2010 NCBWA Division 1 Preseason All-American Teams

FROM NCBWA RELEASE

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – With just one returning first team position player and two pitchers (one starter, one relief ace) returning from the 2009 postseason team, the 10th Annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Pro-Line Athletic Preseason All-America team has a large crop of rising stars on next spring’s baseball horizon.

Familiar faces, including utility player Bryce Brentz (whose father Charlie was a running back for some of Mississippi State’s top football teams in the early 1980s) of Middle Tennessee, starting pitcher Deck McGuire of Georgia Tech and 2009 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Addison Reed of San Diego State grace the top preseason unit again and are joined by youngsters who propelled their 2009 teams to NCAA prominence.

Second team 2009 postseason selections from Virginia – OF Jarrett Parker and UTIL Danny Hultzen, helped the Cavaliers make their first trek to the NCAA World Series in Omaha last year, while LSU relief ace Matty Ott paced the Tigers to the national title with several clutch bullpen performances.

Third baseman Anthony Rendon of Rice helped the Owls advance to the ’09 NCAA Super Regionals and joins Louisiana Tech outfielder Devon Dageford, Cal State Fullerton ace starting pitcher Daniel Renken, Florida State starting pitcher Sean Gilmartin (the Atlantic Coast Conference 2009 Freshman Pitcher of the Year), and UC Irvine bullpen standout Eric Pettis on the 2010 preseason first team.

This stellar group of three teams includes 18 different Division I conferences and 39 different schools with some of the top balance among each unit in the decade of preseason choices. Several members of the successful 2008 and ’09 U.S. National teams compose these groups.

On the first team, Brentz (nation’s top returning hitter with a .465 average, 28 home runs, 73 RBIs; 5-3 pitching record with 15 starts and 88-plus innings worked), McGuire (11-2 record, 3.50 earned run average, 118 strikeouts in 100.1 frames) and Reed (0-0 record, 0.65 ERA, 25 appearances, 20 saves to lead DI, 27.2 innings, 38 strikeouts, for coach Tony Gwynn’s Aztecs) had nationally-renowned numbers.

Parker (.375-16 HR-60 RBIs) and the versatile Hultzen (.327-3 HR-37 RBIs; 9-1 pitching record, 2.17 ERA in 17 starts) are just a few of the top individuals from the 2009 NCAA World Series ranks on the preseason All-America squads.

LSU designated hitter Blake Dean (.328-17 HR-71 RBIs in a workhorse 72 games last summer) is the first unit designated hitter, while star righty Taylor Jungmann (11-3, 2.00 ERA, 101 strikeouts in 94-plus innings as a freshman) joins a solid staff of top team pitchers after his stellar freshman campaign.

Other starters besides McGuire and Jungmann are the talented Gilmartin (12-3, 3.49 ERA, 84 strikeouts), LSU ace Anthony Ranaudo (12-3, 3.04 ERA, 159 strikeouts in 124.1 innings), Arizona State’s Josh Spence (10-1, 2.37 ERA, 125 whiffs in just under 103 frames), and UC Irvine’s Daniel Bibona (12-1, 2.63 ERA, 108 strikeouts) while Reed’s No. 1 relief mates Ott (4-2, 2.68 ERA, 37 appearances, 16 saves) and Pettis (5-2, 3.86 ERA, 29 appearances, 17 saves) are keys again to their teams potential drives to the 2010 postseason.

Other first-team stalwarts on the preseason All-America listings are Western Kentucky catcher Matt Rice (.399-10 HR-72 RBIs), Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year Florida first baseman Preston Tucker (.364-15 HR-85 RBIs), New Mexico State second baseman Mike Sodders (.422-13 HR-68 RBIs), ’09 Brooks Wallace Award finalist shortstop Christian Colon (.357-8 HR-40 RBIs) of Cal State Fullerton, and Florida State outfielder Tyler Holt (.401-5 HR-28 RBIs).

By points of comparison, the pitching talent pool is so deep on the NCBWA Pro-Line three units that the six first team starting performers had a composite record of 67-12, and the second unit starters each totaled 58-13 in the win-loss columns in 2009.

Most of these preseason standouts will be nominated for the 24th 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 at a national media setting in 2010 at a date and site to be determined.

