McGruder led the Big 12 in six offensive statistical categories in 2012, including triples, stolen bases, and on-base percentage, and is the first player in Tech history to lead the team in stolen bases and triples for three consecutive seasons.
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New Head Baseball Coach Tim Tadlock made his first hire. J-Bob Thomas comes Howard College to be hitting coach at Texas Tech.
McGruder led the Big 12 in 10 statistical categories this season while batting .358, and is an All-Big 12 first team selection and a semifinalist for the Dick Howser trophy.
Tadlock served as interim head coach following the firing of former coach Dan Spencer.
This marks the 10th time in Tech history to have at least two top-10 round MLB Draft picks in the same year.
The Dick Howser Trophy, named for the man who managed the Florida State Seminoles, New York Yankees, and the Kansas Series Royals, is considered one of the top awards for college baseball players.
If Texas Tech wins the series against the Wildcats, they advance to the Big 12 Tournament.
The Red Raiders and the Aggies will play a three-game conference series this weekend, and Tech is trying for their first series win over A&M on the road since 1995.
The Red Raiders will next play Missouri at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park on Friday in a three-game series.
The Red Raiders next take on Oklahoma State at Stillwater on Friday at 6:30 p.m.