 2012, 48 at second base, three at shortstop and one each at designated hitter and pitcher. He also served as the Illini's closer for much of the year, going 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA and three saves - which tied for 10th in the Big Ten - including a 0.75 ERA as a reliever. He struck out nine and walked only two, allowing only nine hits in 13 1/3 innings for a .196 opponent batting average.
At the plate, he hit .293, which ranked third on the team, with nine doubles, two triples, one home run, 20 RBIs and 32 runs. He made only eight errors for a .967 fielding percentage while being involved in 43 fielding double plays, which ranked seventh in the Big Ten.
Roper is currently playing for the Rochester (Minn.) Honkers of the summer collegiate Northwoods League, where he is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA and six strikeouts in six innings over three appearances on the mound. He also is hitting 2-for-23 (.087) in the first eight games of the NWL season.