2022 D1Baseball First-Team Preseason All-AmericansSeason Preview
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 2022 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 2022 — the players who are best equipped to perform against elite college competition this spring.
LSU leads all teams with three first-team preseason All-Americans: outfielder Dylan Crews, first baseman Tre’ Morgan, and slugger Jacob Berry (who takes the DH spot on our team). No other program placed multiple players on the first team, and preseason No. 1 Texas is the only other program with three All-Americans overall (first-team closer Aaron Nixon plus second-teamers Pete Hansen and Ivan Melendez).
Eight programs placed two players apiece on our preseason All-America teams: 2021 CWS Finalists Mississippi State and Vanderbilt along with Ole Miss from the SEC; California and Arizona from the Pac-12; Oklahoma State from the Big 12; Florida State from the ACC; and Cal Poly from the Big West.
The SEC leads all conferences with 13 All-Americans across the three teams, followed by the ACC (nine), Big 12 (eight), Pac-12 (seven), Big West (four) and Conference USA (3). The SEC also has the most players on the first team (five), followed by the Big 12 (three), Pac-12 and ACC (two apiece).
First-Team Preseason All-Americans
|C||Daniel Susac, Arizona||.335/.392/.591||.983||242||24||1||12||65||19||47||0|
|1B||Tre Morgan, LSU||.357/.441/.526||.967||249||16||4||6||42||25||41||15|
|2B||Jace Jung, Texas Tech||.337/.462/.697||1.159||208||10||1||21||67||49||45||4|
|3B||Tyler Locklear, VCU||.345/.515/.686||1.201||194||12||3||16||66||46||40||8|
|SS||Brooks Lee, Cal Poly||.342/.384/.626||1.010||222||27||3||10||57||18||34||3|
|OF||Dylan Crews, LSU||.362/.453/.663||1.116||246||16||2||18||42||39||44||12|
|OF||Gavin Cross, Virginia Tech||.345/.415/.621||1.036||203||13||5||11||35||17||48||9|
|OF||Brock Jones, Stanford||.311/.453/.646||1.099||206||13||1||18||62||49||59||14|
|DH||Jacob Berry, LSU||.352/.439/.676||1.115||247||19||5||17||70||33||58||2|
|UT||Paul Skenes, Air Force||.410/.486/.697||1.183||188||21||0||11||43||22||45||0|
|SP||Justin Campbell, Oklahoma State||7||2||2.57||14||13||0||84||27||102||.214|
|SP||Parker Messick, Florida State||8||2||3.10||16||16||0||90||23||126||.234|
|SP||Landon Sims, Mississippi State||5||0||1.44||25||0||13||56.1||15||100||.149|
|SP||Andrew Taylor, Central Michigan||11||4||1.81||15||15||0||94.1||24||125||.189|
|SP||Carson Whisenhunt, East Carolina||6||2||3.77||13||13||0||62||22||79||.220|
|RP||Nick Maldonado, Vanderbilt||1||2||2.31||28||0||9||50.2||7||59||.173|
|RP||Aaron Nixon, Texas||4||3||2.12||27||0||9||34||10||35||.211|
|UT||Paul Skenes, Air Force||1||1||2.70||18||0||11||26.2||9||30||.208|