Cajuns, Beavers, Hoosiers lead BA All-America teams


See also: First-Team Capsules

See also: Player of the Year—A.J. Reed


Baseball America 2014 College Player of the Year A.J. Reed, who led the nation in home runs and led the Southeastern Conference in wins as Kentucky’s Friday starter, headlines the BA College All-America team. Reed is one of six members of BA’s preseason All-America first team to earn first-team honors in the postseason, joining Kyle Schwarber, Casey Gillaspie, Trea Turner, Michael Conforto and Bradley Zimmer.

Louisiana State righthander Aaron Nola is the only 2013 first-teamer to repeat as a first-team All-American in 2014. Three other members of last year’s team—Indiana’s Kyle Schwarber (a second-teamer last year) and Dustin DeMuth (third team), and North Carolina State’s Trea Turner (third team)—moved up to the first team this year. Cal State Fullerton’s Thomas Eshelman was a first-teamer last year and a second-teamer this year.

Three national seeds—Oregon State, Indiana and Louisiana-Lafayette—lead all programs with three All-Americans apiece, including two first-teamers apiece. The SEC leads all conferences with six All-Americans and three-first teamers. The ACC and Big 12 have five All-Americans apiece, followed by the Pac-12 and Big West with four apiece.

The teams are dominated by upperclassmen, with just eight sophomores and no freshmen on the three teams. The first team features eight players who were drafted in the first round last week. Twelve first-rounders made the three teams overall. Sixteen members of Baseball America’s preseason All-America teams (which are voted on by major league scouting directors) made the postseason teams. That is up from 13 last year, 11 in 2012 and 12 in 2011.

The staff of Baseball America selected the All-America teams after the NCAA regionals. Statistics are through super regional play.

FIRST TEAM

Pos. Name Year AVG OBP SLG AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB
C Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State Jr. .418 .480 .624 263 59 110 9 58 30 26 17
1B Casey Gillaspie, Wichita State Jr. .389 .520 .682 211 50 82 15 50 58 28 8
2B Jace Conrad, Louisiana-Lafayette Jr. .364 .438 .564 264 63 96 9 65 18 27 22
3B Dustin DeMuth, Indiana Sr. .374 .449 .531 211 40 79 5 40 20 40 4
SS Trea Turner, N.C. State Jr. .321 .418 .516 215 65 69 8 36 37 25 26
OF Caleb Adams, Louisiana-Lafayette Jr. .381 .502 .673 223 67 85 11 42 46 60 7
OF Michael Conforto, Oregon State Jr. .345 .504 .547 203 52 70 7 56 55 38 4
OF Bradley Zimmer, San Francisco Jr. .368 .461 .573 220 42 81 7 31 31 34 21
DH Kyle Schwarber, Indiana Jr. .358 .464 .659 232 66 83 14 48 44 30 10
UT A.J. Reed, Kentucky Jr. .336 .476 .735 223 60 75 23 73 49 48 0
Year W L ERA G CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
SP Kyle Freeland, Evansville Jr. 10 2 1.90 14 2 0 100 79 13 128 .214
SP Nathan Kirby, Virginia So. 9 2 1.73 16 1 0 104 65 25 104 .182
SP Aaron Nola, Louisiana State Jr. 11 1 1.47 16 2 0 116 69 27 134 .172
SP Ben Wetzler, Oregon State Sr. 12 1 0.78 14 4 0 104 49 31 83 .143
RP Jacob Lindgren, Mississippi State Jr. 6 1 0.81 26 0 3 55 23 25 100 .124
UT A.J. Reed, Kentucky Jr. 12 2 2.09 16 1 0 112 98 29 71 .236

SECOND TEAM

Pos. Name Year AVG OBP SLG AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB
C Grayson Greiner, South Carolina Jr. .311 .389 .486 212 39 66 8 50 29 39 0
1B Sam Travis, Indiana Jr. .347 .415 .576 245 55 85 12 58 25 26 8
2B Mark Mathias, Cal Poly So. .386 .455 .490 210 48 81 2 39 23 18 12
3B Alex Blandino, Stanford Jr. .310 .397 .531 226 49 70 12 44 30 33 2
SS Blake Trahan, Louisiana-Lafayette So. .355 .465 .455 256 58 91 4 49 44 37 15
OF Jordan Luplow, Fresno State Jr. .377 .475 .609 215 40 81 9 48 36 22 10
OF D.J. Stewart, Florida State So. .351 .472 .557 194 45 68 7 50 40 30 4
OF Drew Weeks, North Florida Jr. .430 .478 .606 221 52 95 6 38 18 20 10
DH Michael Katz, William & Mary Jr. .363 .445 .646 240 64 87 14 75 32 43 0
UT Aaron Brown, Pepperdine Jr. .314 .354 .554 244 44 76 13 49 9 52 5
Year W L ERA G CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
SP Thomas Eshelman, Cal State Fullerton So. 8 3 1.89 16 5 0 124 100 8 99 .222
SP Jace Fry, Oregon State Jr. 11 2 1.8 16 4 0 120 83 30 98 .196
SP Andrew Morales, UC Irvine Sr. 11 2 1.53 18 3 0 130 83 30 136 .182
SP Preston Morrison, Texas Christian Jr. 9 4 1.32 17 5 0 122 85 19 85 .197
RP Brendan McCurry, Oklahoma State Sr. 5 0 0.38 35 0 19 47 29 8 54 .178
UT Aaron Brown, Pepperdine Jr. 13 1 1.95 17 1 0 116 84 40 104 .212

THIRD TEAM

Pos. Name Year AVG OBP SLG AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB
C Brett Austin, N.C. State Jr. .344 .414 .516 215 42 74 5 31 27 29 8
1B Connor Joe, San Diego Jr. .367 .462 .606 218 59 80 9 51 32 24 3
2B Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt So. .335 .414 .482 251 58 84 3 32 34 45 18
3B Matt Chapman, Cal State Fullerton Jr. .312 .412 .498 205 37 64 6 48 27 26 6
SS Michael Russell, North Carolina Jr. .339 .424 .496 230 43 78 4 32 29 27 13
OF Auston Bousfield, Mississippi Jr. .349 .395 .495 275 58 96 6 50 16 25 17
OF Zach Fish, Oklahoma State Jr. .308 .390 .517 240 41 74 11 48 32 56 4
OF Mark Payton, Texas Sr. .326 .467 .464 224 32 73 2 38 55 22 19
DH Ty France, San Diego State So. .356 .450 .498 233 55 83 5 45 28 25 3
UT Louie Lechich, San Diego Sr. .342 .396 .542 225 45 77 7 46 16 30 3
Year W L ERA G CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
SP Brandon Finnegan, Texas Christian Jr. 9 3 2.12 16 1 0 98 70 27 129 .202
SP Kyle Funkhouser, Louisville So. 13 2 1.68 16 0 0 107 76 54 110 .201
SP Sean Newcomb, Hartford Jr. 8 2 1.25 14 1 0 93 51 38 106 .162
SP Josh Prevost, Seton Hall Sr. 12 2 1.62 15 6 0 116 64 20 111 .158
RP Ryan Thompson, Campbell Sr. 7 2 1.33 39 0 17 88 71 29 87 .219
UT Louie Lechich, San Diego Sr. 8 3 1.51 13 1 0 82 82 21 50 .265