Baseball America

2014 College Preview: All-America Teams

DURHAM, N.C.—Top-ranked Virginia leads all teams with four players on Baseball America’s preseason All-America teams, released Monday.

Outfielder Derek Fisher is Virginia’s lone first-teamer, while outfielder/first baseman Mike Papi makes the second team, and shortstop Branden Cogswell and outfielder Brandon Downes land on the third team. No. 4 Cal State Fullerton and No. 6 Florida State land three players apiece on the three teams.

Derek Fisher

Derek Fisher (Photo by Tony Farlow)

Baseball America annually polls major league scouting directors to vote on the team and make their selections based on performance, talent and professional potential. In the past, the preseason All-America team has been a predictor both of the first round of the draft and of team success. For example, 11 members of last year’s preseason teams went on to become first-round picks, and two others were taken in the supplemental first round.

Fifth-ranked North Carolina State is the only team to land multiple players on the first team, as shortstop Trea Turner and lefthander Carlos Rodon both earn first-team preseason honors for the second consecutive year.

They are the only players to repeat as first-teamers, while Oregon State’s Michael Conforto, Kentucky’s Austin Cousino, Virginia’s Derek Fisher and Texas Christian’s Kevin Cron are also repeat members of the preseason teams. LSU’s Alex Bregman is the only player to earn postseason first-team All-America honors last June and preseason first-team honors in 2014.

The Atlantic Coast Conference leads all leagues with 10 preseason All-Americans, followed by the Southeastern Conference (nine), the Pacific-12 Conference (five) and the Big West Conference (four). The ACC also leads all conferences with four players on the first team.
Each of the top seven teams in BA’s rankings boasts multiple preseason All-Americans. Every team in the top 10 landed at least one player on the All-America teams.

Conforto was the top overall vote-getter in the scouting director balloting, followed by Rodon and Louisville closer Nick Burdi, who tied for second. Conforto and Rodon each received first-place votes on all but one of the ballots.


FIRST TEAM

Pos. Player School Class B-T Ht. Wt. AVG OBP SLG AB R H HR RBI SB
C Kyle Schwarber Indiana Jr. L-R 6-0 240 .366 .456 .647 235 65 86 18 54 4
1B Casey Gillaspie Wichita State Jr. B-L 6-4 238 .299 .447 .517 234 49 70 11 46 5
2B Ian Happ Cincinnati So. B-R 5-11 192 .322 .451 .483 205 41 66 6 36 25
3B Taylor Sparks UC Irvine Jr. R-R 6-4 215 .360 .388 .581 222 38 80 10 50 7
SS Trea Turner N.C. State Jr. R-R 6-1 171 .368 .455 .553 228 66 84 7 42 30
OF Michael Conforto Oregon State Jr. L-R 6-2 217 .328 .379 .526 247 48 81 11 47 6
OF Bradley Zimmer San Francisco Jr. L-R 6-5 205 .320 .437 .512 203 48 65 7 37 19
OF Derek Fisher Virginia Jr. L-R 6-3 210 .293 .405 .483 205 43 60 7 48 8
DH Alex Bregman Louisiana State So. R-R 6-0 190 .369 .417 .546 282 59 104 6 52 16
UT A.J. Reed Kentucky Jr. L-L 6-4 240 .280 .378 .519 214 30 60 13 52 1
Pos. Player School Class B-T Ht. Wt. W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
SP Carlos Rodon N.C. State Jr. L-L 6-3 234 10 3 2.99 19 0 132 94 45 184
SP Tyler Beede Vanderbilt Jr. R-R 6-4 215 14 1 2.32 17 0 101 64 63 103
SP Luke Weaver Florida State Jr. R-R 6-2 170 7 2 2.29 17 0 98 78 19 119
SP Jeff Hoffman East Carolina Jr. R-R 6-4 192 6 7 3.20 15 0 110 99 39 84
RP Nick Burdi Louisville Jr. R-R 6-4 215 3 3 0.76 29 16 36 25 13 62
UT A.J. Reed Kentucky Jr. L-L 6-4 240 2 8 4.04 14 0 82 100 15 52

