Baseball Weekly Honors Baron as First-Team All-American
May 30, 2001
Los Angeles - Brian Baron (Newhall, CA/Hart HS), UCLA's single season batting average record holder, was named a Baseball Weekly/USA Today First-Team All-American, announced today. Last week, he was named a Louisville Slugger First-Team All-American, chosen by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Baron broke the UCLA single season batting average record in 2001, finishing the season with a .443 batting average, shattering Don Slaught's .428 average set in 1979. He finished the season with 105 hits, good for fifth all-time in a season despite playing just 56 games.
He is a semifinalist for both the Rotary Smith Award and the Dick Howser Trophy, two Player of the Year awards. Last week he earned All-Pac-10 team honors as he led the conference in batting average and hits.
Baron agreed to terms with the Minnesota Twins on Monday night, and was assigned to the Twins' High A team in the Florida State League and will report to Fort Myers, FL on Friday. He was drafted by the Twins in the 46th round of the 2000 draft as a draft and follow player.