2012 College All-America Team Capsules




Follow me on Twitter

College baseball lacked an individual performance for the ages in 2012—the kind of seasons Stephen Strasburg, Buster Posey and Trevor Bauer had as juniors. Considering the demands of his defensive position, his leadership value and his power production, Florida catcher Mike Zunino had the best all-around season, earning him our College Player of the Year award.

Zunino is the only member of BA's 2011 All-America first team to repeat as a first-teamer in 2012. Fittingly, the only other repeat All-American is the player Zunino edged out for Player of the Year honors—Florida State center fielder James Ramsey, a third-teamer last year who earns first-team honors this time around.

Zunino is one of just two members of our preseason first team (chosen by major league scouting directors) to appear on our postseason first team; the other is Stony Brook outfielder Travis Jankowski. Six other first-team preseason All-Americans made our second and third teams at the end of the season: Brian Johnson, Mark Appel, Kevin Gausman, Stephen Piscotty, Tyler Naquin and Marcus Stroman. Ramsey and Michael Wacha were second-teamers in the preseason who made our postseason teams, while Kris Bryant was a third-teamer in the preseason, but a first-teamer at season's end.

Overall, just 11 preseason All-Americans made our postseason teams, down from 12 last year and 18 in 2010.

Florida, which set a record with seven preseason All-Americans, landed just two players on our postseason teams. Florida State is the only team with multiple first-teamers (Ramsey and closer Robert Benincasa). Stony Brook, which reached the College World Series for the first time in 2012, leads all schools with three All-Americans: Jankowski, second-teamer Willie Carmona and third-teamer Tyler Johnson. Florida, Florida State, Arizona, UCLA, Louisiana State, Texas A&M, Baylor, Stanford and New Mexico each landed two players on our All-America teams.