Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson earned D1Baseball's Player of the Year award. He is one of 11 SEC players to make D1Baseball's three All-America teams.


Swanson Leads D1Baseball All-America Team

National Player of the Year Dansby Swanson leads the 2015 D1Baseball All-America team, released Thursday.

Swanson, a junior shortstop who was selected No. 1 overall in the MLB draft earlier this week, does it all for Vanderbilt, and his balanced skill set earned him the inaugural D1Baseball Player of the Year award. Swanson ranks in the nation’s top 20 in home runs, double, triples, slugging, hits and runs. He ranks 21st in RBIs and second in total bases. He’s also put his plus speed to use on the basepaths, where he’s stolen 16 bases in 18 attempts. And he has played brilliant defense at the crucial and demanding shortstop position, regularly making dazzling plays while also fielding a strong .975 in his first college season at the position (he played second last year).

Furthermore, Swanson has played very well when it matters most, helping to lead the Commodores back to Omaha for the second straight year. In five NCAA tournament games, Swanson is hitting .350 with seven runs, four RBIs, two homers and two doubles. He homered and doubled off No. 6 overall pick Tyler Jay in Monday’s super regional clincher, then celebrated with his teammates on the field as he was drafted first overall by the Diamonbacks just moments later.

“It’s a surreal moment, especially to be with all my loved ones,” Swanson said in the aftermath. “You can’t script the moment any better than that, just to be able to enjoy the moments with the people closest to you, it’s pretty phenomenal.”

Swanson was joined on the D1Baseball All-America first team by his roommate and best friend, Vandy ace righthander Carson Fulmer. Swanson, Fulmer, LSU’s Alex Bregman, Cal State Fullerton’s Thomas Eshelman and Cincinnati’s Ian Happ were the only members of the preseason first team that also made the postseason first team. Overall, 12 members of the three preseason All-America teams earned postseason All-America honors.

LSU and Vanderbilt were the only teams to place two players on the first team, as catcher Kade Scivicque joined Bregman on the first team. The top-ranked Tigers also lead all teams with four All-Americans overall, as righty Alex Lange made the second team and outfielder Andrew Stevenson cracked the third team. Illinois and Maryland are next with three All-Americans apiece, though neither team placed a player on the first team.

The SEC leads all conferences with five players on the first team and 11 All-Americans overall. The Big Ten ranks second with seven All-Americans, followed by the ACC and Pac-12 with six apiece.

D1Baseball editors Aaron Fitt and Kendall Rogers determined the All-America teams. Statistics below are updated through super regional play.

First-Team Position Players

CKade Scivicque, LSUSr..347/.391/.51822231776450
1BWill Craig, Wake ForestSo..382/.496/.702191527313582
2BScott Kingery, ArizonaJr..392/.423/.561237539353611
3BDavid Thompson, MiamiJr..333/.445/.658243598119871
SSDansby Swanson, VanderbiltJr..350/.442/.6612577490156216
OFAndrew Benintendi, ArkansasSo..380/.389/.7152216184195523
OFDonnie Dewees, North FloridaR-So..422/.483/.74925188106186823
OFIan Happ, CincinnatiJr..369/.492/.6721984773144412
DHAlex Bregman, LSUJr..312/.406/.534247567794937
UTBrendan McKay, LouisvilleFr..308/.418/.43121132654344

First-Team Pitchers

SPTaylor Clarke, Col. of CharlestonJr.1311.73171114.17614143
SPThomas Eshelman, Cal State FullertonJr.851.58181131.11017131
SPCarson Fulmer, VanderbiltJr.1321.821701147546152
SPMatt Hall, Missouri StateJr.1222.021911258745171
RPDavid Berg, UCLASr.710.68431366.249865
UTBrendan McKay, LouisvilleFr.931.7720496.25334117

Second-Team Position Players

CGarrett Stubbs, Southern CaliforniaSr..346/.435/.434228517912520
1BDavid Kerian, IllinoisSr..367/.462/.667207467616529
2BBrandon Lowe, MarylandSo..331/.436/.542251588395311
3BJosh Tobias, FloridaSr..373/.447/.557212567954111
SSKevin Newman, ArizonaJr..370/.426/.489227538423622
OFCody Jones, TCUSr..371/.474/.500240588953331
OFKevin Kaczmarski, EvansvilleSr..465/.543/.746185438655713
OFDJ Stewart, Florida StateJr..318/.500/.5932146268155912
DHJJ Schwarz, FloridaFr..332/.393/.651238527918711
UTCorbin Olmstead, North FloridaJr..308/.362/.561214466613423

Second-Team Pitchers

SPKevin Duchene, IllinoisJr.1121.75150102.2891888
SPJames Kaprielian, UCLAJr.1042.03170106.28633114
SPAlex Lange, LSUFr.1101.891601058144121
SPMike Shawaryn, MarylandSo.1321.711701168529138
RPTyler Jay, IllinoisJr.521.08301466.240776
UTCorbin Olmstead, North FloridaJr.100.2523935.121948

Third-Team Position Players

CKevin Martir, MarylandJr..342/.441/.50223745817453
1BKyle Martin, South CarolinaSr..350/.455/.6352035071145611
2BStefan Trosclair, La.-LafayetteJr..338/.441/.6352195574165315
3BCarl Wise, Col. of CharlestonJr..313/.380/.557246647712703
SSKyle Holder, San DiegoJr..348/.418/.48222445784315
OFNick Banks, Texas A&MSo..364/.450/.53623951878489
OFCorey Ray, LouisvilleSo..325/.389/.5432654686115634
OFAndrew Stevenson, LSUJr..356/.407/.458236538412126
DHBrendon Sanger, Florida AtlanticSo..370/.492/.58323057857482
UTTyler Peyton, IowaJr..337/.439/.41718731630312

Third-Team Pitchers

SPMatthew Crownover, ClemsonJr.1031.821601097237108
SPMichael Freeman, Oklahoma StateSr.1031.31150109.2722997
SPAndrew Moore, Oregon StateJr.721.91160122.18621111
SPDillon Tate, UC Santa BarbaraJr.852.26140103.16628111
RPBrandon Koch, Dallas BaptistJr.321.26261443232476
UTTyler Peyton, IowaJr.743.0316095352474

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