What a week it has been for Missouri baseball's T.J. Sikkema.

Only four days after Sikkema was selected by the New York Yankees with the 38th overall pick in the MLB draft, he announced that he officially signed with the organization Friday. MLB.com's Mark Feinsand also tweeted that Sikkema signed for his slot value of $1.95 million.

Later in the day, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced its 2019 Division I District Players of the Year, and Sikkema earned District 6 honors.

The DeWitt, Iowa, product became one of the nation's top pitchers in 2019, posting a 7-4 record with a 1.32 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 88.2 innings pitched. As of Friday, his season ERA ranked third in the country, while he also ranks eighth in hits allowed per nine innings (5.48), 22nd in WHIP (0.96) and 65th in strikeouts.

Accolades have been rolling in for Sikkema over the past few weeks. He had already earned third team all-America honors by Collegiate Baseball — the first Missouri player to receive first, second or third team honors in 10 years — and he was also named second team all-SEC and a 2019 Golden Spikes award semifinalist.

  • A fall 2018 Battle Spartans football reporter for the Columbia Missourian, Ryan is from Elk Grove Village, IL. He is a senior studying sports journalism and secondary education at the University of Missouri.

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