2018 D1Baseball Freshman All-Americans


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Righthander Kevin Abel, who pitched a two-hit shutout to clinch the national championship for Oregon State in Game Three of the CWS Finals, earned the D1Baseball Freshman of the Year award, headlining the D1Baseball Freshman All-America team.

Abel led all Division I freshmen with 108 strikeouts while holding opposing hitters to a .181 average. He pitched his best in the postseason, throwing eight innings of three-hit, shutout ball in OSU’s regional clincher against LSU, then becoming the first pitcher ever to win four games in a single College World Series while posting a 0.86 ERA in 21 innings in Omaha.

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Auburn led all teams with three first-team Freshman All-Americans (Edouard Julien, Tanner Burns and Cody Greenhill), as well as four Freshman All-Americans overall (including second-teamer Steven Williams). National runner-up Arkansas landed two players on the first team: third baseman Casey Martin and outfielder Heston Kjerstad. Minnesota also had two first-teamers (righties Patrick Fredrickson and Max Meyer).

D1Baseball editors Aaron Fitt and Kendall Rogers determined the Freshman All-America teams.

Previous Winners:

 2015: Louisville’s Brendan McKay
• 2016: Clemson’s Seth Beer
• 2017: Southern Miss’s Matt Wallner

First Team

CPatrick Bailey, NC State.321/.419/.6041874560134028320
1BSpencer Torkelson, Arizona State.320/.440/.7432065966255338444
2BGabe Holt, Texas Tech.348/.440/.4852707094644383529
3BCasey Martin, Arkansas.345/.418/.5562525087134927648
SSJimmy Glowenke, Dallas Baptist.336/.432/.5462295177105031265
OFDaniel Cabrera, LSU.315/.405/.525219386985434362
OFHeston Kjerstad, Arkansas.332/.419/.5532626587145826553
OFRyan Ward, Bryant.409/.449/.6362475110185221109
DHEdouard Julien, Auburn.275/.398/.5562074757176938797
UTLogan Allen.309/.390/.388139234321614212
SPKevin Abel, Oregon State8-12.8823181.15146108.181
SPTanner Burns, Auburn7-43.0117086.2733777.225
SPPatrick Fredrickson, Minnesota9-01.8619097712773.213
SPZach Pettway, UCLA8-43.3516096.2851978.235
SPSamuel Strickland, Samford8-22.3315081521587.177
RPCody Greenhill, Auburn6-32.3021558.2531955.242
RPMax Meyer, Minnesota2-32.27261643.2251354.177
UTLogan Allen, FIU5-53.8913074741685.262

Second Team

CMason Meadows, Georgia.289/.421/.387142234132523401
1BJesse Franklin, Michigan.327/.379/.5881653154104714344
2BNick Gonzales, New Mexico State.347.425/.596193406793623392
3BTyler Keenan, Ole Miss.301/.391/.520173355293815391
SSNick Loftin, Baylor.302/.366/.437222526763621205
OFParker Chavers, Coastal Carolina.323/.435/.498217487074239549
OFRowdey Jordan, Mississippi State.321/.390/.518193396273721402
OFSteven Williams, Auburn.291/.409/.4882445471125145501
DHJoshua Zamora, Nevada.355/.430/.563183436593316181
UTCasey Schmitt, San Diego State.264/.302/.346182234813211290
SPBrendan Beck, Stanford8-02.4317166.2561238.225
SPBen Dragani, Michigan6-22.7616075612654.217
SPMa'Khail Hilliard, LSU9-53.7917076703170.247
SPBobby Miller, Louisville6-12.9717066.2492155.198
SPCole Percival, UC Riverside5-43.2014087.1792763.251
RPCaden O'Brien, North Carolina7-02.6330048302752.185
RPCJ Van Eyk, Florida State7-02.8619256.2423071.208
UTCasey Schmitt, San Diego State1-10.282193217824.157

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