2019 College Baseball All-Americans
Bleday is one of two Vanderbilt players on the first team, joined by sophomore Austin Martin. The SEC champions are the only team to have two first-team honorees and one of 12 schools to have multiple honorees across the three teams. Mississippi State leads all teams with three players selected, including first-team starting pitcher Ethan Small.
Four players from the Preseason All-America first team also made the postseason first team: Bleday, Rutschman, Vaughn and outfielder Matt Wallner. Starting pitcher Alek Manoah was on the second team in the preseason, and shortstop Will Wilson and third baseman/closer Aaron Schunk were on the third team in the preseason before moving up to the first team in the postseason. In all, 14 players who scouts voted as Preseason All-Americans earned spots on the postseason teams.
Josh Jung, Rutschman, Vaughn, first baseman Spencer Torkelson and outfielder Kevin Strohschein all repeat as All-Americans this season. Vaughn was a first-team honoree last year. Jung, Rutschman and Torkelson were on the second team and Strohschein was on the third team
The first team roster is as follows, and writeups are included below. The second and third teams are located at the bottom of the post.
C: Adley Rutschman, Oregon State
1B: Andrew Vaughn, California
2B: Cameron Cannon, Arizona
3B: Kody Hoese, Tulane
SS: Will Wilson, North Carolina State
OF: Hunter Bishop, Arizona State
OF: JJ Bleday, Vanderbilt
OF: Matt Wallner, Southern Mississippi
DH: Austin Martin, Vanderbilt
UTL: Aaron Schunk, Georgia
SP: Ryan Garcia, UCLA
SP: Alek Manoah, West Virginia
SP: Ethan Small, Mississippi State
SP: Noah Song, Navy
RP: Kyle Hill, Baylor
RP: Jacob Wallace, Connecticut
C Adley Rutschman
School: Oregon State
The skinny: Rutschman, a second-team All-American last season, lived up to his sky-high expectations coming into 2019. At .411/.575/.751, he leads the Pac-12 in all of the slash line categories. His power took a big jump this season, setting a career high in home runs with 17, and he walked (76) twice as much as he struck out (38), all while continuing to serve as an elite defensive catcher.
1B Andrew Vaughn
The skinny: A first-team All-American at DH in 2018, Vaughn mashed his way to first-team honors again in 2019 by hitting .374/.539/.704 with 14 doubles, 15 homers and 50 RBI with 60 walks compared to just 33 strikeouts. His 50 career home runs place him in a tie for second in Cal baseball history, behind only Xavier Nady’s 57.
2B Cameron Cannon
The skinny: A doubles machine who split his time between second base and shortstop in 2019, Cannon leads the country in doubles, with 29. He also hit .397/.478/.651 with eight home runs and 56 RBI, all of which equaled or bettered previous career-highs.
3B Kody Hoese
The skinny: After hitting .291/.368/.435 with five home runs as a sophomore, Hoese exploded as a junior, hitting .391/.486/.779 with 20 doubles, 23 home runs and 61 RBI. Those 23 homers are in a tie for the second-best single-season total in Tulane history and place him in the top five in the country.
SS Will Wilson
School: North Carolina State
The skinny: In what appeared to be a crowded class of shortstops coming into the season, Wilson established himself as the best of the bunch. He spent 2019 hitting .335/.425/.661 with 20 doubles, 16 homers and 57 RBI, all of which were career-high figures.
OF JJ Bleday
The skinny: As the centerpiece of the lineup on the No. 2 team in the nation, Bleday tapped into his raw power in a big way this season. After hitting six total home runs over his first two seasons, he has 27 in 2019, the most in the country, all without sacrificing his other numbers, as evidenced by a .353/.467/.739 slash line.
OF Hunter Bishop
School: Arizona State
The skinny: Bishop, with a breakout junior season at the plate, helped get Arizona State into a regional for the first-time in his career. He hit .344/.482/.757 with 22 home runs, which blew away his previous career highs of .301/.363/.484 with five home runs as a freshman.
OF Matt Wallner
School: Southern Mississippi
The skinny: A Minnesota native who ended up at Southern Miss only after North Dakota shuttered its baseball program, Wallner started slugging as soon as he stepped on campus and hasn’t stopped. As a junior in 2019, he hit .323/.446/.681 with 23 home runs, which is right in line with his career slash line of .323/.461/.652. His 58 career home runs are most all-time in program history.
