2008 First-Team College All-Americans

C   Buster Posey   1B   Justin Smoak

Buster Posey

 

Justin Smoak

A second-team selection in 2007, Posey had just seven career homers entering 2008, but he hit more than three times that many this spring while leading the nation in batting, on-base percentage, slugging, RBIs, hits and total bases.   Smoak improved his on-base-plus-slugging percentage by nearly .200 from his third-team All-America campaign a year ago, and he did much of his damage in SEC play, batting a league-best .413.

 
2B   Josh Satin

  3B   Brett Wallace

Josh Satin

 

Brett Wallace

After batting .348 as a freshman in 2005, Satin struggled through two very disappointing seasons before busting out as a senior, boosting his 2007 OPS by .454 and protecting Cal slugger David Cooper in the lineup.   The only repeat first-team All-American, Wallace not only won an unprecedented second straight Pac-10 triple crown, but he also made a successful move across the diamond to allow teammate Ike Davis to play first.
 
SS   Gordon Beckham

  OF   Sawyer Carroll

Tim

 

Robbie Grossman

The midseason Player of the Year cooled off slightly after his torrid start but still batted .391 with a league-best 13 homers in SEC play while playing a strong shortstop (.961 fielding percentage).   Carroll made a smooth transition from first base to the outfield and led the SEC in batting, while also ranking in the nation’s top five in RBIs, slugging and total bases.

 
OF   Chris Shehan

  OF   Blake Dean

Shehan

 

Blake Dean

Four years after a serious car accident left him with a pelvis broken in four places, Shehan ranked second in the nation in batting and on-base, third in slugging and fourth in total bases, and he showed speed on the bases to boot.

  Dean built upon his solid freshman campaign by improving in every major statistical category as a sophomore, and he powered LSU’s remarkable 23-game winning streak heading into super-regionals, batting .424 with 11 homers and 34 RBIs during the run.
 
UTIL   Ike Davis

  DH   Yonder Alonso

Ike Davis

 

Yonder Alonso

Despite missing 10 games with a rib injury, Davis doubled his home run total from a year ago and emerged as a vital power lefthander in the Sun Devils’ depleted bullpen.   One of college baseball’s most feared hitters, Alonso led the nation in walks, but he capitalized when pitchers challenged him, ranking second in the ACC to Buster Posey in homers and slugging.
 
SP   Aaron Crow   SP   Brian Matusz

Aaron Crow

 

Brian Matusz

Crow rode a remarkable 422⁄3-inning scoreless streak to midseason Pitcher of the Year honors, and though he was more hittable in the second half, he still tied for the national lead in wins, capped by a complete-game shutout in regionals.   Matusz had 22 more strikeouts (in 22 more innings) last year as a second-team All-American, but he still led the nation in whiffs this spring and improved markedly in nearly every other statistical category.
 
SP   Rob Musgrave

  SP   Stephen Strasburg

Rob Musgrave

 

Stephen Strasburg

After ranking as the Jayhawk League’s top prospect last summer, Musgrave relied on his command, movement and good secondary stuff from the left side to lead the Shockers to a second-straight super-regional this spring.

  Strasburg used the best pure stuff in the nation to post college baseball’s top single-game performance in 2008: a 23-strikeout, one-hit, complete-game shutout against Utah on April 11.
 
RP   Scott Bittle

 

Scott Bittle

 

Bittle baffled hitters with a vicious hard-breaking cutter, helping him lead the nation with 16.55 strikeouts per nine innings—nearly three per game more than any other pitcher in the country.  

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