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2021 D1Baseball First-Team Preseason All-Americans

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SEE ALSO: 2021 D1Baseball Third-Team Preseason All-Americans
SEE ALSO: 2021 D1Baseball Second-Team Preseason All-Americans

The top five teams in the 2021 D1Baseball Preseason Top 25 rankings dominate D1Baseball’s Preseason All-America teams. No. 2 UCLA and No. 4 Vanderbilt are the only schools to produce multiple first-team Preseason All-Americans this year, as shortstop Matt McLain and ace Zach Pettway represent the Bruins, while rotationmates Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter represent the Commodores.

The Bruins also tied for the most All-Americans overall (three), with reliever Kyle Mora landing on the second team. The only other clubs with three Preseason All-Americans are No. 1 Florida (first-team outfielder Jud Fabian plus second-team pitchers Tommy Mace and Hunter Barco) and No. 5 Louisville (first-team catcher Henry Davis, second-team outfielder Levi Usher and second-team third baseman Alex Binelas).

The following teams landed two players apiece on the All-America teams: Boston College, Miami, NC State and Virginia from the ACC; Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee and Vandy from the SEC; and Oklahoma from the Big 12.

The SEC leads all conferences with seven players on the first team and 16 All-Americans overall. The ACC is next in both categories with five members of the first team and 15 All-Americans overall. The Big 12 is next with five All-Americans overall, followed by the Pac-12 and Big Ten with four apiece. The American Athletic, Big East, Big West, Missouri Valley, Southern and Sun Belt each landed one player on the All-America teams.

D1Baseball’s editors and national writers select the preseason All-America teams with one guiding principle in mind: to identify the best and most valuable college baseball players for the 2021 season. Past performance and future potential factor into the deliberations, but the goal is 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 is to select the players who would provide the most value for a team that wanted to win the College World Series in 2021 — the players who are best equipped to perform against elite college competition this spring.

First Team Preseason All-Americans

CHenry Davis, Louisville3YR SO.372/.481/.6981.1794350313841
1BMaxwell Costes, Maryland3YR SO.432/.620/.7501.37044204151673
2BMax Ferguson, Tennessee3YR SO.333/.462/.524.986422026899
3BCody Morissette, Boston College3YR SO.448/.522/.6551.1775860211963
SSMatt McLain, UCLA3YR SO.397/.422/.6211.04358403194131
OFJud Fabian, Florida3YR SO.294/.407/.6031.010686051313182
OFChristian Franklin, Arkansas3YR SO.381/.467/.6191.086634131110143
OFChris Newell, Virginia2YR FR.407/.545/.7291.274595142013218
DHAdrian Del Castillo, Miami3YR SO.358/.478/.5471.02553212151181
UTDavis Sharpe, Clemson3YR SO.311/.436/.6221.05845204108141
SPJack Leiter, Vanderbilt2YR FR201.724015.2822.098
SPTy Madden, Texas3YR SO301.804025426.196
SPZach Pettway, UCLA4YR JR301.054025.2129.141
SPConnor Prielipp, Alabama2YR FR300.004021635.077
SPKumar Rocker, Vanderbilt3YR SO211.803015828.118
RPDevin Fontenot, LSU4YR JR100.907410417.143
RPJason Ruffcorn, Oklahoma5YR SR100.00758112.115
UTDavis Sharpe, Clemson3YR SO113.934018.1420.270

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