PITCHERS DOMINATE 2008 NCBWA PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

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LINCOLN, Neb. – In a year when pitching has a solid chance of being dominant, the eighth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason 2008 All-America team reflects the plethora of mound aces returning for the upcoming campaign.

With the unified Feb. 22 earliest start date for Division I teams, returning 2007 NCBWA Pro-Line Athletic All-America hurlers Brian Matusz (10-3, 2.85 ERA) of San Diego, Jacob Thompson (11-0, 1.50 ERA) of Virginia and Preston Guilmet (12-2, 1.87 ERA) of Arizona join fellow ’08 returnees Ryan Berry of Rice, Josh Satow of Arizona State and Scott Gorgen of UC Irvine in heading possible the deepest first team since the NCBWA started its preseason selections prior to 2001. Two-time NCAA World Series champions Oregon State added righty Mike Stutes (12-4) to a second team mound staff which had a composite record of 54-14 and almost 1.2 strikeouts per inning among the six starting pitchers.

There also is no shortage of stellar relief pitchers among 2007 preseason All-America returnee Cole St. Clair of World Series entry Rice, Eryk McConnell of NC State and Paul Koss of Southern California on the first unit.

Lest readers forget any of the “big bangers” on offense, 2007 Division I home run champion OF Kyle Russell (28 dingers) of Texas joins the likes of returning pre- and postseason All-America 3B Pedro Alvarez of Vanderbilt and .404-hitting 1B Brett Wallace of Arizona State (another 2007 A-A returnee) on a hard slugging first team.

Talented utility players such as Michigan’s Zach Putnam (.330 average, 8 homers, 59 RBI, 8-5 pitching record, played key role in Wolverines’ upset over top-ranked Vanderbilt in the ’07 NCAA Nashville Regional) and San Diego’s Josh Romanski (10-1 pitching mark, .335 batting average) add even more pre-2008 credibility to the dream team.

The stellar outfield also includes Rice CWS participant Aaron Luna and Vanderbilt slugger Dominic de la Osa. Catcher Petey Paramore is one of five Arizona State position players or pitchers featured on the eighth annual NCBWA preseason edition.

There are 19 conferences and 39 schools represented on the three units, which form the base for the ’08 Pro-Line Athletic All-America squad and the 22nd annual Dick Howser Trophy, presented by the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Area chamber of Commerce and voted upon by the NCBWA membership. The Howser Trophy will be awarded on Saturday morning prior to Game One of the NCAA World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb., on June 14, 2008, at the Omaha Press Club.

2008 Preseason NCBWA All-America Team (2007 Stats)

First Team

Pos. Name, School Class BA G AB R H 2B-3B-HR RBI

C Petey Paramore, Arizona State Jr. .379 64 224 64 85 18-1-6 52

1B Brett Wallace, Arizona State Jr. .404 63 265 75 107 17-8-16 78

2B Johnny Giavotella, New Orleans Jr. .385 64 247 65 95 19-4-15 65

3B Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt Sr. .386 66 272 76 105 21-3-18 68

