Baron Named All-American By Baseball America
June 20, 2001
Los Angeles - Brian Baron (Newhall, CA/Hart HS), UCLA's single season batting average record holder, was named a Baseball America Third-Team All-American, announced today. During the last few weeks, he was named a first-team All-American by Baseball Weekly, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association.
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 was a semifinalist for both the Rotary Smith Award and the Dick Howser Trophy, two Player of the Year awards. He earned All-Pac-10 team honors as he led the conference in batting average and hits.
Baron signed with the Minnesota Twins on May 29, and is currently playing for the Twins' High A team in Fort Myers, FL. He was drafted by the Twins in the 46th round of the 2000 draft as a draft and follow player.