N.C. State's Rodon Named Freshman Of The Year




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DURHAM, N.C.—Freshman of the Year Carlos Rodon, a lefthander for North Carolina State, leads the 2012 Baseball America Freshman All-America team.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR WINNERS
1982—Cory Snyder, 3b, Brigham Young
1983—Rafael Palmeiro, of, Mississippi State
1984—Greg Swindell, lhp, Texas
1985—Jack McDowell, rhp, Stanford; Ron Wenrich, of, Georgia
1986—Robin Ventura, 3b, Oklahoma State
1987—Paul Carey, of, Stanford
1988—Kirk Dressendorfer, rhp, Texas
1989—Alex Fernandez, rhp, Miami
1990—Jeffrey Hammonds, of, Stanford
1991—Brooks Kieschnick, rhp/dh, Texas
1992—Todd Walker, 2b, Louisiana State
1993—Brett Laxton, rhp, Louisiana State
1994—R.A. Dickey, rhp, Tennessee
1995—Kyle Peterson, rhp, Stanford
1996—Pat Burrell, 3b, Miami
1997—Brian Roberts, ss, North Carolina
1998—Xavier Nady, 2b, California
1999—James Jurries, 2b, Tulane
2000—Kevin Howard, 3b-ss, Miami
2001—Michael Aubrey, lhp-1b, Tulane
2002—Stephen Drew, ss, Florida State
2003—Ryan Braun, ss, Miami
2004—Wade LeBlanc, lhp, Alabama
2005—Joe Savery, lhp/1b, Rice
2006—Pedro Alvarez, 3b, Vanderbilt
2007—Dustin Ackley, 1b, North Carolina
2008—Chris Hernandez, lhp, Miami
2009—Anthony Rendon, 3b, Rice
2010—Matt Purke, lhp, Texas Christian
2011—Colin Moran, 3b, North Carolina
Rodon already won Atlantic Coast Conference pitcher of the year honors and was named a Baseball America first-team All-American. A local product from Holly Springs, N.C., Rodon dominated the ACC with a fastball that reaches the mid-90s and a wipeout power slider. He led the conference in ERA (1.57), opponents' batting average (.176) and innings (115), while ranking second in strikeouts (135) and wins (nine). Rodon is the first Wolfpack player to win BA's Freshman of the Year award, and he is the fourth ACC player to win it in the last six years.

N.C. State leads all teams with three players on BA's two freshman All-America teams, including two members of the first team. Speed merchant Trea Turner joins Rodon on the first team, while center fielder Jake Fincher earns a spot on the second team. Kentucky also places two players on the first team: center fielder Austin Cousino and two-way talent A.J. Reed.

Oregon State, Florida State, Texas Christian and Stony Brook also produced two freshman All-Americans apiece, though none placed more than one player on the first team. Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto is the only player other than Rodon to appear on BA's All-America team as well as the All-Freshman team. Conforto was a second-team All-American, but a first-team All-Freshman selection.

The Atlantic Coast conference leads all leagues with seven freshman All-Americans. The Pacific-12 Conference is next with six, followed by the Southeastern Conference with five.

The teams were selected by the staff of Baseball America.



Pos. FIRST TEAM AVG OBP SLG AB R H HR RBI SB
C Riley Moore, Arizona .301 .385 .379 219 40 66 1 38 2
1B Sam Travis, Indiana .319 .397 .509 232 41 74 9 50 4
2B Pat Kelly, Nebraska .313 .345 .521 163 27 51 8 37 5
3B Trea Turner, North Carolina State .336 .432 .459 259 72 87 5 43 57
SS Andrew Daniel, San Diego .339 .394 .487 230 37 78 4 45 3
OF Michael Conforto, Oregon State .349 .438 .601 218 45 76 13 76 1
OF Austin Cousino, Kentucky .319 .408 .515 260 61 83 9 41 15
OF Rhys Hoskins, Sacramento State .353 .411 .567 215 44 76 10 53 1
DH Derek Fisher, Virginia .288 .375 .507 219 44 63 7 50 4
UT A.J. Reed, Kentucky .300 .378 .405 200 29 60 4 43 0


W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO BAA
SP Brandon Leibrandt, Florida State 8 3 2.82 19 0 99 89 29 83 .243
SP Preston Morrison, Texas Christian 9 2 2.08 22 1 113 88 12 72 .216
SP Benton Moss, North Carolina 7 2 1.94 17 0 79 65 23 83 .218
SP Carlos Rodon, North Carolina State 9 0 1.57 17 0 115 71 41 135 .176
RP David Berg, UCLA 5 3 1.46 50 1 74 42 17 63 .165
UT A.J. Reed, Kentucky 5 3 2.52 16 0 54 54 9 51 .267
Pos. SECOND TEAM AVG OBP SLG AB R H HR RBI SB
C Chase Griffin, Georgia Southern .320 .404 .533 197 35 63 10 42 2
1B Kevin Cron, Texas Christian .338 .383 .503 151 20 51 6 34 0
2B Casey Turgeon, Florida .281 .368 .407 231 35 65 4 30 10
3B Jose Trevino, Oral Roberts .317 .358 .573 246 44 78 13 57 3
SS Cole Peragine, Stony Brook .304 .386 .411 214 42 65 0 39 8
OF Jake Fincher, North Carolina State .300 .353 .405 210 35 63 1 23 16
OF Steven Goldstein, Stony Brook .337 .415 .494 166 36 56 4 34 14
OF Ryan Padilla, New Mexico .353 .430 .525 221 49 78 5 49 4
DH Alex Blandino, Stanford .294 .371 .523 153 26 45 8 40 4
UT Mason Robbins, Southern Mississippi .330 .356 .470 215 36 71 3 38 7


W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO BAA
SP Mike Compton, Florida State 12 2 2.87 18 0 91 89 28 64 .260
SP Jace Fry, Oregon State 5 3 2.45 13 0 88 68 35 53 .215
SP Aaron Nola, Louisiana State 7 4 3.61 19 0 90 88 7 89 .251
SP Jake Reed, Oregon 8 4 2.92 17 0 114 91 42 67 .230
RP Jonathan Holder, Mississippi State 2 1 0.32 24 9 28 17 5 30 .173
UT Mason Robbins, Southern Mississippi 1 0 4.01 10 0 34 37 12 17 .285