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2019 College Baseball All-Americans

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Top-five draft picks JJ Bleday (Vanderbilt), Adley Rutschman (Oregon State) and Andrew Vaughn (California) lead Baseball America’s 2019 College 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.

First Team

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

FIRST TEAM 

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
School: California

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
School: Arizona

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
School: Tulane

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
School: Vanderbilt

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
School: Vanderbilt

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
School: UCLA

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
School: Navy

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
School: Baylor

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
School: Connecticut

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
School: Georgia

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.

STATS

FIRST TEAMYearAVGOBPSLGABRHHRRBIBBSOSB
C Adley Rutschman, Oregon StateJr..411.575.7511855776175876380
1B Andrew Vaughn, CaliforniaJr..381.544.7161764967155059332
2B Cameron Cannon, ArizonaJr..397.478.651232719285635290
3B Kody Hoese, TulaneJr..391.486.7792357292236139344
SS Will Wilson, North Carolina StateJr..335.425.6612215574165733461
OF Hunter Bishop, Arizona StateJr..342.479.74822267762263506112
OF JJ Bleday, VanderbiltJr..350.464.7172547789266954531
OF Matt Wallner, Southern MississippiJr..323.446.6812265873236048502
DH Austin Martin, VanderbiltSo..410.503.61924483100842383118
UTL Aaron Schunk, GeorgiaJr..339.373.6042304978155814293
PITCHERSYearWLERAGCGSVIPHBBSOAVG
SP Ryan Garcia, UCLAJr.1011.441610945226117.160
SP Alek Manoah, West VirginiaJr.942.081620108.17127144.186
SP Ethan Small, Mississippi StateR-Jr.1021.7617001025829168.164
SP Noah Song, NavySr.1111.441460945531161.171
RP Kyle Hill, BaylorSr.600.00230729.1101035.109
RP Jacob Wallace, ConnecticutJr.310.643001642201068.140
UTL Aaron Schunk, GeorgiaJr.122.491701221.2157180.19

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SECOND TEAM

SECOND TEAMYearAVGOBPSLGABRHHRRBIBBSOSB
C Eric Yang, UC Santa BarbaraJr..368.479.545209487774530296
1B Spencer Torkelson, Arizona StateSo..351.446.7072426985236641451
2B Nick Gonzales, New Mexico StateSo..432.532.7732208095168045307
3B Drew Mendoza, Florida StateJr..319.484.6202136068165669692
SS Josh Jung, Texas TechJr..342.476.6362256277145652391
OF Peyton Burdick, Wright StateR-Jr..407.538.72921479871572603524
OF Jake Mangum, Mississippi StateSr..355.411.46229072103139222422
OF Jake Sanford, Western KentuckyJr..398.483.8052216588226633506
DH Kyle McCann, Georgia TechJr..299.468.6742215866237062770
UTL J.C. Flowers, Florida StateJr..271.372.51122545611353306411
PITCHERSYearWLERAGCGSVIPHBBSOAVG
SP Jake Agnos, East CarolinaJr.1132.2917001027443145.198
SP Isaiah Campbell, ArkansasR-Jr.1212.261700111.18220115.205
SP Emerson Hancock, GeorgiaSo.831.99141090.1581897.185
SP TJ Sikkema, MissouriJr.741.32172288.25431101.175
RP Matt Cronin, ArkansasJr.102.002301227151440.163
RP Holden Powell, UCLASo.431.844001749192765.121
UTL J.C. Flowers, Florida StateJr.001.402101225.2171123.185

THIRD TEAM

THIRD TEAMYearAVGOBPSLGABRHHRRBIBBSOSB
C Korey Lee, CaliforniaJr..338.419.6261983467155726421
1B Aaron Sabato, North CarolinaFr..342.454.6762254577166039540
2B Justin Foscue, Mississippi StateSo..338.402.5822636589145929312
3B Davis Wendzel, BaylorJr..367.484.6101773865842313711
SS Bryson Stott, Nevada-Las VegasJr..356.486.59922265791036553916
OF Zach Ashford, Fesno StateSr..381.488.5262156782421402210
OF Jordan Brewer, MichiganJr..338.396.58622255751255224824
OF Kevin Strohschein, Tennessee TechSr..382.447.6912335789154726452
DH Cameron Warren, Texas TechSr..354.448.6642296081177637281
UTL Tristin English, Georgia TechR-Jr..346.427.7102145874187117300
PITCHERSYearWLERAGCGSVIPHBBSOAVG
SP John Doxakis, Texas A&MJr.742.061600104.28026115.207
SP George Kirby, ElonJr.822.75143088.1736107.221
SP Nick Lodolo, Texas ChristianJr.662.3616101037625131.203
SP Zack Thompson, KentuckyJr.612.401420905934130.184
RP Brandon Eisert, Oregon StateJr.822.03140062591374.255
RP Andrew Magno, Ohio StateJr.532.093101464.2453675.205
UTL Tristin English, Georgia TechR-Jr.303.70150624.119720.221
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