Former Cowley College baseball standout and current minor leaguer Cody Milligan was recently named a first-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
The ABCA/Rawlings All-America teams are the oldest All-America teams in college baseball, founded in 1949, and are the only teams selected by coaches. They are selected in nine divisions, from NCAA to high school.
Milligan was the lone catcher named to the first team.
“This is a great honor for Cody and well deserved,” Cowley coach Dave Burroughs said.
Milligan was named to the Juco World Series All-Tournament team, and was the Jayhawk East Most Valuable Player and an all-conference and all-region first-team selection, as well as a first-team NJCAA Division I All-American.
Milligan, who was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft, finished the 2019 season batting .453 with 65 RBI and a school-record nine triples. He was also successful on all 30 stolen-base attempts.
Milligan helped the Tigers (47-14) to capture their third straight Jayhawk East title and qualify for the World Series for the third time in the past four seasons.
Milligan is off to a solid start with the Rookie League Danville Braves, batting .281 with a home run and six RBI through the first 23 games of his professional career. Milligan leads the Braves in walks (17) and is second on the team in hits (25), runs (19), stolen bases (five), and on-base percentage (.413).