2010 Preseason NCBWA All-America Team (2009 Stats)

First Team

Player School Class          Avg.   G  AB  R H    2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-SBA

C Matt Rice Western Kentucky Jr.        . 399        61  253  50  101   18    1  10   72   19  29   2-3

1B Preston Tucker Florida So. .364   62 242 48 88  13  3 15 85  21 22 5-7

2B Mike Sodders N.M. State Sr.           .422      50   187  55  79   19    2   13 68    26  39    1-1

3B Anthony Rendon Rice So.                .388     61  242   60  94    14    1   20 72    31  23    9-11

SS Christian Colon Cal State Full. Jr. .357 62 255 82 91 16  2  8 40  24 24  15-22

OF Devon Dageford Louisiana Tech Sr. .385    51 195    59   75  18  3  23  68 18  37    9-11

OF Jarrett Parker Virginia Jr.                  375     56  224   73    84  18   6  16  60  34   61  19-24

OF Tyler Holt Florida State Jr.             .401      63  237    87   95  23   2   5   28  54   47    34-39

DH Blake Dean LSU Sr.        .328   72    259 67 85 18 0 17 71  50  37 4-6

UT Bryce Brentz Middle Tennessee Jr.  .465   60   230   79  107   19   2  28  73   31  32    7-11

Pitching: 4.57 ERA, 5-3, 15 G, 14 GS, 2 CG, 0 SV, 88.2 IP, 31 BB, 63 SO)

Pitchers

                                   ERA   W-L   APP GS CG SV IP     BB  SO
SP Deck McGuire Georgia Tech Jr.    3.50 11-2  16  16 0  0  100.1  41  118
SP Sean Gilmartin Florida State So. 3.49 12-3  18  15 1  1  98     37  83 
SP Anthony Ranaudo LSU Jr.          3.04 12-3  19  19 0  0  124.1  50  159
SP Taylor Jungmann Texas So.        2.00 11-3  25  10 1  0  94.2   35  101
SP Josh Spence Arizona State Sr.    2.37 10-1  18  15 2  1  102.2  30  125
SP Daniel Bibona UC Irvine Sr.      2.63 12-1  15  15 1  0  106    26  108
RP Matty Ott LSU So.                2.68 4-2   37  0  0  16 50.1   6   69
RP Eric Pettis UC Irvine  Jr.       3.86 5-2   29  0  0  17 42     7   37
RP Addison Reed San Diego St So.  0.65 0-0   25  0  0  20 27.2   7   38

Second Team

Player School  Class            Avg.  G  AB  R  H  2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-SBA
C Dan Burkhart Ohio State Jr.  .354   57 209 48 74 13  3 10 62  31 29  2-2
1B Tony Plagman Georgia Tech Sr. .354 58 246 59 87 18  2 16 73  12 43  4-4
2B Ross Wilson Alabama Jr.     .353   55 215 59 76 15  2  9 47  53 38  8-11
3B Tony Thompson Kansas Jr.    .389   61 247 58 96 27  0 21 96  21 35  1-1
SS Jedd Gyorko West Virginia Jr. .421 55 228 74 96 28  1  8 58  32 25  1-2
OF Ryan Enos Dallas Baptist Sr.  .376 55 229 71 81 20  2 17 56  30 41  13-21
OF Trent Whitehead East Carolina Jr. .376 65 279 78 105 24 2 7 47 33 51 10-15
OF George Springer Connecticut So. .358 56 212 75 76 14 3 16 57 42 39   12-15
DH Kyle Roller East Carolina Jr. .336 66 256 63 86 12 1  16  75 32 39   4-5
UT Danny Hultzen Virginia So.    .327 56 199 40 65 8 1   3  37  29 35   9-9
Pitching: 2.17, 9-1, 17, 16, 0, 0, 95.1,  28, 107

Pitchers

                                     ERA  W-L  APP GS CG SV IP    BB  SO
SP Daniel Renken Cal State Fuller Jr. 2.69 11-3 17  17 3  0  123.2 35  103
SP Alex Wimmers Ohio State So.       3.27 9-2  16  16 4  0  104.2 55  136
SP Drew Pomeranz Ole Miss Jr.         3.40 8-4  16  16 2  0  95.1  37  124
SP Cody Wheeler Coastal Car.Jr.       3.83 10-1 15  15 1  0  91.2  34  98
SP Chance Ruffin Texas Jr.            3.32 10-2 25  18 3  1  124.2 25 115
SP Sam Gaviglio Oregon State So.      2.73 10-1 18  9  0  1  62.2   9  55
                            ERA W-L APP GS CG SV IP    H  R   ER  BB SO
RP Ryan Duke Oklahoma Jr.             3.22 3-1 26  0  0  16 36.1 28  14  13  12 43
RP Chris Franklin SE Louisiana Sr.    2.60 5-2 24  0  0  12 34.2 27  11  10  20 33
RP Tyler Mizenko Winthrop Sr.         3.77 2-4 30  0  0  14 45.1 44  24  19  19 42
 

Third Team (Ties in Voting)

