2006 Preseason All-America Team

Baseball America’s All-America team was selected by Allan Simpson and Will Kimmey in conjunction with major league scouting directors. It’s based on future potential as much as past performance, and because of that often proves a strong indicator of future success even if the accompanying statistics aren’t always eye-popping. Ten of the 14 players on last year’s first team ended up as first-round draft picks, two went in the second round and Daniel Bard and Drew Stubbs are first-teamers this year who look like first-round locks this June.

First Team

Pos. Player School Cl. B-T Ht. Wt. AVG OBP SLG AB R H HR RBI SB
C J.P. Arencibia Tennessee So. R-R 6-1 195 .322 .379 .534 283 54 91 14 71 0
The Freshman All-American ranked third in the SEC in RBIs before leading Team USA with a .404 average and .579 slugging percentage.
1B Matt LaPorta Florida Jr. R-R 6-1 215 .328 .438 .698 265 75 87 26 79 3
The slugger led the nation in home runs while topping the SEC in slugging and RBIs en route to a first-team All-America selection in 2005.
2B Adam Davis Florida Jr. B-R 5-9 185 .306 .395 .486 294 75 90 12 63 24
Davis, who homered from both sides of the plate in the same game twice last year and hit .313 for Team USA, shifts to shortstop this year.
3B Wes Hodges Georgia Tech Jr. R-R 6-1 194 .397 .466 .566 267 67 106 9 51 3
Hodges used all fields to become the 10th player in school history to record 100 hits in a season last year and hit .309 for Team USA.
SS Evan Longoria Long Beach State Jr. R-R 6-2 185 .320 .368 .421 228 34 73 5 30 10
Longoria filled in at shortstop for Troy Tulowtizki last year before leading the Cape Cod League with eight homers and 36 RBIs to earn MVP honors.
OF Colin Curtis Arizona State Jr. L-L 6-2 200 .342 .442 .427 260 52 89 2 45 17
Curtis led all College World Series batters with nine hits, batted .474 in Omaha and .400 for the NCAA tournament.
OF Drew Stubbs Texas Jr. R-R 6-4 199 .311 .384 .527 283 67 88 11 46 32
Stubbs hit inside-the-park homers in consecutive games against Stanford and led the Big 12 in steals and ranked in the top five in runs, hits and total bases.
OF Shane Robinson Florida State Jr. R-R 5-9 165 .427 .532 .605 286 96 122 6 43 49
A one-man rally, Robinson led the nation in runs, ranked second in hits and on-base percentage and third in steals.
UT Joe Savery Rice So. L-L 6-3 215 .382 .471 .559 204 49 78 5 43 7
Savery earned Freshman of the Year honors and was both the WAC’s player and pitcher of the year after leading it in batting and strikeouts.



Pos. Player School Cl. B-T Ht. Wt. W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO AVG
P Daniel Bard North
Carolina
Jr. R-R 6-4 202 7 5 4.22 16 0 90 73 43 77 .219
Bard led the Cape Cod League with 82 strikeouts in 65 innings, ranked third with a 1.25 ERA and started the all-star game for the West.
P Ian Kennedy Southern California Jr. R-R 6-1 195 12 3 2.43 18 0 117 85 38 158 .201
Kennedy served as a Team USA’s ace and tied for the team lead with four wins after pacing the nation in strikeouts as a sophomore.
P Andrew Miller North
Carolina
Jr. L-L 6-6 210 8 4 2.98 16 0 97 78 52 104 .230
Miller led the ACC with 9.68 strikeouts per nine innings before going 6-0, 1.65 with 66 strikeouts in 49 Cape Cod League innings.
P David Price Vanderbilt So. L-L 6-6 190 2 4 2.86 16 0 69 51 30 92 .207
Price led Team USA with 39 strikeouts after earning Freshman All-America honors by ranking second in the SEC with 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings.
P Max Scherzer Missouri Jr. R-R 6-2 198 9 4 1.86 16 0 106 59 41 131 .163
Scherzer ranked second in the nation in opponents average and led all Big 12 starters in strikeouts, strikeouts per nine innings (11.1) and ERA.
UT Joe Savery Rice 8 5 2.43 19 1 119
104
37 129 .235