DH Austin Martin
The skinny: Martin served as the spark plug at the top of an outstanding Vanderbilt lineup in 2019, hitting .410/.502/.603 with 19 doubles, six home runs, 18 stolen bases in 23 tries, and just 29 strikeouts in 234 at-bats. More impressively, with a .424/.500/.610 line in SEC play, his numbers were actually marginally better against the best competition he saw.
SP Ryan Garcia
The skinny: Garcia missed the first few weeks of the season with injury, and didn’t make his first start until the season was more than a month old, but he made up for lost time once he got back on the mound. He is 10-0, 1.36 and has a 109/25 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 86.1 innings for a UCLA pitching staff that leads the country in ERA by a wide margin.
SP Alek Manoah
School: West Virginia
The skinny: After two seasons marked by as much inconsistency as brilliance, Manoah came into his own as one of the most dominant arms in college baseball as a junior. He finished the season 9-4, 2.08 and 144 strikeouts in 108.1 innings, and played as big a role as anyone in West Virginia hosting a regional for the first time in program history in 2019.
SP Ethan Small
School: Mississippi State
The skinny: After serving as one of the most quietly consistent starting pitchers in college baseball in 2018, there has been nothing quiet about Small’s performance in 2019. The lefty is 9-2, 1.88 and a 160-to-27 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 96 innings. His season strikeout total is already second all-time in Mississippi State history, behind only the 174 recorded by Eric DuBose in 1996.
SP Noah Song
The skinny: In his senior season, Noah Song went 11-1, 1.44 with 161 strikeouts in 94 innings to put a cap on a career he spent rewriting Navy’s record books. His 32 wins, 54 starts, 334.1 innings and 428 strikeouts are all career program records.
RP Kyle Hill
The skinny: Hill, a four-year workhorse in the Baylor bullpen, took things to the next level in 2019, when he threw 29.1 innings without allowing a single run, earned or otherwise. He also held opponents to a .109 batting average, struck out 35, and only surrendered three extra-base hits, all doubles.
RP Jacob Wallace
The skinny: After being used sparingly as a freshman and showing flashes of brilliance as a sophomore, Wallace put it all together as a junior for UConn. In 42 innings spread over 30 appearances, he sported a 0.64 ERA, a 68-to-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 16 saves.
UTL Aaron Schunk
The skinny: Schunk, for a second year in a row, was one of the most reliable arms in the Georgia bullpen, saving 12 games and putting up a 2.49 ERA in 21.2 innings. Where he made a big jump was at the plate, going from hitting .299/.340/.411 with three home runs as a sophomore to hitting .339/.373/.604 with 15 homers as a junior while playing everyday at third base.
|C Adley Rutschman, Oregon State||Jr.||.411||.575||.751||185||57||76||17||58||76||38||0|
|1B Andrew Vaughn, California||Jr.||.381||.544||.716||176||49||67||15||50||59||33||2|
|2B Cameron Cannon, Arizona||Jr.||.397||.478||.651||232||71||92||8||56||35||29||0|
|3B Kody Hoese, Tulane||Jr.||.391||.486||.779||235||72||92||23||61||39||34||4|
|SS Will Wilson, North Carolina State||Jr.||.335||.425||.661||221||55||74||16||57||33||46||1|
|OF Hunter Bishop, Arizona State||Jr.||.342||.479||.748||222||67||76||22||63||50||61||12|
|OF JJ Bleday, Vanderbilt||Jr.||.350||.464||.717||254||77||89||26||69||54||53||1|
|OF Matt Wallner, Southern Mississippi||Jr.||.323||.446||.681||226||58||73||23||60||48||50||2|
|DH Austin Martin, Vanderbilt||So.||.410||.503||.619||244||83||100||8||42||38||31||18|
|UTL Aaron Schunk, Georgia||Jr.||.339||.373||.604||230||49||78||15||58||14||29||3|
|SP Ryan Garcia, UCLA||Jr.||10||1||1.44||16||1||0||94||52||26||117||.160|
|SP Alek Manoah, West Virginia||Jr.||9||4||2.08||16||2||0||108.1||71||27||144||.186|
|SP Ethan Small, Mississippi State||R-Jr.||10||2||1.76||17||0||0||102||58||29||168||.164|
|SP Noah Song, Navy||Sr.||11||1||1.44||14||6||0||94||55||31||161||.171|
|RP Kyle Hill, Baylor||Sr.||6||0||0.00||23||0||7||29.1||10||10||35||.109|
|RP Jacob Wallace, Connecticut||Jr.||3||1||0.64||30||0||16||42||20||10||68||.140|
|UTL Aaron Schunk, Georgia||Jr.||1||2||2.49||17||0||12||21.2||15||7||18||0.19|
Minor League Top 10s Paved The Way For BA Prospect Rankings
While other prospect rankings would surpass them in popularity, the Minor League Top 10s helped BA gain early credibility in the baseball industry.
