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2017 All-America Teams

Oregon State and North Carolina entered the NCAA Tournament as the top two ranked teams in the country, and they combined to produce five first-team All-Americans.

Joining North Carolina with three honorees across all three All-America teams are Kentucky and Louisville. Seven schools—Florida, Louisiana State, Missouri State, Oregon State, Southern Mississippi, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest—had two players honored. In all, 35 schools are represented on the All-America teams.

Five players from the Preseason-All America first team also made the postseason first team: second baseman Nick Madrigal, third baseman Jake Burger, DH Keston Hiura, lefthander/first baseman Brendan McKay and righthander J.B. Bukauskas. Outfielders Adam Haseley and Stuart Fairchild were on the second team. In all, 13 players who made the Preseason All-America teams are again honored on the postseason teams.

McKay is now a three-time first-team All-American. Burger and Haseley are the only other players to repeat as All-Americans this season. Both were honored on the third-team last year.

The All-America team selected by Baseball America staff. Capsules by Teddy Cahill and Michael Lannana. Statistics compiled by Justin Perline

Editor’s Note: After a report surfaced in The Oregonian on Thursday morning that Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich pleaded guilty to sexually molesting a 6-year-old female family member when he was 15, Baseball America has decided to remove Heimlich from our All-America team.

C David Banuelos Long Beach State

Banuelos is known mostly for his ability behind the plate, and he was named Big West Conference defensive player of the year. He shut down opponents’ running games, throwing out 18 of 29 (62 percent) basestealers. The junior took a step forward offensively this spring, hitting .297/.376/.484 with seven home runs to lead Beach to super regionals.

brent rooker1B Brent Rooker Mississippi State

An all-Southeastern Conference honoree a year ago, Rooker raised his game in his redshirt-junior season. He was the SEC player of the year and hit .395/.498/.827 with 23 home runs and 18 stolen bases, leading the country in slugging percentage and ranking second in hits. Rooker led Mississippi State to super regionals for the second year in a row.

2B Nick Madrigal Oregon State

The sophomore has been the sparkplug for the best team in the country this spring. The Pacific-12 Conference player of the year, Madrigal makes the most of his 5-foot-8 frame, putting together disciplined at-bats and showcasing a dynamic offensive tool set. He hit .380/.443/.537, walked more than he struck out and made just four errors.

3B Jake Burger Missouri State

Burger tapped into his prodigious power to hit more than 20 home runs for the second straight year, thus becoming the second Bear to have back-to-back 20-homer seasons. The Missouri Valley Conference player of the year, the junior helped Missouri State reach super regionals for the second time in three years by hitting .335/.451/.665 with 22 home runs.

SS Logan Warmoth North Carolina

The Tar Heels shortstop carried a strong 2016 second half and summer in the Cape Cod League into this spring, where he showed improved power at the plate. Hitting a career-high 10 home runs and batting .336/.404/.554, Warmoth also fields the position well enough that most evaluators believe he’ll stick there at the next level.

OF Greg Deichmann Louisiana State

Like Brent Rooker, Deichmann opted to return to school after being drafted last year. The junior hit .322/.430/.614 with a Louisiana State-high 19 home runs and showed greater selectivity at the plate. He also made a smooth transition from first base to right field, where he collected six assists and showed improved mobility.

OF Adam Haseley Virginia

A two-way player throughout his career at Virginia, Haseley took a step forward offensively this season while holding down a spot in the Cavaliers’ rotation. The junior won the Atlantic Coast Conference batting title, hitting .390/.491/.659 with 10 stolen bases. He also hit a team-high 14 home runs, doubling his total from his first two college seasons.

OF Stuart Fairchild Wake Forest

Fairchild led a high-powered Wake Forest offense, helping the Demon Deacons reach super regionals for the first time since 1999. He hit .359/.438/.645 with 17 home runs and 20 stolen bases, capped by a virtuoso regional performance. The junior also earns rave reviews in center field, where he did not make an error this season.

Keston Hiura 2017 MLB DraftDH Keston Hiura UC Irvine

An elbow injury has limited Hiura to DH duties since last April, but it hasn’t limited him any at the plate. He hit .442/.567/.693 with eight home runs, nine stolen bases and 50 walks. The Big West Conference player of the year was leading the country in batting and on-base percentage after winning the “slash-stat” triple crown in his conference.

UT Brendan McKay Louisville

For the third year in a row, McKay earns first-team All-America honors as a utility player. The Cardinals ace and cleanup hitter excelled in both roles. The junior was named Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year after going 9-3, 2.31 with 131 strikeouts in 97.1 innings on the mound and hitting .356/.476/.683 with 17 home runs at the plate.

SP J.B. Bukauskas North Carolina

The North Carolina Friday starter has been a hot commodity since high school, boasting a fastball that can touch the upper 90s and the highest-graded slider in college. Bukauskas used those two pitches to carve through the Atlantic Coast Conference as its pitcher of the year, going 9-1, 2.53 with 116 strikeouts to 37 walks in 92.2 innings.

SP Steven Gingery Texas Tech

Building off a solid freshman season in an Omaha club’s weekend rotation, Gingery seized Texas Tech’s ace role, going 10-1, 1.58 for the Big 12 Conference regular-season champs. The lefty struck out 107 to 29 walks in 91.1 innings, and with other members of his pitching staff battling injuries, Gingery proved to be a workhorse, thriving even in a hitter’s park.

SP Cory Abbott Loyola Marymount

Few pitchers in college baseball made a leap like Abbott, who added a slider after watching video of Noah Syndergaard’s grip of the pitch and became one of the nation’s top starters for the Lions. He ranked in the top 15 in the country in wins, ERA, strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings (11.9), and threw in March the first prefect game in program history.

