McKay Leads D1Baseball All-AmericansAwards
Louisville two-way superstar Brendan McKay is the 2017 D1Baseball Player of the Year, headlining the D1Baseball All-America Team.
McKay has been college baseball’s premier two-way player since he was a freshman — in fact, this is the third straight year he has finished the season as a first-team All-American. The lefthander has been remarkably consistent on the mound for three years, but he posted his best season yet as a junior, improving his strikeout-walk mark from 128-42 a year ago to 140-33 this year, and dropping his opponents’ batting average mark from .247 to .188. The first baseman/DH made an even bigger jump as a hitter, improving his OPS from .927 last year to 1.121 this year, and jumping from six homers as a sophomore to 17 as a junior. His two-way prowess got him drafted fourth overall this week by the Rays, who plan to let him both hit and pitch as he begins his pro career. For more on McKay, check out our May 3 story on how McKay became McKay.
McKay also helped lead Louisville to Omaha this year for the first time since 2014, so he has a chance to add to his incredible legacy. But his place in history is already secure — he will go down as one of the greatest two-way players (and, therefore, one of the greatest players) in college baseball history.
McKay is one of three Louisville players to earn All-America honors, the most of any school. Corner infielder Drew Ellis landed on the first team at third base, and closer Lincoln Henzman cracked the third team.
Fellow College World Series participants Oregon State, Florida, LSU and TCU produced two All-Americans apiece, while Cal State Fullerton, Florida State and Texas A&M each landed one player on the teams. The Beavers tied Louisville with two players on the first team (second baseman Nick Madrigal and righthander Jake Thompson). Other teams that landed two players on the three All-America teams: Kentucky, Missouri State, North Carolina, Southern Miss and Wake Forest.
McKay wasn’t the only repeat All-American from a year ago. Clemson’s Seth Beer went from last year’s first team to this year’s third team. And Missouri State’s Jake Burger moved up from last year’s third team to this year’s second team.
The ACC leads all conferences with 10 All-Americans and five on the first team. The SEC is next with seven All-Americans, followed by the Pac-12 (five), Big 12 (four) and Big West (three). Overall, 15 conferences are represented on the three All-America teams.
D1Baseball editors Aaron Fitt and Kendall Rogers take the lead in determining the All-America teams. On-field performance and quality of competition are the primary factors considered, but individual character is also taken into account.
|C||Evan Skoug, TCU||Jr.||.277/.385/.562||242||58||67||20||67||3|
|1B||Brent Rooker, Mississippi State||Jr.||.387/.495/.810||248||60||96||23||82||18|
|2B||Nick Madrigal, Oregon State||So.||.383/.451/.541||222||52||85||4||36||16|
|3B||Drew Ellis, Louisville||Jr.||.367/.457/.729||221||55||81||20||61||6|
|SS||Jeremy Eierman, Missouri State||So.||.313/.431/.675||243||67||76||23||68||17|
|OF||Stuart Fairchild, Wake Forest||Jr.||.362/.441/.642||257||65||93||17||67||21|
