2016 D1Baseball Preseason All-Americans

2016 D1Baseball Preseason All-Americans

Florida and Louisville topped the D1Baseball.com Top 25 rankings a couple of weeks ago, and the two teams are well represented this week, too, with the unveiling of D1Baseball’s Preseason All-America teams.

Louisville's Brendan McKay (Aaron Fitt)
Louisville’s Brendan McKay (Aaron Fitt)

The Gators and Cardinals put five players each on the three teams, with the Cards placing three on the first team, and the Gators two. Louisville was represented on the first team by gritty second baseman Nick Solak, outfielder Corey Ray and outstanding two-way star Brendan McKay, while Florida was headlined by hard-hitting J.J. Schwarz at the designated hitter spot, and lefthanded pitcher A.J. Puk.

Other teams were well represented on the teams, too. Wake Forest, which enters the season unranked, had a pair of players on the teams, with Will Craig earning first-team third base honors and Nate Mondou earning second-team honors at second base. Last year’s CWS Finalists, Vanderbilt and Virginia, also placed two players apiece on the teams, as did preseason No. 4 Texas A&M and No. 7 LSU.

D1Baseball.com editors Aaron Fitt and Kendall Rogers selected the Preseason All-America teams with one guiding principle in mind: To identify the best and most valuable college baseball players for the 2016 season. Past performance and future upside factored into the deliberations, but the goal was neither to identify the best future major leaguers nor to reward the players who have put up the gaudiest numbers in past seasons (particularly since the level of competition varies significantly from one conference to another). The objective was to select the players who would provide the most value for a team that wanted to win the College World Series in 2016—the players who are best equipped to perform at an elite level if they were matched up against elite college competition this spring.

Finally, please note that all players are listed only at positions they are expected to play in 2016, except for players listed at DH. The “utility” spot was used to recognize the nation’s top two-way players.

Kyle Lewis, Mercer
Mercer’s Kyle Lewis made quite a name for himself at the Cape Cod League. (Mercer Athletics)

First-Team Hitters

CZack Collins, MiamiJr..302/.445/.587242617315707
Premium lefthanded power bat is getting better and better behind the plate
1BK.J. Harrison, Oregon StateSo..309/.401/.527220406810601
One of nation's top freshman bats last year should be even better as a soph
2BNick Solak, LouisvilleJr..324/.416/.439244477934018
Athletic slasher can hit for average, rack up doubles and steal bases
3BWill Craig, Wake ForestJr..382/.496/.702191527313582
Reigning ACC Player of the Year is a fearsome masher, also pitches
SSErrol Robinson, Ole MissJr..297/.376/.36420931621306
Elite range, body control and actions make Robinson a gifted defender
OFKyle Lewis, MercerJr..367/.423/.677226498317563
Top prospect in Cape Cod League is a physical specimen with huge power potential
OFCorey Ray, LouisvilleJr..325/.389/.5432654686115634
A marquee power-speed threat with lightning-quick bat speed
OFBuddy Reed, FloridaJr..305/.367/.433282518644718
Talented switch-hitter showed plus-plus speed and defense with Team USA
DHJ.J. Schwarz, FloridaSo..332/.398/.629256608518731
Slugger finished third nationally in homers and RBIs as a freshman last year
UTBrendan McKay, LouisvilleSo..308/.418/.43121132654344
Last year's national Freshman of the Year controls the zone, drives the gaps

First-Team Pitchers

SPConnor Jones, VirginiaJr.733.19180115.29452113
Omaha hero can dominate with very heavy 92-95 fastball and 3 quality offspeed pitches
SPAlex Lange, LSUSo.1201.971701148746131
Blew away SEC as a freshman with fastball that reaches mid-90s, filthy curve, good change
SPA.J. Puk, FloridaJr.943.81170785935104
Towering southpaw has nasty angle on 93-96 fastball and emerging secdonary stuff
SPMike Shawaryn, MarylandJr.1321.711701168529138
No pitcher in college baseball commands his entire repertoire better than Shawaryn
RPZach Jackson, ArkansasJr.512.5327960433889
His mid-90s fastball is nice, but Jackson's power curveball may be nation's best pitch
UTBrendan McKay, LouisvilleSo.931.7720496.25334117
Lefthander has superb feel for pitching with 88-92 fastball and swing-and-miss curve

California ace righty Daulton Jefferies (Shotgun Spratling)
California ace righty Daulton Jefferies (Shotgun Spratling)

Second-Team Hitters

CChris Okey, ClemsonJr..315/.389/.545235507412573
1BPeter Alonso, FloridaJr..301/.398/.50314333435320
2BNate Mondou, Wake ForestJr..338/.391/.581222517510575
3BNick Senzel, TennesseeJr..325/.399/.49520033654287
SSStephen Alemais, TulaneJr..312/.361/.392250437812227
OFNick Banks, Texas A&MJr..354/.450/.53623951878489
OFBryan Reynolds, VanderbiltJr..318/.388/.462286569154917
OFStephen Wrenn, GeorgiaJr..324/.400/.482222387282828
DHMatt Thaiss, VirginiaJr..323/.413/.512254498210644
UTBobby Dalbec, ArizonaJr..319/.410/.601213436815530

Second-Team Pitchers

SPDakota Hudson, Mississippi StateJr.114.3217016.2161126
SPKyle Funkhouser, LouisvilleSr.853.20170112.19745104
SPLogan Shore, FloridaJr.1162.72190112.1972484
SPDaulton Jefferies, CaliforniaJr.652.9314080721775
RPZack Burdi, LouisvilleJr.610.9220929.116830
UTBobby Dalbec, ArizonaJr.373.2121561.2552348

Oklahoma's Alec Hansen. (Kendall Rogers)
Oklahoma’s Alec Hansen. (Kendall Rogers)

Third-Team Hitters

CSean Murphy, Wright StateJr..329/.423/.45822552744367
1BStefan Trosclair, UL-LafayetteSr..338/.441/.6352195574165313
2BCavan Biggio, Notre DameJr..258/.406/.462221455792614
3BJaVon Shelby, KentuckyJr..312/.442/.52520229639444
SSMichael Paez, Coastal CarolinaJr..326/.436/.526215587084219
OFRyan Boldt, NebraskaJr..344/.429/.40821845751219
OFJake Fraley, LSUJr..307/.372/.427225506923523
OFKeston Hiura, UC IrvineSo..330/.392/.52022740757521
DHLogan Gray, Austin PeayJr..366/.461/.7521534156143911
UTCarmen Benedetti, MichiganJr..352/.418/.54123337825711

Third-Team Pitchers

SPAnthony Kay, ConnecticutJr.862.07171100732596
SPAlec Hansen, OklahomaJr.563.9515082754494
SPTanner Houck, MissouriSo.853.49150100.2891291
SPKyle Wright, VanderbiltSo.611.2329458.2362362
RPRyan Hendrix, Texas A&MJr.643.6623559642669
UTCarmen Benedetti, MichiganJr.001.8418314.241323

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