|C Eric Yang, UC Santa Barbara||Jr.||.368||.479||.545||209||48||77||7||45||30||29||6|
|1B Spencer Torkelson, Arizona State||So.||.351||.446||.707||242||69||85||23||66||41||45||1|
|2B Nick Gonzales, New Mexico State||So.||.432||.532||.773||220||80||95||16||80||45||30||7|
|3B Drew Mendoza, Florida State||Jr.||.319||.484||.620||213||60||68||16||56||69||69||2|
|SS Josh Jung, Texas Tech||Jr.||.342||.476||.636||225||62||77||14||56||52||39||1|
|OF Peyton Burdick, Wright State||R-Jr.||.407||.538||.729||214||79||87||15||72||60||35||24|
|OF Jake Mangum, Mississippi State||Sr.||.355||.411||.462||290||72||103||1||39||22||24||22|
|OF Jake Sanford, Western Kentucky||Jr.||.398||.483||.805||221||65||88||22||66||33||50||6|
|DH Kyle McCann, Georgia Tech||Jr.||.299||.468||.674||221||58||66||23||70||62||77||0|
|UTL J.C. Flowers, Florida State||Jr.||.271||.372||.511||225||45||61||13||53||30||64||11|
|SP Jake Agnos, East Carolina||Jr.||11||3||2.29||17||0||0||102||74||43||145||.198|
|SP Isaiah Campbell, Arkansas||R-Jr.||12||1||2.26||17||0||0||111.1||82||20||115||.205|
|SP Emerson Hancock, Georgia||So.||8||3||1.99||14||1||0||90.1||58||18||97||.185|
|SP TJ Sikkema, Missouri||Jr.||7||4||1.32||17||2||2||88.2||54||31||101||.175|
|RP Matt Cronin, Arkansas||Jr.||1||0||2.00||23||0||12||27||15||14||40||.163|
|RP Holden Powell, UCLA||So.||4||3||1.84||40||0||17||49||19||27||65||.121|
|UTL J.C. Flowers, Florida State||Jr.||0||0||1.40||21||0||12||25.2||17||11||23||.185|
|C Korey Lee, California||Jr.||.338||.419||.626||198||34||67||15||57||26||42||1|
|1B Aaron Sabato, North Carolina||Fr.||.342||.454||.676||225||45||77||16||60||39||54||0|
|2B Justin Foscue, Mississippi State||So.||.338||.402||.582||263||65||89||14||59||29||31||2|
|3B Davis Wendzel, Baylor||Jr.||.367||.484||.610||177||38||65||8||42||31||37||11|
|SS Bryson Stott, Nevada-Las Vegas||Jr.||.356||.486||.599||222||65||79||10||36||55||39||16|
|OF Zach Ashford, Fesno State||Sr.||.381||.488||.526||215||67||82||4||21||40||22||10|
|OF Jordan Brewer, Michigan||Jr.||.338||.396||.586||222||55||75||12||55||22||48||24|
|OF Kevin Strohschein, Tennessee Tech||Sr.||.382||.447||.691||233||57||89||15||47||26||45||2|
|DH Cameron Warren, Texas Tech||Sr.||.354||.448||.664||229||60||81||17||76||37||28||1|
|UTL Tristin English, Georgia Tech||R-Jr.||.346||.427||.710||214||58||74||18||71||17||30||0|
|SP John Doxakis, Texas A&M||Jr.||7||4||2.06||16||0||0||104.2||80||26||115||.207|
|SP George Kirby, Elon||Jr.||8||2||2.75||14||3||0||88.1||73||6||107||.221|
|SP Nick Lodolo, Texas Christian||Jr.||6||6||2.36||16||1||0||103||76||25||131||.203|
|SP Zack Thompson, Kentucky||Jr.||6||1||2.40||14||2||0||90||59||34||130||.184|
|RP Brandon Eisert, Oregon State||Jr.||8||2||2.03||14||0||0||62||59||13||74||.255|
|RP Andrew Magno, Ohio State||Jr.||5||3||2.09||31||0||14||64.2||45||36||75||.205|
|UTL Tristin English, Georgia Tech||R-Jr.||3||0||3.70||15||0||6||24.1||19||7||20||.221|