|OF||Adam Haseley, Virginia||Jr.||.390/.491/.659||223||68||87||14||56||10|
|OF||Matt Wallner, Southern Miss||Fr.||.336/.463/.655||235||56||79||19||63||4|
|DH||Keston Hiura, UC Irvine||Jr.||.442/.567/.693||199||48||88||8||42||9|
|UT||Brendan McKay, Louisville||Jr.||.343/.464/.657||210||54||72||17||56||2|
|SP||Steven Gingery, Texas Tech||So.||10-1||1.58||15||0||91.1||60||29||107|
|SP||Tyler Holton, Florida State||So.||10-2||2.25||17||0||112||69||29||139|
|SP||David Peterson, Oregon||Jr.||11-4||2.51||15||0||100.1||88||15||140|
|SP||Jake Thompson, Oregon State||Jr.||14-0||1.52||18||0||118.1||76||36||113|
|RP||Michael Byrne, Florida||So.||4-5||1.84||34||16||68.2||55||15||84|
|UT||Brendan McKay, Louisville||Jr.||10-3||2.34||16||0||104||69||33||140|
|C||Daulton Varsho, Milwaukee||Jr.||.362/.490/.643||199||47||72||11||39||10|
|1B||Evan White, Kentucky||Jr.||.373/.453/.637||212||48||79||10||41||5|
|2B||Braden Shewmake, Texas A&M||Fr.||.335/.381/.538||266||47||89||11||68||11|
|3B||Jake Burger, Missouri State||Jr.||.328/.443/.648||247||69||81||22||65||3|
|SS||Logan Warmoth, North Carolina||Jr.||.336/.404/.554||271||60||91||10||49||18|
|OF||D.J. Artis, Liberty||So.||.359/.532/.552||181||58||65||6||45||23|
|OF||Greg Deichmann, LSU||Jr.||.320/.429/.606||241||51||77||19||72||6|
|OF||Luis Gonzalez, New Mexico||Jr.||.361/.500/.589||219||62||79||8||42||14|
|DH||Jake Adams, Iowa||Jr.||.335/.417/.747||245||55||82||29||72||5|
|UT||Taylor Braley, Southern Miss||Jr.||.313/.461/.587||230||62||72||17||61||6|
|SP||Cory Abbott, Loyola Marymount||Jr.||11-2||1.74||15||0||98.1||61||28||130|
|SP||J.B. Bukauskas, North Carolina||Jr.||9-1||2.53||15||0||92.2||62||37||116|
|SP||Griffin Canning, UCLA||Jr.||7-4||2.35||17||0||119||93||32||140|
|SP||Alex Faedo, Florida||Jr.||7-2||2.55||18||1||109.1||90||36||135|
|RP||Wyatt Marks, UL Lafayette||Jr.||2-1||2.28||30||7||59.1||29||25||100|
|UT||Taylor Braley, Southern Miss||Jr.||7-2||3.4||14||0||82||81||22||78|
|C||Jared Barnes, South Alabama||Jr.||.320/.416/.605||172||38||55||13||50||2|
|1B||JJ Matijevic, Arizona||Jr.||.383/.436/.633||240||57||92||10||65||9|
|2B||Riley Mahan, Kentucky||Jr.||.336/.392/.618||262||58||88||15||67||9|
|3B||Jake Scheiner, Houston||Jr.||.346/.432/.667||243||50||84||18||64||8|
|SS||Kevin Merrell, South Florida||Jr.||.384/.464/.569||216||48||83||7||38||19|
|OF||Seth Beer, Clemson||So.||.298/.478/.606||218||51||65||16||53||2|
|OF||Scott Hurst, Cal State Fullerton||Jr.||.332/.424/.585||241||54||80||12||39||7|
|OF||Garrett McCain, Oklahoma State||Jr.||.388/.491/.549||224||53||87||4||43||19|
|DH||Gavin Sheets, Wake Forest||Jr.||.318/.426/.631||236||57||75||21||84||1|
|UT||Kevin Milam, Saint Mary’s||Fr.||.313/.397/.547||214||45||67||12||55||0|
|SP||Jared Janczak, TCU||So.||9-0||1.97||13||0||82.1||47||19||91|
|SP||Alex Lange, LSU||Jr.||9-5||2.92||17||0||111||97||40||134|
|SP||Darren McCaughan, Long Beach State||Jr.||9-2||2.5||17||0||122.1||82||20||104|
|SP||JP Sears, The Citadel||Jr.||7-3||2.64||14||0||95.1||69||27||142|
|RP||Lincoln Henzman, Louisville||Jr.||3-0||1.77||25||16||35.2||20||9||36|
|UT||Kevin Milam, Saint Mary’s||Fr.||3-1||2.27||22||9||39.2||27||11||31|