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2015 D1Baseball Preseason All-Americans

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OMAHA – Top-ranked Vanderbilt, the defending national champion, leads all schools with five D1Baseball.com preseason All-Americans, including three members of the first team. No other school has more than two All-Americans overall, or more than one player on the first team.

Walker BuehlerWalker Buehler

Two-thirds of Vandy’s weekend rotation, righthanders Walker Buehler and Carson Fulmer, grace the D1Baseball first team, while shortstop Dansby Swanson also makes the first team as a DH (with LSU’s Alex Bregman at shortstop). Outfielder Bryan Reynolds cracks the second team, while closer Hayden Stone lands on the third team.

Six other schools placed two players on D1Baseball’s inaugural three All-America teams: Arizona, Cal State Fullerton, UCLA, Florida, LSU and TCU. The Southeastern Conference leads all leagues with 15 players on the three teams, followed by the ACC (seven), Pac-12 (six), Big 12 (four), Big West and Mountain West (three apiece).

D1Baseball 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 2015 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 2015—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 2015, except for players listed at DH. The “utility” spot was used to recognize the nation’s top two-way players.

First-Team Hitters

Pos.Player, SchoolYearAVG/OBP/SLGABRHHRRBISB
CZack Collins, MiamiSo..298/.427/.556205326111540
2014 Freshman of the Year is a gifted natural hitter with huge power, improving defense
1BAustin Byler, NevadaSr..326/.420/.624221517214477
Ninth-rounder offers plus power, compact swing, all-fields approach & surprising athleticism
2BMark Mathias, Cal PolyJr..386/.455/.490210488123912
Team USA standout will miss a month with shoulder injury, but still the cream of 2B crop
3BTy France, San Diego StateJr..356/.450/.49823355185453
Polished righthanded hitter drives balls to all fields, controls zone and has flair for dramatic
SSAlex Bregman, LSUJr..316/.397/.455244357764712
Line-drive machine has uncanny baseball instincts and superb body control on defense
OFIan Happ, CincinnatiJr..320/.443/.497171325552719
Terrorized Cape League pitching for two straight summers, may be nation’s best pure hitter
OFChristin Stewart, TennesseeJr..330/.386/.54121845725397
Physical, high-energy slugger led Team USA in batting, OBP and slugging last summer
OFD.J. Stewart, Florida StateJr..351/.472/.55719445687504
Surprisingly athletic freight train combines huge power with incredible plate discipline
DHDansby Swanson, VanderbiltJr..333/.411/.475282639433422
Most Outstanding Player of the CWS combines bat speed, premium athleticism, rare savvy
UTSheldon Neuse, OklahomaSo..304/.369/.52124043737477
Gamer can hit for average and power; has toned body and will move to shortstop this year

First-Team Pitchers

Pos.Player, SchoolYearWLERAGSVIPHBBSO
SPWalker Buehler, VanderbiltJr.1222.64160102.18531111
Midweek starter for much of 2014 came into his own in postseason, then dominated Cape
SPThomas Eshelman,
Cal State Fullerton
Jr.831.89160123.2100899
Unprecedented strike-thrower has mind-boggling 182-11 SO-BB mark in 239.1 career innings
SPCarson Fulmer, VanderbiltJr.711.98261091614195
Charismatic bulldog features knee-buckling power curve, filthy changeup and mid-90s heater
SPNathan Kirby, VirginiaJr.932.06180113.16833112
Reigning ACC pitcher of the year reaches 94 from left side, has great feel for breaking stuff
RPRiley Ferrell, TCUJr.310.79311545.1201470
Nation’s most overpowering closer has two premier pitches: 95-98 fastball, sharp 85-87 slider
UTSheldon Neuse, OklahomaSo.102.25911211411
Two-way talent is ready to assume more innings and anchor bullpen with quality 3-pitch mix

Blake Trahan (ULL athletics)Blake Trahan (ULL athletics)

Second-Team Hitters

Pos.Player, SchoolYearAVG/OBP/SLGABRHHRRBISB
CTaylor Ward, Fresno StateJr..320/.395/.43821929706413
1BEric Gutierrez, Texas TechJr..302/.399/.539245467412580
2BScott Kingery, ArizonaJr..354/.456/.467195416912619
3BMatt Rose, Georgia StateJr..312/.358/.535202336311344
SSBlake Trahan, Louisiana-LafayetteJr..355/.455/.465256589144915
OFNick Banks, Texas A&MSo..327/.386/.42719929652267
OFBryan Reynolds, VanderbiltSo..338/.395/.480281539545414
OFChris Shaw, Boston CollegeJr..329/.393/.50220725686451
DHMikey White, AlabamaJr..300/.399/.44323750717332
UTA.J. Puk, FloridaSo..233/.324/.28360414060

Second-Team Pitchers

Pos.Player, SchoolYearWLERAGSVIPHBBSO
SPKyle Funkhouser, LouisvilleJr.1331.94180120.18565122
SPJames Kaprielian, UCLAJr.762.291501067635108
SPJake Lemoine, HoustonJr.682.87170106.2982987
SPCal Quantrill, StanfordSo.752.68180110.2903498
RPDavid Berg, UCLASr.321.5031114834835
UTA.J. Puk, FloridaSo.523.3519140.1331844

Justin Garza (Photo by Matt Brown)Justin Garza (Photo by Matt Brown)

Third-Team Hitters

Pos.Player, SchoolYearAVG/OBP/SLGABRHHRRBISB
CShaun Chase, OregonSr..283/.352/.634145264114371
1BSikes Orvis, Ole MissSr..294/.397/.540235406914531
2BBrandon Lowe, MarylandSo..348/.464/.46418135631428
3BJake Noll, Florida Gulf CoastSo..367/.416/.4402755610102925
SSRichie Martin, FloridaJr..266/.357/.340244496512718
OFSteven Duggar, ClemsonJr..294/.368/.378238457013625
OFTate Matheny, Missouri StateJr..330/.421/.528218427210377
OFAndrew Stevenson, LSUJr..335/.393/.41920341680329
DHKevin Newman, ArizonaJr..304/.362/.383230397003413
UTAshton Perritt, LibertySr..279/.370/.388201395622418

Third-Team Pitchers

Pos.Player, SchoolYearWLERAGSVIPHBBSO
SPJustin Garza,
Cal State Fullerton
Jr.543.2211072.2681460
SPBlake Fox, RiceJr.1201.46150104.2882769
SPMichael Matuella, DukeJr.132.7811058.1401569
SPPreston Morrison, TCUSr.941.32180129.2902195
RPHayden Stone, VanderbiltSo.401.7123358411480
UTAshton Perritt, LibertySr.121.52211229.220528

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