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Baseball America's
2002 Preseason All-America Team

Mark Prior
Jeremy Guthrie
Photo: Mark McClintock

DURHAM, N.C.--Four different Atlantic Coast Conference schools provide four players to Baseball America's 2002 Preseason All-America first team. That's only slightly more than preseason No. 1 Stanford provides all by itself.

Scouting directors of major league clubs vote on the team and make their selections based on performance, talent and major league potential. The first round of the 2001 draft featured nine players who were BA preseason All-Americans, including Middle Tennessee State's Dewon Brazelton (Devil Rays), Auburn's Gabe Gross (Blue Jays) and Southern California's Mark Prior (Cubs).

Scouting directors feel certain Rutgers righthander Bobby Brownlie will follow that path to the first round. He was the only unanimous selection among the 18 ballots received. Next in the vote totals were ACC infielders Russ Adams of North Carolina and Jeff Baker of Clemson, who each had 99 out of a possible 108 points. The ACC talent joining them on the first team includes Georgia Tech catcher Tyler Parker and Duke first baseman Larry Broadway.

Three Cardinal players were selected this year, though, a historic occasion. While several schools have had two players on the preseason A-A list, no school has seen three players selected since Fresno State in 1989. The players that year were shortstop Eddie Zosky and outfielders Tom Goodwin and Steve Hosey, who all became first-round picks.

The 2002 team includes two Stanford outfielders in sophomore Carlos Quentin and Jason Cooper, a junior who was selected as a DH. The third Cardinal, righthander Jeremy Guthrie, was a third-round pick in the 2001 draft as a draft-eligible sophomore. The Cardinal also placed second baseman Chris O'Riordan and lefthander Tim Cunningham on the second team and outfielder Sam Fuld on the third team.

Notre Dame outfielder Brian Stavisky was also draft-eligible as a sophomore in 2001 but wasn't selected until the 33rd round (Cubs). He returns for his junior season and is the only repeat choice on the preseason first team, receiving more support than any other outfielder. The other position players on the team include South Carolina shortstop Drew Meyer and 2001 Freshman of the Year Michael Aubrey, Tulane's two-way star who was selected as an outfielder. Two pitchers who played with Aubrey on Team USA last summer, Miami's Kiki Bengochea and Southern California's Anthony Reyes, join him on the first team.

Rounding out the first team is lefthander Jeff Francis, the first player from a Canadian college ever selected to the list. Francis, who went 12-3, 0.92 for NAIA member British Columbia last year, was the MVP of the summer Alaska League and the National Baseball Congress World Series in 2001.

First Team


Pos. Player, Team              Yr.  AVG AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Last Drafted
 C Tyler Parker, Georgia Tech  Jr. .327  52 13  17  5  0  1  16  3 Mets '99 (6)
1B Larry Broadway, Duke        Jr. .308 120 27  37 11  1  3  20  2 Never
2B Russ Adams, North Carolina  Jr. .331 239 52  79 13  2  1  41 28 Never
3B Jeff Baker, Clemson         Jr. .369 233 68  86 13  2 23  75  5 Indians '99 (4)
SS Drew Meyer, South Carolina  Jr. .303 274 54  83 12  2  7  37 20 Dodgers '99 (2)
OF Michael Aubrey, Tulane      So. .361 277 74 100 17  4 13  69  9 Never
OF Carlos Quentin, Stanford    So. .345 249 55  86 11  1 11  52  5 Never
OF Brian Stavisky, Notre Dame  Jr. .386 210 46  81 19  4 10  66  9 Cubs '01 (33)
DH Jason Cooper, Stanford (of) Jr. .272 169 26  46 10  0  9  37  2 Phillies '99 (2)
                                      
                                   Yr.  W-L  ERA  G SV IP   H  BB  SO Last Drafted  
RHP Kiki Bengochea, Miami          Jr.  9-4 4.10 18  0 108 106 38  89 Royals '99 (3)
RHP Bob Brownlie, Rutgers          Jr.  6-3 2.36 14  0  84  65 17  86 Rockies '99 (26)
LHP Jeff Francis, British Columbia Jr. 12-3 0.92 15  0  98  55 15 118 Never
RHP Jeremy Guthrie, Stanford       Jr. 13-4 2.82 20  0 134 123 41 128 Pirates '01 (3)
RHP Anthony Reyes, So. California  Jr.  5-4 3.72 19  0 109 111 25  97 Never
Second Team

