COLUMBUS, Ohio – Juniors Troy Montgomery, Ronnie Dawson and Tanner Tully, members of the Ohio State baseball team, were named to the Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch List, the conference office announced Wednesday afternoon.
Montgomery, a third team NCBWA Preseason All-American, was a 2015 second team All-Big Ten selection after batting .317 with 54 runs scored, 12 doubles, six triples, four home runs and a conference-best 35 stolen bases. His 35 swipes tied the OSU single-season record. Defensively, Montgomery did not commit an error in 55 starts. This is Montgomery’s fifth preseason honor after being named to the all-conference list by Perfect Game, Top 300 College Players by D1Baseball and Top 10 B1G prospect list by Baseball America.
Tully, the 2014 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, returns to the hill for his third season with the Scarlet and Gray after finishing 4-4 with a 4.32 ERA in 75.0 innings pitched last year. The native of Elkhart, Ind., Tully allowed just 15 walks, fifth-lowest mark in the league, while fanning 44 batters as the Buckeyes’ Friday night starter. Tully was named a top 20 B1G prospect by D1Baseball earlier this week.
Dawson, a native of Grove City, Ohio, batted. 279 with 15 doubles, seven home runs, 34 RBI along with 16 stolen bases as a sophomore. Over the summer, Dawson, a 2014 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, was named an All-Star in the talented Cape Cod League and was named MVP of the 2016 Scarlet and Gray World Series this past fall. A Top 300 College Prospect by D1Basebal and Top 10 B1G prospect by Baseball America, he has tallied 39 career extra base hits, including 11 home runs with 26 stolen bases.
Ohio State opens the 2016 campaign at the Historic Dodgertown Classic Feb. 19-21 in Vero Beach, Fla.