Player   School     Class           Avg.  G   AB  R  H   2B 3B  HR   RBI BB  SO  SB-SBA
C Rafael Neda New Mexico Jr.        .415   55  205 57 85  19  2   7   49  29  21   0-0
1B Nick Ebert South Carolina Sr.    .321   63  209 60 67  13  0   23  72  53  52   3-4
1B Cody Hawn Tennessee Jr.          .364   50  198 46 72  15  0   22  81  27  36   0-1
2B Braeden Riley Sam Houston Jr.    .387   60  287 56 111 13  3   2   39  10  26  12-17
3B Jake Smith Alabama Sr.           .359   49  195 42 70  14  2   18  54  6   45   2-5
SS Joey Bergman Coll of Charleston Sr. .452 56 221 88 100 25  1   15  57  36  19  24-26
OF Dusty Robinson Fresno State So.  .319   60  207 52 66  12  1   15  45  36  31   7-9
OF Ryan LaMarre Michigan Jr.        .344   53  192 55 66  11  1   12  62  33  36  13-18
OF Gauntlett Eldemire Ohio Jr.      .313   49  198 61 62   6  2   21  56  34  43  11-13
OF Michael Choice Texas-Arlington Jr. .413 56  225 64 93  13  3   11  52  29  30  5-8
DH Troy Channing St. Mary’s (CA) So. .379  55  206 45 78  11  0   20  75  26  44   2-3
DH Phil Wunderlich Louisville Jr.   .367   64  245 56 90  18  1   18  78  18  22   4-9
UT Mike McGee Florida State Jr.     .379   60  198 66 75  18  1   19  78  40  47   13-16
Pitching: 4.04, 6-2, 15, 13, 0, 0, 69, 42, 72

Pitchers

                                          ERA   W-L APP GS CG SV IP    BB SO
SP Tyler Pill Cal State Fullerton So.   4.06  11-3 17  16 2  0 102    13 74
SP Noe Ramirez Cal State Fullerton So.   3.33  9-2  20  15 1  0 110.2  24 100
SP Todd McInnis Southern Miss Jr.   3.73  9-4  19  18 0  0 101.1  34  90
SP Trevor Bauer UCLA So.                2.99  9-3  20  10 4  2 105.1  27  92
SP Christian Bergman UC Irvine Sr.   3.50  9-3  15  15 1  0 97.2   16  66
SP Kenneth Roberts Middle Tenn. Sr.      3.04  11-1 16  16 2  0 103.2  28  62
                                       ERA  W-L APP GS CG SV IP   H  R  ER BB SO
RP Colin Bates North Carolina Jr.      3.15 4-4 34  0 0  6  60   53 29 21 19 59
RP Michael Schum Wright State So.  1.95 5-7 34  0 0  13  74   62 24 16 10 57
RP Collin Cargill Southern Miss Jr.   3.55 4-3 28  0 0  13  38   31 16 15 22 32
RP Mitchell Lambson Ariz. State So.    3.01 9-5 32  1 1  5   83.2 58 31 28 25 99
  • Johnny Banks

    Whoever picked this team does not know college baseball. Multiple errors across the board on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd teams. Damn….learn your stuff and then pick a team. Other than that, enjoy pretending to be a real member of the media with your terrible blog. You just did a dis-service to college baseball fans everywhere.

    • http://thecollegebaseballblog.com Brian Foley

      I didn’t do no disservice to anyone as that was an NCBWA selected team.

  • http://www.whenitstrikesme.com WhenItStrikesMe

    Whoever posted that first comment does not know reading comprehension. Multiple errors including an inability to identify the authors of this blog (clearly available info on the right scrollbar) and an inability to read that this was a NCBWA press release and team (as it says). Learn to read and then post a comment. Other than that, enjoy pretending to be a contributing commenter with your terrible intelligence. You just did a disservice to comment readers everywhere.

    Anyway, as to the real commenting… am I missing it or did the NCBWA really leave both Gerritt Cole and Sonny Gray off their three team list?

  • http://thecollegebaseballblog.com Brian Foley

    Yea, they left off both Cole and Gray which to say politely is ridiculous.

  • BKMHOXX (Aman Reaka)

    Hey Walt!
    Did you make this list?
    :)

  • John Tanner

    I enjoy seeing your top 100 countdown. I do have a question though on what formula you use to make your picks. I assume it’s based on last years stats and the players potential for 2010 or is it strictly on raw talent ability to play pro baseball? To date through your last player picked at #34, there seems to be some players missing that are not top 20 players but definitely top 100. I see many of these players I’m thinking of listed on the NCBWA preseason All-American teams but I assume will probably not make it on your list. As someone that loves collegiate baseball, just interested in knowing how you determine your top 100 to the NCBWA selections. Keep up the good work!

  • Jay

    I agree with “WhenItStrikesMe” – Cole and Gray should be on this list. But I also think when you look at the numbers and watch this kid (Alex Wimmers – Ohio State) you will see he belongs on the 1st team.

    Great Cape season even though short due to Team USA. Exciting to watch – fans love him, seems like all the players did to.

    With a good season, Wimmers (already with high profile), goes as one of the top RHP in 2010 draft.