After helping his team take home the regular-season crown in its first season in the Big East, junior first baseman Reagan Fowler earned Big East Preseason Player of the Year honors for the 2015 season.

Fowler also earned the 2015 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America honors, being voted to the third team.

“He’s a really good college player. He deserves that recognition before the season starts,” coach Ed Servais said.

In his first season in the Big East, Fowler led the team in batting average, sporting a .362. Infielder Jake Peter, now with the Chicago White Sox organization, finished a distant second, batting .299. He also tied the team-high in walks with 26, helping his Big East-best .464 on-base percentage.

Last season, Fowler was named the 2014 Big East Co-Player of the Year.

“I’ll be curious to see how pitchers work around him,” Servais said. “We’ve got to get a good guy in front of Reagan and we’ve got to get a really good guy behind him.”

With the loss of Peter and outfielders Mike Gerber and Brad McKewon at the top of the lineup, other players are expected to step up.

Fowler expressed faith that his teammates would be able to fill the shoes and produce runs.

Fowler’s 16 doubles and nine stolen bases led the team as well, and he added three triples and 27 RBIs.

“I think Reagan is going to have to provide more RBIs for us,” Servais said. “Last year he was a really, really good hitter, but we’re going to need more than 30 RBIs out of him; he’s going to have to give us 40-50 RBIs. I think he will if we can get the guys in front of him to get on base.”

Aside from being a force at the plate, Fowler made his presence known defensively as well, posting a .997 fielding percentage. He was responsible for a team-leading 557 putouts on the year and committed only two errors.

While the Bluejays went on to take home the Big East regular-season Championship, the season finished on a sour note as the team came up just short of a tournament championship.

In the opening round, the Bluejays defeated Xavier with a 9-2 win. Creighton bounced the Seton Hall Pirates in the semifinal with a 2-1 win as Fowler knocked in the game-winning RBI. However, a 5-0 loss to the same Xavier Musketeers left the Bluejays just short of the coveted championship.

“It’s been a thing that we’ve talked about all fall and all winter and now it’s time,” Fowler said. “Our goal is to win the Big East.”

Fowler spent his summer playing with the Willmar Stingers in the Northwoods League. In 54 games, he batted .315, racking up 32 RBIs and 32 runs. He had a team-high 17 doubles and also hit two home runs, something he has yet to do in the confines of TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.

“Reagan is going to provide a little more power,” Servais said. “He’s a little stronger this year; he worked on that this summer. He had a really good summer in the Northwoods League. He’s driving the ball a little bit more than what he did in previous years.”

A 2011 Second Team All-State selection out of Millard South High School, Fowler redshirted his freshman year in 2012 before making his debut in Creighton’s final season in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Fowler immediately became the starting first baseman, playing 44 games in his debut season. He also made an immediate impact, reaching base safely in each of his first 31 games played. He batted .282 with 20 RBIs and a team-leading 32 walks. The Bluejays finished 13-8 in conference play but suffered an early exit from the conference tournament.

With numerous accolades already, Fowler will look to help Creighton reach its goal of a tournament championship that has been elusive so far in his career.

“There’s no second chances; once we get there we have to come through this time,” Fowler said.

The Bluejays are tabbed second in the Big East preseason poll, one vote behind the St. John’s Red Storm and two votes ahead of Seton Hall.

Creighton will begin its season with nine road games starting on Feb. 13 against Cal State Bakersfield.

The quest for a conference title will begin on April 2, when the Jays travel to Washington, D.C. to take on Georgetown.

After helping his team take home the regular-season crown in its first season in the Big East, junior first baseman Reagan Fowler earned Big East Preseason Player of the Year honors for the 2015 season. 

 

Fowler also earned the 2015 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America honors, being voted to the third team.

 

“He’s a really good college player. He deserves that recognition before the season starts,” coach Ed Servais said. 

 

In his first season in the Big East, Fowler led the team in batting average, sporting a .362. Infielder Jake Peter, now with the Chicago White Sox organization, finished a distant second, batting .299. He also tied the team-high in walks with 26, helping his Big East-best .464 on-base percentage.       

 

Last season, Fowler was named the 2014 Big East Co-Player of the Year.

 

“I’ll be curious to see how pitchers work around him,” Servais said. “We’ve got to get a good guy in front of Reagan and we’ve got to get a really good guy behind him.”

 

With the loss of Peter and outfielders Mike Gerber and Brad McKewon at the top of the lineup, other players are expected to step up.

 

Fowler expressed faith that his teammates would be able to fill the shoes and produce runs.   

 

Fowler’s 16 doubles and nine stolen bases led the team as well, and he added three triples and 27 RBIs. 

 

“I think Reagan is going to have to provide more RBIs for us,” Servais said.  “Last year he was a really, really good hitter, but we’re going to need more than 30 RBIs out of him; he’s going to have to give us 40-50 RBIs. I think he will if we can get the guys in front of him to get on base.”    

 

Aside from being a force at the plate, Fowler made his presence known defensively as well, posting a .997 fielding percentage. He was responsible for a team-leading 557 putouts on the year and committed only two errors. 

 

While the Bluejays went on to take home the Big East regular-season Championship, the season finished on a sour note as the team came up just short of a tournament championship. 

 

In the opening round, the Bluejays defeated Xavier with a 9-2 win. Creighton bounced the Seton Hall Pirates in the semifinal with a 2-1 win as Fowler knocked in the game-winning RBI.  However, a 5-0 loss to the same Xavier Musketeers left the Bluejays just short of the coveted championship. 

 

“It’s been a thing that we’ve talked about all fall and all winter and now it’s time,” Fowler said. “Our goal is to win the Big East.”

 

Fowler spent his summer playing with the Willmar Stingers in the Northwoods League. In 54 games, he batted .315, racking up 32 RBIs and 32 runs.  He had a team-high 17 doubles and also hit two home runs, something he has yet to do in the confines of TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.    

 

“Reagan is going to provide a little more power,” Servais said. “He’s a little stronger this year; he worked on that this summer. He had a really good summer in the Northwoods League. He’s driving the ball a little bit more than what he did in previous years.”

 

A 2011 Second Team All-State selection out of Millard South High School, Fowler redshirted his freshman year in 2012 before making his debut in Creighton’s final season in the Missouri Valley Conference. 

 

Fowler immediately became the starting first baseman, playing 44 games in his debut season. He also made an immediate impact, reaching base safely in each of his first 31 games played. He batted .282 with 20 RBIs and a team-leading 32 walks.  The Bluejays finished 13-8 in conference play but suffered an early exit from the conference tournament.                

 

With numerous accolades already, Fowler will look to help Creighton reach its goal of a tournament championship that has been elusive so far in his career. 

 

“There’s no second chances; once we get there we have to come through this time,” Fowler said. 

 

The Bluejays are tabbed second in the Big East preseason poll, one vote behind the St. John’s Red Storm and two votes ahead of Seton Hall. 

 

Creighton will begin its season with nine road games starting on Feb. 13 against Cal State Bakersfield. 

 

The quest for a conference title will begin on April 2, when the Jays travel to Washington, D.C. to take on Georgetown.    

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