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

First-Team Hitters

Pos.Player, SchoolYearAVG/OBP/SLGABRHHRRBISB
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

Pos.Player, SchoolYearWLERAGSVIPHBBSO
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)

Pos.Player, SchoolYearAVG/OBP/SLGABRHHRRBISB
CCal Raleigh, Florida StateSo..301/.412/.511229456910501
1BPavin Smith, VirginiaJr..329/.410/.51322843758572
2BBrian Mims, UNC WilmingtonJr..371/.443/.614259719614644
3BJonathan India, FloridaSo..303/.367/.440234437144013
SSTaylor Walls, Florida StateJr..355/.479/.516248728864614
OFBrian Miller, North CarolinaJr..345/.440/.469226567823321
OFQuinn Brodey, StanfordJr..280/.302/.44521825617412
OFMichael Gigliotti, LipscombJr..302/.409/.464192555832415
DHNick Feight, UNC WilmingtonJr..349/.410/.726241608421911
UTAdam Haseley, VirginiaJr..304/.377/.50224761756373
Pos.Player, SchoolYearWLERAGSVIPHBBSO
SPTristan Beck, StanfordSo.652.4814083.1602676
SPAlex Lange, LSUJr.843.79170111.29249125
SPAndrew Beckwith, Coastal CarolinaSr.1511.852621171131875
SPClarke Schmidt, South CarolinaJr.953.40180111.110727129
RPCorbin Martin, Texas A&MJr.215.4716026.1292133
UTAdam Haseley, VirginiaJr.931.7313078542148

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

Pos.Player, SchoolYearAVG/OBP/SLGABRHHRRBISB
CMike Rivera, FloridaJr..245/.347/.41922933569470
1BEvan White, KentuckyJr..376/.419/.535226448554010
2BZach Kirtley, Saint Mary'sJr..323/.428/.50422649737434
3BElliott Barzilli, TCUSr..339/.418/.518251448574814
SSKevin Smith, MarylandJr..259/.308/.40923239608340
OFDwanya Williams-Sutton, East CarolinaSo..360/.551/.45517831645277
OFStuart Fairchild, Wake ForestJr..293/.403/.470232506854714
OFJameson Hannah, Dallas BaptistSo..332/.407/.456193406443711
DHJoe Davis, HoustonSo..331/.387/.577239337914580
UTJake Meyers, NebraskaJr..326/.402/.458227397422910
Pos.Player, SchoolYearWLERAGSVIPHBBSO
SPSeth Romero, HoustonJr.642.2915094.16028113
SPTyler Wilson, Rhode IslandJr.1312.29150102.15333122
SPBrady Singer, FloridaSo.224.9523143.2431738
SPColton Eastman, Cal State FullertonSo.83100.2160100.27820100
RPGlenn Otto, RiceJr.922.2633871.2533076
UTJake Meyers, NebraskaJr.611.429050.2371026

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