Pos. Player, Team               Yr.  AVG  AB  R   H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Last Drafted
C Alberto Concepcion, So. Cal   Jr. .321 224 37  72 17  3  7  41  4 Padres '99 (2)
1B Nick Swisher, Ohio State     Jr. .322 174 60  56 16  0 15  56  2 Never
2B Chris O'Riordan, Stanford    Sr. .359 281 62 101 17  2 12  68 16 Never
3B Kevin Howard, Miami          Jr. .336 250 55  84 20  1  4  46  9 Padres '99 (22)
SS Anthony Lunetta, S. Cal      Jr. .305 239 48  73 18  2  5  38 12 Indians '99 (42)
OF Matt Carson, Brigham Young   Jr. .335 227 56  76  6  5 18  70  8 Never
OF Anthony Gwynn, San Diego St. So. .318 179 48  56  8  4  0  23 19 Braves '00 (33)
OF Jarrod Schmidt, Clemson      Jr. .298 215 43  64 12  0 16  51  4 Marlins '99 (23)
DH Richie Weeks, Southern (ss)  So. .425 181 78  77 13 12 14  70 28 Never

                                 Yr.  W-L  ERA  G SV  IP   H BB  SO Last Drafted  
RHP Bryan Bullington, Ball State Jr.  9-4 3.50 18  0 108 106 19 119 Royals '99 (37)
RHP David Bush, Wake Forest      Sr.  4-3 2.65 41 16  75  57 16  86 Devil Rays '01 (4)
LHP Tim Cunningham, Stanford     Jr.  6-0 3.62 18  0  75  59 40  54 Dodgers '99 (22)
RHP Shane Komine, Nebraska       Sr. 14-2 3.35 18  0 132 129 36 157 Cardinals '01 (19)
LHP Joe Saunders, Virginia Tech  Jr.  9-3 3.48 17  0 116 121 40  87 Phillies '99 (5)
Third Team

Pos. Player, Team              Yr.  AVG  AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Last Drafted
 C Javi Herrera, Tennessee     So. .296 213 32 63 14  1  7  45  2 Red Sox '00 (42)
1B Val Majewski, Rutgers       Jr. .378 225 63 85 24  3  8  54  9 Never
2B Steve Sollmann, Notre Dame  So. .362 221 52 80  9  2  5  36 23 Never
3B Hunter Brown, Rice          Sr. .335 260 46 87 25  2  7  44  5 Padres '01 (31)
SS Javy Rodriguez, Miami       Sr. .382 241 63 92 12  4  5  60 66 Yankees '98 (26)
OF Sam Fuld, Stanford          So. .357 227 56 81 15  2  0  37 11 Never
OF Matt Murton, Georgia Tech   So. .385 161 43 62 14  1  7  35  3 Never
OF Jeremy Reed, Long Beach St. Jr. .348 230 56 80 16  2  1  40 23 Never
DH Matt Hopper, Nebraska (1b)  Jr. .358 254 65 91 19  1 12  85  3 Giants '01 (36)

                               Yr.  W-L  ERA  G SV IP    H BB SO Last Drafted  
RHP Ben Crockett, Harvard      Sr.  4-4 4.04  8  0  56  53  8 59 Red Sox '01 (10)
RHP Mike Esposito, Arizona St. So.  5-2 4.06 16  0  69  66 24 63 Reds '99 (5)
RHP Trevor Hutchinson, Cal     Sr.  6-7 3.85 17  1 115 141 28 91 Mets '01 (20)
LHP Chris Leonard, Miami, Ohio Jr. 11-3 3.36 17  0 113  98 33 86 Never
RHP Steven White, Baylor       Jr. 10-3 3.49 15  0  98  82 61 80 Never

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