SS Derek Shunk, Villanova Sr. .357 54 210 49 75 12-3-2 34

UTIL Zach Putnam, Michigan Jr. .330 61-61 224 38 74 14-2-8 59

Pitching: 8-5, 3.87 ERA, 16 G, 102.1 IP, 94 H, 38 BB, 87 SO, 0 SV

DH C.J. Ziegler, Arizona Sr. .355 59 228 59 81 23-2-13 63

OF Aaron Luna, Rice Jr. .315 66 236 57 74 15-3-13 66

OF Kyle Russell, Texas Jr. .336 63 223 68 75 11-5-28 71

OF Dominic de la Osa, Vanderbilt Sr. .376 66 249 65 94 23-2-20 62

Pitchers

Pos. Name School Cl. W-L ERA G IP H BB SO SV

SP Ryan Berry, Rice So. 11-3 3.01 23 122.2 112 34 125 0

SP Scott Gorgen, UC Irvine Jr. 13-3 2.83 22 136.2 118 41 117 0

SP Preston Guilmet, Arizona Jr. 12-2 1.87 18 135 100 34 146 0

SP Brian Matusz, San Diego Jr. 10-3 2.85 18 123 98 37 163 0

SP Josh Satow, Arizona State Sr. 13-3 2.76 20 133.2 119 53 119 0

SP Jacob Thompson, Virginia Jr. 11-0 1.50 17 114 79 32 101 0

RP Daniel Edwards, Kansas St Sr. 3-0 2.27 23 35.2 22 13 49 11

RP Eryk McConnell, NC State Sr. 3-2 1.72 28 52.1 43 11 35 11

RP Cole St. Clair, Rice Sr. 0-0 1.91 16 28.1 22 8 26 9

Second Team

Pos. Name, School Class BA G AB R H 2B-3B-HR RBI

C Tim Federowicz, North Carolina Jr. .333 73 291 46 97 19-1-4 65

1B Justin Smoak, South Carolina Jr. .315 66 260 64 82 16-0-22 72

2B Brandon Turner, Mississippi State So. .399 55 208 46 83 13-1-3 48

3B Conor Gillaspie, Wichita State Jr. .325 73 295 55 96 24-4-6 63

SS Danny Espinosa, Long Beach State Jr. .319 53 210 44 67 13-4-7 38

UTIL Josh Romanski, San Diego Jr, .335 56 224 43 75 10-2-3 30

Pitching: 10-1, 3.05 ERA, 18 G, 112 IP, 90 H, 24 BB, 92 SO, 3 SV

DH Kiel Roling, Arizona State Jr. .356 58 194 57 69 10-0-15 63

OF Ollie Linton, UC Irvine Jr. .342 57 152 30 52 4-8-0 21

OF Mike Bianucci, Auburn Jr. .326 47 175 46 57 11-1-14 51

OF Mike McKenna, FAU Sr. .413 56 218 46 90 14-2-16 60

Pitchers

Pos. Name School Cl. W-L ERA G IP H BB SO SV

SP Bobby Gagg, Coastal Car. Jr. 12-2 2.57 17 112 102 27 84 0

SP Buddy Leake, Arizona St. So. 13-2 3.69 25 127 126 29 94 1

SP Lance Lynn, Ole Miss Jr. 8-5 2.85 18 123.1 94 44 146 0

SP Mike Minor, Vanderbilt So. 9-1 3.09 19 90.1 76 19 88 2

SP Zack Pitts, Louisville Sr. 10-3 2.52 20 121.2 105 24 91 0

SP Mike Stutes, Oregon State Sr. 12-4 4.07 22 132.2 111 60 129 0

RP David Cales, UIC Jr. 3-0 0.74 24 36.1 21 1 34 13

RP Pat Venditte, Creighton Sr. 8-2 1.88 38 95.2 62 22 99 4

RP Drew Weatherford, MS St. Jr. 3-2 3.53 20 66.1 58 25 72 5

Third Team (ties in voting)

Pos. Name, School Class BA G AB R H 2B-3B-HR RBI

C Buster Posey, Florida State Jr. .382 62 246 66 94 21-2-3 65

1B Dustin Ackley, North Carolina So. .402 73 296 70 119 20-3-10 74

2B Alex Buchholz, Delaware Jr. .387 55 238 46 92 27-6-11 63

2B Blake Stouffer, Texas A&M Sr. .398 67 256 58 102 23-5-12 85

3B Matt Prokopowicz, Hofstra So. .416 54 197 41 82 11-1-6 52

SS Brandon Crawford, UCLA Jr. .335 61 248 50 83 17-2-7 55

UTIL Cole White, Army Sr. .408 48 179 27 73 12-3-4 29

Pitching: 7-3, 3.49 ERA, 14 G, 67 IP, 59 H, 19 BB, 54 SO, 0 SV

DH Scott Hawkins, La.-Lafayette Jr. .344 59 209 54 72 11-2-16 49

OF Tony Campana, Cincinnati-60 SB Sr. .329 56 237 51 78 5-1-1 18

OF Ike Davis, Arizona State Jr. .349 62 238 56 83 23-0-8 61

OF Scott Krieger, George Mason Jr. .365 54 219 59 80 12-2-20 68

OF Ryan Lavarnway, Yale Jr. .467 43 150 33 70 17-1-14 55

OF Mike McKenna, FAU Sr. .413 56 218 46 90 14-2-16 60

Pitchers

Pos. Name School Cl. W-L ERA G IP H BB SO SV

SP Jared Bradford, LSU Sr. 10-4 4.41 23 96 94 16 81 5

SP Aaron Crow, Missouri Jr. 9-4 3.59 18 117.2 109 33 90 0

SP Eric Erickson, Miami (Fla)So. 10-4 2.50 16 90 84 16 63 1

SP Ben Mancuso, Creighton Sr. 10-3 2.34 14 77 77 20 60 0

SP Rob Musgrave, Wichita St Sr. 10-2 2.59 18 111.1 96 17 85 0

SP Aaron Shafer, Wichita St Jr. 8-2 2.23 15 84.2 69 23 90 0

SP Anthony Shawler, Old Dom. Jr. 11-2 2.20 15 114.2 95 29 130 0

RP Nick Cassavechia, Baylor Sr. 6-2 3.12 50 52 43 20 72 11

RP Joe Kelly, UC Riverside So. 3-1 1.32 22 27.1 28 11 19 6

RP Chris Manning, Belmont Jr. 3-0 2.67 24 27 20 4 17 11

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  • http://thecollegebaseballblog.com NYDORE

    To me, I’m astounded that Ryan Flaherty was snubbed at SS. He hit .381 with 59 runs, 57 RBI, 104 hits, 23 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 12 steals and a .969 OPS. He had a .969 Fielding Percentage.

    Shunk? .357, 49, 34, 75, 12 3, 2, 7, .915, .909.
    Espinosa? .319, 44, 38, 67, 13 4, 7, 2, .936, .947.
    Crawford? .335, 50, 55, 83, 17, 2, 7, 11, .909, .951.

    OK, so of the three, Flash had the highest BA, most runs, most RBI, most hits, most double, most steals, highest OPS, and highest Fielding Percentage. Explain to me how he’s not the top returning SS? Well, ask Kendall the Q and he says he is. Amazing to me.

  • Brian Foley

    I don’t know…It can’t be the level of competition either.

  • http://thecollegebaseballblog.com NYDORE

    Remember Brian, they didn’t even put him on the ballot for the end of season AA list. Ed Flaherty must have pissed someone off up in Maine. lol.