The Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, Grandal was at his best in league play, hitting .463 with eight homers in 108 at-bats. A switch-hitter with good catch-and-throw skills, Grandal is the offensive and defensive centerpiece of a super regional team.
The Southeastern Conference player of the year, Morris led the league in homers, RBIs, slugging, hits and total bases while leading the Tigers to the SEC tournament for the first time since 2003. He anchored an Auburn lineup that led the nation with 131 homers.
2BZack MacPhee, Arizona State
3BAnthony Rendon, Rice
MacPhee became the fourth straight Sun Devil to earn Pac-10 player of the year honors. The national leader in triples (14), MacPhee does more than a little of everything for an ASU team that earned the No. 1 national seed in the NCAA tournament.
Rendon managed to improve his numbers across the board from his 2009 Freshman of the Year campaign. The early favorite to be drafted No. 1 overall in 2011, also played spectacular defense at the hot corner and captured BA’s Player of the Year award.
SSChristian Colon, Cal State Fullerton
OFJeremy Baltz, St. John’s
BA’s 2009 Summer Player of the Year is one of the nation’s most polished players, helping him climb to No. 4 overall in the draft. An elite defender and world-class bat handler, Colon also hit for more power as a junior this year, tying for the Big West home run title.
When he hit four home runs in a game against Louisville in May, Baltz broke St. John’s single-season records for homers and RBIs. He added six more long balls after that, including an eighth-inning game-winner against No. 1 Virginia in a regional game.
OFMichael Choice, Texas Arlington
OFTaylor Dugas, Alabama
Choice’s huge power, good athleticism and patient approach made him the No. 10 overall pick by the Athletics this June. UTA’s all-time home run king, Choice also led the nation this spring in walks and ranked second in on-base percentage.
The 5-foot-7 Dugas is one of the nation’s most dynamic leadoff hitters thanks to his speed and his ability to get on base. The SEC’s on-base percentage leader walked nearly three times as often as he struck out and also hit for excellent average.
DHChris Duffy, Central Florida
UTMike McGee, Florida State
After hitting .283 with 22 homers combined over his first three seasons, the powerful Duffy erupted as a senior, ranking in the nation’s top six in batting, slugging and on-base percentage. He shattered the UCF and CUSA records for batting and slugging.
McGee is the most valuable player on Florida State’s super regional team. Not only is he the biggest power threat in the middle of the lineup, but he has been nearly untouchable as closer.
SPSeth Blair, Arizona State
SPBarret Loux, Texas A&M
A talented righty with a fastball that reaches 97 mph, Blair improved his command and poise this spring, helping him win Pac-10 pitcher of the year honors and climb into the supplemental first round. He proved a worthy successor to former ace Mike Leake.
After an elbow injury derailed his sophomore season, Loux bounced back strong as a junior, using his blazing fastball to rack up 12.99 strikeouts per nine innings, second-most in the nation. The Diamondbacks drafted the righthander No. 6 overall.
SPDrew Pomeranz, Mississippi
SPChris Sale, Florida Gulf Coast
Pomeranz, BA’s midseason Player of the Year, used his excellent fastball and devastating knuckle curve to carve up the SEC. The lefty was the conference pitcher of the year and was drafted fifth overall by the Indians days after beating St. John’s in a regional game.
The 2009 Cape Cod League pitcher of the year, Sale proved his dominant summer was no fluke, using an electric fastball and superb changeup to finish second in the nation in strikeouts, 10th in fewest walks allowed per nine innings and ninth in ERA.
RPChance Ruffin, Texas
Like Austin Wood before him, Ruffin volunteered to move from the Texas rotation to the bullpen for the good of the team. The righty finished the season as the nation’s leader in ERA and strikeouts per nine innings (14), and he ranked third in saves.