Second Team

Pos. Player School Cl. B-T Ht. Wt. AVG OBP SLG AB R H HR RBI SB
C Brian Jeroloman Florida Jr. L-R 6-0 190 .298 .432 .440 248 48 74 8 49 2
1B Mark Hamilton Tulane Jr. L-L 6-4 212 .318 .452 .599 157 37 50 11 46 0
2B John Shelby Kentucky Jr. R-R 5-11 185 .344 .373 .558 224 42 77 10 52 23
3B Matt Antonelli Wake Forest Jr. R-R 6-0 198 .332 .475 .509 232 68 77 5 35 13
SS Jason Donald Arizona Jr. R-R 6-1 200 .288 .398 .473 222 38 64 5 33 5
OF Brennan Boesch California Jr. L-L 6-6 210 .355 .436 .567 217 36 77 7 33 6
OF Chris Errecart California Jr. R-L 6-1 210 .298 .355 .462 238 35 71 8 35 6
OF Jon Jay Miami Jr. L-L 6-0 200 .408 .490 .531 211 50 86 1 52 13
UT Matt Wieters Georgia Tech So. L-R 6-4 205 .366 .470 .581 227 53 83 10 68 1
Pos. Player School Cl. B-T Ht. Wt. W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO AVG
P Andrew Brackman North Carolina State So. R-R 6-10 235 4 0 2.09 10 0 43 32 18 43 .216
P Dallas Buck Oregon State Jr. R-R 6-3 210 12 1 2.09 19 1 129 90 51 118 .194
P Joba Chamberlain Nebraska Jr. R-R 6-3 225 10 2 2.81 18 0 119 91 33 130 .218
P Brad Lincoln Houston Jr. L-R 6-0 200 4 7 4.76 18 0 102 124 25 106 .298
P Kyle McCulloch Texas Jr. R-R 6-3 178 12 4 2.92 26 0 139 137 45 99 .267
UT Matt Wieters Georgia Tech 3 3 2.85 26 6 41 40 10 32 .255


Third Team

Pos. Player School Cl. B-T Ht. Wt. AVG OBP SLG AB R H HR RBI SB
C Chad Tracy Pepperdine Jr. R-R 6-3 175 .367 .428 .609 256 56 94 12 61 3
1B Aaron Bates North Carolina State Jr. R-R 6-2 226 .425 .523 .678 214 61 91 12 64 3
2B Jim Negrych Pittsburgh Jr. R-R 5-10 180 .349 .471 .694 186 52 65 16 59 11
3B Chris Coughlan Mississippi Jr. L-R 6-1 195 .363 .430 .516 273 66 99 6 57 7
SS Josh Rodriguez Rice Jr. R-R 6-0 180 .345 .411 .555 238 48 82 11 54 9
OF Jordan Danks Texas Fr. L-R 6-5 210 HS–Round Rock, Texas
OF Hunter Mense Missouri Jr. L-L 5-11 185 .327 .440 .473 205 62 67 3 43 10
OF Michael Taylor Stanford So. R-R 6-6 250 .289 .365 .422 225 44 65 4 28 9
UT Sean Doolittle Virginia So. L-L 6-2 180 .313 .391 .522 224 36 70 11 57 7
Pos. Player School Cl. B-T Ht. Wt. W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO AVG
P Jared Hughes Long Beach State Jr. R-R 6-7 235 8 3 2.83 15 0 89 67 23 87 .212
P Wade LeBlanc Alabama Jr. L-L 6-3 180 5 5 4.09 14 0 88 77 28 108 .231
P Tim Lincecum Washington Jr. R-R 6-0 165 8 6 3.11 16 0 104 62 71 131 .179
P Mark Melancon Arizona Jr. R-R 6-2 210 4 3 2.58 34 11 66 52 21 69 .208
P Brandon Morrow California Jr. R-R 6-3 185 0 1 9.36 10 1 25 32 20 25 .308

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