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2017 D1Baseball Preseason All-Americans

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OMAHA — TCU and Florida 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.

The Gators, Horned Frogs and Virginia lead the charge in terms of players on each of the All-America teams. Florida leads the nation with four players on the combined teams — Alex Faedo, Jonathan India, Mike Rivera and Brady Singer. Meanwhile, TCU placed three — Luken Baker, Evan Skoug and Elliott Barzilli, and the Cavaliers should have a strong campaign with Ernie Clement, Pavin Smith and Adam Haseley leading the way.

Several other teams also were well-represented. For instance, Vanderbilt, Florida State, South Carolina, North Carolina, Houston, Stanford and UNC Wilmington each have two representatives. Vandy’s Jeren Kendall and Kyle Wright provide plenty of star power, while the Seahawks have two of the nation’s premier bats in Brian Mims and Nick Feight.

D1Baseball.com’s Kendall Rogers, Aaron Fitt and Frankie Piliere selected the Preseason All-America teams with one guiding principle in mind: To identify the best and most valuable college baseball players for the 2017 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 2017—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 2017, except for players listed at DH. The “utility” spot was used to recognize the nation’s top two-way players.

First-Team All-Americans

Clemson’s Seth Beer

Pos.Player, SchoolYearAVG/OBP/SLGABRHHRRBISB
CEvan Skoug, TCUJr..301/.390/.50224954759517
Outstanding leader and a consistent offensive and power threat.
1BSeth Beer, ClemsonSo..369/.535/.700203577518701
Incredible freshman year, now makes a position change. Simply the total package.
2BErnie Clement, VirginiaJr..351/.383/.44326262921306
Athletic middle infielder with an advanced hitting tool.
3BJake Burger, Missouri StateJr..349/.420/.689235598221723
Big-time hitter with premier power and mature plate approach.
SSNick Madrigal, Oregon StateSo..333/.380/.45619538651298
Very good defender, good instincts and a well-rounded hitter.
OFJeren Kendall, VanderbiltJr..332/.396/.568250638395928
Physical specimen with huge power and room for even more in the tank.
OFJake Mangum, Mississippi StateSo..408/.458/.51020640841286
Incredibly advanced hitter who seems to find all the holes. Makeup is off the charts.
OFKeston Hiura, UC IrvineJr..358/.436/.53920441737416
He's strong, compact and flexible and just a naturally pure hitter.
DHLuken Baker, TCUSo..379/.483/.577248599411621
Outstanding freshman season, no one in college baseball has more pure raw power.
UTBrendan McKay, LouisvilleJr..333/.314/.51322843766410
Has very good pitch recognition with an ability to hit for power.

Pos.Player, SchoolYearWLERAGSVIPHBBSO
SPJ.B. Bukauskas, North CarolinaJr.723.1013078.16827111
Stuff just continues to get better. FB into the mid 90s, secondaries coming.
SPTanner Houck, MissouriJr.562.99150105.18227106
Deceptive arm angle with an explosive fastball and capable slider.
SPAlex Faedo, Florida.Jr.1333.18170104.28721133
FB sits 92-94, up to 95, SL is a wipeout offering and changeup is very good.
SPKyle Wright, VanderbiltJr.843.0916093.18232107
Terrific makeup, can throw four pitches for strikes, FB ranges from 92-97 mph.
RPTyler Johnson, South CarolinaJr.322.422995234859
Electric arm who can get up to 98 with fastball w/ good slider and changeup.
UTBrendan McKay, LouisvilleJr.1242.30170109.28942128
Strong arm who ranges 90-94 with FB, along with quality curveball and changeup.


Second-Team All-Americans

Andrew Beckwith, Coastal CarolinaCoastal Carolina’s Andrew Beckwith

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


Third-Team All-Americans

Seth Romero, HoustonHouston’s Seth Romero

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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