D1Baseball.com First-Team All-Americans

Awards


Hitters


C | Evan Skoug, TCU | Junior
• Libertyville, Ill. (HS)

Skoug began the season a little slow from an offensive standpoint, but was one of the nation’s hottest hitters down the stretch, leading the Horned Frogs to the CWS with 20 home runs and 67 RBIs, while also being a solid backstop and the key leader for the team. With Luken Baker out, Skoug has been a godsend.


1B | Brent Rooker, Mississippi State | R-Junior
• Germantown, Tenn. (Evangelical Christian)

No player in college baseball garnered as much attention as the hard-hitting MSU slugger. Rooker made drastic improvements this spring and evolved into an incredibly feared hitter with consistency and big-time raw power. Rooker also was a key leader for the Bulldogs, who reached the Super Regional round.


2B | Nick Madrigal, Oregon State | Sophomore
• Elk Grove, Calif. (HS)

After earning Freshman of the Year honors on the national stage, Madrigal took his game to another level as a sophomore this season, hitting over .380 with 16 stolen bases, a strong on-base percentage and an outstanding .984 fielding percentage. In addition to his offensive contributions, Madrigal teams up with Cadyn Grenier to make one of the nation’s elite double play combos.


3B | Drew Ellis, Louisville | Junior
• Jeffersonville, Ind. (HS)

Drew Ellis, Louisville

After hitting just a hair over .300 last season, Ellis was one of several Cardinals that took substantial steps forward from an offensive standpoint. Ellis led the Cardinals with a .367 average, while also smacking 18 doubles, 20 home runs and 61 RBIs. Ellis is a solid defender and key leader, and his contributions in the Super Regional against rival Kentucky helped UL reach the College World Series.


SS | Jeremy Eierman, Missouri State | Sophomore
• Warsaw, Mo. (HS)

The Bears had two of the nation’s elite power hitters and overall players in Jake Burger and Eierman. Eierman, a top prospect for the 2018 draft, had an outstanding postseason and showed off premium offensive skills  with 15 doubles, two triples, 23 home runs and 68 RBIs. That’s in addition to 17 stolen bases. In addition to his offensive attributes, Eierman also was an elite defender for the Bears.


OF | Stuart Fairchild, Wake Forest | Junior
• Seattle (Seattle Prep)

The Demon Deacons had one of the nation’s premier offenses this spring, and Fairchild, a versatile and impressive athlete, led the charge for coach Tommy Walter’s club. Fairchild led the team with a .360 average, along with a whopping 19 doubles, 17 home runs and 67 RBIs, along with 20-plus stolen bases. Fairchild has been a program-changing player for the Deacs the past two seasons.


OF | Adam Haseley, Virginia | Junior
• Windermere, Fla. (First Academy)

The Cavaliers had one of the nation’s best offenses throughout the season and Haseley was the fire-starter. The versatile two-way player battled some injury issues down the stretch, but still managed to hit .390 and 38 points higher than the next guy in the batting order. Haseley also hit for some serious power for the Cavs, smacking 16 doubles, 14 home runs and knocking in 56 runs, while also stealing double digit bases.


OF | Matt Wallner, Southern Mississippi | Freshman
• Forest Lake, Minn. (HS)

Matt Wallner, USM

The 6-foot-5, freshman was supposed to be at North Dakota this season. But then the program was dropped and he found his way to Hattiesburg, Miss., where he put together an incredible inaugural campaign for Scott Berry’s club. Wallner hit .336 with 14 doubles, two triples, 19 home runs and 63 RBIs, along with a fantastic .463 OBP. Wallner mad a strong first impression and should have a fruitful career at USM.


 DH | Keston Hiura, UC Irvine | Junior
• Valencia, Calif. (HS)

Hiura has been the nation’s purest hitter for the past two seasons. Though an injury kept him from being a mainstay in the field throughout the spring, he still managed to put together an incredible season at the plate. Hiura hit an outstanding .442 with 24 doubles, eight home runs and 42 RBIs. He also walked 50 times as opposed to 38 strikeouts and showed the ability to steal some bases. Hiura is a complete player.


UT | Brendan McKay, Louisville | Junior
• Darlington, Pa. (Blackhawk)

What a career and season the laid back junior has put together for the Cardinals. McKay was just terrific both as a pitcher and hitter. For instance, on the mound, he tallied a 2.34 ERA in 100-plus innings, while as a hitter, McKay also excelled with an impressive .343 average, 13 doubles, 17 home runs and 56 RBIs. McKay has been a model player for the Cardinals, both on and off the field.

 

Pitchers


SP | Jake Thompson, Oregon State | Junior
• Florence, Ore. (Siuslaw)

Perhaps no pitcher in college baseball took as big of a step forward this season as the hard-throwing righthander. Thompson showed premium stuff throughout the spring, sitting low-to-mid 90s with his fastball and vastly improved secondary stuff. Thompson tallied an unblemished 14-0 record with a 1.52 ERA in 118 1/3 innings, along with 113 strikeouts and 36 walks.


SP | David Peterson, Oregon | Junior
• Denver (Regis Jesuit)

The elite lefthander and first-round pick was the model of consistency throughout the season. Peterson tallied a 2.51 ERA in 100.1 innings, while also tallying 140 strikeouts and, amazingly, just 15 walks. Teams hit Peterson at a .237 clip. The lefty entered the season with incredibly lofty expectations, and he had no trouble meeting them.


SP | Steven Gingery, Texas Tech | Sophomore
• Huntington Beach, Calif. (Marina)

The premier pitcher in the Big 12 Conference had yet another season to remember for the Red Raiders. Gingery sat 89-92 with his fastball much of the season, along with a high quality changeup. His numbers were impressive, too, tallying a 10-1 record with a 1.58 ERA in 91.1 innings, along with 107 strikeouts and just 29 walks. The good news for Tech? They get Gingery for another season on the South Plains.


SP | Tyler Holton, Florida State | Sophomore
• Tallahassee, Fla. (Lincoln)

The Seminoles have been one of the nation’s hottest teams over the past month, and Holton’s arm and overall contributions are a big reason for that. The hard-nosed lefty has been terrific throughout the postseason, sitting pretty with a 10-2 record and a 2.25 ERA in 112 innings, along with 139 strikeouts, 29 walks and just a .171 opponent batting average. Holton’s breaking ball could be a big weapon in Omaha.


RP | Michael Byrne, Florida | Sophomore
• Orlando, Fla. (Olympia)

Michael Byrne, FloridaThere was a point earlier this season when the Gators weren’t real sure who to rely on out of the bullpen. However, the talented righthander rose to the occasion and developed into the nation’s premier bullpen arm. Byrne notched an impressive 16 saves through the Super Regional round, while also tallying a 1.84 ERA in 68.2 innings. He also has struck out 84 and walked 15, while teams are hitting him at a .218 clip.

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