SP Jake Thompson Oregon State

On almost any other staff, Thompson would be the ace. But at Oregon State, he’s one of several. Healthy for an entire season, Thompson went 13-0, 1.30 for the Beavers, striking out 106 n 110.2 innings. The redshirt junior has always had stuff, with a fastball that touches the mid-90s and a hard, biting slider. In 2017, he put that arsenal to good use.

RP Josh Hiatt North Carolina

A year after not pitching for the Tar Heels—he redshirted after failing to make the roster—a determined Hiatt seized the closer’s role and allowed only one run in 30.2 Atlantic Coast Conference innings. He appeared in 17 of those 30 games. Hiatt posted 13 saves overall, with a 1.90 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 52 innings. His changeup is a legitimate plus pitch.

RP Wyatt Marks Louisiana-Lafayette

Though the Ragin’ Cajuns didn’t advance to regional play this year, Marks is by no means to blame. The junior was as dominant as it gets in the back of the bullpen, leading the country with nine-inning ratios of 15.17 strikeouts and 4.4 hits. He struck out a whopping 100 batters in 59.1 innings, posting seven saves and a 2.28 ERA.

Baseball America has selected a College All-America team for more than 30 years. This year’s selections were made by BA staff after the regionals, weighing the performance of players throughout the spring. While our Preseason All-America teams, which are voted on by major league scouting directors, are forward looking, with an emphasis on talent and potential, these teams are meant to look at the results of the 2017 season. We take into account evaluations from countless coaches and scouts, as well as statistical performance to create the teams.

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Baseball America Prospect Report—April 13, 2021

Tigers prospects Casey Mize and Akil Baddoo headline our Tuesday prospect report.

First Team
C David Banuelos, Long Beach StateJr..297.376.484192315772917425
1B Brent Rooker, Mississippi StateR-Jr..395.498.82724357962382455418
2B Nick Madrigal, Oregon StateSo..380.443.5372164982434211315
3B Jake Burger, Missouri StateJr..333.448.6622406980226542363
SS Logan Warmoth, North CarolinaJr..336.404.55427160911049284718
OF Greg Deichmann, Louisiana StateJr..322.430.6142334975196947515
OF Stuart Fairchild, Wake ForestJr..359.438.64524864891767294920
OF Adam Haseley, VirginiaJr..390.491.65922368871456442110
DH Keston Hiura, UC IrvineJr..442.567.693199488884250389
UT Brendan McKay, LouisvilleJr..356.476.6832025472175645352
SP J.B. Bukauskas, North CarolinaJr.912.531500936237116.188
SP Steven Gingery, Texas TechSo.1011.581500916029107.186
SP Cory Abbott, Loyola MarymountJr.1121.741520986128130.173
SP Jake Thompson, Oregon StateR-Jr.1301.3017101116934106.180
RP Josh Hiatt, North CarolinaR-Fr.421.903201352312064.168
RP Wyatt Marks, Louisiana-LafayetteJr.212.283007592925100.144
UT Brendan McKay, LouisvilleJr.932.311500976133131.178
Second Team
C Joey Morgan, WashingtonJr..324.427.500182285954530351
1B Evan White, KentuckyJr..368.450.627204477594024315
2B Braden Shewmake, Texas A&MFr..333.377.54525542851167142811
3B Drew Ellis, LouisvilleR-So..362.453.6952135277175537376
SS Kevin Merrell, South FloridaJr..384.464.5692164883738293119
OF Garrett McCain, Oklahoma StateJr..388.491.5492245387443293319
OF Will Robertson, DavidsonSr..336.404.6482445882184419294
OF Matt Wallner, Southern MississippiFr..336.463.6552355679196345504
DH J.J. Matijevic, ArizonaJr..383.436.6332405792106523389
UT Taylor Braley, Southern MississippiJr..313.461.5872306272176163506
SP Tyler Holton, Florida StateSo.1022.2216201056325132.166
SP Alex Faedo, FloridaJr.722.801500968132113.225
SP Alex Lange, Louisiana StateJr.952.8716401039434124.240
SP Kyle Wright, VanderbiltJr.552.981510977428113.210
RP Lincoln Henzman, LouisvilleJr.301.30240163517835.147
RP Colton Hock, StanfordJr.612.082701648361135.211
UT Taylor Brayley, Southern MississippiJr.723.40140082812278.263
Third Team
C Daulton Varsho, Wisconsin-MilwaukeeJr..362.490.64319947721139463910
1B Gavin Sheets, Wake ForestJr..322.429.6342275573208144331
2B Riley Mahan, KentuckyJr..339.396.6262545686156722529
3B Jake Scheiner, HoustonJr..346.432.6672435084186427418
SS Jeremy Eierman, Missouri StateSo..312.430.67123766742267395715
OF D.J. Artis, LibertySo..359.532.5521815865645623023
OF Jeren Kendall, VanderbiltJr..312.379.56925358791552247119
OF Tristan Pompey, KentuckySo..368.471.5542587095104445549
DH Jake Adams, IowaJr..335.417.7472455582297229575
UT Jake Meyers, NebraskaJr..297.439.3491955258116393120
SP Griffin Canning, UCLAJr.742.3417401199332140.213
SP David Peterson, OregonJr.1142.5115101008815140.237
SP J.P. Sears, The CitadelJr.732.641420956927142.204
SP Casey Mize, AuburnSo.822.04132084669109.210
RP Michael Byrne, FloridaSo.241.693101659461066.215
RP Nate Harris, Louisiana TechSr.912.31223894791194.226
UT Jake Meyers, NebraskaJr.823.4214108486957.265

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