Michael Massey is the Big Ten’s second baseman.
It was already a given, but now it’s official, as the junior claimed First Team All-Big Ten honors on Tuesday afternoon.
Massey, who started the year as the team’s designated hitter while rehabbing an injury, has shined in his third year in Champaign. He is hitting .323 with 65 hits, 14 doubles, and a career-high 20 walks.
He also hasn’t made an error since 2017.
All while hitting in the middle of the lineup, leading Illinois to a three-seed in the Big Ten Tournament and mentoring freshman Branden Comia.
In likely his final year in Orange and Blue, Massey can be expected to garner a handful of awards. Already in his career, he was 2018 All-Big Ten Second Team, 2017 All-Big Ten Third Team, 2018 Gold Glove winner and 2017 Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
Other Illini took home honors on Tuesday too.
Center fielder Zac Taylor, closer Garrett Acton (who set the Big Ten record with 19 saves) and starting pitcher Andy Fisher joined Massey on the First Team.
“It’s a pretty cool accomplishment,” said Taylor. “For me personally, I’m happy that I’m doing what I can to help the team win.”