SECOND TEAM

Pos. Player School Class B-T Ht. Wt. AVG OBP SLG AB R H HR RBI SB
C Max Pentecost Kennesaw State Jr. R-R 6-1 190 .302 .374 .410 212 36 64 3 30 4
1B Sam Travis Indiana Jr. R-R 6-0 210 .316 .419 .545 244 53 77 10 57 4
2B Brian Anderson Arkansas Jr. R-R 6-3 185 .325 .448 .488 209 47 68 4 36 6
3B Alex Blandino Stanford Jr. R-R 6-0 190 .268 .340 .453 179 31 48 7 32 2
SS Matt Chapman Cal State Fullerton Jr. R-R 6-2 215 .285 .415 .457 186 41 53 5 37 6
OF Dylan Davis Oregon State Jr. R-R 6-0 215 .335 .379 .502 257 45 86 5 61 9
OF Skye Bolt North Carolina So. B-R 6-2 175 .321 .418 .491 212 48 68 6 51 10
OF Greg Allen San Diego State Jr. B-R 6-0 165 .299 .397 .350 254 51 76 0 28 25
DH Mike Papi Virginia Jr. L-L 6-3 210 .381 .517 .619 176 57 67 7 57 6
UT J.D. Davis Cal State Fullerton Jr. R-R 6-3 215 .318 .407 .436 211 40 67 4 50 1
Pos. Player School Class B-T Ht. Wt. W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
SP Aaron Nola Louisiana State Jr. R-R 6-1 183 12 1 1.57 17 0 126 83 18 122
SP Brandon Finnegan TCU Jr. L-L 5-11 184 0 8 3.18 16 0 79 74 35 86
SP Kyle Freeland Evansville Jr. L-L 6-3 170 4 8 4.34 14 0 93 107 26 84
SP Erick Fedde UNLV Jr. R-R 6-4 180 7 3 3.92 15 0 96 98 28 83
RP David Berg UCLA Jr. R-R 6-0 190 7 0 0.92 51 24 78 55 11 78
UT J.D. Davis Cal State Fullerton Jr. R-R 6-3 215 1 2 2.74 16 4 23 19 7 17

THIRD TEAM

Pos. Player School Class B-T Ht. Wt. AVG OBP SLG AB R H HR RBI SB
C Grayson Greiner South Carolina Jr. R-R 6-5 210 .298 .365 .424 205 32 61 4 38 5
1B Kevin Cron Texas Christian Jr. R-R 6-5 245 .208 .280 .276 192 12 40 2 20 3
2B Ross Kivett Kansas State Sr. R-R 6-1 200 .360 .440 .483 261 57 94 3 39 26
3B Joey Pankake South Carolina Jr. R-R 6-1 200 .311 .387 .496 238 40 74 11 42 7
SS Branden Cogswell Virginia Jr. L-R 6-2 180 .346 .464 .451 185 55 63 0 22 12
OF Austin Cousino Kentucky Jr. L-L 5-10 178 .249 .383 .402 209 42 52 6 27 14
OF Rhys Hoskins Sacramento State Jr. R-R 6-4 224 .283 .342 .404 198 37 56 3 22 1
OF Brandon Downes Virginia Jr. R-R 6-3 200 .316 .393 .569 253 67 80 10 59 6
DH D.J. Stewart Florida State So. L-R 6-0 230 .364 .469 .560 225 50 82 5 59 8
UT Jameis Winston Florida State So. B-R 6-4 220 .235 .345 .377 119 21 28 0 9 2
Pos. Player School Class B-T Ht. Wt. W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
SP Michael Cederoth San Diego State Jr. R-R 6-6 210 3 9 4.25 15 0 95 72 48 109
SP Sean Newcomb Hartford Jr. L-L 6-5 240 5 4 3.75 13 0 72 53 37 92
SP Ryan Burr Arizona State So. R-R 6-4 224 4 2 2.20 31 12 45 21 23 60
SP Justin Garza Cal State Fullerton So. R-R 5-11 160 12 0 2.03 17 0 115 84 17 95
RP Jonathan Holder Mississippi State Jr. R-R 6-4 228 2 0 1.65 34 21 55 33 17 90
UT Jameis Winston Florida State So. B-R 6-4 220 1 2 3.00 17 2 27 18 12 21