Two Stanford Baseball Players Named 2001 Second Team Preseason All-Americans

Jan. 4, 2001

Stanford, Calif. - Junior left-handed pitcher Mike Gosling (Salt Lake City, UT) and sophomore outfielder Jason Cooper (Moses Lake, WA) have been named Second Team Preseason All-Americans by Baseball America, the publication announced today. Scouting directors of major league clubs vote on the team and make their selections based on performance, talent and major league potential.

Gosling, a potential first round pick in the 2001 draft, begins his third year with the Cardinal. He is expected to compete for the team's top starting spot in the rotation after coming out of the bullpen for most of the last two seasons. Gosling has shown flashes of brilliance in his first two seasons and has the highest strikeout per nine-inning ratio (11.20) in Stanford history, striking out 119 batters in 95.2 innings. Last season, Gosling was 2-2 with a 4.19 ERA and three saves. He struck out 79 batters in 58.0 innings for an average of 12.26 strikeouts per nine innings as opponents hit just .146 against him. Gosling earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors and was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on March 21, 1999.

Cooper had a difficult first season in 2000 after entering Stanford as a much-heralded rookie, hitting .189 with two homers and nine RBI in only 74 official at bats. Cooper was the highest player taken in the June 1999 Amateur Baseball Draft that did not sign a professional baseball contract. He was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the second round (#63 pick overall).

University of San Francisco senior first baseman Taggert Bozied was the only other Bay Area player to earn Preseason All-American honors. Bozied, who was a second round pick by the Minnesota Twins in the 2000 draft but did not sign a contract, is one of only two seniors to earn First Team honors.

Stanford will open the 2001 regular season by visiting Cal Poly on Sunday, January 21 (1:00 p.m.). The Cardinal will make its 2001 home debut in the newly remodeled Sunken Diamond when the Cardinal hosts Fresno State in a three-game series (January 26-28).

The Cardinal has been ranked #11 and #14 in the respective 2001 preseason national polls by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America. Stanford finished second at the College World Series in 2000.

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