Wes Whisler Becomes Second UCLA Freshman to Earn All-American Honors
June 19, 2002
Durham, North Carolina - UCLA's Wes Whisler (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville HS) has been selected by Baseball America as a third team All-American, announced today. Yesterday, the talented freshman was honored as a first team Freshman All-American by Baseball America. The left-handed pitcher/first baseman was the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and led the Pac-10 in home runs with 18. He finished his first year with a .320 batting average. On the mound, he led the Bruins with a 4.06 ERA and a 5-2 record. He was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper earlier in the year.
Whisler becomes just the second UCLA freshman to earn All-American honors. Garrett Atkins was the first in 1998 when he was honored as a third team selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Whisler is just the third UCLA player to earn first-team Freshman All-American honors by both Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America.
Whisler, an All-Pac-10 team selection, had one of the most impressive conference seasons in recent UCLA history. He hit .388 with 13 home runs in conference games, despite only hitting in 20 of UCLA's 24 games. For the first four conference series, Whisler did not hit on the days that he pitched. Whisler had a .950 slugging percentage in the Pac-10 games. His 18 total home runs broke the previous freshman home run record of 15 set by Chase Utley in 1998. In addition to the impressive hitting, Whisler was also UCLA's Saturday starting pitcher. He finished with a 4-1 conference record and a 3.62 ERA. He pitched a four-hit complete game win over Oregon State and limited hitters to just .271 in conference games. His .388 conference batting average was eighth in the conference, and his 3.62 ERA was fourth.